Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Dead Rodents Need Not Apply

Y'all are so sweet! First, there are no dead rodents in the dryer vent. Yay! Oatmeal Head lay on the ground with a flashlight and stared into the duct. He saw that the vent angles sharply up, which is where my brush was getting stuck. So I'm taking myself off the substitute roster today and tackling that vent, because gosh darn it! No stinkin' duct work is gonna out smart me!

Second, foot soaking is highly under rated. It rocks!

Third, the cows have been FOUND! Fred and Bessie showed up at Dlyn's yesterday! Lori alerted me to their presence there, so I need her address to send an autographed picture of Fred and Bessie. Thank you, Lori! But Dlyn seems to be having a tough time getting them into the house. It's almost like they've gone wild after a week of wandering north and east.


Fourth, I went outside last night after posting and took a look at the black mold
. The bleach seems to have done its work, at least in part. I watched as I sprayed, black streams running down the side of the house. Now that it has dried up some, there's a lot less mold. The Hunny, with all our help, covered the back side of the house with black plastic, using roofing nails. I'll try and get some pictures when it's good and light outside. And when the plastic comes off and siding goes on, I'll spray it with bleach again.

Now as to the wall - here's the picture of the whole wall:

As you can probably see, there's a little section in the far corner which is not textured. Yes, the Hunny came home and stared at the wall, shook his head and asked what I'd done. He knows better than to push too hard on that. But I did get bored and really screw up near the blue tape. The wainscoting will go below the blue tape.




And here's a smaller section of the wall, where texture meets scribble, so you can see the detail of what I've been doing:

See? See what I've been covering up? Ew. And I need y'all's opinion. I'm thinking of taking my trusty putty knife and knocking off all the sharp, pointy parts of the texture. What do you think?

I can't prime until I finish the texture. Which might be June or July. Heh. Yeah. That's the way I roll.

I'll be catching up on everyone's blogs soon. I miss you guys!

Until I write again ...

Flea

20 comments:

Beth from the Funny Farm said...

Take a broom and knock off the sharp points.

Mental P Mama said...

I got tired just reading about everything you did yesterday. After you finish that duct cleaning, go take a nap. I said so.

Asthmagirl said...

I'm so glad you found Fred and Bessie!
Glad there's no dead varmits in your duct work...
Glad the wall looks better than it did. Now, knock those sharp points off and then eat some bon bons!

dlyn said...

Glad there were no varmits. You know that I would sympathize greatly about that! I would knock down the points - much easier to keep clean.

Still trying to lure the cows into the house - I will update you if I have any kind of luck.

Melissa said...

I'm amazed your feet hurt and not your arms. That looks like a lot of work!

I agree knock off the sharp points.

Harmony said...

I agree with Beth on the broom suggestion...she beat me to it!!!

Can't wait to see the final product.

Flea said...

Okay, seriously? A broom? Not a putty knife? I need to vacuum today anyway, so I'll try it right now! Thanks!

And Melissa - I guess I must have a strong back and shoulders. Maybe it was carrying babies for so long. Maybe it's the double D's. But my arms rarely bother me. It's the feet and aching thighs.

Tanya Brown said...

One way or another, the sharp points (at least the ones 6' and under from the floor) will get knocked off. It can either happen now, when you have some control over it, or it can happen when people bump into them and leave little white blobs of drywall compound protruding through your paint.

ALF said...

Ahhh...home projects. We're up to our earballs in them at our house!

imbeingheldhostage said...

Well, now I'm depressed. I just KNEW they were coming here.
About the texture-- a quick pass with an electric sander would be super quick (just don't apply a lot of pressure and undo your texture completely).
You should soak and nap and blog and eat toffee.

pam said...

The electric sander is the better option for the points. If you just use a putty knife or broom, they'll just break off and not look good (been there). We sanded. Perfect.

Memaw's memories said...

Thank goodness Fred and Bessie have been found.

I don't have a clue what to do with the textured wall. But why put texture on it to then knock it off?

~ Straight Shooter ~ said...

Yay! I am so very glad to know the sweet bovines have been located! And without a ransom? Wowzers.
I am impressed with the wall. I can feel the creative juices starting to flow. Not that flowing will lead to anything productive...but, at least you're helping to get them unclogged. Thanks!

Tammy said...

Yay!!!!! The cows are coming home!!!

Weezee said...

Hey flea those cows will have such stories. We vacation at Dlyn's resort and its fun, good food, exciting wildlife, well you've seen the blog.

I think the wall looks stellar but I would hand sand gently to get those points off. Looking forward to the unveiing in July. :-)

noble pig said...

Ugh. I hate manual labor. A lot. But if you're willing to do it, us internet voyeurs are willing to listen and watch.

Mayberry Magpie said...

I think the texture looks great as is. I'd be tempted to leave it. But you could always knock off the sharp edges from a very small section and make sure you like it. That's me -- always with a Plan B.

Mayberry Magpie

Karen said...

I think if you brush over the sharp points it'll make it a big easier to work with. Looks great!

Colleen said...

I'm so impressed with your wall! I'm lucky if I can get paint on mine and not make a huge mess.

Lori said...

Yes, no sharp points. I actually prefer a flat wall, but lived with the "orange peel" texture out in NV for 6 years. They texture every wall.
Now I have flat walls and a ceiling that looks like your wall. I can't win!