Friday, April 01, 2011


More pictures..... and words.

Yesterday, I happily opened up my windows, began to water my yard, sat at the computer, and listened to the kids playing outside.

After about 30 minutes, my older two came in for a bit. #1 warned #2 that his floor was wet, but he didn't know why. Well, the report of spills always perk me up a bit, because none of the kids have learned how to properly clean up spills.

I went to investigate.

It was no spill.

It was a busted water pipe.

The pipe was between the front bedrooms (my older children's rooms) and..... well...... I feel like I am in Hoarder's Hell.


Parts of my house I have seen on TLC.

See for yourself.

OK, so this was discovered in #1's box of "treasures." (They have to share toys, but they each have a box of stuff that doesn't have to be shared.... their treasures. Well, here is a treasure.... or it was.)

Yes, it is slime. Note how it says "non-toxic."

I think not.

Water damage. :-( This is #2's bookshelf that has since *almost* collapsed. It leans. To the right is #2's bed frame. I really hope it isn't damaged too badly. It was my Daddy's bed, and then my bed.

This is one of the legs of the aforementioned bed frame. :-(

#4..... playing like this is normal.

The hallway.

The dining room.

The dining room table.

The dining room floor.

The living room. Note the piano.... see the nicks? Yeah, #4 chewed on it when teething. None of my other kids ever felt the need to eat the piano. :-(

The living room (from the front door).

DS #1's bedroom.

DS #1's bedroom. The small, rectangular hole is where the pipe was replaced. The bigger hole? Wet wall.

DS #2's room.

DS #2's room. Note the back corner.... another hole in the wall. The wall to the right is shared with DS #1.

Master bedroom.

Master bedroom. There is a hope chest under that giant teddy bear..... WHICH, I might add, hubby gave to me for my 16th birthday. (The bear, not the hope chest.) See the bare floor of the hallway?

The other side of the bed in the master bedroom.

DS #1 and #2 and Moose. The boys get to fall asleep in my room. One of them will be sent to the couch when I go to bed.

So, I will admit that *some* (about 10%) of this hoard is..... um..... naturally occurring..... meaning that it was already there.

However, I hope to take advantage of this. I have said, for awhile now, that if I were moving, it would be easier to clean certain areas and things. Well, this is 'bout as close as I can get without actually doing so. I hope to get some good cleaning done.

We will have to replace a set of shelves and a dresser. We might even replace the beds with smaller beds to give the kids more space. BUT, that happens after the insurance adjuster tells us how much they will kick in.

On the list? Besides new furniture - carpet. I will also get closets cleaned out because I have the time.

HAHAHA! Not really. I have no time, but I will do it. Hubby, as with the last water leak, gets to sit this one out. He WILL be able to talk to insurance people and help move furniture back, but he missed out on the fun of calling insurance, filing the claim, calling a plumber, moving the furniture, and just the overall experience of my hysteria..... poor man.


Anonymous said...

DAMMMN! geez LL, I'd be bald by now, seriously LOL. xoxoxo

~LL~ said...

CLAUDIA!!!! I've missed you, my friend!

Anonymous said...

hubby back at work, I have time now.. lol