I am exhausted yet again.
I’m not a stranger to hard work. And while I am a fan of many things, including modern devices like air conditioning, ice makers, computers, and so much more, I know that sometimes what you really need is just good old-fashioned elbow grease.
And today, I wore out one elbow, and then the other, if we continue to follow that metaphor to its natural conclusion.
I focused on The Cottage kitchen today, working on scrubbing the walls, the appliances, the metal cabinets and cast-iron sink, and pulling up the THREE layers of linoleum.
I’m getting used to a few things along the way …
Sweat – It was in the 90s today, but it seems like anytime we are working, I’m absolutely drenched and dripping. I also try to drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
Filth – I’m amazed at the grime that comes off of my body after I peel my sodden sweaty clothes off and sink into the tub.
Time – My time sense is completely whacked. I think, “Oh, we can get that done in a couple of hours.” Four hours later, we are halfway complete. Nothing takes what we expect it to and always far longer and more exhausting.
Aches – My signal to stop is the inevitable headache, probably caused by too much sweating and not enough replenishing of fluids despite my best efforts. And as for back and neck and the bottoms of my feet, everything hurts.
We discovered that, after I cleaned it off a little, the stove has exposed wires and looks a lot worse off than I had originally thought. It may or may not work, but I don’t want it. We have a spare electric stove in the basement of our house, and we will fix the heating element in the oven and then install that in The Cottage.
The refrigerator looks like it might be in good working shape and a relatively recent appliance (within the last 20 years – ten of which it has not been used) but it is missing its cord. Yes, someone cut off the power cord to it, can you believe that?! In any case, we are going to replace the power cord, plug it in and if it works, we might haul it over to our house and swap out refrigerators.
No, it doesn’t have an ice maker, but it could be retrofitted with it (if we can find one online for cheap) or I can just use some ice trays. No biggie!
The kitchen is looking much better. It will take a coat of paint to make everything look right again, but I think that the metal cabinets would look real cute with a bright color of paint covering them. What color should I use?!
While I was busy on the kitchen, my husband was busy pulling up the carpets in the living and dining rooms. The hardwoods underneath are GORGEOUS! They might not even need sanding or refinishing. We need to finish pulling out the tacks and nails, vacuuming it and mopping before we make a decision on that.
A small army helped him with the carpet removal. Literally. Our daughter and two of the neighbor boys came by. The stepfather of one of the boys, a metal scrapper, was busy clearing wood out of the basement along with collecting metal. And my husband stayed busy going back and forth between the kids and the basement helping/supervising in both areas.
The basement is looking cleaner with each week that passes. Our neighbor helper pulled out a bunch of wood for us to add to the burn pile and we made some more exciting discoveries along the way.
What kind of discoveries?
Why treasure of course!
Would you believe we found a second Civil War bayonet? And this one was in its sheath. A little WD-40 and we were blown away by the excellent shape it is in. Absolutely amazing. It turns out it is a 1873 bayonet from a Springfield. The sheath has a sharpener inside it. How cool is that?!
And despite thinking they are absolutely GREAT, we need to be realistic. These could possibly help fund our project, something we desperately need, so we have decided to sell them. We plan on taking lots of photographs before we do!
I also found what looks like a military button, and a ring made out of an old spoon.
And if that wasn’t enough for one day – my husband gamely began mowing the jungle of a yard we had let get overgrown. He isn’t done, but it is well in hand. Hopefully I can mow some tomorrow and so can he and we will get it finished up.