I hate to admit it but I am addicted to HGTV. I used to watch the quilting show with Alex Anderson, but there wasn’t much else on at the time that interested me. They went to a kind of frenetic format and I totally stopped watching.
Time passed and every once in a while, I would be flipping around some evening when I didn’t feel like doing anything and there would be people looking at houses. That was pretty interesting, even if most of them seemed kind of spoiled.
Two years ago, I had some vision problems and it was hard to read. I started watching almost everything. It was company when I couldn’t do anything else. And then I found I actually LIKED watching them prep houses for sale or redoing the kitchen. Some of those guys are very easy on your eyes, if you know what I mean.
I like the shows where there is a team of people and you begin to feel you know them. I especially like Curb Appeal with John Gidding and his team. It puts me in a good mood to spend time with them. I used to feel that way about the Ace of Cakes on the Food Network. Those people were crazy but they all liked each other and the work they did was amazing. No one pretended they were trying to teach us how to do anything, so I felt no responsibility to go in the kitchen and bake anything. Of course, since I liked it, they took that show off the air.
(On the other hand, I do NOT like shows where the regulars scream at their workers and snipe at each other. Why would anyone thing that was entertaining?)
I told my husband I watched all the real estate shows as research for when I would eventually have to do something with my mother’s house. It gave me an idea of what people want these days when it comes to houses – and yards. I certainly can’t go by my own experience since we have been in our house for almost 34 years and the only people we have had to please for the last 20 years is the two of us.
Well, we auctioned off her house this spring without doing any remodeling at all, and I am still watching. Tonight, I had Income Property on while I was trying to put a tricky quilt block together and they really cheered me up! I was having a hard time and thinking how pathetic I am after all the years I have been doing this. Guess what? Those professionals made mistakes, too. Things don’t always turn out the way they expect and they are always getting surprised by what they find when they start working. It’s not just me! What a relief!