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The lottery list - update

Knocked off a few, added a few.

Bookcases - wall

Nishka's teeth - Call vet.  Soon.
Tree trimming/removal - Call Jay.  Soon.  Okay - find Jay's number.  THEN call Jay.
Camp beds - make trip to Cabela's to look at interim options for Charlotte.
Repair watch - check paperwork to see if it actually went to NY last time.
Hot water heater - deferred for now, but do some research.
Front walk - make a materials list and crunch the actual cost.
Doors (first floor) - SO not happening.


Bookcases, floor - this year, but probably post-Pennsic.  Make a parts list and price out.

Non-mortise hinges - I really want to put the shutters back up in the library, but I need a lot of very expensive hinges that I'll have to order online.  I think I'll wait until I've paid off the current batch of bookcases.  In the meantime I'll work myself up to stripping the old paint off the shutters and off of the hinges I'm actually going to reuse.

Tub/shower faucet set - this is a sooner rather than later, because we have one shower head for two showers, and I'd like to replace the nasty old tub faucet since Charlotte isn't bathing in the kitchen sink any longer.


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Apr. 26th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
I assume this is a Lottery List if you win a $10,000 lottery or something modest, because if it's a multi-million dollar lottery, your list is a bit...limited.

(Of course, almost everyone wants the same thing with real wealth...beautiful custom home whether small or large, all the amentities they want like a gym or a state-of-the-art kitchen or a studio or whatever...maybe world travel, possibly some charity, buying a house or car or etc for friends...the variety actually comes in when people win much SMALLER amounts of money.)
Apr. 27th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
This is the list of "I would need to win the lottery in order to pay for all of this stuff at one time." A *real* "I won the lottery" list would be a lot different - and probably much less interesting. It would start with paying off a chunk of the mortgage, starting a retirement fund and a college fund, *maybe* buying a new car outright instead of financing it...

Over the last few years my dreams have been changed. It used to be dreams of the extras that we couldn't afford at any given point in time. Now it's dreams of security - of not having to be afraid. With maybe a few extras for fun, of course.

Mind you - I never actually play the lottery, so it's all fairly irrelevant. Every so often I'll buy a ticket for fun, but I always feel really silly doing it for some reason.
Apr. 27th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
Never bought a lottery ticket in my life. Won't, either. (Was raised not to gamble. And I can do math, so I am not inclined to buy lottery tickets all on my own. CAN you win? Well yes, sure. You've got about a one in insert-the-number-of-millions-here-depending-on-which-lottery-it-is chance.)

If I came into huge amounts of money...I just think with really unlimited money, everyone is mostly the same. Nice house, custom-tweaked to their tastes. Maybe travel for themselves or for friends or all together. Presents for friends, giving them some of the money, etc. Some charity. New hobbies. Specific wishlist items purchased. There's just not that much that can be done that is unusual, with big big loads of money. Not that anyone seems to WANT to do, anyway. Me, I'd have a smallish house on really nice land, it would have some terracing and a river or stream...oh, there would be a custom gym, I'd have a chef (NO MORE COOKING EVER I HATE IT I HATE IT I HATE IT). I wouldn't own a vehicle since I don't seem to need one. I might have a small pool in the shade of some large ornamental trees, under a trellis...er, the overhead roof thing of lattice...

Basically, the norm. I'd have a nice house and nice property and then I'd spread it around so the people I love have nice houses and nice property too, I'd stick a bunch away so I was sure to have enough to live on until I'm a hundred, and my family too...and then I guess I'd give the rest to...hmm...probably some charity that benefits homeless people, mostly. Preeeeetty standard, I think. (I wouldn't travel, though.)

That's why I say it's a lot more interesting to ask people what they'd do if they won $10,000. That's when personalities come out...the things they're actually concerned with every day rather than what basically all people want. (Basically a happy, comfortable life, which usually involves a nice home that can't be lost.)
Apr. 27th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
Definitely. With unlimited money, nice house slightly larger than now on more land. A kick-ass library and a soaking tub. New car, but still practical. A college fund for Charlotte, and a house fund for Erica. Retirement funds. Travel. Charity. The usual. :-)

$10,000 I would be inclined to just stuff into a savings account for when we have to replace the roof. Hmm. Let's say $50,000. Savings - for the roof and the rainy day fund. I'd max out my 401K at work, and start a 529 college fund for Charlotte. I'd get the new car with a hefty down-payment so that it'll be paid off in 3 years. I'd refinance the house.

I would finally, FINALLY take my honeymoon in the British Isles - and maybe we'd do *two* weeks. I'd *hire* someone to paint the house. I'm sure I would buy a boatload of books, and I would inquire about the purchase price of the building lot behind us. I'm sure I couldn't afford it, but I'd ask.

Not having any rich spinster aunts to leave me said money, in the meantime I slog along. Somehow, we always manage.
Apr. 27th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
My $0.02 on imaginary money
10k would probably be split between a college fund for Victoria, and a bathroom/kitchen renovation. Gut the bathroom and redo the plumbing & electric in the wall between it and the kitchen, and fix the water damage from the leaky tub. Think we could do all that for $10k with room for me to get a laptop at the end?

If not, I move on up to the imaginary $50k. College fund. bathroom/kitchen plumbing-plus. Laptop. ...And add a front porch onto this house.

Unless I find a better house before this imaginary lottery shows up, in which case I skip everything but the college fund and use it as downpayment and to HIRE someone to do my packing, organizing, cleaning, moving and decorating for me. :D (Rob would have a coronary wouldn't he?)
Apr. 27th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
If I had ten thousand...hmm, I don't even know. It's not enough to buy major things for family (all of whom have more money than I do anyway), so...no, I don't even know. I've got all my *necessities* already, and my life is so quiet that my list of necessities is actually shorter than most.

I'd like an outdoor living room, maybe I'd put it into that. Or add one more room onto the house so I can have my own FULL kitchen and a little bathroom. (I share those things. Not a big deal but I hate having to work around messes that aren't even mine. Especially when they're big messes and I often don't even want to make cereal, let alone actually cook something.) Or I might add some accessories to my bike...or get one custom-built for me. Or take my sister to France and/or Italy. (She wants to go. I don't, but I'd be nice and take her if I had the money lying around.)

I could use a new organizational setup for my closet and craft area, too. But you can probably tell by my list that there's not a lot of stuff I NEED, just stuff I'd like to have if it were easily had. I think someone else should win the lottery, not so much me. I actually don't have any money but am in such a comfortable situation that it doesn't matter at all.
Apr. 27th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Are you looking for a *medieval-oid* camp bed, or simply something that's functional? Victoria loved it when I draped her pack-n-play at Acorns&Pearls, and had I gone to more events I was speculating about "real" drapery. If you think Charlotte would be of the right size by Pennsic time, I'll retrieve the one from Mom's basement. You can leave it at Pennsic when you're done with it, or give it away if you find a better solution by then.

I'd offer you V's portable crib, but I gave it to Cindy for her granddaughter's visits.

Oh, by any chance do you want some royal blue drapes for Pennsic? Lovely synthetic pseudo-silk, muslin lined, but shape's gone out of them since I prewashed them for a gown I never made anyway.
Apr. 27th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
No worries - we have a Pack-n-Play, and it's just about to go to the consignment store. We're going to either get her a proper camp bed like ours from Panther, or maybe something low to the ground that we can trundle under ours for this year. We've seen at least one thing that would work really well, but I'm still hoping for something more authentic.
Apr. 27th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, and no thank you on the drapes. We're completely off synthetic.
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