This is the lovely view outside my kitchen window today. It's been snowing here, again, for about seven hours and is supposed to continue for seven more. We're expecting a total of about eight inches; it will sit lightly upon the rock hard foot of ice and snow that already exists and has been part of my landscape for the past two months. I've been watching it fall all day.
Earlier this week, I complained about this very same window, how it should sit directly on the countertop, but doesn't, because the carpenter warned us about rot and water overflow from the sink. It's the same window that sits above the sink, that should have been farmhouse styled, but isn't, because of the contractor's experience with expensive, leaky versions.
Pretty ironic that no one ever told me that I may have to replace the window and its frame from a leaky roof and yet, that's just what I may have to do. Turns out, all this pretty snow and ice has found its way into my home, despite the many, many times over the past few weekends that my husband has ventured out in treacherous conditions to remove it from the roof.
Late Tuesday evening, I came home to large puddles of water on the windowsill, behind the sink and the counter. At first, I yelled at the kids for being careless while washing their hands. Of course, while they were denying it, I was being rained on and realized it wasn't the kids at all.
Right now, there is too much snow and ice up there to remedy the problem, it is also snowing again, which will only exacerbate the situation. Will it be a quick fix with a paint job? Is there mold brewing on the other side of the sheetrock? What measures will be necessary on the roof to make sure this never happens again? Is the window frame going to be rotted and will it need replacing?
Suddenly, my "will I ever get a farmhouse sink" lament seems rather inconsequential. Water damage is a bummer...an expensive, moldy, let's rip the sheetrock off of the kitchen ceiling and replace it all kind of bummer. In the end, if we are going to have to do all this work anyway, I may get that farmhouse sink and lowered window sooner than I had planned...
...but it's going to be way more expensive that I had hoped and much, much messier.
What exactly was wrong with my kitchen yesterday?
Oh boy. Be careful what you wish for...you just may get it.