Sunday, July 9, 2023

Taking a week to breathe.


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I used this graphic a few weeks back for a post about the most recent congressional debt ceiling brinkmanship. But it feels appropriate on a personal level right now. 

I mentioned last week that I was dealing with a water leak from the apartment above mine. Tigs and I spent four days this week staycating (I just now decided that "staycation" can be a verb) at a hotel in town, while I shuttled back and forth between the hotel, the office (for work), the apartment (to let various insurance people and demolition crews in), and the timeshare where my kids were staying -- because of course the leak happened just as I was picking them up from the airport for a one-week stay. We didn't lose much of anything (I am a veteran of moth infestations and leaky rental unit basements, so I store virtually everything in plastic containers), but it's still been disruptive. 

And there's more to come. Right now, there are large holes in the ceilings of both bedrooms, both bedroom closets, the utility closet, and the hallway. The wall-to-wall carpet in both bedrooms is ruined, the bedrooms need to be repainted, and my medicine cabinet is trashed. And of course all the stuff that I'd stored in the closets is scattered around the apartment. In a word, it's pretty chaotic here right now.

In addition, I'm also expecting that my deck will be dismantled this summer to get at a leak on the roof below it that's impacting the apartment below mine. I figure the ceiling repairs and bedroom remodeling will be finished at about the time the deck work begins.

I'm lucky in that insurance will pay for the ceilings and bedrooms, and the condo association will pay for the deck and roof work.

But still, I am not in the best of head spaces right now. Plus I have a lot of extra stuff to do. So I'm taking this week off from blogging. 

I hope to be back at it next week. In the meantime, here's a picture of Tigs -- who, like me, is happy to be back home, however chaotic it is right now. 

Lynne Cantwell 2023

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Anonymous said...

Oh, msn, I feel your pain! Six years ago, my AC went out during the hottest part of the summer. Three days of workmen tramping through, needing access to the attic…we had to stay at a hotel with the dogs bc of the heat. A year later, a water leak in the kitchen led to a complete gut and renovation..,3 months of cooking with a microwave and toaster oven and doing dishes in the bathtub. This past March…3 days of bathroom floor repair…in a 1 bathroom house and 4 people! One night in a hotel, two days of running to Starbucks and Target to use their bathrooms. Yeah. I get it!! Hang in there. This too shall pass.

Lynne Cantwell said...

I know you're right -- this too shall pass. Thanks for the encouraging words. :)