Lost and Yet to be Found

Things get lost, that happens in life, but in the whirlwind of moving there are still things missing. We’ve officially been in the house a month now and I have a box missing, my blow dryer, curling iron.. no where to be found. Maybe some day it’ll show up.

Speaking of things getting lost, Mitch got me a Tile. I put it on my keychain, so if I lose my keys I can find it with my phone and if I lose my phone I can push the tile button twice and it’ll alarm on my phone! it has already come in very handy!

We sold a book on eBay, searched high and low and it seems to be lost forever. We canceled the order, but still keep searching.

In the midst of getting situated even my drill ( the lightweight house drill) had vanished for weeks.

There was a bounty for it, Taylor would receive an extra hour of phone time if she found it, she traded Mitch a foot massage if he found it for her. We all hunted throughout the house for days, to no avail. Just two days ago, Mitch was getting a bathroom vanity moved that he’d taken out of our bathroom and was going to put in the other one when… taadaa!

He inadvertently put it in there when the plumber was here and he too was working in our bathroom. He hasn’t cashed in the foot massage, so Taylor hasn’t been rewarded the extra hour yet.

Overall the chaos has died down, we helped Angel go through her storage unit yesterday, we got a truck load of stuff and plan to have ANOTHER yard sale this week.

our living room is lined with boxes of just had to have or I love it items that we are all parting with.

Taylor’s latest recipe of her great great grandma book was split pea soup with a side of deviled eggs. It was the best split pea soup I’ve ever had! With some bacon cooking assistance for Mitch. She did a great job

My hedgehog, Kiwi has a tumor that just appeared last week. It’s a mammary gland tumor, quite common in hedgehogs and once it’s detected they say it’s usually too late. As of now he’s still enjoying the finer things in life, his toilet paper roll, meal worms and running on his wheel.

Kiwi getting his spa treatment, nail trim and bath. The tumor is on his right side (left side in photo), visible in photo

I woke up around 8 the other morning and Mitch had already been hard at work for hours

Mitch working hard and I’m hardly working

He decided to spruced up the back patio adding pavers so we aren’t always tracking in grass.

The beautiful end results

I’ve been trying to organize as I go, I went through all our pens.

Where you pen all my life
I know.. still so many pens, but they all work!

Mitch is onto another project.. changing out our kitchen sink. He wanted a different faucet and I wanted a different sink, off to Home Depot we went. We also ordered a new fridge and over the range microwave. Will keep you posted on that down the road. Remodeling the kitchen will be a rewarding endeavor.

Ummm… ok a few days have passed again, sink is in

My man the fix it guy

We had our yard sale

Our driveway is finally free of stuff! The rest is loaded in the back of the truck to donate

And This morning, Sunday the 5th we decided to work on the kitchen before we get our new appliances!

We plan to paint and add new hardware
Mitch taped up a towel because he kept hitting his head
So long head bonker cabinets
We took out the frosted filters and the wooden squares holding them up.

We plan to replace the lights with other light fixtures

We’ll keep you posted on our progress!


As I’ve mentioned before, we all take turns cooking. We tried The Who’s next plan, but it had some flaws, mainly us forgetting the order we would go, so we amended it, to pick specific days. Mitch is Sunday, Angel is Monday, I’m Tuesday, Taylor is Wednesday, Eli is Thursday and Nettie has Fridays. Saturday is fend for yourself day or whoever has an idea.

This past Tuesday as we sat around having dinner, someone asked Miss Taylor, who’s 12, what she was making for dinner tomorrow. She’s mastered the grilled cheese, Ramen noodles and spaghettios, and is an amazing assistant when I’ve been cooking or baking in the kitchen. She wasn’t sure what to make, so it was suggested she check out some cook books to get some ideas. I immediately go to the bookshelf and grab her a stack of recipe books.

The stack of cook books

In the stack, was a recipe book that her Great Great Grandma Baldock had created years ago.

She began reading the inscription, and got quite intrigued.

Not only did she decide to make a few things from the book, but she’s now committed to making everything in the book. Each week, when it’s her turn to cook, we get to experience the new generation honoring the past. She made a list of everything in the book and will check them off once created.

She made for us Beef steak bundles

copper carrot Pennie’s

Together they tasted really good

and snicker German cake, so yummy!

We also learned that oleo is another word for margarine
Delicious with vanilla ice cream (notice the counter)

She was in the kitchen for hours, slicing dicing and baking. It was all her, except for cutting the meat, which she asked nana (angel) for assistance.

Master chef Tay, cutting onions like the pro’s on the shows

As the evening died down, Mitch and I were still awake at midnight, digging through more boxes. Exhausted, we finally called it a night around 12:30 am. Approximately 2 a.m. we are woke by a panicked knock on our door, and Angela’s voice saying, “you guys! Taylor got bit by a scorpion on her chest while she was sleeping! I don’t know what to do!” We hop out of bed, skeptical that it was a scorpion because we just had the whole house sprayed for bugs on the 9th. When Mitch made it into her room, there it was laying on the bed…dead. Mitch grabbed a paper towel and took it off her bed. Taylor had already been up, icing it, fearful of the possibility that it could kill her.

The culprit
It was a bark scorpion

Not only was she bit, under the sheets, under her shirt, she was bit on the hand. She was in quit a bit of pain, saying it felt like 5 bee stings, but mainly the fear of getting bit by a poisonous scorpion had her in a panic. Honestly, we were all in a panic. We decided to call poison control to ask what to do. They stated that we need to watch her eyes, if they begin darting back and forth, nausea and vomiting and difficulty breathing we should take her into the emergency room. Mainly in the first hour, otherwise use an ice pack for the pain and try to keep her calm to reduce the spread of the venom. The hour passed, all was good and she fell back to sleep before the rest of us did.

Nettie decided to go out on the back patio after all the excitement, and spotted a large black spider up on the ceiling.

This was identified as a wolf spider by the pest control guy

So how did the scorpion get to Taylor you ask, well, I’d ordered her a day bed from Amazon but it wasn’t scheduled to be delivered until June! She had her bed, but no frame. Since the exterminators came and sprayed, we thought she’d be safe sleeping on the bed on the floor. Wow, were we wrong! Having a frame that keeps the bed off from the floor, is essential, as scorpions can’t climb up wood or metal. Our friends lent us a frame and box spring the next day. We canceled the daybed order and decided to just get a frame so she can stay safe and get it sooner.

We called patriot environmental (the exterminator company) and told them what had happened the night before and they sent someone back out within hours, and at no charge.

The next morning she said her hand tingled a little and the other area didn’t hurt at all anymore. Our tough little cookie took it like a champ, and now has bragging rights.

Another Leak!?

In my last post I’d mentioned how we had a leak and didn’t know exactly the culprit. I’ve learned a few things since then. One, is submitting a claim online with the warranty company does nothing. I waited 5 days after opening the claim to call and see what the hold up was. It was them, their system, because the minute I called they had a plumber contacted and scheduled for the next day. Lesson learned, CALL, don’t do it online. Two, is that it’s the shower drain leaking and it’s not covered by the warranty. The cost for the repair will be almost six hundred dollars! Ugh 😑

The drain

The house we bought is on a septic, not city sewer. This is a new experience for us and it stinks… literally. There is a delicate balance when it comes to a septic tank. Too much water, bleach or antibacterial call kill the natural bacteria system and causes it to smell. Of course, we didn’t do any research, we just start pouring bleach and vinegar down the drains, making matters worse. Mitch thought it could be the washing machine drain, so he removed the drain hose, and decided to pour bleach down the laundry sink.

Who me?

I focused on unpacking more boxes in the bedroom and decided to do a load of laundry. It was about 7 pm last night 5/12/22 and it Was Eli’s turn to make dinner. Hamburger helper with peas and corn was on the menu. I’d just proposed the idea that who ever cooks the meal gets to decide where we eat. The options are the new dinner table, the living room to watch a show or the back patio.

The family having Mother’s Day dinner. Nettie, Eli, Tay, Angel and Mitch

Everyone liked the idea and I headed towards the bedroom to find my phone (I misplace it at LEAST 5 times a day) as I step towards the laundry room a wave of water greets my feet! “Oh shit! Oh shit! Oh shit!” I say, Panic stricken I’m frozen in disbelief. It’s coming from the laundry room! The entire laundry room, part of the dining room (both tile) and a small portion of our bedroom (carpet) under a 1/4” of water! By this time Mitch, Eli and Angel come to see what I’m oh shitting about. Mitch turns off the washing machine, I go get a mop and bucket, and everyone else runs to grab towels.

With the abundance of water, Mitch decides to grab his shop vac as Angela kept soaking up water with the towels. Eli, Nettie and I address the bedroom carpet, chasing the water and moving the furniture. The water ran the whole back side of the wall, all the way to where it had leaked before. Oh bother!

After we moved the furniture forward away from the wet carpet

My day of progress organizing the bedroom, the feeling of getting things put together diminished and once again we were in crisis mode. Mitch came in with our trusty orange Rigid shop vac to suck up remaining water. He has it running in a matter of seconds, while we all are still diligently doing our part. In his frustration, he asks, “what else can go wrong!?” Suddenly, a strange chemical/electrical smell fills the house. A grey haze of smoke floats through the air and I step out of the bedroom to see what the smell is. The smoke detectors begin going off throughout the house. I stood there, fingers plugging my ears, trying to lessen the volume. I look around at the family, as Mitch, continues to feverishly vacuuming up the water. Every single one of us had a questioning look on our faces.

Let the chaos continue

Suddenly, Sparks began shooting out of the top of the vacuum! Then a flame darts out of top followed by more sparks! I yell, “shut it off! Shut it off!” Mitch, not even close to the power switch or the outlet, yells, “I can’t get to it!” Sparks, flames and smoke begin to overtake the top of the shop vac when it finally registers in my mind that the power switch is within my reach. I step forward to shut it off, but in my panic I shut it off, turn it on and shut it off. Mitch steps in to shut it off, inadvertently turning it on, more sparks fly and then finally shuts it off. At exactly that moment, Angela gets to the outlet and unplugs it.

The adrenaline subsides, we all breath a sign of relief, once again, without having to speak a word, we were all thinking, that was a close call. Thank God, that could’ve been so bad! Mitch takes the shop vac, throws it in the front yards and comes back to continue cleaning. We open all the doors and windows, place box fans at each exit and get back to cleaning up the water.

As the excitement dissipates, we begin to talk about what’s causing the this new leak. Mitch speaks up, stating, “that was me, it was my fault. I pulled out the washing machine drain hose out behind the washing machine to see where the smell was coming from, then I got sidetracked, pouring bleach down the laundry drain. I totally forgot to put back the drain hose and someone did laundry.” Yup, I did the laundry.

Reconnected drain hose

Saturday night, after having fans blowing on the bedroom carpet all night and all day, today we were able to return the furniture back to their proper location.

Maybe next week I’ll get things put away 🙂

The eBay store is back up for business as we organized and cleared out a CRV load of donated items.

I’m sitting on the back porch at 7:42 pm, it’s now Sunday evening and Mitch is still trying to fix the stink. We got rid-x (septic treatment) today in the mail, followed the directions, but there’s still a lingering smell. Not just a little smell, it’s a putrid, nauseating order that keeps emitting from the laundry room, and sometimes it would engulf the whole house. Especially when a load of clothes are washed. We’ve cleaned the washing machine, Tried to chase the smell, light candles, kept the door shut, and all the while I’m certain it had to be the septic. Mitch, on the other hand isn’t so sure it’s septic. He’s been on the roof trying to snake the vent pipe, called a friend looking for ideas and is now in the house snaking the laundry sink drain.

Nope, wasn’t the problem

He decides to check the floor drain in the laundry after snaking the sink. Especially since it didn’t drain when we had our latest flood…could it be? Maybe that’s why the toilets aren’t flushing right? The tub isn’t draining very fast? Could it all be connected? He hit drain clog gold! Warning, unpleasant photo to follow.

Mitch believes it’s dryer lint that had closed the drain

I chase him around trying to get more pictures of his find so I can share it with everyone.

He snaked the drain one last time, and states that it already smelled better. Nothing else came up the second time around and we began wondering if that’s why things weren’t working right. I couldn’t wait, I run to our bathroom and flush the toilet… it swirled! My man fixed it! I am so glad he kept looking and found the problem.

The view from our back yard tonight

What a relief, one problem solved. Way to go hubby! The plumber comes tomorrow to fix the shower. On to finding our curtains, getting blinds for our bedroom patio door and getting our drivers license. Oh and keep on keepin on.

Never Enough Time

Wednesday may 4th 2022 we decided to tackle the bedroom. We had boxes stacked higher than our head. We’d made good progress in the living room, and decided to get something done in the bedroom.

Our bedroom

We started with one stack, opening a box and putting things where they belong. When we finally made it to the bottom box, it was soaking wet. We initially thought something had leaked out of one of the boxes, so we began searching for the culprit. Was it the baby oil? Nope, it was water. We get down to another row of boxes and the bottom one was again, drenched. What the what! The carpet is all wet! It’s not coming from the boxes, it’s coming from the house! Mitch pulls up a corner of the carpet and brings in a big fan to try and dry it.

Trying to dry the carpet after finding the leak

We’re thinking it’s the shower maybe, or could it be from the washing machine? Either way, our unpacking came to a stand still and I reach out to the home warranty company that was purchased by the seller when we bought the place. (Side note: it’s currently May 8th and we haven’t heard from them)

This was my version of progress

I woke this morning with big plans to start again in the bedroom, but God had other plans. Bentley had passed in the night.

Bentley enjoying his pupachino

My heart is beyond broken. We all knew it was just a matter of time, we’d been treating his congestive heart failure with a couple different medicines, morning and night, along with seizure medicine.

Last night his breathing was labored and shallow. We figured it was because he’d snuck into the cats food, eating all he could handle. I planned on giving him another lasik pill before I went to bed. After putting him in his bed, I decided to put away some things first, then go back out and check on his breathing later, while he was sleeping. I forgot, I didn’t check on him, or give him an extra pill and he died. I should’ve done it when I thought about it. The guilt, the sadness, questioning if I’d only done things differently. I’ve let all this clutter overtake my my mind, and my life.

I’ve realized that I am not ok. Not ok in so many ways. My priorities have become overshadowed by stuff, weighing me down. My mind, like our room, is a jumbled mess, unable to find things, I am unable to find my old self. The self who cared about getting things in order. About being organized, about doing instead of having. I am not equipped to be weighed down by stuff anymore. I know giving him that pill wouldn’t have cured him, but I can’t help but think that he’d be on my lap right now if I wasn’t so overwhelmed with all this stuff. I only have myself to blame, I did this.

A few days have gone by, my tear soaked towel is crumpled on the floor along with a thousand other things. Mitch and I just got in a heated conversation about all the boxes, still full of stuff not being unpacked, all the things going on, who’s doing what and such. Going from 3,000 sq ft to 1,500 sq ft and having a reselling business take up the entire two car garage, It’s just such a trying time. Not to mention three houses into one, with the families things as well. But, honestly they don’t have that much, it’s mainly us…ok honestly, mainly me.

The girls being silly during the yard sale,
trying to lift my spirits

We had our yard sale on Friday, sold about half of the stuff and loaded up the rest. The guys took the remaining items to Saint Vincent DePaul’s thrift store. We already have two more boxes full to donate, and I’m sure I’ll fill up many more in the days to come.

To my baby boy Bentley..the privilege to love you, the gift of your love, has been a glimpse of heaven. Please forgive me for failing you.