Tagged: The Castle House

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February: The Annual Worst Month Ever

Many nights I spend what feels like the entire night trapped in twisted dreams about my house falling apart, having to move unexpectedly, desperately trying to pack while it’s cold or wet in the house, not having enough money, mean landlords showing up, and feeling unsure where we will live. I have so many of those nightmares I’m afraid to go to sleep sometimes. It’s February. In February 2014 the heat stopped working in the cabin, everything including the toilet bowl...

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The Castle House: Closure

I found this on the internet today: Our old rental house, The Castle House, for sale. I knew they were going to list it for sale, so there’s no surprise there. Though I will admit I feel weird looking at those pictures. That was our home. Only for a year, but still…there were parts of it that were very gorgeous despite all of the issues. It also brings up memories of how insecure I felt while living there. I was never...

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The Big Week.

I’m writing this with only one eye open. The other eye itches so incredibly that I want to gouge it out with my fingernails and then shove ice cubes in my eye sockets. Have mercy on my soul, this is insane. It’s either from some seasonal allergen currently trying to kill me or from the (estimated) large amounts of mold growing in my damp walls. Maybe both. Regardless, I may be permanently blinded. My right eye is nearly swollen shut and...

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Another Kitchen Update, With Pictures.

I took a few new pictures of the kitchen this morning. It’s glorious. Behold! (Sorry, too lazy to retake it due to blur. Henry was grabbing my legs.) None of those things in the floor are mine, that’s all contractor junk. I just love that we have to step around nails, saws, nail gun, etc. Very safe for babies and children. Let’s move on to the exquisite drywall work. Now keep in mind they tore down the walls completely and rebuilt...

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Kitchenless: Day 84.

Well, day 84 has brought us to a minor amount of progress. Somehow they have managed to put up drywall, mud the drywall, put in the sink (which has hot water only at the moment, but water none the less), and install cabinets. However the cabinets they chose don’t match exactly. They’re used. They are pretty similar at least. Here’s my favorite part: The threw away the old water damaged cabinets and replaced them with less water damaged cabinets. I’m not...

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Stress.

I am just one huge ball of stress. I keep looking around at my half packed house and I don’t even know where to start. I just want to hide in my bed. I think the Alinia (Giardia medication) has destroyed my intestinal flora. Miserable. I just need to be well again. I need to not spend my days pooping, or waiting to have emergency poop because my belly hurts so bad. It’s like a curse. I would give just about...

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Kitchen Disaster Update.

Yesterday the property manager stopped by to see the kitchen. First time he’s been here to check on it since the insurance adjuster was here more than 70 days ago. He is very hard to read, but I think he was horrified at the disaster. All he said was, “I’m so sorry.” Twice. Then Tyler asked him what he thought was going on with the contractor and the property manager said, “That’s what I’m going to find out.” Then he walked...

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Old House Woes.

I’m having so much trouble getting anything accomplished as far as packing, or even routine household chores go. Henry, give mama a break here!! Tyler is still really liking the new job, which is good. He will be home this weekend, but he has to leave again on Sunday night to go back up there. We got the radon report back on our new house and the level was 10. The highest “safe” level is 4, so we’re asking them to...

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Demolishing.

They finally got started on the kitchen yesterday. Before starting, but after we’d already cleaned everything out of the cabinets and off of the counters: Our temporary kitchen. (Crock pot not pictured.) Getting started: The kitchen doorway, which my cats broke into overnight. This is what’s inside the drop ceiling. He’s not sure now if he can eliminate the drop ceiling because it was hiding old wiring. He has to call the owner to see if he wants to pay for...

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Featured!

It’s 12:45 and the contractor still has not appeared. Good thing I got up early, got fully dressed, and got the kids breakfast, then cleaned up so we would be all ready at 9:30 when he said he would arrive to start demolition. grumble A quick text letting me know they would be later than anticipated would be very much appreciated. Contrary to popular belief I do not live to sit at home and wait on someone to show up whenever...