Helping my Uncle with his Mold Problem

I often worry about getting older.  There seems to come a point where you can handle all that life throws your way and many people try to sweep their problems under the rug which often results in them coming to haunt them sometime in the future.  I have seen this phenomenon a number of times now and I hope that I learn from the mistakes that the people I know make.

Let me use my uncle as an example.

I was out to his home this week in Los Angeles.  When I walked in the door I couldn’t help but notice a musty smell in his home.  I’m a little sensitive to mold, so I decided to ask him if he had any mold or water problems.  While he didn’t confess to any issues, I asked his permission to investigate further.  He gave me the go-ahead, so I decided to explore his house from top to bottom looking for any problems.

There was just one big one.

You see, it looked like he tried to shutoff his main water tap at some point but it started to leak.

It leaked a lot.

In fact, there was mold throughout his basement and it looked like the one thing he didn’t deal with had become a big issue.

Thankfully I was there to help.

We contacted a company that specialized in mold remediation Los Angeles and made an appointment for them to come out and deal with the problem.  They were happy to fit us in and I am hoping that they will get things all fixed up for my uncle shortly.

I am just happy I was there to help him out.

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Last Minute Birthday Gift

With my girlfriend’s birthday coming up this weekend, I was in a bit of a panic since I had not picked out a gift for her yet.  Yes, I procrastinate on just about everything in life, and Susan’s birthday is one of those things that I will pay a big price for if I don’t get her something.

Truth be told, I am not the best boyfriend, let alone marriage material.

But it isn’t too late.  I have a few days left and I even have an idea as to what to get her since I have been listening intently to everything that she has been saying for the last few weeks.  If I had not listened to her, I would have had no idea what to buy.

Thank goodness I listened for a change. (yes, that is not my usual behavior either)

Through our many conversations, she mentioned that there were some groomers accessories that she wanted at home so that she could groom her little poodle.  Through our chats she even pointed me in the right direction as to where I could get them, and I am going to order them right after I’m done this post.

She will be surprised when she opens her gift – I bet she won’t believe that I have been paying attention to her.

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Finishing a Little Restoration Project

When someone tells me that they are restoring something my first thought is that they are restoring a car.  I dream of them taking something old, rusty and neglected and bringing out the beauty in such a way that it looks new again.  I know that most of my friends feel the same way, so when I told them I was working on a restoration project of my own, they asked to see the car I was working on.

There was no car involved in my project.

In fact, I was working on something a little different.

For about five years now I have owned a cabin at a lake just a few short hours from here.  I bought it at an auction sale with just about all of my savings, sight unseen, and I have yet to stay the night there.  The reason that I haven’t used it up until this point is the fact that there is a bit of a mold problem thanks to some flooding at the lake a few years ago and it hasn’t been safe to stay there.

But I have been working a mold restoration project there to try and get it back into a livable condition.  It has been an educational experience, a lot of work and it has been risky, but I know the reward will be worth all of the sacrifices that I have made.  I am hoping that I will be able to get the entire project finished here by the end of the month so that I can enjoy my weekends out at the lake next summer.

I will be so happy when this project is over.

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