What doesn’t make me happy is that Ryan now knows that the plumbing upstairs hasn’t been updated. (Everything downstairs in copper, but the upstairs is the original galvanized piping. It needs to be replaced. Which is a pain.)
The good news is that the ceiling is in really good shape. I can actually just get to painting it. You know, after we clear out all this garbage. Did I mention it’s REALLY hot upstairs?
The kitchen and dining room
Now, there are approximately 652,786 screws to remove. No exaggeration. The installers literally placed a screw in the cement board every centimeter. No one can say they weren’t thorough.
Ryan broke two bits trying to get the screws out. Which pleased him. But, they’ll come out eventually. Then, we have to figure out how to fill the holes. In the beautiful original hardwoods. I think that covering these floors should be a capital offense.
Ryan spent Sunday morning cleaning the gutters. He realized this was necessary when it was down pouring and nothing was coming out of the downspouts. It was just spilling over the tops. And, the trees growing in the gutters may have given him a clue, too.
Now, the gutters are debris-free.
We also spread 3 tons of dirt around the house so the water will flow away from the house instead of into the basement. (Novel idea.) Next time, remind us not to do this on the day with the year’s highest temperatures. I helped with about 25 percent of the dirt before I realized that it was HOT and that job STINKS. (You should all be feeling bad for Ryan, now.)
But, also remind me never to drive Ryan’s death trap of a truck to get the aforementioned dirt. I.almost.died. (You all should be feeling bad for me, now.)
After all the dirt was spread (yes, it took all 3 tons), I transplanted some perennials from our yard (iris, lilies and hosta) and covered it all with cypress mulch. Once the plants take to their new home, I think it will look great.
And, at least the house looks like someone cares now.
Although all the bushes are still thrown in the backyard. Still figuring that out.
I originally wanted to paint the foundation before planting anything, but it’s already August and I needed to move the plants. So, I’ll just paint the foundation later. Once we figure out how to get the outside water spigot working so I can power wash everything.
And, who wants to see the most recent checklist? (It’s not much change this week, but a few things have been updated.)