I’ve been slacking on posting because work has been pretty hectic as I try to tie up loose ends before my maternity leave next week. The woman who will be filling in while I’m gone came in for a half day of training today and I think she’s going to work out well. She’s coming in for a full day tomorrow. I hope I remember everything I need to show her. I’ve got lists, but…..there’s always something.
I had a very mixed weekend. There were two baby showers that were wonderful. I had a good time at each and everyone was so supportive. From the second one, a blessingway, I have a beautiful bracelet made from the beads and well wishes of my friends and close family members. I plan to wear it every day and into labor (though I’ll take it off at some point during a contraction I’m sure). The weather here has been beautiful.
Now for the ugly. House renovations hit a huge snag. My office is coming along nicely as DH has been priming and painting. The rest of the carpet came up without incident and there is very little repair work that needs to be done–just a lot of sanding. Yay for oak floors.
So what’s so terrible? That would be the kitchen. DH started taking down the ceiling because it was falling down. It’s an old house so he found seven layers of ceiling material. At the very bottom on the planks he found mold. Not just a little, but 3/4 of the ceiling is covered in it. Looking further, he is finding broken and cracked beams.
On the one hand, I am thankful that we found the source of the mold before the inspector did so we can take care of it now. On the other hand, I don’t think I’ve ever seen DH so depressed and overwhelmed. He had help, but I think I think finding all that mold was a real blow. Then to learn that we’ve got structural problems pretty much did him in. He’s taken today and tomorrow off to remove all the mold and find out the extent of the structural damage.
My grandmother has been transferred to the worst nursing home in Red Wing. Bar none. The reason she is there is that this is the only facility that has staff trained to use the equipment she needs to improve her circulation. She’s been there since Wednesday. As of Saturday, the facility still hasn’t received the equipment! The staff have screwed up her meals (she’s a diabetic and has food restrictions) and to put a phone in her room would cost an additional $55! Her sons are debating installing the phone or getting her a cell phone. I also think that there will be some very concerned phone calls to the administration. My sister saw her yesterday and an uncle saw her over the weekend and her spirits are low–and she’s starting to lose it. She told my sister that her friend Dorothy Quinn visited her yesterday afternoon, but Dorothy Quinn passed away about 5 years ago. It’s getting very sad, and I should probably make a point of visiting her soon.