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A New Furnace

A New Furnace

22 Aug 2017 Karina S. Henkel

We moved into our house six years ago. I think I have mentioned before how small this house is. But we love it. When we moved in, we knew that the furnace was old, but only a couple of years later we learned that the furnace was probably 40 years old – built in the ‘70s, Over the past years, we had to call for emergency repair service at least twice, sometimes three times, a winter.

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Bad Neighbors

8 May 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Bad Neighbors Andrew and I aren’t really a role model for keeping a house and its lawn pretty. I hate working in the yard. I put some flower pots out and that’s it. Even though Andrew mows the lawn regularly, (although I argue that there is no grass in our yard to...

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I Want a Walk-In Closet

28 Apr 2017 Karina S. Henkel

I Want a Walk-In Closet I need a bigger house. I want a bigger house. But what I really want is a walk-in closet. And the good thing is that this is not so unusual in the US. There are many houses that have been built to accommodate the needs of women like me: women...

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Fixer Upper

28 Nov 2016 Karina S. Henkel

Fixer Upper My friend Richard is a very handy man. But I had no clue how handy he is until I visited his house. He had told me that he got a house quite cheap because it was in a very bad shape.

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Looking for a House

14 Nov 2016 Karina S. Henkel

Looking for a House My colleague Jenny just sold her house. It took her quite a while to find a buyer. But as soon as it was settled she looked feverishly for a new house. And now she can’t find one.

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Being a homeowner is great and it sucks at the same time

28 Jul 2016 Karina S. Henkel

Being a homeowner is great and it sucks at the same time Six weeks ago John, Andrew’s friend, visited us. He and Jim sat in the driveway, smoking cigars, and while they were chatting John offered to replace the roof on our garage. For five years we had been putting this task off because it would cost us several thousand dollars.

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Sometimes You Need Help to Live the American Dream

15 Sep 2015 Karina S. Henkel

Sometimes You Need Help to Live the American Dream I have a very good friend here. She is also German and won her green card through The American Dream. She moved from Germany to Maine in the same month that I did. It was good that we could support each other emotionally in that time.

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