I'm back, again, after a far too long of an absence.
In the interim, while 2020 has kept on 2020ing, my own life has been a reflection of it as well. A cascading, domino effect of small disasters...
A few weeks ago I walked into my kitchen to find it flooded. A pipe inside of the wall had burst. It turns out the burst pipe had been leaking for a
very long time with most of the water draining away from the house and underground - but in that process, had caused the backs of the cabinet bases to
End result: My kitchen as it was two weeks ( ish ) ago, and as it mostly remains.
In the time since that kitchen has become the modern equivalent of King Tut's Tomb as everyone who interacts with it experiences the curse
The contractor has experienced a myriad of set-backs. Family emergencies, ordering items for the job that showed as delivered but never arrived, a cut
to his hand that required stitches and several days away to recover and an illness.
My landlord, who spent a day trying to "help" the contractor with the job was exposed to something that caused him, that night, to break out into full
body hives and spend a night in the ER. He still has the hives and is on steroids and antihistamines for them.
But the worst... The absolute worst...
While taking things down the contractor asked me if I'd ever seen water bugs ( read German roaches ) in the house. I said "Yeah. We'd have a bit of an
issue but I've been spraying and buying baits". He said he'd found a couple of nests and advised we call an exterminator, so I did.
The exterminator came and thoroughly sprayed the entire house. Something I was very grateful for and happy about.
For about a week.
I don't quite understand how it all happened, but after spraying the German roaches disappeared... But in their place a different species appeared,
quickly and en masse... And immediately it was a total infestation. Darker, rounder, far more aggressive and disgusting roaches, everywhere and in
I went from seeing a bug or two of one type, here and there, to walking into a room and seeing dozens of another species scurrying here and there.
They were everywhere
, in everything
Two days ago I checked into a motel so that the exterminator could bomb the house overnight. I came home yesterday afternoon and spent the day
cleaning and washing everything.
Today it's so far, so good... But the kitchen still looks like that picture and I'm cautiously awaiting the next installment of "Curse of the Kitchen
Oh, and it's still 2020 outside. so there's that.