Mum is outfitted for the job, she *was* wearing a bag as a hat to keep the dust out of her hair too and big huge googles. We spent a good 4 or 5 hours knocking plaster off the wall. Actually funny enough its not even really plaster, of course on that one wall it is but that is the plaster for the living room. In fact, in the 'snug' and bathroom the walls are made of this fantastic material that I suppose came between lath and plaster and drywall called "Gyproc Lath." It is a drywall type material that has ridges on the finish side to plaster over. It is basically the same idea as lath and plaster except it takes less plaster to give you the same look. Pretty neat huh?
Friday, April 30, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
After the urinalysis we had the vet do an x-ray to see if he had any stones scraping his urinary tract and came up with nothing on the x-ray. The vet came back and mentioned that Accio could have something they call "Chronic Urinary Inflammation" which is something the vet community has no idea what causes it but that it does happen and its not particularly life threatening, but needs to be treated to avoid other complications like a secondary infection. Accio may also have a Urinary Tract Infection to go along with this. She gave him an antibiotic and some anti-inflammatories and we've come home with him but she did say we may have to entertain the idea that Accio could have a mass, so in 10 days we're to take a urine sample and bring it in and then based upon the lack of blood or the presence of blood we'll have to make the decision to have him ultrasounded.
For now the beastly cat is living in solitary confinement in my room. As I type right now he is knocking things off shelves and occasionally lounging on the bed in his normal lounging fashion.
Aside from all the cat drama, tomorrow we are going to the other vets office to take the puppies in for their first shots, vet checks, and some talk about deworming.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Aside from that we started pulling out the floor and walls in the bathroom. We've found that perhaps the house really isn't double brick as we originally thought and that it might actually be single brick with some sort of wattle substance between the studs and on the inside of the studs there is probably 2 layers of barn board type wood. The fact that the house might not be double brick does make doing the front window a bit cheaper, but it also means we have to now stud in the walls in the bathroom in order to insulate the bathroom and put up vapor barrier. We'd consider strapping out the living room and having it spray-foam insulated instead to ensure we don't lose any floor space. Going to spray foam under the house too.
And our finds for the week. We found these under the bathroom floor around the sink. Mum reckons that they were probably used to level off the floor a bit before installing the linoleum (green in colour). They're from 1952 and 1953 and there are some pretty awesome full colour ads.
Over the last year and in the years to come we will be renovating and working hard to transform this quaint country setting into a cozy, warm, and comfortable place to be. Nearly every single room in our 150+ year old house needs a complete over-haul plus the land and outbuildings.
Aside from renovations and wondering what to do next we are also owned by 3 Buff Orpington Ducks, 2 Horses (Mylie and Luna), 2 Goats (Cissy and Mione), 6 Chickens (Supermario & The Muffies, and Baldyhen), 7 Dogs (Nacho, Gromit, Quesa, Kitty, Lulu, Peaches, and Ginny), and 1 mental housecat, Accio.