That’s right folks, you can now use the restroom and wash your hands afterwards at the Rattlesnake House. Well, you could if there were toilet paper or hand towels, but the water part works. We have even seen water running in the “fancy bathtub” in the master bathroom. Plus, that bathroom is completely tiled and has its sink working. It is SO cute.
The upstairs bathroom has the shower surround installed, which was not easy with the sloping roof interfering, but it got mostly finished this week, and actually looks pretty good.
People could actually live there, we think. Mandi even boldly opened the dishwasher, which is no worse for wear after sitting there for three years waiting for the house to be renovated (we used the stove and fridge in my sister’s house, but Mandi has a good stove and will get a nicer fridge).
We Have a Plan
We were dreading the idea of having to do the tile floors ourselves, so Mandi had a talk with our really nice new tenant at our Sunset house, David (conveniently enough, he does contract work!). She was hoping maybe he could come by and at least get everyone started in the right direction. Instead he made a bid on doing it for us that Mandi can afford! (It helps that we finally got one of our refunds from that Big Box Store with which we are irritated).
I even came up with an idea for upstairs, which is to just temporarily get some of those really inexpensive rugs you can find on Overstock or someplace like that, ones that can just be used as outside rugs if the kids mess them up (that will be in the teen room, Mandi’s room and a hallway, anyway. I may just make those my housewarming gift. Don’t tell Mandi. Shh.
But, What about the Outside?
You may have noticed we don’t share a lot of pictures of the exterior of the Rattlesnake House. Well, that’s because it’s something of a mess. A bunch of soffits have fallen off, there’s some missing trim, there are HOLES in the siding where there were “issues” with window replacement earlier in the project, the balcony is real scary (we sure wish we could have fixed that up!), and the weird metal siding needs cleaning. Happily, we have another contractor who we already know that is willing to do that! It may be a little while before the work starts, but it’s a big relief to have folks lined up for the next stage in the job.
I think Mandi is really, really ready to move in and get out of that “city” traffic on the main road in Cameron. I don’t blame her. She just isn’t used to living in town. I do think the house she is in now would be GREAT for someone who is used to it, though. Such a big yard and no noisy neighbors. And heck, it’s across the street from excellent Chinese food!
Fun with Pets
Mandi has been bringing her dogs over to get used to the new place. They sure do like it. Joe the cat is not thrilled with the dogs, but he is in charge at this point. At least one of Mandi’s dogs is petrified of him!
Mandi took this video to show how happy Wink is with her new surroundings. You can also see the blue tarp poorly covering up where there is missing siding from installing new windows in a different orientation (so the former living room could become the kitchen). And the construction mess. Lots to clean up!