When I went out there last Saturday to begin the big purge, as I've been calling it, in the last area of the house, I found something I wasn't planning on.... WATER! I haven't been out there in a few months so I didn't notice that the carpet was dampish or that there were water marks on the one cabinet left out there. The kids are oblivious to this stuff and Paul has used the kitchen as his office since June because it was too hot out there. So, when I began to move the things that were piled up against the wall closest to the house, that is when I discovered that everything was wet! Paul quickly went into "hero" mode, you know....must find problem, must save family home. He decided that he needed to pull the ceiling down to find the source of the water. Unfortunately, the ceiling wouldn't cooperate and it looks more like he tore it down haphazardly. After ripping parts of ceiling away, Paul decided that it was a leaking vent boot on the roof of the main house and that the water was coming down the roof of the main house, under the shingles and then down between the house and sunroom and soaking up in the carpet! GREAT! Guess what Fay had been doing all week. Yep, dumping loads of water on us!
The good news is that he got up on the roof and replaced the boot. The bad news is that the carpet on the house side of the room is taking forever to dry out and I'm afraid of mold. But, I did manage to get the room cleaned up and organized anyway...with the reluctant help of three unwilling but obedient assistants! They were excited to get to play on their game table for the first time in months! Now I'm trying to decide if we should rip out the carpet!
BUT YOU WILL ALL BE HAPPY TO KNOW THAT THE GREAT PURGE IS OVER! THE HOUSE IS ABOUT 500LBS LIGHTER AND FEELS WONDERFUL! It's been fun....okay, not really, but it HAD to be done and now it is. HALLELUJAH!
School starts next week!