Oh, my aching back!

26 Mar

We had a really busy weekend around here.  On Saturday we drove up to Cincinnati for Marc’s cousin’s wedding.  I thought it was a really nice wedding, very classy.  Here we are, one of the rare times that we’re both dressed up at the same time.

On Sunday I covered some extra church services to make up for missing Saturday, and then I spent the rest of my day repairing the house.  It’s currently 85 degrees outside, and we don’t have central air here.  We do have several window units, but one of them totally died last summer, so off we went to buy a new one.  When we got it home we decided to put the new, larger unit in the living room and put the old on in the bedroom.  Unfortunately, when we took the unit out, this is what we found.

When we moved in last summer the air conditioners were already in place.  I knew that sometime last summer that unit had leaked and damaged some paint, but I didn’t realize that it apparently it was an ongoing problem left for us by the last owners.  So I thought “No big deal, I’ll just sand it down and repaint.”  Unfortunately, once I got started I realized that the paint on the baseboard was damaged also.  And when I took it off?  I found this:

Lovely mold, right?  I think it was only mildew caused by moisture… or at least that’s what I’m hoping.  So I scraped and scraped, and finally repainted, leaving this:

It’s not the greatest paint job, but to be honest I just wanted it covered.  The sill is clearly rotten and needs to be replaced.  And this window is behind the stairwell door, which is frequently open, so it won’t be seen much.  You see how jacked up that wall is?  Nearly all our walls are like that… the joys of 90 year old plaster I suppose.  I also enjoy the old electrical outlet there that has been painted over lots.  I really think the walls are held together with spackle. We painted the whole house last June, and already I can see cracks reappearing through the paint.

Not to complain though… I love this place, and I do love the plaster walls (we never hear our neighbors!)

Oh yes, and actual knitting content!  I have finished all except the left front of my dollar and a half cardigan.

It still looks a bit big to me, but I’m reserving judgment.  I’m still loving the pattern and yarn!

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6 Responses to “Oh, my aching back!”

  1. Tammy March 26, 2007 at 7:15 pm #

    I can’t wait to see your cardigan. I happen to have some Cotton Fleece in my stash.

  2. Batty March 26, 2007 at 7:27 pm #

    I’m still maintaining that the cardigan looks good, and I won’t believe otherwise until you prove that it’s too big. Best of luck, I hope you get the fit you want on the first try!

    It’s funny how ‘dressed up’ for a guy is a suit and a tie for just about everything, whereas women have to take so much more into consideration. Dressing for an evening wedding isn’t the same as dressing for an outdoor wedding or an afternoon wedding — and noon is just fuzzy. An overdressed guy changes ties. An overdressed woman is stuck in a ballgown.

  3. Kristy March 26, 2007 at 7:30 pm #

    I also can’t wait to see the finished cardi :)

    I also live in awe of your knitting speed! I think you’ve finished nearly four pieces since I started reading your blog (which isn’t that long ago)!!

  4. scotty March 26, 2007 at 8:01 pm #

    Nice picture – also very lovely cardi. I adore the color. The thing about home repair … once you start on one thing it leads to something else!

  5. Sarah March 27, 2007 at 9:26 am #

    The joys of loving an antique house never end… It looks like just a bit of mildew. And I’ve seen some mold lately!

    The cardigan is coming along nicely. You’ll be wearing it in no time at this rate! I really like the stitch pattern.

  6. Greeley March 27, 2007 at 9:32 am #

    I can’t wait to see the cardigan and can’t believe how green the lawns are!

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