>> Tuesday, February 5, 2013
When we purchased our house last year we knew it had driveway issues. The driveway is thirty years old and has no rebar, so it is really cracked and has shifted where it is higher than our garage foundation. We asked the previous owners to have it fixed, but they said the house was "as is"- take it or leave it. So we decided an ugly driveway was not going to stop us from moving into our within-our-price-range dream house.
When we received the quote to have the area in front of the garage replaced, we both went into sticker shock and decided to wait. But after the first heavy rain we realized that this was top of our list in repairs. When it pours, water runs into one side of the garage in a nice little stream. Unfortunately our wonderful house inspector did not catch this (our inspector was useless and caught the little tiny issues like a bent stove vent and didn't let us know the garage flooded). Every time it rains I build this little dam of sandbags, trash bags, and towels. In heavy rains I would have to replace the towels every hour or so...
So after a year of me going crazy every time it sprinkled, we decided the kids could pay for their own college and we would get part of the driveway replaced. Luckily the rest of the house is in pretty good shape, so this is the first major expensive repair (and unfortunately won't be the last). Eventually we will have to spend our retirement money to get the rest of our long driveway replaced. OK, maybe I am exaggerating a tiny bit, but driveway repair is not top of my list of exciting repair jobs. I would rather spend the money on a hot tub or backyard fence/chicken pen/treehouse.
Did I mention that I really really miss apartment living?
So today the concrete people showed up, I wrote a huge check, and the boys are getting the most expensive homeschool class of their life; driveway repair. They are always asking me how roads and freeways are built, so now they get their own personal tutoring and show.
So what to do when your kids are busy watching demolition? Read! I purchased a Kindle months ago just for the free classics and free best sellers. I have almost 100 books on my Kindle that were absolutely free. The free best sellers are hit-and-miss, but I read the reviews and the most of the ones I have downloaded are pretty good to quite good. Sometimes I just need to read a good mystery/thriller.
Today I was going over the free 100 top best sellers (on right side) and found two books that you might be interested in downloading.
If you are interested, go grab them now because most free kindle books don't stay free and can disappear off the free list at any moment. I haven't read either book yet so I can't tell you if they are any good, but they are free right now, received decent reviews, and if they stink you can delete them. :-)
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