It’s been a couple of weeks since my last blog post. There really hasn’t been much sewing going on around here, so I haven’t had much to share. Part of the reason I haven’t been sewing is that I’ve been teaching retreats the last couple weekends. That always involved several days of packing, plus 6 days of teaching, so it really cuts into my productivity!
The other reasons that I haven’t been sewing much is that I’ve been busy feeling sorry for myself.
Because this is what my living room looks like.
Yes, those are open rafters up there and that is insulation and dust all over the floor. My pretty little kitchen is in shambles and my living room looks like a construction zone.
You may remember me saying that I was never remodeling again. We’ve done that a few times in the this house already, and we thought we were done.
Done for several reason - we are a totally burnt out from being a little too handy, we want to stay sane, therapy gets expensive, and best of all, the house was finished.
So, with all that being said, why is my main living area in shambles?
Apparently the snow load last winter was a little much for our rafters. We didn’t realize how much snow was up there until we started shoveling it off. It took my DH and BIL all day to shovel it, plus I helped for a few hours until I couldn’t hold my arms up anymore. We were tempted to haul the snowblower up on the roof! Seriously, that does happen, but maybe only in Minnesota!
We didn’t realize that it was an issue until this past spring. Several of the joints in our NEW ceiling cracked. We had never had that much movement in our house before and we thought it was a little strange. Then one weekend a couple of months ago, our ceiling started leaking into the kitchen. That’s when we knew something was really wrong! After a little rummaging around in the attic it was discovered that one rafter had a slight crack and two other rafters had bowed. That caused the ceiling to crack and the flashing to pop loose around our chimney, which caused the leak.
So, to make a long story short, that is why my house looks like this -
and my front entry looks like this. Charming, isn’t it?
It’s been quite a process.
The ceiling and insulation have all been taken down.
The rafters have been fixed and “beefed up”, whatever that exactly means.
New sheetrock has been hung.
But, while we were at it (I know you have heard me say this before), Joel decided to rip out the old wood burning fireplace.
Really, I had nothing to do with it. It’s all him. I did not put him up to this. He decided, that even though our house is surrounded by woods, he doesn’t like cutting up trees. I’m not much help, because you can’t cut down many trees if you don’t even know how to start the chain saw.
(That might be intentional on my part, but don’t tell anybody).
It was a big job taking that beast out, but I have to say that I am really excited about that new gas fireplace. Having extra heat at the touch of a switch might be just the ticket to make these MN winters more bearable. It might even make this whole drama a little more worth it.
The situation is improving though. This is how the house looked yesterday. The walls and ceiling have been taped and textured. The insulation is back in place, meaning the temperature in the house is much warmer (we’ve had a few nights below 30, so it’s been a been nippy).
Today the ceiling and walls are being painted. The fireplace is being installed tonight.
Guess what I’ll be doing? Cleaning up this mess!
I don’t ever think I have been so excited to clean in my entire life. I can’t wait!
I will have to set my therapy aside . . . .
I probably would have never learned what a Zuberball was or how to knit socks if it weren’t for this mess.
So, things are looking up around here. I will eventually stop complaining and feeling sorry for myself.
I mean after I can start using my kitchen again.
In the meantime, if you want to feel a little sorry for us, it might help just a little.