Monday, May 04, 2009

Adventures in Landlording Part II

Here's an update:

Mystery Substance on bedroom wall looks suspiciously like vomit, but cam off with much scrubbing.

Marker on carpet came off with some serious heavy duty steam cleaning.

Hockey Stickers are unfortunately still there.

Fridge and stove still need to be cleaned

Bathroom - bleach has brought the science experiment to an unfortunate end. However, now that the science experiment has been allowed to continue for so long, the bathroom walls, floor and ceiling are now rotted and need to be replaced. This will happen as soon as I win the lottery.

We've changed the locks and done some other minor repairs. My lovely neighbour has been cutting the grass for us. See? Chivalry is not dead!

I forgot to mention that the entire front and side porches smell strongly of cat urine. Yum. Does anyone know how to get rid of that? Apparently soap and water are not enough. I have lovely hedges that I would rather not cut down.. but I will if it gets rid of that god-awful stench!

Sigh. Back to work!


Carolina said...

Yummy, cat urine and vomit. They always add such a je-ne-sais-quoi to a house. Without it, it will just not be the same.
I have no idea how to get rid of the smell of cat urine, but I dó know that bleach doesn't help. I've read that it attracts cats, because they like the smell of bleach. But not everything you read is true of course and fortunately I have never had to test it, with all my very well-behaved litte puddycats.

And thanks for magically removing my stress. I feel so much better now. I am giving you a big virtual hug in return. Can you feel the love?
I hope you are not too stressed out about your lovely house being so unloved. Ah well, things can only get better.

Hugs xx

Morgan said...

Oh. My. Goodness.

Happy homecoming, babe! You know, you DO have friends who would be more than willing to drive down to the House, and help clean/paint/de-pee in exchange for conversation, beer, and a boost in self esteem (by virtue of feeling like maybe our house isn't THAT bad- leaky basement and cat hair infestation aside) right? Just let us know!

And... uh. Gross. GROSS. What about your lovely teal scrapping room???

Jewels said...

Carolina - I can feel the love! I'm not too stressed out. C'est la vie. What will be, will be!

Morgan - The lovely teal room is untouched. Thank god. It was the baby's room. It will now be Austin's room, if we can cram him in there with all of his toys!

Morgan said...

You could TOTALLY cram him in! Unless.. what room were they using for their son- the downstairs one? Hmm.. I guess that means downstairs is going to be the scrapping/office? Or one of the living rooms? OR are you going to turn that downstairs room into a bathroom?

In any case, seriously. We will help. Jonny's great at painting, and I'm great at listening and drinking beer so together, you know.. we have superpowers.

recipes for the life said...

I didnt know what you were writing about as i had missed the previous post.So I had to go back and read it.

I cant believe those people were actually staying in that condition!!

For all the cleaning you have got to do I am now feeling so proud of my kitchen :)Atleast there is no suspicious looking stuff in there

All the best with cleaning


Mistra Hoolahan said...

Hey Jewels... re the cat urine smell. Try a mix of water with lemon {or orange} and lavendar essential oils, add a little bit of vodka to help mix the water/oil combination, into a spray bottle and spray away... works for us!!

Apparently they hate the citrus smell... but as Carolina says, the LOVE ammonia/bleach etc!

Carolina said...



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