01 October 2007

Here's What I'm Doing on Matilda's First Full Day at School:

Two weeks ago my neighbor asked if we were having a flea problem with our cats. I told her no. We've had fleas before, I was sure I'd notice. She said that her house had gotten so bad that her two cats (who never go outside) wouldn't even set foot on the carpeting anymore.

Since then I've been paranoid, alternately thinking that there are fleas everywhere and then convincing myself it's all in my head. But today I decided to put my mind at ease and combed one of our cats. Yup, she sure does have fleas. So rather than let it get to the point where we're all being driven insane by little jumping bugs, I'm going commando on the little suckers.

And since I'm me, this means not only covering everything in borax and vacuuming and laundering until my head explodes, but also ripping out the wall-to-wall carpet in our bedroom - the last carpet to go. We'll be living on sub-flooring for a while, but it'll be worth in the long run, especially since carpets are terrible for my allergies anyway.

This is being written on a five minute break, see ya'll on the other side - and wish me luck!

10 comments:

Annika said...

My mom's house in Woodstock had plywood subflooring. We painted it and never wound up putting down a real floor. It was actually kind of nice!

Annie said...

Oh no!

I'm sitting here scratching all over now!

Good luck.

Jessica @ A Bushel and a Peck said...

GOOD LUCK! I so want to rip all the carpet up in my house and put down hardwoods. Maybe in the Spring...hubby will be thrilled at the prospect!

Emery Jo said...

ack! Those bugs don't stand a chance! :) Good luck...

Lauren 02143! said...

that was a long 5 minute break! do you need help? i am especially good at home repair...

Bananas said...

oh boy oh boy... so much for enjoying some time by yourself! even the MENTION of fleas makes me itchy. UGH.

Queen of Shake-Shake said...

whew! Have fun with the ripping!

Cathy said...

I was once the only person in a four-plex who didn't own a pet. One day, the other three residents decided to bomb their apartments and the shared stairwell.

Guess who came home to fleas?

ugh.

andi said...

Grim. That sounds like no fun at all.

Maureen said...

Oh crap! But I wish I had a great reason to rip out our 27 year old carpeting; I really, really want hardwood flooring... especially since I have 3 cats and a dog too (and, surprise, surprise, Asthma).