On my run last night, I flew past the downtown flooring company that installed our first floor bathroom tile. (Side note - It's a friendly family owned business with smiling helpful people and is located in the town's old theatre. A few months ago we went back to the warehouse section to look at a few samples. It was a disaster, but it was beautiful in its own way. We were standing on what used to be the main stage. The walls and ceiling were still painted theatre black, although peeling.) Anyways, by the dumpster I saw a dozen wood pallets. Are they free? Do they recycle them? Or do they just get sent to the dump? There's a sweet old man that works there and I might just have to call him and ask. He came to our house a few months back to quote the bathroom floor project. He told me stories about how many years ago he would come to our house for card night with the gentlemen and sip bourbon on the rocks and smoke cigars in our library. I love to hear stories like this and imagine the scenery. You just don't get those kind of stories in a new home. However, sometimes the stories make us laugh until we cry. One of our painters told Danny that "he learned all about love in our attic one time back in the 70s." TMI! You'll find that bathroom renovation project here and here. This little room is one of my favorite spaces in the house. It's unique in that there are two steps to get down to the toilet and sink. The oak step needs a fresh coat of stain and varnish (future blog post!). This small room has a lower elevation in order to accomodate the front staircase directly above it. If it wasn't lowered, there wouldn't be appropriate head clearance.
Back to the pallets - My mind is running wild with what I could do with them. A simple search of the word "pallets" on Pinterest just about made me run right back to the pallets and take them without asking. But it's 90 degrees outside. Maybe tonight. Take a look here. A phone call to Mr. Bourbon on the Rocks is going to join the other 32 items on today's to-do list. Cheers!
Another side note - Yesterday the beekeeper came and vacuumed the rest of the bees and performed a "cut-out" in order to completely remove the honeybee hive. So that means today we have a local roofing company at the house, putting a new roof on the section above the front staircase, which maintains a separate roof from the rest of the home. Tim the beekeeper has removed over 30,000 bees and 100 pounds of honey. We got to keep a jar of it too! Tim's a pretty cool guy and he works at the Ohio Caverns. Here are some photos of the bee and roof progress. By the end of the day, we'll be bee-free and with a new roof on that section - bingo!
Those are torn-off sections of the old roof with a small portion of the bee hives on them.
Peeling back the old roof...
That's really high and you're leaning over the edge dude.