Vocabulary Reading:

Housekeeping 2


This article uses words from the 1000-2000 range of the General Service List. Read it. Then answer the comprehension questions.


It’s a “Fix-er Upper”

Daren and Diane have spent several weekends house-hunting. They are tired of paying rent for someone elseˇ¦s house. The real estate agent has shown them so many houses now that itˇ¦s difficult to remember exactly what each one looked like. Diane likes the new house in the suburbs, but Daren wants to buy the old house close to downtown. He hates fighting traffic to get to work in his downtown office. The old house would not only be very convenient, it would also be fun to fix it up just the way they would like it. In the end, Daren was able to convince Diane that she would enjoy the old house too, so that is the one they bought.

It needs a new roof. The old one leaks when it rains, so that is the first thing they need to fix. Daren got a ladder and climbed up on the roof. He ripped off the old shingles and put on new ones. Luckily it was a sunny weekend and he got the job done.

They noticed that the tap over the kitchen sink was dripping. It was wasting a lot of water and it was annoying to listen to, so Daren fixed it. Diane changed the locks on the doors. After all, you never know who might have kept a key.

A narrow passage connected the bedrooms upstairs. Diane brightened it up by putting a lamp in the far corner. She got one bedroom ready for them to sleep in. She put sheets, blankets, and pillows on the bed. Then she put a small mat on each side of the bed. She hoped they could afford to change the little mats for a larger rug before winter. She hung curtains from rods above the windows.

Daren continued working downstairs. He put a new screen on the door to keep the mosquitoes and other bugs out. He oiled the door hinges so that it would open and close quietly. Then he went upstairs and began the big job of fixing the plaster in the bathroom. It was falling off the walls. When he finished, Diane swept the floor and Daren washed it. They wiped everything down with a damp cloth.

That evening, they put a log on the fire and spent a quiet evening reflecting on the choice they had made. Fixing up the old house was a lot of hard work, but they both agreed it was actually fun and it was worth it.


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