The things that have been going wrong
I decided to remove some tiles myself, just to see what was going on behind. They peeled off like stickers, and the drywall behind pulled apart like wet cardboard. Obviously, there's been extensive leaking for some time; not a surprise, as I'd realized 2 years ago that we were going to have to replace this bathtub. It's original to the house, so there's been no upgrade for at least 35 years, maybe 40. (Well, very little has been upgraded, let's face it.)
Anyway, half the wall on the long side pulled right off, and a couple rows of tiles at either end. Above that, they're still sticking firmly, and the drywall is sound, so that shows were the leakage was. We'll only know if there is damage to the joists underneath once the bathtub comes out, and I'll have to leave that to a professional. But taking the tiles off I can do, since it doesn't matter how much damage occurs to the drywall behind - it's all going to have to be replaced. It's always a bit fun taking something apart, though - it shows me how it was put together in the first place. I took an upholstery course a few years ago, and by far the most fun is stripping down the furniture. I enjoy it so much, that if we have to throw out a piece of furniture, I strip it down first, just to see what's inside.
That's assuming you NEED drywall behind one of those one-piece tubs with the surround that even covers the ceiling. I don't know - we'll have to wait until we consult someone. Maybe one of those things just fits in there against the joists.
The other thing is that the fridge is now making a scary sound whenever it starts up - sort of a grinding noise. I hope it's not the dreaded compressor - people always talk about having to replace that, and it's an expensive proposition.
Also, the kitchen sink is leaking underneath now. Oy. At least the air conditioning is still functioning - hope it lasts.
Altogether, it's been a stressful week, and we have the prospect of spending a lot of money soon. I guess it's just as well we didn't go ahead and get the new windows a couple months ago, even though we really need them.