Tuesday, January 4, 2011
There used to be dark panneling on all of the walls. I pulled it off on an Easter Sunday (another side note-this picture is also on an Easter Sunday.) when a piece of the panneling came up and I got curious and stuck my hand behind the panneling and it came out black. After all of our guests left I ripped off the panneling and bleached. We actually ended up ripping out all of the drywall, insulating and re-drywalling the room. It was an awful mess.
The dog is Riley. I hated that dog. Yeah I know its a strong word but I did. He was the nastiest little shit you've ever met. I did a happy dance when he was struck by a car and killed. He belonged to Kadies friend Inge. She cried like a baby when he died. Sometimes there is no accounting for taste.
We started out by fixing the basement first. Replacing the oil burner for a new more efficient one, adding an outdoor wood boiler and then radient heat. We got rid of the forced hot air that made us all cough and sneeze and put in baseboard heat. We poured a basement floor and put cleanspace over the granite walls that let all of the cold and rodents. It was a huge expense. (The first Feb. I lived in the house, Dave was still in Florida, we went through a 250 gallon tank of oil in NINE days. Can you say Crap> Crap on a stick?)
What all of this means right now? It means I am so thankful that our house is warm. As the weather starts to get colder and colder, our floors are warm. At least everywhere but the kitchen, but soon we'll tackle the last bedroom and insulate and then we'll finally be warm in every room. The heat in the kitchen goes straight up into the unfinished room above it and out the roof.
I started the new year off bitchy. It seems that I start many things off that way and it's time for me to do something different. (I was going to say a change, but I want to put money in my pocket not take it out of my pocket) So this week I am going to head over to the local community college and look into taking a class or maybe even two. After all, my kids can't be the only ones that grow.