Monday, September 21, 2009

The Mess Begins


Today the work began. The carpets have been ripped up, tile chipped away and the old linoleum is history. It's been 25 years of wishing for wood floors and now it is happening. The men struggled with the tile. They ended up having to buy a $200 machine to help them get the tile chiseled out. It had been laid to stay. I loved that Italian tile but I succumbed to my youngest son's pleas to remove it as it was "outdated". Story of my life lately. Maybe that means that I am "outdated" too. Probably so. Oh well....

    I am sipping on ice tea right now trying to swallow the dust that is swirling through my home. My husband has a deer head mounted on our family room (I remind him frequently how fortunate he is to be married to a woman who would tolerate that) and the workmen have wrapped it totally in plastic. I must remember to get a picture. I have a feeling ye ol' deer is insulted.
    The living room, entry way, family room, breakfast nook and kitchen will all have wood floors by tomorrow afternoon. Amazing.
     As I type I hear the linoleum that I have walked on for 25 years being ripped up. "Good-bye, faithful flooring. My sons have all grown up walking barefooted on you. They've worn their basketball shoes, golf shoes (hence a few small holes), dress shoes for proms and regular dirty school shoes across you. People I have loved and lost such as parents tread on you and dearly loved family and friends as well. Thank you for holding up as best you could and going beyond your duty."
(I think I hear Taps in the distance... )

4 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I am so thrilled for you. I reaally, really want hardwood floors, but not able to do that right now. I am so happy someone is getting them. I can't wait to see it all finished. Congratulations. Hugs, Marty

Jennifer said...

That's so funny... I would feel the same way about saying goodbye to my old floors. Can't wait to see the final product!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I don't even know you yet..but what I do know is how much I will love getting to know you. The very first post on your blog that I read...and you touch my heart.

I too want wood floors and am living with very dated old floor tiles from the fifties..but it was my sweet husband's late wife that chose it and who's children's tiny feet and family and friend walked on these old floors.
I hope she would like what I will chose when the time comes.
Floors...yes, I understand how you feel. We will all enjoy watching your new floors go in. I am happy for you!!

Thank you for deciding to follow my blog...I am honored.
Hugs...
Mona

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Karen,
Thanks for coming by and your so nice comments! I have hardwood in my living room and hall and I would love them in my whole house~ You will so enjoy them! Cindy