Oh the surprises just don’t stop around here! Hubby and I have been working diligently at the farm (still seems weird calling it that – we have to come up with a name soon) and I feel like each wall has held some kind of exciting surprise.
I’m past the point of getting upset – especially when we take down sheetrock and find things like this stashed in the walls between the 2X4s.
There were about 8 dice of varying sizes stashed in a nice little bed. Along with a boingy phone cord, golf tee, sucker stick, peach pit, a few other unidentifiable objects, and a lot of turds. What a nice little home. I’m sure those mice just had a great setup there in the wall. But come on now. Seriously…SERIOUSLY?!
They also had a lovely little nest on the top of the range vent. YUCK. any mice in the kitchen YUCK YUCK YUCK. Mice anywhere is really quite disgusting. I’m not even sure these were mice here…do mice collect things or is it some other critter? I don’t know. I probably don’t WANT to know…
So, the common discovery of mouse/squirrel/chipmunk/???? chewed areas along with the finding of about half a dozen squirrel nests so far in the attic has led us to the decision that we are going to gut ev.er.ry.thing. It was not planned for and certainly we will have to re-do our budget and live in a mess for a while, but we both feel like it is the only way to do.
We are keeping the fridge though…and the washer and dryer unless the previous owners end up needing them. That is it though. Pretty much everything else will be gone. We are looking into new heating/cooling systems. There was radiant ceiling heat installed which has been coming down as we’ve been taking the ceiling and insulation down. It it a real bugger to get down.
The plaster sticks to it in chunks and then when you are pulling on the wires they swing at hit you in the nose. (totally happened to me) Or your husband is on the ladder hammering and sends a chunk of ceiling on a crash course with your ankle bone. (totally happened to me). Anyhoots. If you don’t pull out all of the wire, it is next to impossible to get the sheetrock down because it is all stuck together. And then on top of that, an unholy amount of nails was used while hanging the sheeetrock. I mean CRAZY amounts of nails. In the bathroom, I could 27 nail on ONE 2X4 in about 2.5 feet. Do you know how insane that is?!
One day at a time…breathe.
Everything is a process. But we are making progress. We are. Totally. (That is me giving myself a pep talk…)
A co-worker of husbands went out last week and helped him gut the upstairs bathroom. I think we’ve decided to stick with one large bathroom instead of splitting it into a master bath and half bath. We are clean bathroom people and really don’t mind if other peeps use our toilet. :) It does make me a little sad though, looking at the beautiful bathroom we just finished at our house in town and then having to start over again. So this picture is standing in the master bedroom, the left part is the bathroom, living space beyond that, and then the wall to the right is the kitchen.
We’ve also made progress in the kitchen. We took a few of the cabinets out (found some more HUGE holes chewed in the walls) and will hopefully have it all gutted tomorrow. Sounds like my papa is going to come out and help hubby tomorrow which will be great. Oh and speaking of, Happy Father’s Day to the World’s Greatest Dad! Love you! :) So I know that husband will appreciate the help! We’ve just got so much to do!
Well, I feel like I’ve been talking a lot. What is new in the world out there beyond my home remodeling project? We did get out to the lake for a bit for my niece’s bday party. Had a fun little celebration and we regained “favorite aunt and uncle status” with our gift. At least I’m pretty sure we did…have pics on the camera, but that is at work.
And super good news – the first day of summer is coming up! Anybody have anything planned?! No? Well you should come help at our new place. We’re having a demo party and it will be SO much fun!