And now the continuing story of a quack who’s gone to the dogs…
So where did I leave off? Oh, right, laundry. The washer and dryer were to be delivered the next day. Well, the next day came and delivery guy says “Did you want a white washer, two white pedestals and a platinum dryer? Because that’s what’s on the truck.” So, yeah, no I did not, and back to the store they went.
The next day, the delivery man and his sidekick returned with everything matchy-matchy and we ended up with an extra $112.00 in our pockets due to Lowe’s error, and after a full morning at home getting the gas dryer set up – we were back in business baby! Laundry business! Of course, the dryer sounds like an airplane about to take off, but that’s about to be fixed as soon as the parts come in and in the meantime it works great.
Now, on to bigger and better things like two weeks straight of sick kids, nasty boogers and being cooped up in the house with no where to go and no one to see but Melissa at Target Pharmacy. Last night was the first night in weeks that I hadn’t been woken up by Christopher standing at the gate in his doorway screaming “Mommy!!!!!” at the top of his voice like a little tyrant. Ava spent all of last week at home from school. This week, even though she was there, Christopher was clingy and miserable. Thankfully my number one goal at the end of each day is merely that everyone is still alive.
To get back to the story of the flood, the loss of “stuff” in the basement was really the least of our worries. The basement full bathroom was a ridiculous mess. The ceiling was caving in, the walls were bubbling and saturated with water. That room took the brunt of it, but the wood paneling (horrible ugly stuff), the spare bedroom, and the whole perimeter of the basement covered in drywall had to be demo-ed. For nearly a month now, the basement has been gutted and the contents in the trash, in storage, or in the dining room. Until today, today reconstruction started. Over the past 2 weeks we’ve had discussions about what we want, what colors, where there will be tile, and wood floors and carpet. Who’s being relocated from one place to another (me, going from the kitchen office area, to the basement/man cave area). When is Thing A happening and then Thing B…which phase will happen when and in what order. A parade of people with measuring tapes and pencils and little notebooks marking things down and then appearing at the door ready to start working on their piece of the puzzle. The real construction began today. The plumber has been here a couple of times, but today the rest of the basement demo was finished. Those who had visited my basement have seen the horizontal pine paneling and murky tinted mirrors and shiny polycoated shelving around the awkward layout. It is currently framed as 3 individual rectangular rooms, properly framed and awaiting repositioned ductwork, electrical and drywall. It’s going to be really pretty and finally useful space.
We’ve also decided, since the insurance company told us that the tile floor in the main floor bath, hall and kitchen needed to be replaced….to just redo the whole kitchen at the same time. All the tile areas, hallway, kitchen, bathroom, dining room will be hardwood floor, and we’re having the kitchen cabinets and counters replaced, and then opening up the wall between the kitchen and the dining room and adding a peninsula/breakfast bar between the two rooms. As excited as I am for this to happen, I know have to pack up my whole kitchen and dining room and relocate them to the garage and figure out how and when I will feed my family for a week plus. And, while this is just my speculation, it looks like the kitchen will be under construction for Ava’s birthday week…which means I may not be making her birthday cupcakes for her class myself afterall. I might have to buy them from the store, and that makes me a little sad. Oh well, “Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. You have enough to worry about today.” Matthew 6:34
Not to say that I shouldn’t plan ahead on what to do, which of course could change…but there’s no need to panic about what’s not for another 3 weeks away….2-ish weeks anyway.
I know that one of my resolutions was to post more pictures…so here’s some of life lately. Yay!