It's nice to own rather than rent until something doesn't work and there's no property manager to call.
I tried the dishwasher for the first time and...nothing. Water filled the bottom and then didn't drain. The motor whirred and whined and got smokin' hot. The dishes remained dry and dirty.
Fortunately, Mike will always try to fix things himself if involves plumbing, mechanical or electrical tinkering. More importantly, he's good at it. He has the ability to look at these things and figure out how they should work, then problem solve what's not working and how to get it to do what some design engineer intended. He did some research on line, never having fixed a dishwasher before, then took off the foot plate and reached underneath. It took him a few trips back and forth to the computer, but he got it running like new. Voila! We have a working dishwasher.
Mike is not so confident with projects involving wood, but I really wanted this Sauder sewing table and he was a good sport and put it together for me. I am slightly ashamed that I did not even attempt the assembly myself, but there is something to be said for admitting our limitations. It's not because I am female that I cannot operate a simple screw driver, it's because I am just plain clumsy. Who wants a wonky sewing table? But I did help. I handed tools when requested and held things in place as needed.
So, now I have my sewing table and I am ready for some projects of my own.
Here it is all set up and ready for action.
My first project was pillows for the outdoor furniture. It's white and really needed a shot of color. I recycled an old beach umbrella that got broken spines a couple of years ago. I held onto the material because I always liked the colors. I guess I should say that I "upcycled" it but I am not sure that this little project qualifies.