Have you ever been so overwhelmed with everything happening at once you cry several times a day? Last week on Wednesday my painters came to paint the kitchen which meant on Monday and Tuesday I had to tear the kitchen apart to get ready for painting.
Thursday morning I called Orkin to tackle the rat problem in the barn and he just so happened to be in Garner and he’d come out in about 30 minutes. After inspecting the rat problem in the barn he said, “As long as I’m here, do you want me to look at the house?” I said sure. He went into the attic crawl space and said “I’ve got bad news for you.” Oh, please don’t tell me it’s bats! “Yup, there are fresh droppings up here.”
Then we checked the quilt shop. Up the ladder into the crawl space – it is riddled with mice. I have thrown poison up there many times but never had it inspected. Back to the house where my painters were working as the Orkin man went over the charges to sanitize, secure flashings, cover roof vents, replace insulation and plug any holes.
The cost for this? $24,000!!!!!!
I almost fainted! But the work is guaranteed and professional and I have contacted several local exterminators who never returned my call or email – so $24,000 it is. The two guys who came live 2-1/2 hours away but as they said “This isn’t their first rodeo!” So don’t tell me to get someone cheaper – they won’t be cheaper in the long run.
In the meantime my kitchen was still torn apart and Thursday night was church when I also delivered 21-1/2 dozen fresh eggs for Easter brunch. Friday we went to Mayo. Saturday I raked the yard. Sunday was Easter and I had to be at church at 9 am. Easter afternoon was spent working in the kitchen and dismantling about 1/3 of the quilt shop.
On Monday I had an eye appointment and Tuesday morning the Orkin workers came and replaced insulation in the attic and all the rest of work upstairs. They also installed an escape tube that the bats will go out thru to eat during the evening but they can’t get back in. Today they tore out all the insulation in the quilt shop and tomorrow they will put new insulation in.
It will take me several weeks to reorganize and clean up. It will be weeks before I can sew out there again.
So why are bats so protected????? Rats in the barn – bats in the attic – mice in the quilt shop!
Here’s my new and very clean kitchen! Two of the pictures have already fallen down and broken however – ugh.
More pictures to come but I am tired to the bone.
Mom died 10 years ago today – she returned as this cardinal today to say “all is well”.
Telly got rat #22 this morning!
Yesterday was Ina’s birthday – maybe 96? She was our machine quilter for years and I gave her a call yesterday and promised to pick her up next summer in the Roadster so we could go for a ride around the lake. She sounded good and very upbeat! It was so fun to talk to her.
Whew – I think that’s all and that was a lot! Choir practice tonight.