This addition to the house was the brainchild of my late brother, to create a space that my parents could sit and enjoy “outside” without being exposed to the elements. My late father used to love sitting there. It was also easier for him to get outside with his walker, as there are no steps to clamber up and down, like at the main door.
We’ve been using the room to store bags of feed for the outside cats, deer and birds, and now we’re using it to store the yard work tools we’ve been using. However, we’ve basically only been able to use one side of the room.
Here are a couple of before pictures.
My dad’s walker is still there, and still used by my mother, so she doesn’t have to struggle with bringing her own walker over here.
Behind it is what appears to be an antique prayer kneeler.
I’m keeping that, and hope to be able to refinish/preserve it.
That plastic church on the shelf across the window is something I thought was one of those Christmas village things. It wasn’t until I started packing it that I realized it’s a hanging bird feeder!
It is now hanging off the stand in front of the living room window, waiting to have some bird seed added to it.
We’ve been using my dad’s old seat to hold the feed bags (just cat food, right now). It’s one of those glider rocker type seats.
The crutches in the background, leaning against the shelf on the right? Those were there so long, the padding of the handle leading on the shelf was actually stuck to the wood!
Of course, cleaning this all up was… interesting.
I started at the window, taking things outside and getting it cleared enough that I could move the seat outside.
When I moved the green garbage can, I figured I’d better check to make sure there wasn’t any actual garbage in it.
I found a plant pot.
Full of gloves.
Then I spotted a… wire whisk?
I don’t want to know what’s on that.
It got thrown out.
Yes, I was wearing gloves for all this!
When I finally could move the seat, I found this, under it.
The cat poop, I was expecting. During the winter, we sometimes found one of the outside cats had snuck into the sun room while we were putting food out, and at least twice, we discovered a cat in the room the next morning. There is no way a cat could be in there that long, without making a mess. Unfortunately, we had no way to even look for it, never mind clean it up, until now.
I also found the world’s cheapest, dullest knife.
Once I could access the shelves, I finally could start packing up the books, magazines and old Polish newspapers, as well as the various odds and sots around.
Speaking of odds and sots…
There were tucked away behind the kneeler. Mouse and rat traps.
Very gross traps.
The got garbaged.
The scrap carpet got added to the haul-away pile, outside the yard.
Here are the after pictures.
The far wall is one of the log walls of the original part of the house. Behind the bookshelf that was there, I found a pile of dead Asian Lady Beetles, that had made themselves some sort of a nest to hibernate in, partly under the paneling.
I really hope I swept them all out, but probably not. We’d have to remove the paneling.
I’ve left the shelf across the window to finish clearing later.
What a huge difference!
Once this side was clear, I had the space to start moving things around to work on the other side.
Which will be in my next post. 🙂