In the spirit of Halloween, I thought it was fitting to give an update on the crawl space.
My crawl space is creepy - as you know it used to be filled with insulation (and we thought maybe mice), until Ed came to empty it out:
So the insulation was pulled out, and J and I went in to clean up all the bits and pieces that were on the floor, in preparation for the insulation to arrive:
Once all the insulation was out, we had to go back in to insulate the pipes - we used these foamy sleeves that feel like pool noodles (do you know what I mean?) and they were pretty easy to use. However while we were doing that, we found something that you never, EVER want to find in your crawl space.
I mean, we've found bones before - what looked like chicken bones or something weird. But this was different. As I was near the back of the crawlspace - closest to the basement wall, I saw what I thought was a white root of a tree - until I saw the teeth.
That's right - it was a dead....
Ugh. Disgusting, I know. Stop scrolling now if you don't want to see a picture....
Yes, that is the poor little guy's paw. I'm not showing the rest of the cat because that is just gross, but let me tell you that he is old. He probably was trapped in there years and years ago when they separated the crawlspace from the neighbours'. It is so sad (and GROSS) that now I have a friggin pet cemetery under my house!
Now, I'm not the first blogger to find a dead cat in their house (see the awesome blog of http://www.86nit.com/ - I think they found 2!) but I can't say I'm happy with the discovery.
We haven't moved it yet - I don't really want to touch it. It is lying on one of our heating ducts and every time I have to go back in that crawlspace, I feel bad that the poor guy just died there.
So when we had to go back in, I made J work at that end of the space!
We then laid plastic down to keep the moisture from seeping into the space:
And next Friday the spray foamers are coming! Hopefully I will have warmer feet this winter in the kitchen. If not, I guess I'll just have to stay out of it ;-)