UPDATED: With a few photos to show the process! Yay to Home Depot for a job well done.
I have been absent from the blog because I have been Norfolk VA, dealing with the aftermath of a huge nor'easter that blew up and over the city -- flooding many areas of the coast, including my son's house. As he is abroad right now, we flew out to handle the repairs. Nothing like arriving in the middle of the night and looking up to see all the siding off the front of the house and hanging like decorations from all the nearby trees. And then there was the two feet of storm surge that flooded through the garage...mud and muck everywhere. We are almost done with the cleanup -- I am just awaiting and praying that the fog holds and doesn't turn into pouring rain tomorrow when they come to restore the siding on the front of the house. But..the fallen trees are trimmed, the basement is washed and bleached, the rugs are dried out and books are sitting on shelves and drying out as well (though they will never lose their new salty-tang scent I am afraid.)
Still...it could have been way worse (and even in his neighborhood one can see evidence of much greater damages as houses are turned inside out with wet, molding and soiled house hold goods and furniture.) And while the 95% humidity has curled my hair and softened my skin...I am really looking forward to the sun and the sight of the mountains! Will be back soon.