Monday, March 2, 2009


I'd just like to say sorry to all my fans out there who have been so patiently waiting for a post. I can't even begin to explain how busy I have been since the sewage incident (which has turned into quite the remodel). I know that's a poor excuse for not sitting down for a few minutes and updating you on all of the wonderful happenings in my life, so I figured I'd better do that now. Here are a few of the delightful activities that I have been a part of during the last two months...

My family moved everything from our finished basement into the garage and ripped out all of our downstairs flooring so that it could be replaced.

Then we moved everything from upstairs to downstairs and lived in the basement for a few weeks so that we could remove all the flooring upstairs to have it replaced. This is when we started having some issues.

We decided that while we had the upstairs torn apart, we would tear down and replace a wall in our bedroom that had some water damage due to a mystery leak. After removing the sheet rock and insulation, we discovered that our lovely little brick house had no other framing to it other than the brick itself - which we thought was quite interesting (and wierd). Anyway, we found a small hole in the grout between two of the bricks that ended up being the culprit to the mystery leak and we fixed it. Then we started putting the wall back together.

We also noticed in the kids room that there was a spot on their wall that looked like rust was coming through it. Upon examing the other side of the wall, which happens to be in the bathroom, we discovered that there was a crack in the shower board. We figured that water had to be leaking through this crack and into the drywall and decided we better fix it too. Too our surprise, after cutting away a good size piece of drywall, we discovered the rust spot was actually some taco sauce that one of the kids had splashed on their wall...and also that there were numerous hornet nests behind the drywall this repair wasn't all in vain!

We also decided to paint both our room and the kids room, and in a color, since the rest of the house has white walls. I get a kick out of the names of the paint colors we chose. We did our room in a brown that was called "Brown Bag" and the kid's room was done in a green called "Punk Rock".

We also had a little mishap after our new vinyl floor was laid in our downstairs bathroom. About two days after installation, we received a huge ice-rain storm. A gi-normous amount of water leaked into and down our foundation (underneath the drywall) and flooded the new floor. Needless to say, it lifted the vinyl right off of the floor and we ended up having to have it re-done. We also had a new rain gutter installed and had to remove the drywall and fix the leak in the foundation so that we wouldn't have another misfortunate mishap.
We also had to cover the entire kitchen and dining room floor with new wood so that there was a smooth clean surface for the new vinyl to be laid. At one point in time there had been self-adhesive carpet in our house that left a thick black fuzzy film over the floor and the only way to prevent it from showing throught the new flooring was to cover it up.

Billy also decided to finish the shower in our downstairs bathroom so that we are able to bathe while our upstairs bathroom is torn up. We still need to rip out the flooring and replace a bunch of rotted floor boards before the new vinyl can be laid upstairs. This means that we have to remove the tub and toilet, etc.

So now we are left with just the upstairs bathroom...and cleaning...and unpacking...and finding time to blog.


Anonymous said...

WOW have you been busy! I laughed at the part about the taco sauce, but it's great you got those hornets nests out (SCARY!)

I would comment to your newer post and say "Happy Birthday" to Cadyn, but I'll say it here instead: "HAPPY BIRTHDAY CADYN"

-elizabeth (yer cuz.)

jhjonze said...

Holy crap Gina, you HAVE been busy. I'm so sorry. That is a lot of little problems all at once. At least you are getting them all fixed. Go Hena!

The Nielsons and The Wilcken said...

I'm becoming quite the handywoman!