Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." Genesis 9:13

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A guessing game

I think I've mentioned on here that I've hired a wonderful, wonderful young man to do odd jobs around this house, starting with repainting most/all of it.  (It's going to be all of it, I just have to make myself find a color for the living room).  We're also going to put down flooring and replace the plastic "woodwork" with real wood.  (Clearly one part at a time here).  So he and his fiance spent yesterday doing one of the most awful jobs in the world. I cracked up as I was getting something in my bedroom and heard him mutter "rednecks did this".  In Appalachia that's always possible.....And possibly true here.   As I've mentioned before, many, many shortcuts were taken when this house was built.  I think it is 21.  When I replaced the roof 2 years ago the roofer said the roof had the appearance of a 30 year old roof and had been done wrong to boot, making me very fortunate to have no had leaks.  The room they tackled yesterday as been my nemesis.  It's been the storeroom since I moved it, still decorated in footballs.  The prior owners (read idiots) had put wallpaper directly on the drywall without sealing it, then made it even worse by applying a border over that, then another layer of wallpaper, then another border, and the top 2 were that kid-proof paper that does not come off easily.  I've worked on it off and on for years and did not get very far.  Since I hurt my ankle I was pretty much out of commission on that room since I can no longer climb ladders safely.  I can, however, rip up carpet and that's what I did today.  Then I pulled up the tack strips.  And while I had the register cover off I wore a glove and pulled what I could out of the register.  Most of this pile is from that, a few small pieces were under the edge of the carpet where the baseboard had trapped them.

Good Lord, blogger just put a picture WHERE I PLACED IT. The improvements may be actual improvements.  Anyway, care to guess how much money I earned from that disgusting mess?  Also, what you you identify?  I'll give a complete listing later.

I also find it hilarious that it yielded one Pog.  Remember those?  I don't know what kids did with them but kids I babysat in the 90s had a big thing going with them. Oh, and at the top right corner, the long skinny thing that angles slightly to the right?  That would licorice.  Which has been in my vent for at least 8 years.  Yummy.......

I need to get to sleep. Tomorrow is early meeting day for 2 hours.  Blech.  and then I have to drag all that carpet outside.

More to come.


Michal Ann said...

What great home improvement projects! In that pile alone you "earned" over 50 cents plus a crayon, checkers, pieces of lego, a sticker, a puzzle piece, matches (?), a plastic plant.....the usual kid room junk, well known to mothers across the land.

What a wonder that you have good hired help with whom you're comfortable...and a fiance probably makes you more comfortable when she tags along.

I hope you keep up your stength. You're amazingly productive.

I'm so pleased for you. You'll feel stronger and fresher when the winter comes!

"Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy;
No shadow of shame will darken their faces."

Psalm 34:5

Lino Kosters said...

So your roof was done wrong on purpose? Whoa. You’re REALLY lucky you haven’t had any leaks! I hope you’re considering redoing your entire roof to make sure you won’t ever have any leaks at all, with the help of a reputable company, of course. The best companies will make sure that the job is done to the best that it can be, so you’ll never have to worry about needing to fix your roof ever again.