It’s been a wild week in the life and times of Mac n’ Cheese Manor and it’s not quite over yet. First, I must give credit where credit is due to my best friend since the fourth grade and her amazing husband. Not only did they trek across the country to visit us for a week (and folks, they had warmer options for a getaway), but they helped us empty the second half of our storage unit into the manor! Which leaves us with only our apartment to clean up and clear out. I doubt anyone dreams of emptying storage units on their vacation, but we are eternally grateful because they easily saved us two days in this process with all their help!
Now, we must finish handling our rodent infestation problem so we can fully move into our crazy, old house. To be clear, there are no “current residents” that we can discern of the rodent variety. It appears that they came and went some time ago. That said, rodent feces is bad news and can make people very sick so we are handling this thoroughly and with care by bleaching the $%&* out of all the floors, closets, and shelving and then painting over the sub flooring with Kilz.
Things to know about Kilz: if you read the reviews of this product online you will cry laugh, it likely gets it’s name from the fact that it smells like it’s killing you slowly (which is why Carl will wear a respirator mask, gloves, and safety goggles and Miss Baby is not allowed in the house until it is not only cured but painted over with an acrylic primer to seal in the stench), it seals off odors, stains, smells, and whatever is on/in the old floor that you don’t want to touch ever. It’s cool stuff!
Yesterday, we finished bleaching, pulled up all the carpet, and busted up/removed the old tack strip. Today, the dream is to finish moving in, get the Kilz and acryilic primer/sealer down, and clean the apartment top to bottom. We are loading up the trailer together, then dividing to conquer our remaining tasks (and to keep my Sunshine away from all the bad smells!). We have taken before photos, but decided not to post any until we have the afters to post with them. So in lieu of complete pictures of the progress made so far, here are a couple teasers. (*Note: No babies were exposed to dangerous bleach vapors, old carpet dust particles, or any other harmful substances in the making of this blog post.)
Happy Sunday, I hope everyone is having a great weekend! : )