Tuesday, July 31, 2007
But despite these set-backs, we did have fun as you can see...
Anyhow, here are a few of the pics I took...
Monday, July 30, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I do have to admit though, that I was a bit of an oddball among the rest of the OzzFest patrons. While Jeramy fit in quite nicely with all his tatoos, my baby doll top and flared dark jeans were just not quite the norm!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
So you may wonder what we chose to do yesterday in all this heat. Well since the flooring guy came out and gave an estimate for the insurance company, we started installing the kitchen floor...again. Yesterday, we put all of the plywood subflooring down. Knowing the degree of my mechanical aptitude, you may be tempted to laugh at my liberal use of the term "we" here. But I've got to tell you that I possess tremendous skill when it comes to the installation of plywood subfloor. For example, I am quite proficient at:
- Opening doors so that Jeramy can bring plywood pieces from outside into the kitchen
- Dusting sawdust off of freshly cut plywood
- Holding plywood in place as Jeramy cuts them
- Finding a wide assortment of tools such as tape measures, squares, screws, and drills
- Standing on pieces of plywood as Jeramy screws them into the ground
- Noticing problems but failing to mention them until its too late
- Serving refreshments
Anyhow, I'll leave you with a couple of photographic highlights from yesterday, both of which demonstrate why my home is a marvel to interior decorators far and wide.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
On other fronts, Jeramy stayed at home yesterday and today, but that is not to say that he wasn't working. Yesterday, he took out the asbestos tiles and damaged particle board that was underneath. (Don't worry, he wore a respirator and tyvek suit, sealed off the room, and used a new shop vac with a HEPA filter when removing the asbestos). So the kitchen is now just down to the sub-floor (see below). He can put down new plywood and flooring just as soon as Farmers sends somebody out to estimate the cost of doing that professionally so let's hope somebody can come out today! Or then again, maybe we'll just leave the floor this way and go with a more rustic style for the kitchen!
I also finished up my latest knitting project, which is an afghan for our friends Matt and Jen's new baby. Mac is due August 1st but it is sounding like he might show a couple weeks earlier than that. I think Jen is hoping he will...it's too hot to be that pregnant! Although it is hard to see against my green carpet, the blanket is light blue.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Anyhow, my sister Jaime got a Boston Terrier puppy. She is 3 1/2 months old and absolutely adorable! Jeramy, Cujo and I went to visit last night to escape our furnace of a house.
Here are a few pics:
~ Monday morning: A project manager from Service Master (the water clean up company contracted by our insurance) showed up to assess the damage. Shortly after a couple of crew workers showed up. They proceeded to take a lot of pictures and *gulp* rip up all of the flooring that we just put in last month. Below that flooring there was a lot of standing water over the old linoleum tile. The crew workers put down deoderizer and set up heaters/fans, a dehumidifier and monitoring system to get rid of all the water. The downside was that it has been a hot couple of days in Seattle and this helped heat our house to 85 degrees. Also, the project manager took a sample of the linoleum tile that we laid our floor over to a lab, because she thinks it contains asbestos. At this point, here is what the kitchen looks like:
~ Monday late morning/noon: we went to 2 Home Depots yesterday in search of a new refrigerator. $1000 later we have one on order and it is supposed to be delivered on Saturday. I'm pretty excited because it has a titanium finish, which should match the new kitchen very nicely! It's just too bad that we're replacing a refrigerator that was only 5.5 years old.
~ Monday afternoon: get a phone call that the tile does indeed contain asbestos and somebody will have to come out and estimate the cost of its removal. Jeramy also has initial conversations with the adjustor. Cujo and I escape to the camper.
~ Tuesday morning: Jeramy, with a respirator on, digs all of the spoiled salmon out of the garbage and I take a picture, because the adjustor told us that we might be able to get reimbursed for that loss. It was absolutely foul. A couple hours later the garbage man arrives, empties what must be the smelliest garbage cans on earth, and hauls that nasty stuff away.
~ Tuesday all during the 2 o'clock hour: Jeramy is at home while I'm shopping. First (I think) the asbestos guy arrives to estimate the cost of removing the old linoleum. Second, the insurance adjustor arrives to do her thing. Finally the Service Master guys arrive and take away those stupid heaters.
~ Tuesday late afternoon: Last month Jeramy made a framing for our sliding glass door to hold a couple portable air conditioners. We had to remove it to get the smelly, broken refrigerator out of our house. He hadn't put it back yet, since we had to have all of those stupid heaters running. But with them out of the house he was able to put it back up, along with a new portable air conditioner we bought at the same time as the refrigerator. Our house is now several degrees cooler!
Jeramy is hoping to do most of the rest of the work himself to save costs. We are hoping that we might be able to save enough to pay for the deductible and maybe even some of the refrigerator. He is taking Thursday and Friday off, so hopefully we'll reach some sort of state of normalcy by the end of the weekend.
Sunday, July 1, 2007
First we got the refrigerator outside and Jeramy donned a gas mask and proceeded to empty out the now warm contents. We called our homeowners insurance and somebody will be out in the morning to start work on fixing this whole mess. In the meantime, the stench (even after having the doors open for a few hours) has driven us back out to the camper.
Anyhow, the trip was a lot of fun and filled with everything from wild animals to a forest fire that forced us to evacuate camp. So as we are getting back to normal over the next few days I'll post some more blogs on all that and put up pictures.