I had actually even started to scrape some of the ceilings (just the kitchen and master bath) about a year ago and just never got going again to finish the job. I got a few quotes on what it would cost to have someone come in and do the work (scraping the ceilings, retexturing, painting, and installing several lights/ fans). The prices were pretty steep for just the scraping. So now I have enlisted the help of my friend and fellow YaYa, Edwina. She's providing ceiling scraping labor in the form of her son (and my sorta-kinda-but-not-really boyfriend) and a friend of his. They are high school students and just a bit less expensive than the "professionals".
To top it off, I have a leak in the roof that has created a gross mold spot in my master bathroom. Yuk!!!
Monica at work heard the prices I was quoted for the electrical work, and promptly called her husband (an electrician) to do a price comparison. He says he can give me a much better price.
Out in the backyard, I've decided to get rid of the pool. I had started taking apart the deck myself (can you believe it???) when Leigh, my fellow YaYa and next door neighbor called up asking what I planned to do with the wood. I really hadn't thought ahead that far, except that I wanted to get rid of it and would probably have to pay to have it hauled away. She said if she and her husband, Aaron, could have the wood, he would take it down for me!!! Hooray! I get out of the heavy labor, and save the cost of hauling it away. Here's the swamp and what's left of the deck:
More and more I learn that The Beatles had it right, I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends....