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   Posted 8/4/2009 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Long time no see... Beyond busy with cakes and brides. Daughter, SIL and bubbykins are still with us. My daughter has bad allergies and the kitchen carpeting where the dogs sleep at night was the worst focus of her ailments. 30+ years of dog dander and dust mites is really hard on allergies and even professional carpet cleaning couldn't cut it. Anyway, son-in-law and I took up the carpeting yesterday.

The padding had actually sort of welded itself to the old linoleum. I ended up sitting in my old broken office chair so I could roll around and use a hamburger flipper from the grill set to scrape the floor. This, along with an old scarf tied around my forehead as a sweat band... It wasn't pretty. rolleyes We had pry bars and hammers and needlenose pliers to get up the tack strips around the edge of the floor... Whew!

So this is how I got thru it... Took a davocet at the first sign of bad pain then continued every four hours as we worked. Woke up in the middle of the night and had a bite of food to go with my four ibuprophen. Am I sore? Yes. But the offending carpet is gone. It was a massive job but well worth it.

I stretched and pulled and used muscles that I forgot I had but we got it done! Today, between bride appointments we're going to pick out flooring. SIL is going to install for us. Probably bamboo or a good laminate. Daughter has stopped sneezing in the kitchen already. Life is good.
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   Posted 8/4/2009 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Good for you Jeannie, Glad that you had the flipper to work with. I guess that would be multitooling. lol...

I think that if there is a will, there is a way. Something that My Grandmother use to say to me. If you want to do something bad enough, you find a way to cope.

I am so proud of you and happy that you are back. I know that you get so busy especially in the summer when weddings are popular.

Keep up the good work. Again, great to hear from you. My Michigan friend....LOL...

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 8/4/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Stranger, glad to see you back! I know you are at the height of your busy season, so it's good to hear from you.
My father and I took up the kitchen carpet on the 4th of July back in 1976. The carpet and and padding had been glued to the floor. We used scrapers and every weird tool we could think of to get it up. My hands were blistered and ripped open, not good at all. I was supposed to go out that night to see the fireworks and big Bicentennial celebration. I couldn't move, I hurt so bad. I had really been looking forward to that celebration, oh, well. I guess I just have to stick around for our country's Tricentennial - yeah! wink
Glad MC is doing better w/ the carpet up. Hope you are doing well. Have fun picking out your new floor, both options sound nice. I have laminate in my house and it is very nice.
God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 8/4/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow Jeannie. Are you going to use the flipper again for cooking? I guess you are one of the few people left in the world that have kitchen carpeting. We had it in the 70s and it got nasty dirty really fast. But it was the in thing, wasn't it? Ours was some weird green with a funky pattern.

How is wedding season going? Have you ever thought of visiting any of the people from the cake shows? You could do a throwdown and become famous!

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   Posted 8/4/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
What a job!  I'm glad the hamburger flipper worked.  When we bought our first home we went to rip out carpeting.  There were horse hair pads under the carpeting AND these had been put on a freshly waxed floor many years ago.  I had to use a razor blade to scrape the hair that was glued to the floor.  So, I KNOW that was hard to do, Jeannie! 
I'm proud that you got it done and I know you are too!  Yep, we can find a way around fibro to do the things we need to do.  I bet you can't wait for your beautiful new floor!
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7

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   Posted 8/4/2009 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Super Woman!!
Nice to see your smiling face on the forum! :)
Our attitude towards life determines life's attitude towards us. {Earl Nightingale} 
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   Posted 8/4/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Jeannie.

Congrats on getting thru that miserable job... i have been there done that won't do it parents used to have carpet and what a nightmare pulling it up we had to were dusk masks .. and the carpet was only 15 years old... and cleaned a year before we ripped it up.

but things where so much better once they were gone..

bamboo is awesome flooring.. we sell alot of it where i work.. because of the durability and eco friendliness of it.. it is super strong and will stand up to just about anything
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   Posted 8/5/2009 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Jeannie, good for you! Your perseverence and determination is inspiring! :)


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