Sometimes things get soooo crazy you just have to shake your head and laugh. Have you ever had a string of weeks like that – where one crazy thing is followed by another? August went out with a bang for us, and I wanted to share some of the craziness with you so that you wouldn’t think I was just rudely ignoring you. I have been a little um… distracted. Let me just start with two weeks ago with our daughter. (Sorry for the fuzzy phone picture.)
You may remember we moved our daughter into her on-campus apartment at college a couple of weeks ago. What you probably don’t know is that when her third roommate opened the door to her bedroom, she was attacked by fleas. Yes, fleas. Not good. They contacted housing, and we went shopping to buy out Target. When we returned at 5:30 (after 3 hours in Target – which daughter’s boyfriend claims has to be some kind of world record), the pest control folks told us we could not enter the room until 9:30. Not good again. But we left, came back at 9:30, worked until 1:00 a.m., and over that weekend we did finally get the room finished, and the bugs were laid to rest (at least for awhile.)
Fast forward to last week. At 10:30 p.m. last Tuesday, daughter called to let us know that a pipe in the ceiling burst and flooded their apartment. She and her 3 roommates had to totally move out. There is no vacant housing in their college except for one “emergency room” with two beds (which the girls said was gross.) There were 4 girls in that apartment. Hmmm…not good again.
So with the help of many folks on their floor, they got all their things moved into the gross emergency apartment. For the following week the 4 of them alternated between staying with friends, driving home and commuting to class, and staying in a nearby hotel (at the expense of the college.) Crazy week for all of them, but now their apartment has some newly painted walls and all new carpeting. Hopefully, there will be no more craziness in the college housing area of our lives for awhile. (But then again, these same young ladies lived in the building where one of the guys on the floor above them accidentally knocked a head off the sprinkler system and flooded that building last year.) Never a dull moment.
And now to the boys (nothing bad.)
If you read the last post, you may remember that both of our sons are moving to Seattle this week. So there are piles of boxes everywhere, and the garage is one big jumble of furniture – just waiting on the moving truck to arrive here tomorrow to be loaded. What you probably don’t know is that along with this move, they are making a 10 day drive across the country for another road trip to many national parks out west. So along with packing all their things for moving, they are also packing all their belongings for a big camping trip.
And my big old tent has been set up outside to see if it leaks. They want to take it along as well.
And amid all the packing here our air conditioner has decided to die. We have two units – one on the bedroom side, and one on the side that cools the family room, kitchen, and dining room. The bedroom side unit works, but the other side – the side where we spend most of our time – that side is h-o-t. So we have tried to blow the cooler air from one side of the house to the other (but we have had little luck with that.)
But I guess it is a good thing it went out. You see, the other evening it was too hot to do any work in that part of the house, so I was sitting in the bedroom hallway working on a project. It was pouring rain, and I began to hear a drip..drip..drip in the wall beside me. I sent my husband up to the attic to see if he could see a leak anywhere, and oh yes…there was a big leak around the chimney. So now there are buckets catching water in the attic.
And then…my husband was mowing the grass yesterday and noticed an area that was wetter than all the other areas around it. He dug up a little of the grass and found a leak in an underground pipe. After a trip to the hardware store, he did get that problem repaired.
So the moving truck comes tomorrow, and everything gets loaded on it. Then the guys leave on Thursday, and we will actually be empty nesters. I know I will miss them terribly, but a little peace and quiet will be a good thing after the craziness of the last few weeks. The blog should return to normal this weekend. I hope to share some decorating from around here and a couple of pretty houses with you very soon and answer the 69 emails that have been waiting in my inbox. And…
I also have a new book I can’t wait to have time to read.
Hope your week is going well!
Until next time…