As you can tell from some of my earlier posts we have had a run of bad luck. WELL, let me tell you about it! Over the last few months we have: lost the car to a groundhog, the stove went out, refrigerator went out, the microwave died, vacuum quit, found out the water heater was leaking and when I put in the new dishwasher my aunt gave us for Christmas I found out that not only had the water heater been leaking and rotting the floor but the drain hose on the dishwasher had a hole in it and the plumbing under the sink where it hooked was leaking.
My wonderful aunt gave us the dishwasher for Christmas, gave us her refrigerator when she got a new one (earlier than she had planned) and ordered us the water heater. We lucked up and our daughter had a friend that put in the water heater for us and told us the floor was rotten. I installed the dishwasher and fixed the plumbing under the sink after being without water for two days because it kept leaking till I redid it about 3 times. Did I mention I am not a great plumber! I sprayed the mold caused by the leaking dishwasher and we made it through everyone coming to our house Christmas Eve and the floor didn’t fall in.
NOW comes the hard part, we have to take out the water heater, stove, dishwasher, sink and three cabinets and all of the flooring (because it is laminate that we got on clearance and made it work by cutting off most of the locking stuff and stapling it down. From what I understand we will then have to take up the flooring (plywood and probably some kind of onebys under it to get to the floor joist and the sill plates to see what can be saved and what will have to be replaced. thas dropped about a half an inch since I marked it on the wall (in the pictures) and it was about a half inch when I marked it the first time. I so don’t want to have to get my new hot water heater or stove out of the basement we don’t have.
I have no idea how we are going to get this done much less pay for it but we will figure out something or luck out and someone who knows more than we do and is much stronger will come around. I will have to replumb under the sink when we get it done so that is just one more thing I dread and we will have to do without a kitchen with 7 people in the house for no telling how long if I have to do most of the work because I am slow…………. and John is good at supervising and that is about it (well and telling me what I did wrong lol).
I had planned on this year doing the bedroom floor (putting down plywood over the old plank floors) and trying to get the shower replaced with a walk in one since John is having more and more trouble getting over the side of the tub into the shower. That and adding grab bars in the bathroom and living room and getting someone to clean the yard up and taking down the old shed that is coming down. The best-laid plans of mice and men ya know.
I still would love for us to get to Savannah and to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge for our anniversary but I don’t see more than a few days in the tent this year with all this other stuff. We bought a microwave and vacuum, tons of plumbing stuff and John and I both needed some winter clothes (he has gone up to a 4XT shirt and up a pants size because he likes comfortable) and let’s not forget Christmas.
We have had some really great people help us over the last 4 years since John got sick and had to quit work so I am not sure if I need to start a gofundme (I did and the link is at the bottom) to help pay for repairs or hope my karma brings us some helpers or what. I would ask everyone keep us in their good thoughts, light a candle, pray, meditate or whatever you believe in to help bring us good karma so we can get this done before something happens that will make it a ton worse. And please universe we have had about all we can handle for now please give us a break. And I almost forgot!!!! during the hurricane we had the HVAC unit go out and had to replace the fan in it again (it had to be done right after we got it installed). I think that is all or the biggies anyway we won’t talk about sickness, hospital visits, new doctors and man colds.