Are you familiar with the phrase “get your mind out of the gutter?” Well, this week it has taken on a whole new meaning for me.
It all started several months ago, last year actually. We began to notice wrinkles on the wall in the nursery. Oddly enough, we would get comments on it when people came by to look at the baby’s new room. They thought we had done it on purpose and said it looked “cool.” It probably did look cool at that point because it had kind of a marble, ripple effect going on.
It doesn’t look so cool now, however, and since it’s gotten worse, we decided to have it looked at. Our first guess was that water had been getting into our walls. I don’t know much about home repair but from what I do know, that’s not good.
We had a guy survey our house to give us an estimate. His final verdict: yes, we had water seepage (it’s not often I get to fit the word seepage into a sentence) and most of our rain gutters and the wood that supports them needed to be replaced to the tune of $2,500.
While we didn’t want to spend the money, we knew we didn’t have a choice, so we set up the appointment. And finally, the day arrived. Today, actually.
As I sit here typing this, I can hear the pounding of hammers on our roof and the scrape of the workers’ ladders on our walls. It’s kind of freaking me out to look up from my desk and see someone’s feet outside our basement window.
Not nearly as freaked out, however, as I was a few minutes ago when I went to the upstairs bathroom to, you know, use it, and happened to glance out the bathroom window only to find myself eye to eye with one of the workers standing on a ladder. Actually, it wasn’t eye to eye, it was more like eye to chest as he had discarded his shirt in what I can only imagine was a vain attempt to stay cool (in the temperature sense).
Needless to say, I decided I didn’t have to go to the bathroom that badly after all. But now I can’t get the image of a half-naked guy outside of my bathroom window out of my head. And not in a good way, I might add.
It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “get your mind out of the gutter.” In fact, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at a rain gutter the same way again. And I’ll definitely be checking the bathroom window before using the facilities from now on.
You know… just in case.