Yes, I finally found the drywall knife. Actually, Sam found the knife, buried in a crate full of floor tiles I bought for the front entryway last summer and, ahem, have not yet installed.
So while I finished pulling up the hallway floor,
Sam finished trimming the edges of the ceiling hole,
and we finally got the piece of drywall cut.
BUT – and it’s a huge but – we then realized that we don’t actually have any drywall screws. Unbelievable. We have every type of screw and nail for every conceivable purpose (I even found a box of roofing nails – god knows what they were for, but I might be implicated as I think I may have had an art idea in mind – they are lovely nails), but nothing for drywall.
We could have gone to the store, but it was raining and we don’t have a car. And we are lazy. So we decided to take a ‘break’ and then, uh, wasted the next 3 hours watching ‘Untold Stories of the E.R.’ Embarrassing but true.
But really: “A woman has a heart attack in the E.R. after being pulled out of a house fire; a schizophrenic patient thinks he has someone else’s face; a medical student is mistaken for a doctor and must deliver a baby.” How could our reno compete? Oh, and did I mention we are LAZY? And it was raining – really hard.
What I think I need to do is clean. Cleaning is what I started doing during our first reno when I got stuck and demotivated, but I was trying not to do that again. I felt like I wasted a lot of time last year washing and scrubbing things that were eventually torn up or thrown away, so I’ve been trying to restrain myself, but now I feel differently. I think it helped me just to stay focused and think about what to do next, and as the lovely Fred (from A Shipping Container House in Panama) reminded me last post, sometimes you do just need to ‘think, ponder, and plan’ – and scrubbing is great for that.
And goodness knows it needs cleaning. Check out what happened when I removed some old tape from the windowsill:
(enlarge at your peril)
cleaning, and no ‘short’ TV breaks.
And if anyone has any ideas on how to get this old tape off the window frames, that would just be fantastic…