579. Home renovation

© Bruce Goodman 12 May 2015

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Myra (known as Bunny since babyhood) and Geoffrey were excited! They had just enough money to buy an old house and property. Slowly, while living in it, they would do it up.

As bits of money came in from work they would spend a little doing this, doing that. It was so satisfying. Then Geoffrey dropped a heavy concrete brick onto the roof and dented it. The roof leaked and they had to get it fixed. There was no money left over for a while after that.

Bunny discovered that the bathroom pipes under the house were leaking so that had to be done as well, rather urgently, for health reasons and because of the smell.

But at last they were on an even keel again and the first thing they did was to uninstall the gas heater in the lounge. They had purchased a proper wood burner, and it was going to be so cosy in winter. Unfortunately, they didn’t realize that they needed “resource consent” from the local town council. When the man came to inspect where the wood burner was to be placed, he refused. The room was inadequately insulated; the place for it to be set wasn’t sturdy enough.

Bunny and Geoffrey were last seen in winter sitting on a sofa together, wrapped in blankets, beanies on heads, and gloves and scarves, watching a TV home renovation programme.

18 thoughts on “579. Home renovation

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      We use both (and we lounge in the living room aka a sitting room!) If you think lounge/living room separates us in our common language, try sorting out the mess between corn starch, corn flour, and cornmeal (especially if you’re using online recipes and you don’t know where the chef lives!)

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  1. Cynthia Jobin

    Don’t get me started ….I use cornmeal for corn bread and corn starch as a thickener for sauces, and have enough trouble trying to translate recipes from the metric system to cups and spoons, ounces and pounds. Then there are special mixes for polenta and grits (a regional religion in the southern USA), all of which are basically corn meal. What’s corn flour? A more pulverized corn meal?

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Corn flour (here) is corn starch (there). But I’ve come across many a recipe that equates corn flour with corn meal. Many a pavlova has been ruined by the mistaken addition of a teaspoon of cornmeal. As for grits – they are to be avoided at all cost! It is like eating sand. And strangely, I saw them in the supermarket here only yesterday for the first time!

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  2. Cynthia Jobin

    Sorry to have taken this far afield, but when it comes to home renovations, I was probably avoiding the subject, having been a home owner most of my adult life– in Boston and in Hull, MA, in Dover, NH, and now in Maine. There is always something that needs either acute or chronic attention…and bleeds the pocketbook….and I wish I were nonchalantly wealthy and had slaves…er….servants to do it all for me.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Your “far afield” is always interesting and a pleasure! I agree – and you don’t have to own a house to be out of pocket… I lived at Waltham, Boston for a year while I studied at Boston College. Wonderful city! Wonderful memories!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I think I’ve got it wrong in the comment above. I used to know the difference between all those corn things! It’s far too complicated for me to re-sort out at 5 in the morning! I know that with the proliferation of American goods on our supermarket shelves we have all the same stuff under different names (including those horrid grits).

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