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3.06.2011

Warning: This may contain the ugliest pictures I have ever posted.  Don’t look for prettiness here today.

So where have I been?  I am feeling human again and therefore have no excuse for being such a blog slacker.  Well let’s just say mother nature and the anything pretty house have not been friends lately. 

It all started with us  making progress on the nursery and I was having all kinds of fun painting built ins and trim.  I was so excited to share the progress.  But then I pulled the tape and the fresh ceiling paint and primer came off in chunks.  We had bare drywall.

How could that be?  I love my primer and paint and this has never happened before.  Wait a second….does the drywall feel wet?  No it just must feel cold.

Let’s look in the attic and move some insulation.

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Yep definitely wet.

And is and more wetness paired with black stuff which appears to be mold or some other sort of nastiness.

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Well let’s get a roofer here and clean it up and repaint the stupid ceiling after it dries out.

So we dried and scraped and repainted.  And had tons of fun fixing it.

And then Derek walked into the basement last week and splashed when he stepped on the carpet.

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Hmmm everywhere you step, there is water splashing up.

Not good.

Our sump pump decided that it had had enough and stopped working.  Funny how a back up pump is not something you ever think about until you have a couple inches of dirty rainwater in your basement.

So all the carpet had to be ripped out.  And all the laminate.  And all the ugly peel and stick tile in the bathroom. And giant fans and dehudifiers joined the party.water damage

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And since water seeped into the drywall as well….

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….baseboards came off and holes were drilled to air it all out.water damage

Great fun.

So that is my posting has been a little off. 

Looking on the bright side, it could have been a whole lot worse.  It could have been sewage.  It could have ruined furniture or electronics or everything in the storage area which was luckily off the ground.  We could have not gone into the basement for days and had many times more water and damage to drywall.  We had insurance with sump pump coverage.  The carpet was old and I did not shed a tear when they hauled that out.  The laminate that we spent a weekend putting down was another story….but this is the bright side.

So the good news is that the basement has been moved up on the remodel list.  We had talked about it before but decided the money we needed to invest to make it the way we wanted it was not there right now for a space we rarely used.  And now the insurance company gets to help with part of that.

The bad news?  A huge remodel was not on the ole timeline right now.  And while the insurance is much appreciated for the floors and walls, the furniture, decor and big screen to make it an entertainment area will still be on us. 

So if you were worried that the nursery was going to be the only project going on, you can rest easy thanks to mother nature.  Now I just need to figure how the heck to make the basement be a “man’ space while the same time housing all the future toys.  And cheap too.  Should be interesting….

10 comments on "Life Lately"
  1. Oh no! Those kind of things are never fun, but you are doing a good job looking on the bright side.

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  2. Oh, Jenny! I can only imagine the feeling you both had as you realized how far and deep that water damage had gone! YUCK!

    I'll tell you, when we finished our basement, Richie wanted to put in a projection screen for a TV. I was totally against the idea... until I learned that it was a lot less than a large flat screen. A LOT. So I caved. We got to watch Michael Phelps win Olympic gold and totally felt like we were there in person. We'll never have another basement without a projector. It's like your own little movie theater. And, with a baby on the way, it might be the only way you'll get to see a movie on a large screen. Ask me how I know this. :)

    See you Thursday!

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  3. O no!!! I just had our basement back up last week, so I feel your pain.

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  4. I'm sorry this happened!! I'm glad your looking on the bright side of everything

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  5. Wow. Just wow. All I keep thinking is good thing you painted and found the wetness and mold then, right?! Those are two things you definitely don't want in a nursery. Bright side thinking...bright side thinking...

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  6. Oh no!! I'm so sorry about your house troubles. We've had our fair share and it always makes me reminisce about the good ol' days of renting! Our basement flooded the summer we moved in because of the sump pump going out. Thanks to our sucky insurance agent, we didn't have sump pump coverage. Needless to say, we have it now!

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  7. Oh, wow! I am so sorry you are having to go through all of this now. At least there is something good to come out of it. Way to look on the bright side!!

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  8. Oh man. What a rough string of events. You're so positive about the whole thing! I don't know if I could pull myself together that much. Hope everything starts to come together quickly and the mess diminishes.

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  9. Oh my gosh, Jenny! This is terrible! What a total bummer. I didn't even know you had a finished basement. (Not that that matters or that I assume I should know.) Hope you get everything taken care of.

    And hope you are feeling well!

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