Friday, July 16, 2010

Week 41, EP365

Finally back on's Week 41 of EP365

Day 280 July 9, 2010
Railroad Bits

Day 281 July 10, 2010
Tennille Baptist Church

Day 282 July 11, 2010
A Boy and His Dog

Day 283 July 12, 2010
Drunk on Pollen

Day 284 July 13, 2010
Grass Needs Cuttin'

Day 285 July 14, 2010
Just Around the Bend

Day 286 July 15, 2010

Week 40, EP365

Wow!! Only 12 weeks left!! Here's Week 40 of EP 365!

Day 273 July 2, 2010

Day 274 July 3, 2010
My Next Door Buddy

Day 275 July 4, 2010
Thank You, Brothers!

Day 276 July 5, 2010

Day 277 July 6, 2010
After the Bloom

Day 278 July 7, 2010
Country Road

Day 279 July 8, 2010
Construction Bear

Monday, July 12, 2010

Some Days It's Just Not Worth Chewing Through The Restraints….or...Make That $8900

This blog has turned into a photo-fest with my EP365 and precious little reflection or commentary or…well…writing of ANY sort.

I have a whole three week’s worth of photos to share, but as most of the readers of Maison Cou Rouge were WITH me on said trip, I figure I will save that for a little later. When my mind isn’t quite so numb.

Catastrophe and destruction abound on the first floor of Maison Cou Rouge. And it all started a few months ago with one wobbly floor tile.

Ok, one expects a LITTLE settling in a 100-year old house. Even a LOT of settling.

Ignorance is bliss.

SO when I noticed the building contractor was working on my neighbor’s roof, I asked Alan to walk over and ask him to come take a look at the tiles. He came over. Said “no problem", and gave us a quote of around $400 to even the settling and re-cement and re-grout the tiles.

Note to newbie renovators and old-home owners----it’s ALWAYS worse than the contractor thinks originally. You would think after owning three over-100-year-old homes I would have learned this by heart. Evidently I am a slow learner. Or I enjoy putting my hands over my ears and singing "LaLaLa" very loudly.

As my friend Jan-Olav's bear is spending the summer with me (think of a three-D "Flat Stanley" Tour), I quite innocently and naively posed Lookchin for an EP365 snap.

Little did I know that in an hours' time....

When the tiles were lifted up (the mortar gave way quite easily…QUITE easily. One of the gerbils could have removed the tiles), there was…um…..waterlogged plywood underneath.

Waterlogged plywood is NEVER a good sign in a 100-year old house. Especially not in the bathroom.

I just got the bid this morning. It’s no longer $400. Add a zero. Double that.

Did I mention I have $1178 in the bank????

Trying to determine just HOW MANY floors are stacked on one another..

The answer- FIVE.

The original one and a quarter inch hardwood flooring (tongue and groove)- then two layers of linoleum, and, THEN two plywood subfloors with shims between them. The ceramic tiles were like icing on the cake.

Guess I better get out my do-it-yourself home improvement how-to books. We may have to finish this project ourselves. I thought I was too old for this. (Apparently, the Big Guy Upstairs doesn't think so.......)

Maybe I should start playing the lottery.

At days' end, most of the floor was up, but there's plenty of work for the forseeable future. There's still water damage and the leak hasn't been found. (Oh, and unless it's a recent and active leak, homeowner's insurance doesn't cover the repairs......did I mention THAT little nugget??) The floor isn't TOTALLY covered, and opens directly onto the crawlspace under the house. If I wake up in the middle of the night to find a squirrel or raccoon on my bed--well, we're just not going there.

I must say that our contractor, Tony Wallace, has been TOTALLY wonderful. We really lucked out on finding him working next door. I have a million projects that need repairing at MCR (one never owns an old house- it owns YOU)- but considering that I have absolutely NO CLUE how I am going to pay for ANY of this...those will have to wait.....until the next decade, at least..............

OOHH, I know.....I can hold a floor-tile fundraiser....send me cash, and I'll have your name painted on one of the new floor tiles. Think of the years of memories..every time Alan or I step into or out of the shower, we'll think of you. (Sounds a little like medieval Church indulgences, doesn't it????)

Well, I have an extra kidney- I could really get by with one, couldn’t I? My dad did it for years...

Hocking a kidney sounds like the solution.

O positive blood type. Serious inquiries only.

Week 39, EP365

An interesting week at Maison Cou Rouge (100 days and counting!!!)

Week 39 of EP 365

Day 266 June 25, 2010
Senecio Cineraria

Day 267 June 26, 2010
Eric Johnson for Governor

Day 268 June 27, 2010
Gaston the Green Nosed Alligator

Day 269 June 28, 2010

Day 270 June 29, 2010
Channeling Seagull

Day 271 June 30, 2010
Moss Rose

Day 272 July 1, 2010
Blue Hair????

Week 38, EP365

Another week, another set of EP 365!

Week 38

Day 259 June 18, 2010
Betty's Home

Day 260 June 19, 2010

Day 261 June 20, 2010
Movie Time

Day 262 June 21, 2010
Curious G

Day 263 June 22, 2010
Playing with Caro's Camera

Day 264 June 23, 2010
Gone Fishin'

Day 265 June 24, 2010
Garden Friend

Week 37, EP 365

Slowly wading through all the photos, but I'm still taking them every day!!!

Here's week 37 of EP 365!!!

Day 252 June 11, 2010
Soulac sur Mer

Day 253 June 12, 2010
Chateau du Tailhas

Day 254 June 13, 2010

Day 255 June 14, 2010
Blenheim Palace

Day 256 June 15, 2010
Bristol Babies

Day 257 June 16, 2010

Day 258 June 17, 2010
Engine Gears