Category: The Castle House

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Let’s Get This Party Started.

Today the contractors finally showed up to start repairing my kitchen. The original plan (yes, original plan, be afraid…) was to just demo one wall, the one with the leak, and rebuild it properly. It’s an outside wall that was an addition onto the house. They walled in the porch in the 60’s and turned it into the kitchen, but this addition does not match the build quality of the rest of the home. At all. Today I stood there and...

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A Visit From Splinter.

For f*cks sake I am never touching anything with milk ever again. I am so miserable. It takes forever to get out of my system. WHY! The charcoal does help the immediate gas bubbles and cramps, but I still feel awful. I’ve still pooped 80234 times in the past two days. I’m relieved to know it’s milk though. I mean it’s obvious, the same thing happens each time I stupidly try to eat it. Two hours after eating it I feel...

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I need more Zantac.

I have what I shall refer to as Anxiety Stomach. This is some sort of hereditary torture during which my stomach feels like it’s full of acid, and I may barf acid out of my nose if I move to swiftly. (It’s similar to morning sickness actually.) My dad gets the same thing, upset stomach from stress. My kitchen. I don’t know why it’s stressing me out so much. I mean it’s not the end of the world, but I can’t...

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I will go down with this ship.

And I won’t put my hands up and surrender There will be no white flag above my door I’m in love, and always will be It started last night while I was putting cookie dough on a pan to bake. I was standing in the kitchen in front of the stove and I heard a strange scuffling noise. It sounded almost like a mouse. We had a mouse in the kitchen last year when we first moved in, and the cats...

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White Stuff.

It really snowed! Leave it to Ada to lock us out of the house when it’s 10 degrees outside with a foot of snow on the ground. We were going to go out and play for just a few minutes. Our old Victorian door knob has this strange lock where you push a button on the door jamb area of the door to turn the lock on. It stays locked and you can open the door from the inside, but once...

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The 102 Year Old Love Letter.

Last night Rosie was running down the stairs on her way to grab a bottle of water before getting in bed. She came back a few minutes later very upset. She was scared I would be mad because on her way down the stairs she tapped the decorative wooden ball on the top of a stair railing post…and the thing fell off with a crash. The circular thing on top was what she knocked off. They’re nailed on, but since they’re...

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Informal Poll:

Say you lived in a downtown area with a lot of people walking around, and a lot of drugs and other unsavory activities. Often these people throw trash in your yard and all over the ground outside while they are walking past. On this particular day you go out to your trash can outside and find the lid open. Often you rant to your husband that you wish these trash-throwing people would just put the trash in your garbage can, so...

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A bit of home decorating.

Who knew picking out a rug could be so overwhelming? I decided to just get something semi-cheap since not only do I have almost no money to spend, I also have three little kids. I found a bunch of rugs for $99 an under at Garden Ridge. It’s not called Garden Ridge anymore, but I can’t remember the new name. At Home or something lame. Garden Ridge was considerably catchier. Henry was crying and Ada was overstimulated and I could not...

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Whirlwind.

My baby! Oh how I do love him so! Cannot get enough. Oh yeah, these other kids of mine are pretty fun too… “Why are you hanging upside down off the earth like a bat?” Rosie took this one of the Easter Bunny, and the ones with me in them too. Go home Easter Bunny, you’re drunk! The edge of my front porch. The girls like to do school work out there. I’m so busy I just don’t know how to...