Apr. 29th, 2017

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I just got a call from the Bat Guy -- he's running late and won't be here for a couple of hours; he says he got involved with moving a mama fox and her kits. I was kind of hoping he'd be done and gone by noonish, but the earliest he'll even get here now is eleven-ish. I'm not sure whether to get involved in a cleaning project that will take up a couple of hours (like cleaning the breezeway) or whether I should take it easy until he gets here in case he needs my help (because my feet will only take so much). I should probably go out to the garage and see if I can figure out how to get the stairs to the second story down. As far as I know, it hasn't been down since HTWIWM left. No, I take that back. I think my folks had it down once when I was gone on a trip because I seem to remember Dad saying something about how they broke one of the things locking it in place because they didn't know it was there. (Maybe I should pull the stairs down and have another Dumpster Day; I'm certain there's stuff up there that could Go Away.) Maybe I should call my folks and ask, but I am reluctant to let my family (other than my sister, anyway) know that I got a loan. I'm not sure why, but I am.

Of course, when they come 'round and the house has been painted, they're gonna know something's up....

Speaking of which, it occurred to me that if I'm going to get the house painted, I should probably do something about the landscaping, too. I was discussing that with a friend at work yesterday. She has hydrangeas and daisies in front of her house. I don't like daisies, but I love hydrangeas, especially blue ones (and the soil around here is good for blue ones). And hydrangea bushes look good even without blooms. I also want bee balm. I love bee balm. What I hate is gardening. I positively loathe it, so if it's going to get done, it's going to be hired done.

I wonder if I could get the ramp turned the way I want it while I'm at it? The folks who put it in told me it would only last a few years because the material they used for the decking (from stuff that HTWIWM had hoarded) wasn't the appropriate stuff, and they were right. The decking will last this year, but next? Maybe not.

I could spend the entire [rest of the] loan just on the outside of the house -- even without worrying about siding.
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The Bat Guy -- whose name I never did get -- has been and gone. Actually, he's been gone for about three hours. I am...still nervous. I am nervous about tonight, because what if they leave and find a different hole -- one he missed -- to come in, and what if they all end up in the living space (as opposed to the attic)? He said they were definitely behind the chimney, possibly accessing the attic from there (if there was a big enough crack), so he ran sealant along the length of the chimney. He also said the attic vent right over my bedroom was wide open, so he put a screen over it.

He didn't do the garage because even though it's connected to the house, he didn't think it likely that bats were coming through there. Plus, he was trying to keep the cost in the range that he quoted me on the phone -- and in fact, it was slightly less (for certain values of "slightly").

I am scared that I am going to wake up in the middle of a cloud of bats, y'all.

Of course, I'm also scared that a cloud of bats is going to join me for Doctor Who later. It's the bathroom, you see. The insulation is still in place, so it's not like that ceiling is wide open, but it's not like there's a truly solid barrier there, either.

When I get through tonight and tomorrow night, I will feel better.

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