There’s always more to the story

Fixing up an old house is a recurring theme in our lives. My wife and I have moved 14 times in  our several years of marriage. Many times it’s been into an old house and renovation before moving in has rarely been an option. The closest we came was re-doing some flooring before moving in, but for the most part, we have learned to live around renovations.
An old friend once said a good wife could put up with unfinished gyproc for two years. I think my wife has passed that test a couple of times.
Last Saturday, after a long list of not so heavy jobs got done, it was drawn to my attention by word or by deed that the main door from our dining area to the BBQ patio was sticking. It was sticking because during a couple of heavy rains, the eavestrough overflowed and water came down the wall. It flooded the door step which swelled up and caused the door to go beyond sticky. If we had to pull any harder on it, the door knob would have come off.
So, at 8 p.m. on a Saturday evening, off came the door. The trusty old Stanley steel plane did its magic but it wasn’t enough. The only solution was to take off a blade width with the circular saw. That worked and then the door opened and closed freely.
Not to be deterred, I went back at it Monday night and found  a new storm door, so that meant the next step is to take off the ugly old storm door, repair the frame and install the “new” old door.
As the title suggests, there’s always more to the story. The frame is damaged a bit at the bottom with rain-induced rot. Apparently, in the 100 plus years this house has stood the test of time, a few rain showers have overflowed the eavestrough and wetted down the door frame.
Taking off the brick mould exposed some hollow uninsulated wall spaces which will have to be fixed. It also revealed two little treasures. Hidden in the hollow of the wall, were the longest porcelain wiring tubes that I have ever seen. After the dust came off, they proved to be very shiny little novelties, no value just novel.
There’s a lesson in this little three foot by seven foot piece of the world called our kitchen doorway.
There is indeed always more to the story. It doesn’t matter what area of life you look at, be it politics, government, social interaction, commerce or our relationships with others, there’s always more than what appears on the surface.
Renovating an old house holds other lessons too. There’s always some little treasure buried in a situation, there’s always a cause for a problem. There’s usually a solution too.
So, as a proud owner of a very old house, I will probably be able to keep on re-disovering these truths for a while yet. Seeing as my wife says she has no intention to move again, I may actually get to finish this house to the level we really want to do so.
And I guess I better invest in a good ladder as it looks like eavestroughs always need to be cleaned out. That is if I want that door to ever stop sticking.

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