I HATE THIS WEATHER!!!!!!!
There, I *almost* feel better. Seriously, I am feeling so beat. It is hard for me to understand how some people feel totally recharged by the sun and heat, and others like me feel totally drained of all energy. I realize the heat we are experiencing really isn’t that bad, as we have relatively low humidity and it is very breezy here in the Bristolwood. I just don’t feel very much like doing anything.
We discovered a real headache last week, too…I went down to look inside our camper and saw what looked like mushrooms growing in one corner. When I went inside, it was obvious there was a problem as the camper smelled musty. It happened that our friends Jeanne and Ben came by the day I made this discovery and Ben graciously offered to help us. I always think it is an amazing blessing to have friends that want to help out and Ben happens to be not only a woodworker, but an engineer as well!
Mark called our insurance company about the problem and found that our comprehensive policy covers mold. We had a company that removes molds come and the estimate made me nearly drop. Mark and I talked about it with the kids and they said they thought we could do it ourselves. Mark called our agent and she gave us a go ahead, so Saturday, Ben and our Ben began carefully removing the carpet (which looks like a total loss) and then the wall panel where the leak is.
The professional guy that came to give us an estimate told us there was a 75% chance of uncovering black mold. Well, the guys had a big fan blowing air out of the camper, the area was securely taped off from the rest of the camper, and every precaution was observed. Thankfully, behind the wet wall board was wet insulation. That was it. There was some mold, but it didn’t look at all like black mold as shown in images on the internet.
Thank the Lord for low humidity in spite of these high temperatures! We sprayed a mold inhibitor all over the wall…all over every exposed area, actually. We even sprayed again and then ran the fan aimed at the wet wall. Today, it was vastly improved!
Ben came over again and he, our Ben, and Michelle, worked like troopers! Mark made a special board with carpet backing so Michelle could perch on top of the camper and look for leaks in area around vents and openings. She replaced a broken vent cap in the bedroom ceiling and replaced the special caulk around the Fantastic Fan in the bathroom.
The corner where the water had been collecting was rotted out. The floor was cut out and Ben and Ben worked on restoring all the damaged areas. Apparently, the leak had been there for quite some time.
Our friend, Ben, went all around the perimeter of the camper, inspecting and filling all compromised areas of caulk. He found only a couple of suspicious areas and ficed them. It was amazing seeing everyone working together so well! There was no way I could do the work that Ben, Ben, and Michelle did. The sun has been so exceedingly hot and the temperature is hovering right at about 90. That is a recipe for dizziness and misery, so I am just so grateful for all this work being done!
I haven’t been sitting about idly. I do try to help out as a “gofer” and I try to make some good lunches for the hungry crew!
Ben and Jeanne have been such amazing friends!!! Ben plans to come over once again tomorrow and hopefully things will be dry and ready to put back together again! I really thank God for such a dear and kind friend! When I asked Ben how we can ever repay him, he told me “You can’t! I just like to putter!”
When we were at my parents’ home last Tuesday, I took a funny picture of a Cardinal. I am not sure if it is a female or a young male….
The bird had just landed on the feeder!
Well, that is about it for now. As you can see, this has been a busy weekend. We went shopping yesterday afternoon after finishing up on the camper and didn’t get home until evening. We still need just a few more things, so a trip tomorrow morning is in order. Busy busy. But I must admit….after yesterday, I was unsure the camper was ever going to be the same. We used a product that is odorless but kills mold and prevents its return. I was shocked at how clean everything looked today!
By tomorrow, that camper is going to be sooo much better!