Feeling blessed.

Today, the contractors came in to rip the ceiling apart and evaluate the damage. Since we live in an almost 90 year old home, parts of our attic are completely inaccessible through the trap, so ripping apart was the only way to see in and we didn’t know what to expect.

I spent all night having nightmares of mold spore invasions and rodent colonies. (Remember the scene from “Ratatouille” when the lady collapses her ceiling with her shot gun and finds 500 rats???) But the heavens were smiling on us and again I thank it for protecting us : The structure of the roof is fine, no mold or fungus, just a lack of ventilation causing ice to form and melt along the soffits and a need to blow a bit more insulation in there so that the heat from the house doesn’t condensate in the attic. They are coming back tomorrow to finish removing all soiled materials, they will temporarily close the hole in the ceiling and come back after snow melt to fix everything permanently. What a happy joyous outcome.

My husband having taken the day off to be here for the demolition, we proceeded to a momentous start to our new challenge : 40 bags in 40 days. Ann Marie over at White House Black Shutters  started in 2011 after being inspired by several sites she had stumbled upon. A friend of mine invited me to join the Facebook group, which is how I came to know of the challenge. My dear husband, being slightly OCD about cleaning and having wanted to do a massive clean of the house this spring, was SO all about jumping in that we took a running start.

In 2 days, we’ve manage to put together :

  • 5 trash bags of clothes and shoes to donate.
  • 3 diaper boxes full of baby clothes on their way to friends that are expecting or that have kids younger than ours.
  • a bag full of toys to donate.
  • a bag full of newborn bottles to donate.
  • a box full of chipped and cracked mason glass jars to be recycled.
  • a bunch of stuff to put on the local online classified. (we’ve already sold our microwave!)

Tomorrow, I tackle my books. *sighs* I go trough this every couple of years. Not easy, I’m so irrationally attached to my books. But every time I have to ask myself : Will I read it again? Why am I holding on to it? And then I think of our poorly funded libraries and it makes it all better. 🙂

You looking for some motivation to clean up the mess? Check it out!

join the decluttering revolution! Challenge yourself to simplify and get rid of 40 bags in 40 days. #40bagsin40days

About Yanic A.

Hello to all of you and thank you for stopping by! My name is Yanic. I'm a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother of 2 beautifully complex and unique children and a lover of all things inspiring. Having started a personal journey of self discovery when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter 4 years ago, I've since embraced a daily life of simpler pleasures and gratitude. As we get to know each other, you will know me as a quilter, a gardener, a Tao cultivator, a vegetarian foodie, a true believer in a healthy family life as being the secret to my happiness and hopefully as time goes on, a friend... I will try to share with you my days as they unfold, speaking of my happy successes without censoring my challenges, trying to make this blog a true portrait of the ever-changing path that I have chosen for myself. I'm hoping to find in these pages others to share with and learn from, bringing to light the absolute connection in all things and people, showing this world as being a true community.
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6 Responses to Feeling blessed.

  1. trkingmomoe says:

    Thank you for liking my blog. I enjoy your stories. You have a very pleasant style to your writing.


  2. So glad to hear all went well with the demolition and there were no other issues. Enjoy your weekend.


  3. jemills56 says:

    What I want to know is just who follows me round the house filling up all the spaces I create when I have a clear out?


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