Well, closing went smoothly and the property is now ours. YEAH!!! We made the trip to Lowe's but didn't place the big orders yet. We decided to get a better idea of what we're up against. I really wanted to get out and get digging but the weather didn't cooperate with me. It was low 40's with passing squalls of rain and/or sleet.
The view to the North with an approaching storm.
Every time I went outside to see what I could get done it started raining on me. Luckily, while it rained off and on all day, it never rained so much that it got too wet so hopefully the weather will behave tomorrow and I can get my strawberries planted.
Can this become a strawberry bed????
Can this become a garden?????
Since the weather didn't cooperate with outside work I did get some work done inside. I vacuumed the kitchen drawers to get out the mouse poop (we set some traps before we left). We have discovered, much to our dismay, that the mouse problem is probably bigger than we had thought. It's a good thing that we were planning to essentially gut the basement since we found that mice have been living above the ceiling panels in the basement. The mud sill is so poorly sealed that the mice have easy access so sealing the house is one of our first priorities.
I did get the boys' bedrooms taped off to paint. They are the rooms that need the least work so they will become the repository of boxes when we start to move out. I want to get the mouse problem more under control before we start moving too many belongings.
The previous owners only 'kind of' painted the walls
The windows also need lots of work.
J14 works on demolition.
When the children got off school, we brought them out and started demolition of the basement. They actually had fun taking off the trim molding. This was when we discovered how bad the mouse problem is. I'm hoping (probably vainly) that since there hasn't been anyone there and the food supply has dwindled, that there aren't that many left. V did find a long dead family in the air intake of the furnace.
We're going to make sure we take down the ceilings when the children aren't there and we plan to wear masks and such when we're working in the really mousey areas. We set 4 traps when we left, I'll see how many are full in the morning.
Now, it's time for bed, I've had a full day and tomorrow will be even busier.