So today was a “miss work to get some home work done finally” day. I succumbed to renting a roll away dumpster since it seems I’ve permanently lost my utility trailer to the hauling of water. The roll away cost as much to rent for a week as the utility trailer cost new at Harbor Freight. Oh well, what’s $400 dollars anyway, right?!
New utility trailer last spring ($460)- got used to haul trash twice & otherwise has been restricted to water.
Dumpster today ($400) 4x8x10 ft (only 4 feet longer not quite 2 feet taller than the trailer)
Furthermore, I spent the morning distracted so actual labor finally commenced at 11am, despite receiving the roll away at 8:30. I’m prepping to head to choir/orchestra practice now, so we had to wrap up at 3:30.
This is what it used to look like, before burning our contribution of remodel remnants:
& this is from while we were burning before, but is a better idea of where we started today:
So, that makes 4.5 hours of labor, of which Nathan and I both busted ass to get as much done as possible, so it was really hard labor. If I was able to pay myself what I get paid at work, I’d have made $180, and Nathan would have made $90.
Oh well…. $400 dumpster and $270 lost wages, just to remove mostly other people’s trash. *scowl*
(Notice my horribly mismatched clothes – that was because they were garments I wouldn’t be afraid of trashing if need be.)
The up-side is we’re finally seeing it disappear. Over a year later, with no help from the family that caused the pile. Can you tell I’m having difficulty finding gratitude over that one?
This is what it looks like after the 4.5 hours, almost complete with giant burn pile started:
I am grateful it’s going away, and it feels much better without the litter on the land. I am very glad we’ll have a yard again.
What’s left when the cleanup is done will be a very large burn pile of wood products, and an equally large pile of scrap metal which I’ll probably end up hauling off inside the van.
I very much look forward to watching the wood burn this weekend. THAT will be a good time. THAT will feel better too. THAT makes me happy.
In the midst of all of it, I got to stop & play with a Red Bellied Snake, & at the end of the day whilst cleaning up, I got to take a few min to absorb some wonderful sun on all my skin. THAT makes me happy as well.
Finally, the purging has already begun. We started the day by putting our mattress in the bottom of the dumpster, along with some soft goods. Sunday was wash everything we own at the laundromat day, and we’ve sprayed our bedroom and bathroom with horribly toxic chemicals which I got at home depot just for bedbugs. I got 3 different gallon spray containers, and we’ve used one and a half so far, plus a quart & half of rubbing alcohol. I’m pretty sure the house is extremely flammable right now, & Nathan agrees, so he’s asked me to quit talking about wanting to burn it down. I said fine, with the qualifier that the dumpster needs topped off with anything that will fit (which might not be much because of the massive amount of trash we cleaned up today).
*sigh* Relief sometimes is difficult in the arrival.