Open Door

Open Door
Indianapolis, Indiana

Friday, April 11, 2014

Crazy Days

Things always seem to be a bit crazy around here, I guess we really can't expect anything less than that with the having our own business and owning multiple houses. But sometimes the crazy ramps up to new heights. A few weeks ago the doctors changed several of my medicines again and they will continue to change dosage for another few weeks. This wouldn't even be worth mentioning, but there have been a lot of side effects that are adding to my "crazy" and taking away whole days that would be better spent rehabbing Toad Hall. 

But as far as just packing it in the complications go, I think today stands out highly memorable. First,we had Lee's Complete Drain Service pay us a visit. He did a good job and charged less than the last time we had one of the larger National companies out to our house in Beech Grove. What was the problem? The main line (drain line that runs out to the sewer) was clogged. This wasn't a huge surprise as when we got the house the drain was running slow. Dad ran a snake down it then and got it running normally, but we knew that it could possibly clog in the future. Well, the future was today. Or rather, late last night.

 If you look very closely, you can see the animal on the eave of the house.

We also had another company pay us a visit today. That was Admiral Wildlife Services. They came to because I want to evict Bandit. Who's Bandit? The raccoon that's taken up residence in the eave of porch. Kirk checked out the attic to make sure that Bandit has been getting in, and there is no evidence that he has, so that was good news. Now we have a trap waiting for him, lined with marshmallows, covering his eviction papers, and once he's caught Kirk will find him a nice new home.

Meet Bandit. A very unwelcome guest.

Then, the real work begins. We will need to rip off the broken vinyl soffit, put up a plywood layer and then put up a new layer of vinyl. This will keep any of Bandit's friends from taking over his old home. And there are several other spots where the soffit is missing or broken that need to be repaired in the same manner. We were also told that we need to get a chimney cap and a cover over the attic vent as there is evidence in the attic that squirrels have gotten in through the vent before and we've had prior experience (very costly birds) with not having a chimney cap.

Bandit's new temporary home.

So today was a bit wild and stinky and registered very high on the crazy meter, but hey, the houses are still standing and the only animals inside tonight are supposed to be here.

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