At my Rattlesnake House project, I am seeing first hand pretty minor water damage in comparison of remembering what I saw earlier with the hurricane at my sister’s house. It amazes me just how we can consider this minor when you start adding the cost of repairs. It really is though. If you remember the last blog showing the rotten subfloor at my new house, this is a very welcome update! The new subfloor is in! Ryan has been a trooper in dealing with the wet, the cold, and critters out there. The studs in the wall still have a ways to go on repairs before finally getting to move on to the rest of the house, but this floor is showing progress! The back wall that took so much of the water damage is also the wall that the tub will be on, so it is extremely important to get it fixed and make it strong again.
Every step is one step closer to getting into my new house. Ryan was showing me the careful work he was having to do to make the floor lay flat and leveling the floor beams, etc. I told him that he was an artist and asked that he sign his nickname “Tater Nugget” somewhere once the house was finished. I have a feeling that when I am 60, and pull up the floor covering to replace it or change it, one of my sons or a grandchild will say, “Who is Tater Nugget?” This will be a great story to be able to tell them and funny memories from this project will resurface again. Memory is a funny thing. We wouldn’t think we could forget something this funny, but if we do this will serve to remind us.
Memories and Future Memories
Hopefully, it will also bring up the memory of Ryan describing how he stepped off of the floor beams to the ground under the house and had a snake’s open mouth in his face. It certainly wasn’t humorous when I first got the call. My heart dropped to my feet thinking of his kids and his wife. He didn’t let me stay there, and immediately started joking about how he wasn’t going to kiss a snake for this job. If you ever get the chance to know him, and his true Texan drawl you will understand why this is so funny. If you never meet him, you will have missed the whole movie!
I have picked out my bathtub that is going in that bathroom too. I will share it soon, but for now just know that I almost fainted when I found it. Thankfully the floors and walls will be waterproofed, because I can see some overflowing that could happen with all the bubbles. I could fit a half gallon of bubbles in the tub, I believe. Just because of what Ryan has dealt with so far and that he hasn’t even left that room, I may let him try the tub out before we move in. Of course, he might be afraid another snake will be attracted to that much water and decline.
The Rattlesnake House project moves forward after a long stall. Every time I walk in the door to something new happening the picture in my mind is coming closer to reality. I am going to have many people to thank once this is over and many steps and memories to look back on as long as my memory holds out.