Sunday, January 22, 2012

the project has begun: broken perfume bottles anyone

Back in November we put on an offer in on a house. It is a real mess. Two rooms are unfinished – no gib on walls or roof. Most other rooms have holes in the walls. No room is finished, apart from kitchen and bathroom.

But the place has character. And the bones are sound. And the carpentry is sound. And we’ve done a do-up before. And its better than renting in that we get to put our own pictures up and paint rooms the colour we want them and have pets. And we put in an offer at a price that meant we could afford a bit of carpentry help.

Because its a do-up we’ve given ourselves a few weeks to work on it before we move in. So we took possession on Saturday and have spent the weekend ripping up carpet (the owner had cats that wee’d inside) and cleaning. Plus the first coat of paint on the first ceiling.

Plus a few surprises. The owner had not quite left. And she turns out to be the owner of 16 cats. Yep 16. Not all are yet gone.

And, most wierd of all, as we ripped plywood off the ceiling tonight (yep plywood on the ceiling!), I heard something move in the wood above me. Once, twice, three, four times. One by one, out fell 4 perfume bottles, smashing onto the floor below. Glass everywhere and fine perfume wafting through the room.

Who on earth would board perfume into their ceiling? Or a sacrament of annointing?

Posted by steve at 10:18 PM


  1. Steve, what a wonderful sacramental moment. That sounds FULL of promise… good luck with the work, hope it all goes smoothly.

    Comment by maggi — January 22, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

  2. oh gosh. i reckon qwith 16 cats (!!!), the more perfume the better!

    Comment by craig — January 23, 2012 @ 9:10 am

  3. oh gosh. i reckon with 16 cats (!!!), the more perfume the better!

    Comment by craig — January 23, 2012 @ 9:10 am

  4. a real anointing if it was with 4 bottles of perfume!!! Maybe a not such a bad start after all with all that anointing! Praying you can get rid of the cat smell easily enough, although just NOT good enough to be as dishonest as the previous occupiers! Shame on them.

    Comment by Sandra Alderman — January 23, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

  5. Lavender oil is known to overpower cat pee smells very effectively. And it’s a very pleasant, known to be a mood lifter. A few drops on the original site where the pee soaked the wood may help … Sounds like your kainga is in the making.

    Comment by Beatrice Panne — March 14, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

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