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Yesterday, we started demolition of the floors in preparation for refinishing. We removed nasty carpets on the stairs and in one bedroom (with decomposed, powdery black padding underneath saturated with pungent cat urine); we pulled up wide rolls of linoleum and non padded area carpets in two bedrooms; and we started pulling up linoleum over plywood in the kitchen. Did you know that every time a plywood nail pops out of an original hardwood floor, an angel gets his wings?
In the process of all this work, we made many discoveries. For example, we are now the proud owners of a giant gooseberry bush, laden with plump red gooseberries, buckets of them. I'm sure a quick web search will reveal an awesome gooseberry freezer jam recipe. Unless you have a better idea.
On the first floor, we were hoping for TWO pocket doors in the living room, because we are.....greedy jerks? We removed the plastic room divider hoping to find the remnants of another set of pocket doors. Alas. No second set of pocket doors, just a solid, lovely door frame, sans pocket doors.
We also padded through the house discovering random items left by the previous owners. Does anyone read Polish? This is the cover of a book I found on the back porch. A 1978 Polish calendar? We're going to frame the cover eventually because the design is so bold and modern looking.
We are also the lucky recipients of some polish figurines. They're growing on me. Slowly. Very, very slowly. Even though they are nothing like what I would ever put in my house, I can't bear to throw them away.
I have a few more BIZARRE discoveries to share in my next post.