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IMG_1390Our realtor was our guide to our newly adopted megacity of Houston, TX.  We had no idea where to live or what to look for in local construction.  A vague budget was in our minds.

She showed us a house with all of the basic room necessities and good curb appeal.  Some of our wants were also on the list.  Most importantly the price was within our target range.

Yet, a price range for a couple like us that was devastated in the housing market crash didn’t have much to put down for a new home.  I looked at the construction issues with the very used home and figured out that the next decade of our life would be saving up to make major repairs on this fixer-upper.

Houston is famous for its heat.  Good windows are a must to fight the blistering temperatures in the summer months.  Keeping our air conditioning system happy was important.

IMG_1396The windows would eventually have to be replaced.  We had that in mind when we made on offer for the house.  Now, it was time to sign a contract and replace the windows with new ones.

Old windows are being torn out.  New well-insulated and excellent guaranteed windows are going in.  The installers are doing a superb job.

Half the windows are now done.  I can see clearly now!  The old broken seals and fogged up windows are going away.

The new glass is clean, clear and firmly mounted with strong heat resistant materials and block out unbearable temperatures. When the fogged up windows of our home make it impossible to enjoy the views it is sad.  The whole house feels ugly.

FullSizeRender-1Now, the improvement has given us a lift.  Looking outside is fun again.  Watching clouds float by and the daylight turn into night is enjoyable.

When we open the windows to let the cool winter breezes flow inside, the windows slide easily.  We don’t have to grunt and tug to get old corroded windows to scrape painfully across worn out tracks.  Figure tip control of well-made locks and well-lubricated tracks bring a great enjoyment to our home like few other purchases could.

Cost? Yes, it must be one of the most expensive home repair options that an owner must face.  We counted the cost, prayed over the options and even took on additional income jobs just for this very reason.  Then, God gave us His favor in an unexpected way.  He is good, all of the time!

photo credit: brucefong photography

 

 

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IMG_5772It is only a scratch.  It is only a scratch? Why would anyone do that and not leave a note to fix it?

My truck is important to me.  It is very important to me.  I take very good care of it and want it to last for many years.

Yes, I even have a name for my truck.  His name is Yoda.  As its manufacturer is Toyota, hence its name is Yoda.

This is my third truck over the years that I have been on this earth as a legal driver.  It is my second Toyota.  Of all my trucks this one is my favorite.

It can take me anywhere I want to go.  This truck will move anything that I need to transport.  As far as personal rigs go this one not only is amazingly functional, it is also well designed and aesthetically sharp-looking.

My bride and I came out of the grocery store.  As we approached our steed of faithful miles, it was standing where I had left him.  But, my approach was mixed with shocking disbelief.

FullSizeRenderThere on the side of my truck was someone’s signature.  No it was not a name.  It was a long deep scratch.

The depth of the scratch was not something that I could rub out like a scuff mark.  This one was so deep that it took the paint off and gashed my door so uneven that the white paint highlighted the dark underbelly of the layers of paint.

I was not sick over the discovery.  It was just one of those, “Oh, well, what can you do?”  It is not worth the expense to report for insurance coverage.

Gently, I stoked my hand across the wound.  My head shook with disgust.  “What a waste,” I surmised.  Some people just are careless and don’t give a rip.

If someone does not care about keeping their car up then I do not judge them.  Nor do I intrude on their lives and shame their irresponsible behavior.  But, if I am victimized by someone’s misstep then at least leave a note with the pertinent information.

Do people really just assess damage for others and conclude what they need to do or not do?  Are they objective and concerned about the victim’s assessment?  Are they really happy with leaving and blowing off the episode as “no big deal”?  This is annoying but, what can a person do?

photo credit: brucefong cellphone photography

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