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It's all about perspective... - The Rancho Commons
Note to self: no whining, no slacking
It's all about perspective...
Yesterday, the sky fell.

Okay, so no one was injured, no major loss of property was involved, and the laptop survived, er, I mean was totally destroyed! Yesterday at about 3:45pm our living room ceiling, which has been cracking for awhile, and which I had shored up with a 2x4 brace, collapsed. It ain't pretty folks.

This is a 1951 plaster ceiling, folks. None of that wussy lightweight drywall stuff!

First, the section that fell.

The spot where it landed. Can you say, "Blown-in insulation?"

The lovely mantle.

The less-than-totally-successful shore-up job. Note saved TV and imminent danger.

My favorite couch is under here. Allie and I both frequently nap on this couch!
That small wooden table that you can see partially buried (that kind of looks like the
back of a chair) sitting right in front of the couch is where my laptop was sitting.

Pull up a chair and watch us clean...

Here I'll turn on a lamp for ya... uuuuuh, maybe not.

So, any guesses what I'll be doing for the next few WEEKS?

Lessons taken from this:

Lesson the first: No procrastination on important things like repair work, etc. Especially so I can sit on the couch and watch TV!! Yes, I've taken this event as a sign from a higher power (in my case, God).

Lesson the second: Don't use blow-in insulation!

Lesson the third: Perhaps the most important - Declutter!

Current Location: NOT the living room!
Current Mood: Meh
Current Music: REM - Fall On Me

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missus_s From: missus_s Date: May 31st, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
OH MAN. Have fun with THAT.

I'm so glad everyone is OK. :)
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: June 4th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Yep, we're okay. BUT, man do I miss chillin' to some good TV on a comfy couch!
acey From: acey Date: May 31st, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yikes! What a mess! I always imagined that blow-in insulation was really light. I guess not, huh?

I'm glad nobody got dumped on. :)
mygyzmom From: mygyzmom Date: May 31st, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, the blow-in insulation IS really light, which is why it is all in the air and we are coughing like crazy! It's the plaster that is some kind of heavy!
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: June 4th, 2006 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Like Allie said, the insulation is light, VERY light. Like float all through the house and settle on any horizonal surface light. But the plaster is deadly heavy.
brknconfidents From: brknconfidents Date: May 31st, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice!!! and disgusting. Ug. Maybe you should just go for the "rafter" look...er in that one spot. Oh wait, you already are, um, hmmm. Good luck wit that.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: June 4th, 2006 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
It is a HUGE mess. We are not happy.
brknconfidents From: brknconfidents Date: June 4th, 2006 07:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it looks like you are about to learn a new skill...or something. Seriously though, the rafter look is underated. Shouldn't that insulation stuff be in the attic?
sweet3mich From: sweet3mich Date: May 31st, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Holy Wuh!

Good luck with that, eh?
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: June 4th, 2006 06:38 am (UTC) (Link)
You're jealous, I bet! Okay, not. We had an insurance aduster come out and we will be having a professional cleaning service and repairs done through our insurance. I'm so glad, as I can't imagine having to do all that myself!
schmimi From: schmimi Date: June 1st, 2006 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Ay yi yi...
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: June 4th, 2006 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I was kind of hoping the aduster would just total out the house, like they do cars, and let us move somewhere else! Ha!
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