Thursday, June 7, 2012

Home Improvement Madness


Hi Betty People,

The Home Improvement Madness goes on here.  It's incredible how many decisions there are to make and how tired I am.  However, I trudge onward!

The past two days have been spent preparing for the asbestos abatement team.  Here's how my garage looks now:



Big burly men started moving things out here at rapid speed a couple of days ago.  There is not much organization.  I was not as prepared as I should have been for the enormity of this task.




Here I am with one of my contractors.  He hears from me every day and brings me cookies when he thinks I am getting too wrought up over details.  The sad thing is, the cookies work every time and I forget what I was so upset about.



We had to move the dining room table outside for the days when the house is being blasted inside.



I had the room divider between the bathroom area and the bedroom taken down.  Not quite sure what I will replace it with.  Ah, well.  That decision can wait.


Here is my other contractor.  This is on the rare occasion that he actually stood still.  He is usually moving around.  I harass him on a daily basis.  He tells me "Don't worry," about fifty times a day.  It doesn't really work and he knows it.  





I have to move out while the asbestos team is here, but I stayed as long as possible since the cats are freaked out.  There is a little room in the back of the house that does not have asbestos in it, so I have been sleeping there while all the other furniture is in the garage.


Glamorous, yes?  Ah, the lifestyle of the displaced homeowner only gets better as I move to Motel 6 for two fabulous nights.  (It's the only place I could stay and keep the cats with me.)

I have had some sleepless nights as I go through this process.  I have been filled with self-doubt that has been almost overwhelming at times.  I am also incredibly sore and tired from all the work.  I can only hope this is making me stronger and helping me to see I can do just fine on my own.

Thank YOU my blogging people for giving me so much support.  Really, there are times during the day when I am exhausted and I grab my computer and read your comments, encouraging me and reminding me that what I am doing indicates progress in all parts of my life.  After I read your words, I get up, move some more boxes, and carry on.

I'll be back soon unless I get caught up in the Motel Six lifestyle and just decide to stay there indefinitely.






38 comments:

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I didn't realize that it would be tough to find a place to keep the cats with you. Oh my word! I hope the time passes quickly and you can go back to a normal life soon!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Betty, just think how great it will look when it's finished!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Betty - sounds like you have a wonderful relationship with the guys and they know how to butter you up that's for sure!!

Enjoy the whole process - it's great and what a great change is going on - so pleased the cats will be with you - great hotel ... cheers Hilary

Sush said...

Where in the world do you get your energy??? You are amazing and I can't wait to see all the changes in the home! YOU definitely have a knack for turning lemons into lemonade dear one. In all your life experiences you just bloom where planted. I guess I've used my quota of quotes for the day...
Hugs~

Anne Gallagher said...

Oh no, not Motel 6. I'm sure once it's all done, you'll feel sooo much better. Good for you for moving forward. One step at a time.

Mamma has spoken said...

Hum, new house (sort of), new life, doesn't new baby go with the other two ;o) Well maybe grandbaby? Either way, love how you are spending your summer so far. You deserve the updates!

Daisy said...

You have your plate full and then some! I'm cheering for you, Betty. What you are doing looks overwhelming from here, but you'll get through it a little at a time. You have already made a great deal of progress. It will be wonderful when you have it all done. :)

Susan in the Boonies said...

You have cute contractors! :-D Totally worth it.

ellen abbott said...

You're doing great!

katlupe said...

Oh my! I thought I had a lot of work going on here till I read your post. You do have a lot going on and being displaced with your cats. I hope it gets done soon and life is back to normal soon

Out on the prairie said...

i spent 2 weeks with catz in a motel one year when I was displaced with flooding and don't want to do that again, a little too close for comfort.

Old Kitty said...

Oh wonderful BB!! You and cats stay safe now and far away from asbestos! Oh dear!! Awwww these nice young contractors better do a great job with your home!! Yay!! Take care BB! Keep thinking of the end result - your home is going to be worth it - and it's going to be all yours (and the cats'!)!! Take care
x

Alison said...

Wow, this is much more beyond what I thought you had going on. Doesn't look like there's space to even swing a cat in that little room! (Just kidding, I know you would never swing your cats. But if I'm wrong, maybe you'll have enough space at the motel.)

Now, I feel it's my duty to supply you with entertainment via these comments, so let me add a joke. Hmmm...how about this: a teacher says to her student, "Martin, you can't sleep in my class!" Martin responds, "You're right, but maybe if you were a little quieter I could."

Onward and forward! I know you're going to love your bright new space that YOU're creating.

Madi and Mom said...

Hey BB I have missed you..I want to say welcome home but oh my word!! Major renovations are in progress so I will send you many hugs and a reserve of future hugs as this process continues! I kong it will be as beautiful as BB when it is finished. Will you name your new home?
Hugs madi and mom

Madi and Mom said...

I know not I kong...LOL

jenny_o said...

Sometimes all we can do is, in your words, trudge onward. You ARE gaining strength even though you feel tired, believe me. It sounds like you have good contractors, which means the world in a situation like yours. Try to take some quiet time with your kitties at the motel; they'll love it and so will you :)

This too shall pass.

Pearl said...

Wow! All this work plus hot guys and cookies. :-)

Onward and upward, baby!

Pearl

Gigi said...

Please do not become accustomed to the Motel 6 lifestyle. I'm not quite sure WHAT the Motel 6 lifestyle is all about but I don't think it's something you want to take up.

Besides, we'd miss you!

Peggy K said...

I am SO excited for you!! And I'm so glad you are sharing the progress!! You truly are an inspiration, BB!!

And remember...what doesn't kill you makes you stronger!!

Pat said...

My you have cute contractors! I can just imagine what they thought when you asked them to pose for a picture! "Uh, yeah, this is for my blog?" Snort!

The place will be beautiful when it's done! And the contractors will NOT cheat you or do a bad job, cause, C'MON, they are now on the INTERNET!

Shelly said...

Ahhh, but how wonderful it will be when all is said and done!

Ms. A said...

Don't take this the wrong way, but... I'm glad it's you and not me. Sorry. As much as I would like to have work done on my house, I seriously think it would do me in. Good luck, I'm thinkin' about you!

Baby Sister said...

Wow Betty. Just wow. That is crazy. But I'm sure it will look AMAZING when it's all done. Even if you can't remember why you were all worked up. :)

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Pat Tillett said...

It always sucks to have major work done to your house. So how much does Motel 6 cost these days? A lot more than 6 bucks, I'm sure. Do they still have the magic fingers beds?
Hang in there Betty!

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Zuzana said...

Looks like some serious spring cleaning.;) I am sure you will be happy with the improvement - good luck;)
And you know, your contractors are some very handsome young men, hihi.;))
xoxo

Robin Larkspur said...

I am happy Motel 6 takes pets. That is one good thing in their favor! To say you are overwhelmed is an understatement. Your contractors seem like good guys! Keep your chin up; it'll be over soon! I know there would be a bunch of helpers there if we could!

faye said...

..Motel 6... we'll leave the light on for you ... stayed in a few of those on my way to LA back in the 70's...
I think they remodeled since then !!

Florida contractors are not that HOT...
lucky you.

Catherine said...

I'm sorry about your house troubles Betty ~ it will be so nice to get it all fixed! Staying at Motel Six ~ just pretend you are really rich and you are taking the cats on a lovely holiday. ;)
xo Catherine

home improvement loan rates said...

This is quite nice actually. It's going to look very good when it's all done and cleaned up. I'm excited for you guys. Good luck!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Motel Six is really styling. Hope your two days pass quickly.

CiCi said...

Good for you. You are committed to accomplishing a major task to make your home more comfortable for you. When the work is complete, you will be rejoicing. And you found contractors who are reliable. I am impressed and I haven't seen the finished work. My cat Lola sends a meow to your cats.

Olga said...

That does look like madness, but it will be so worth it in the end.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Construction is always a major hassle but when it's all finished you forget all the crazy stuff and enjoy the "new house". Hang in there Betty.
xo jj

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Wow, I've been out of the loop for a while. You poor thing! Hang in there! Well, sounds like the solution is to eat many more cookies. :)

Heidrun Khokhar said...

Not sure why you are dismantling a bathroom. Most folks are adding them!
Hope all goes well.

Waterproofing said...

"Cookies work every time," that's hilarious, but I would have to agree. Hope you and your cats get through this okay. You can do this!