Monday, June 28, 2010

New Appliances

Finally! I got my new washer hooked up today thanks to my great neighbors. They had to come over to help me get it into the house. I had to run a metal dryer vent under the house, as the plastic one I had can't be used with the new dryer. What a creepy job going under my house. I had my neighbors stand outside the opening while I was under there...just as a security measure. It's just so creepy under there and there is no way to get out fast. I hate bumping into snake skins; I'd rather see a live snake.

Here is my new washer and dryer...nothing fancy but they will get the job done!


The opening to the crawl space...


Going in...


Under the house - yuk!



The new vent...



Speaking of snakes, I was very sad to discover that I had created a death trap for my friends, the black snakes, behind the barn. There was an old piece of deer netting tangled behind some boards under some honeysuckle. I knew I had smelled a dead critter and suspected it was a black snake but couldn't find it. Well, something caught my eye day before yesterday and upon examination I found not one, but three large snakes, all dead. Poor things were trying to make their way inside the barn where I welcome them for keeping copperheads away and taking care of some of the million tiny field mice in there.

I had the very unpleasant task of cleaning up the tangled netting and snakes, but managed to take care of it by holding my breath a lot and getting it all stuffed into a big plastic bag. I'll seal it up really well and take it to the dump tomorrow so nothing else gets tangled. This is the fourth incident I've had with snakes getting tangled in the netting, so I won't be using anymore of it.

I'm exhausted but home today taking care of some minor repairs around the house, thanks to Blair. She ripped off part of the molding and new tiles in my recently repaired laundry room. Plus, she ripped off part of the molding in the master bedroom, so I'll have to fix that before next week too. My mom and sis are coming for a visit and this is giving me the incentive to finally get those things taken care of. Plus, I want to finish the Penn State wall hanging so I can give it to my vet tomorrow.

Try to stay cool - it's an impossibility here these days!!!

4 comments:

Laura said...

You are my new hero! Any woman that would crawl under there to replace the dryer vent deserves something - take yourself out for a big ole ice cream cone! LOL! Sorry to hear about the snakes. As much as I don't like them, they do have their purpose. Cleaning up that mess deserves another ice cream cone!

animal lover, quilt lover said...

It is awful under my house too!! In fact yours looks a lot like mine!!! I had to go under to look for a leak. That was years and years ago, before Tom. Tom doesn't like going under there either!!
Glad you have a washer and dryer now!!!
XXoo, Fern

Kas said...

Hi Phyllis,

Well done on your accomplishments!!!

Diane said...

Phyllis, I wish I could give you a trophy for bravery! What an awful job! EW! Girl, you must have tough pioneer blood in your veins!
Diane