So, when we left off, we were staring at this:
For now, my plan is to remove the cabinet and the card table and set up some shelves. Since I can't really build anything right now, they're going to have to be those black resin shelves. She has a few of these units throughout. Here's one on the porch--wouldn't you know it? It's already holding some tools.
This porch needs to be torn down and replaced--another reason to get the tools into the house!
I've also bought some plastic bins and I'm going to try and use them to wrangle some organization out of the mess that way. The goal is to make the tools accessible--easy to find--easy to put back.
But first, I needed to get that cabinet down and see what's going on with the window back there.
What a chore! It took me probably twenty minutes to find a screw driver. Then, I had to spend another ten looking for a work light so I could even identify the screw head! I will be so happy once this is done!
Anyway I got it emptied and down. Then I brushed the walls with a corn broom. Her old dryer used to sit here and the area was just caked with lint.
That's a seriously boosted photo, folks. No way is that area that well lit. It might be when we're done, though.
My Mother had an addition built onto the side of her house about twenty-five years ago. (It's the area with the little shed roof to the right of the front door in the photo above.) That addition totally blocked this window--it no longer had any access to the outside. However, she had used it for two things:
1) Her outside tap ran through the opening, and
2) Her dryer vent also ran through it.
The animals who worked on her house decided to run the heating duct through the opening. And I suppose that would have been OK--except they never sealed it back up.
Never. sealed. it.
In a climate where it can go forty degrees below zero. In a climate where it is below freezing five months of the year.
So, I have to seal it up. Obviously. But it isn't all that obvious exactly how I am going to manage it.
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