A standing 5 gallon water cooler was leaking underneath through crack in-between tile and subfloor layers between the wall and the base of the water cooler, causing the tile to buckle and come loose between kitchen center isle and sliding door. So the 1st week of November hubby proceeded to take the time to demolish the floor, finding black mold through 2 layers of sub flooring between the ilse and slider so both layers had to be removed down to the floor joist. Heavy work, sawdust everywhere and I had no idea that I would react so bad to black mold. Had breathing problems, watery eyes and my migraines intensified. And my muscle spasms (didn't know at the time I had Fibromyalgia) hurt even worse when I had to help with all the heavy lifting. Thank God Thanksgiving was not at our house this year because it looked like a war zone. Who would have thought a water cooler would cause so much damage.
Floor joists revealed-plants put down so we would not fall through to the basement. As big as a klutz as I am that would not have been hard for me to do. Granite counter top overhang on the island being held up with a beam on two chairs and props Redneck style.
New cement board on top of new 3/4" sub floor. Man oh man that 3/4" sub floor was fricking heavy. Made that cement board feel like nothing. Cement board replaced the 1/2" wood sub flooring we had originally to make it more waterproof and a vapor barrier went between both layers for more moisture protection.
Cement board you have to do like drywall which I did not know. The night before you tape the seams and then use the mortar that you'd use to set the tile on the seams so it cures before you can set the tile the next day. To make it easier and faster and plus the fact we had doggies and an overly curious cat in the house the full pieces were set first and to cure overnight as it was a pain to take the dogs out on a leash around the house into the back fenced in yard to do their duty. They don't cooperate and go potty on a leash. They like to wander in the fenced in area and sniff out the perfect spot and being tethered to a leash just doesn't get it for them. Spoiled dogs. But we love 'em.
Full pieces set. Now to cure overnight and will be ready for "light traffic" only. But come the next day the pieces needing cut will be set into place and after another night of dog walking then the grouting can take place. Grouting is time consuming, messy and a pain. It's all a pain-hard on the back and knee's even with knee pads. Your constantly bent over and pushing tile into place and I was down on my knees handing him tile and spacers as he needed them. A lot of back pain accumulated over ripping up flooring, putting down flooring and laying tile and grouting. Tiling is no fun.
The kitchen was actually done before Christmas. I have to find a way to get rid of the date mode on this digital camera. It's actually quite annoying. But after all the back busting work I guess it was worth it. Getting that monster French door fridge in the front door by ourselves was no picnic. Paid for Sears to deliver it. I was home alone and the delivery men said they only had a 12 min time frame to deliver it and they'd have to unpack it and take off the doors and how it was such a monster of a fridge, so they dropped it off and left it. I unpacked it and took out all the shelving and interior components. My husband called Sears and the delivery guys were suppose to come back and bring it into the house. It was not suppose to be installed just delivered into the house. Well, they never came back. So my husband got his dolly and he was at the top end and I got the bottom. It just barely cleared the doorway with the doors left on the fridge. That was a back and leg killer. Weighed a ton I swear. After that getting the old fridge out the next 2 days was a little easier-if felt lighter compared to "the best" I'll call it. But new fridge and new super quite dishwasher. Now if I just had a new body and head.................................................................................................................................................
I just had to put this picture in here. My beautiful daughter and her two boys on the LH side and our boy on the RH side in their Christmas sweaters. I hope everyone else had a more enjoyable Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I had to put our little boy Paco in his Christmas sweater. He's taking a break from all the festivities. He enjoys having company as his "Aunt and Uncle" showed up with healthy doggie treats for the little fella's. And of course being that they are all under the age of 3 they are still in that puppy mode and love to romp and wrestle with each other and with their human family as well. It was an overly exciting day for them and they were pooped come bedtime and they recooperated the day after, as did I.
Lets make 2013 a year of new changes for a healthier lifestyle, a healthier outlookon life, being kinder to not only others but kinder to ourselves and taking the time to be our own best friends. But first and foremost being our own patient advocates because If we cannot help ourselves how can we expect others to help us? We cannot. We need to learn to stand up for our rights as individuals and as patients and demand to be treated with respect and dignity. And when we don't get that from our health care team then it's time to fire them and hire a new team. Can I hear the Donald Trump Corus? YOUR FIRED!!! We cannot tolerate and do not deserve to be treated as 2nd class citizens, and if we allow ourselves to be treated that way then we have no one to blame but ourselves for the sloppy care, or sometimes haphazzard care we receive in return. So we need to be assertive and take the bull by the horns if need be.