The joys of central air, and the lows of moldy carpet.


I was able to get someone in to fix my broken central air today. It’s been a rough couple of days with no air conditioning, and high temperatures and humidity. I think I could

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handle the heat, but the humidity is what kills me.  Years ago, Ex-husband, in his infinite wisdom (and after I told him not to FOR THIS VERY REASON), insisted on painting the windows shut. Did I mention I was getting new windows soon? Anyway, I digress…I arrived home just after the fix-it guy left, but it’s working again, and the cold air is coming out with more force than it did before and my house is cooling off nicely.

Coping with a hot house is something I hate doing, but remember well from when I was a kid…we just laid there and sweated at night. Poor Younger Son slept with a small fan in his bed blowing right on him, as we couldn’t get our windows open. Older Son got off a little easier since his room is in the cool basement. I took a cold shower and didn’t dry off all the way. I just laid in bed with my long, wet hair dripping all over me and the sheets. It sounds messy, but it sure did the trick. I was actually able to get a decent nights sleep. (Note to self, put ceiling fans in the bedrooms)

So, the bad news is that there was some kind of a leak in the condensation tube and water has been seeping underneath a wall into Older Son’s room, as I described in my last post. Not only is his carpet moldy and ruined underneath, but the very bottom of that wall is moldy and eaten away. It’s one of those slow-growing hidden problems that you just don’t know about until something out of the ordinary happens, like the carpet being wet. There was no smell before, but now that I have pulled up the carpet there’s a pervasive stink in the house I can smell all the way up stairs, even after we dried everything out. So, the carpet is coming out and the wall board is being replaced. It’s a darned good thing that I sealed the cement in that bedroom before we laid the carpet down, or I might never get the stink out. Blech…Thank goodness for bleach!

Still, with all of the commotion this has caused, I can still find a blessing. Today’s blessing? It’s not snowing!

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Oh a tangled web they weave when the plumber doesn’t show up


So I get home today and sign on to my work laptop, and while I’m doing that, I call the plumber to let him know that I’m ready. The boys and I were up late here painting last night to make sure we were good to go with the plumbing being finished today. He said he would be back to put the sink, toilet and shower head in on Thursday morning.

When I called in to their office today, the answer I got was not what I was expecting or desiring. Apparently they’ve had a few people call in sick and are short-handed, so they’ve had to push finishing my bathroom back until Friday.  Argh. You just never fully appreciate a bathroom until you are stuck in a house all day without one!

Seriously, though. With the building boom that is taking place in Minot and the surrounding area now, I should thank my lucky stars that I didn’t get pushed back until next week. So, it’s not as bad as it could be. Still…I’m bummed. I’ve got my bath salts ready for a nice hot soak. It appears that I’m pouting because it will have to wait. I guess I need to put on my big girl panties and suck it up for another day.

The good news is that the drywall guy came today, after not showing up at noon yesterday, and fixed the dings in the wall that happened when the flooring guy was here, and one I put in by accident yesterday -oops!  He’s supposed to be coming back after 12:30 to do a final sanding, so we’ll see if he makes it.

So, since I’m going back to the office tomorrow, Older Son will come and be here to let them in. Thank goodness for Older Son…I know I can count on him to hold the fort down.

Frenzied before 8:30am


Everyone put on your seat belts, strap on your head-gear and put your tray in the upright and locked position. It’s going to be a helluva day, folks.

My Dad beat me to my house this morning, if you can believe that. He’s already measured my eaves troughs, and been in my attic. Gods bless him…I don’t know what I’d do with out him. It it wasn’t for my Dad, my house would most likely fall down around my ears.

The drywall guy has been here this morning already to do what little he needed to get done, and I’m expecting the flooring guy at any minute.   It’s been a crazy day already and it’s not even 8:30am!

That’s ok…By this weekend, I will be back in my house with a brand new bathroom. It will be nice to sleep in my own bed again!

Details, Details!


So today I’m still working from home and the guy has been here to put another coat of mud on the walls already. He says he’ll put another coat on after lunch, and then they’ll put the new sub-floor in so the flooring guy can do his thing tomorrow. Today the electrician comes, and that means I need to go grab a new bathroom light on my lunch break. I was a dork and forgot to pick it up when I went to get my new sink faucet.  Have you got any idea how expensive a silly little sink faucet is? I paid $54 and that was for the cheapest one there. Uff-da.

As I am working away at my laptop, I realize all the little things I do at this job are going to have to be transitioned to someone else. It’s going to be a real bummer for a few weeks trying to get everything wrapped up, even after I’ve gone to my new job, I think I might get some calls to help people find stuff or train people how to run my reports. This thought  is really a cheap shot, but perhaps they will appreciate me more when I’m gone. It really doesn’t matter… I’m done being this one department’s doormat, and am ready for the next new adventure. After the first month or so, there will be no more phone calls asking for help, and I’ll be free to just keep moving forward.

So, it’s a day of details. With any luck, most of the home details, at least, will be taken care of by the end of the week!

Back to work today


After all the hubbub of last week, I had a nice peaceful weekend at my parent’s house with the boys and my Aunt. Now that the weekend is over, it’s back to business as usual. Well, perhaps not as it usually is.

Given that work is still ongoing with my bathroom remodel, and I keep a laptop for work, my boss let me work from home Monday through Thursday. Already this morning the young man who’s doing the drywall has been here, and will be back periodically throughout the day. It will be interesting trying to stay focused on work, with so much in my house that needs doing, but I’m hoping it will work out ok.

With any luck, the drywall will be done by Tuesday so I can paint. Then the floor guy is supposed to come Wednesday morning, and then the rest of the plumbing can be done Thursday. Once that’s all done, we can move back into our house and I can go back to work at the office!

Day #2 of the remodel


Well, it was quite a day yesterday. I feel like my seat belt broke and my crash helmet has some dings in it, but I’m still hanging on!

Not only did the bathroom get gutted, but it was re-insulated and prepped for the tub to go in today. With any luck, the tub will go in and the sheet rock will follow this afternoon. Whew!

There was a bit of a hiccup in the plan late yesterday as the light , the ceiling vent and one of the light switches weren’t mounted onto anything but the old sheet rock. Of course there was no electrician at hand, so my Dad came to the rescue again last night, and got things fixed up enough that the sheet rock can go up today. I told him if he keeps coming to my rescue like this, I’m going to have to buy him a white horse. Gods bless him…I just don’t know what I do without his help with stuff around the house.

No more window!

So, this picture at the left what we’re starting with this morning. It sure is dark in there without a window, but that’s ok.  Having a decent tub surround, and not having to have a curtain in my shower, will be worth it.

Right now my carpenter is replacing a bad piece of sub-flooring, and then…drum roll, please… the tub will go in! My plumber is a nice young man who seems to have a good head on his shoulders. He explained how the tub will go in, in good detail, and answered all of my questions. I’ve been very lucky in that I have good people doing this work for me. This morning I have to call the electrician to come and fix up the ceiling vent/fan and install a new light fixture. I haven’t met her yet, but I’ve had some good word of mouth references from people whose homes she’s done work in, and Casper says he’s met her and likes her work. Good enough for me!

So, in talking with the plumber, I have come to realize that I need to make sure to get the bathroom painted before the sink and tub go in. Ah, the joys of picking colors and making everything match. So, off I go to the flooring store today to get a sample of the flooring I bought, and then off to the paint store to get paint to match.  Good times!

The Carpenter is just finishing getting the new sub-floor screwed into place, and then the plumber will take over with the tub placement. Hmmm…I love the smell of fresh-cut wood in the morning!