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Happy Tuesday! Dec. 6th, 2016 @ 07:32 am
Himself had his wisdom teeth removed yesterday, and it went well. Today he is sore, but not horribly so. I am extremely thankful - any type of surgery is dangerous.

I started a new cowl, and am halfway through it. Today we are chilling at home; I have a fire going, he's on the futon, and things are good.

The mortgage company is giving me fits; more on that later. :sigh: I can't wait to pay them off and tell them what I think of them. Hint: it's not complementary.

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It's Friday! Dec. 2nd, 2016 @ 08:10 am
Normally, I'd be cleaning for Shabbat...but now? My house is a disaster, there's NOTHING to clean (and no point - the mud on the slab (from 13 years ago!) will just turn to dust and cover everything within 10 minutes.), so......I am sitting in front of the wood stove, trying to warm up.

Himself is now cavity-free. He got the last 2 fillings yesterday; his mouth is a bit sore this AM, but nothing major. Monday, however.......:poor kid: Herself didn't sleep last night; we went to the Endocronologist yesterday, and she prescribed some sleeping meds (that we'll pick up today), so hopefully that'll get straightened out.

Poor girl - they STILL can't get her thyroid figured out. She has all the symptoms of Hashimoto's, except her blood tests come up "normal". :grrrrr: We're trying to figure out HOW to figure this out - the doctor can't officially diagnose her without the "proper" bloodwork. :sigh:

Ah, well. Such is life. We'll get it figured out eventually.

Shabbat Shalom, y'all!

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Ok, so I had a bunch of movers come out... Nov. 30th, 2016 @ 09:16 am
and pack up my house, right? They were good. SO good, in fact.........they actually..........


Yes. We discovered it shortly after they left last Tuesday evening, but I hadn't posted because........seriously? They packed my dirty dishes! (They were pre-rinsed, but still!)

I am SO ready for all this to be over with! We're waiting on the mortgage company now, then we go pay for the floors......and will have to wait about 1 week before he can start. So, IF we get the check into the bank on Friday, we *should* be able to order the floors on Monday; he'll order them and they'll be in on Wednesday, the earliest. He'll bring them out Thursday, but they have to acclimate, so he can't start on the floors until the following Monday (12/12 - Hey! Happy Birthday!)......and it'll take at least 3 days. Of course, we have to demo the cabinets first.....and order the replacements from Ikea......THEN we have to install them....so.....best case scenario? We'll be done by 12/23. I......honestly don't think that's even remotely possible. I think the mortgage company will do their normal routine, which is to delay, delay, delay.....and I'm looking at New Year's at the earliest. :sigh:

Plus, we have a Movie Date on 12/16 that takes priority over my floors. :wink:

Anyway. Need to skitter - we have school. Moving slowly today.......

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Well, THAT went well.... Nov. 29th, 2016 @ 07:52 am
So. Yesterday Himself had 2 dental appointments; the AM one was for fillings, the PM one was the consult for his wisdom teeth extraction.

The fillings went well, but they only did half; he has apparently inherited my sensitive teeth. They had given him the max allowed novocaine before they got to the bottom teeth, so he gets to go back on Thursday to get *them* done.

The consult went very well, too - he goes in Monday to get all 4 teeth extracted. :whew!: SO glad we homeschool - I don't know how we'd be able to manage, otherwise!

We sent the Insurance check off to the mortgage company Express Mail yesterday......only they won't get it (probably) until *tomorrow*. :Sigh: Then we wait on THEM to get off their arses and get the check back to us so we can get this party started. We verified the flooring quote (and confirmed the flooring I wanted) yesterday....I am SO glad we decided to go with Ikea cabinets. There's no way the check would cover everything, otherwise (we went with a slightly more expensive vinyl plank flooring instead of laminate; it'll last longer - especially with the dogs we have.) We probably won't be done by Hanukkah - MAYBE by New Year's, but it's doubtful. We're planning on doing the cabinet install ourselves - Ikea charges $200/cabinet to install (on average).....yeah, I can DIY it myself for free. :Sigh:

My cold miraculously vanished yesterday AM - Praise God! I thought I'd be out of commission for at least a week, but He had other plans!

Gotta skitter - need to wake up the younglings and get school started. Laters!

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:ugh: am sick...... Nov. 27th, 2016 @ 09:50 am
been fighting a sore throat and coughing since Wednesday evening. Thanksgiving went well - the bird was good and tasty, the sides were yummy, and we had enough desserts to send everyone into a sugar-coma. :heh:

Friday we made an Ikea run. Yes, Ikea is the soul-sucking 9th circle of Hell, but......they have decent cabinets at really affordable prices. We got the insurance claim breakdown Tuesday, and the flooring quote Wednesday. :sigh: After a bit of back-and-forth, we (SG and I) decided that spending more on the floors was a better idea; floors take more abuse than cabinets do. Plus, the claim is only for the bottom cabinets....by going Ikea we can do ALL the cabinets, the countertops, AND some new appliances...and still come in under budget. Plus we need to replace the kids' bathroom vanity, too - and Ikea has something for that, as well. Oh - AND the double basin farmhouse apron sink I have wanted for years. :lol: We'll see how it goes - we have set up the space in Ikea's kitchen planner, and I have a tentative shopping list, but we want to get an "official" planner out to make sure I didn't screw up anywhere.

I need to go lay down - laters!

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» It's cold...
and damp, and my house is being emptied by people I don't know. :sigh: Yes, it needs to be done...but STILL.

The floor guy is coming out tomorrow to take a look at things. I won't be here - the kids and I will be at FIL's trying to assemble the turkey-day meal. :lol: I *think* I have everything ready to toss in the Jeep.....I hope, anyway. It's kinda hard when your house is all at sixes and sevens, y'know?

The Studio is doing well as temporary living quarters for the kids. I'm hoping the packers will get everything but the beds out of the kids' rooms so that they can at least *sleep* in there - it's getting too cold at night for bathroom runs!

Re: Politics. I have been doing a LOT of thinking lately.......all the riots and violence and whining? It's just like it was in 2008 and 2012 when the Democrat was elected. Remember? It was horrible, all the things the losing side did....oh, wait. That's right - never happened. Because *adults* know better.

Also.....why is it that everyone that voted for Trump is a racist/bigot/hater.......but those that voted Obama simply because of the color of his skin *isn't*? Because....voting for someone simply based on skin color IS racist. And voting for someone simply based on Her sex is *sexist*.........yet people don't seem to get it. :sigh:

I would like to point out that race relations in this country are worse now than they were 8 years ago......and it's not surprising. When your President, upon hearing of a police-involved shooting, says "I'm sure the police are wrong."; when he says, upon hearing of another one, "That could have been MY son!".....is it any wonder we have more race problems now? (I wanted to ask him, "So....YOUR son would have been a thug and 2-bit thief?"....but I didn't, because that would be petty.)

Anyway. I have to get ready to start school before the packers get out here.

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» It's Raining!!!!!!
Because of course it is. The Studio is nice and dry.....I'm not sure if the heater in the A/C unit can take on the 30* weather that is supposed to hit tonight, but for now it's OK in here. And dry.

Yesterday was my dentist appointment. I had originally made it for Tuesday, with the kids - just a normal cleaning. The girl got both kids....and forgot to put mine in. :bangs head: Ah, well - it's probably a good thing. See, I didn't need a normal clean, no - I needed the DEEP cleaning. (I saw the x-rays; yeah, it's been a....few years.) So. 2.5 hours later, half my mouth is done; I go back 12/2 to get the other side done. :fun times: Good news - no cavities! Bad news - Himself has 7; he's getting them filled 11/28, then we go to the Oral Surgeon for a consult to get his wisdom teeth extracted. :poor kid: At least we have very good insurance - so far, $0 in copays. Only $35 for the fillings...and $0 for the wisdom teeth

Let's see...while I was out, the Adjuster came. Yup, everything is covered; we should know today or Monday what our budget is. The crew delivered 2 pods......I am laughing at their confidence. There is NO WAY *I* could fit everything into 2 pods - and I am a Tetris-Master! I might be able to fit the kid's stuff into 1......but I don't think I could get the family room/game room/dining room/kitchen/laundry room in the other. :shakes head:

I have finally stumped my boy. Calculus is actually making him *think*. :lol: It's making me think, too - which is good! (I finally *get* it - at least, a little. We're using "Life of Fred: Calculus", which is living math. Kinda.....um.......stupid, but it does get the point across. Himself hates it, but says that it at least gives him an overview. The plan is this, then the Great Courses Calculus series, THEN Khan Academy. We'll see how it goes.)

Need to get ready for school - hope y'all have a good weekend!

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» Pictures or it didn't happen.....
in this case, I really, REALLY wish I didn't have pictures!

Living Room floor

The Family room, as they were ripping up the floor. If you look close, you can see that the pad is darker - it's wet. SOPPING wet.


Hallway between the kids' rooms......the floor is all gone. You can just see Himself's room......everything is now shoved to the middle of the room, stacked on top of itself.

fans in family room

The fans. We had 25 of them in the house.....7 in the kitchen alone. Which shares a wall with the Master Bedroom. There were also 3 dehumidifiers.......thankfully, they all got pulled out Tuesday afternoon. (The holes in the bottom of the wall? Are to help dry out the sheetrock. Fun times!)

Living room full

This is the current state of the family room.....the rest of the house is pretty much the same. NOTHING is against the walls, everything is piled in the middle of the room......the pods are supposed to be delivered tomorrow. A crew of 5 (or 7) will be here Monday to start packing and loading them...then we get to figure out what we're going to do. The Adjuster is SUPPOSED to come out today......finally.

We do know *everything* is covered. We will get new floors (I'm leaning towards linoleum, now.....) and at least bottom cabinets/countertops (because I can't see removing the bottom cabinets without damaging the countertops. I just...don't think that's possible. Maybe it is? We'll see.)

We still don't know about the Master Suite. I am HOPING the water didn't come up under the cabinet wall, but....I can smell "wet". On the one hand, no, please -NO damage! On the other....new floors! Huzzah! :sigh:

On the positive side, I bought paint for the kids' rooms yesterday, and plan on starting that this afternoon/tomorrow morning. Why not? There's no floors to worry about :sob: and there's nothing against the walls right now....so.......:small smile:

I just want my house back! The Studio is nice, but it isn't really large enough to actually LIVE in (well, not with all my weaving and sewing stuff in here, it isn't!) Plus...no bathroom. And no room for us AND the dogs......

Ah, well.....this, too, shall pass. Soon, I hope!

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» So Freaking Tired!
Because, you see, yesterday the 3 of us decided to give Herself a gift - we cleaned and repainted the Garage Studio (to be henceforward known as "Herself's Studio". It was a mess - I've said that before - but.....:shudder:

I have a trailer-load of stuff that needs to be sorted, cleaned and put into my Studio. There is a pile of stuff along one wall in her Studio that needs to be sorted, but we all ran out of oomph before we could finish it. We DID manage to repaint most of the ceiling (ran out of paint :sigh:) and all the walls (except for about 1" at the top; we'll go back and do that after the ceiling is done. She'll have to live with green at the top of her blue.)

We have about 15 contractor bags full of trash. :shudder: But! It's clean! She can focus on her room instead of obsessing about her Studio!

I hope they will remove the fans today - I really, really, really need to sleep in my OWN bed. Even with all the dogs!

Today is FIL's doctor day; he has another appointment on Thursday, but I think I'm going to have to miss that one. Also.....SIL called last night; she's in the hospital with bloody vomit and vertigo. :bangs head: Didn't I fire 2016 already??????

Gotta get ready to hit the ground running......

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» When disaster strikes....
REAL disaster, not just "my candidate didn't win, oh woe is me!" :sigh: - the Lord can use it, and will. Why?

Because my house currently resembles a wind tunnel, I have NO flooring (except in the Master Suite, and part of Herself's room), and it smells of anti-microbial spray. Himself and I are happily camped out in the Studio (Loki stayed with us last night, as "protection". :snerk:......I want to cry. Seriously.

The Adjuster sent out a Disaster Recovery team Friday evening (she hasn't been out yet - she's waiting for all the fans and dehumidifiers to do their thing first). They got there around 5....and left at 12:30, only to return at 9:30 yesterday morning. I had thought that only the kitchen/laundry/family rooms would need work......oh, no. The carpet pad under the laminate was wet throughout the *entire* house. We had the dogs locked in the Master Suite - I was praying that somehow the water didn't go there. The Lord heard me - the water stopped 8" in front of our door! (Granted, the water went UNDER the kitchen cabinets along the shared wall, so there is still a chance that our room got wet......but for the moment, it was spared. I realize that *we* will probably have to pay to replace that floor - all my floors were the same - but 1 room is not that expensive, all told. :sigh:)

Herself's room was only wet 3' in, but still - the entire floor will have to be replaced. I've tried to prepare her.....I pick her up tomorrow, and she's got to start packing things up.

The crew leader told us we'll most likely get PODS to put all our stuff into. It has to go SOMEWHERE. He also said we'd probably be put up in a hotel - I nixed that idea. We have 7 dogs - there's no way any hotel will allow that; boarding honestly isn't an option for 5 out of the 6 (it would be too traumatic for them). The Studio has room for us to sleep - right now, Himself is on the pull-out bed, and I am on a twin-sized air mattress (the queen won't fit while the bed is open). When Herself gets home I'll either close up the sofa bed and set up the queen mattress, or I'll buy another twin mattress ($8, plus another 5 for a sheet). :shrug: SG refuses to move; he says it's no louder than the computer room at his plant........:whatever: (The upshot is, he gets to sleep with 6 dogs crowded in. :lol: Loki was QUITE happy to bunk with us.)

The dogs are totally confused - all the furniture is pulled to the center of the rooms (because they had to punch holes in where the baseboards used to be so that the fans can dry out the drywall there - it was ALL wet.) and squished together (as you can imagine), so there's no place for them to lay down. Our bedroom is the same....but Chloe and Riley are used to sleeping on the futon and loveseat while Bree normally sleeps on the sofa. Now, though......they are all crowded into 1 room. (We have large dogs, have I mentioned that? :lol:)

I am totally sick over this.......we have 25 fans and 3 dehumidifiers running 24/7 until tomorrow at the earliest. All my stuff has been handled by strangers - they were nice, and professional, but that's not the point. A crew will be dispatched to load up the PODS (or whatever they decide to do with our stuff - it can NOT stay in the house, no matter what else is decided). And Herself.....she's going to be an absolute basket case. I've already moved all our current and soon-to-be-utilized Homeschooling stuff out to the Studio - I don't want to lose any more time if at all possible. (Crud. I still need to move a TV and DVD player out.....or wait. I have an external CD/DVD player for the MacBook Air (which I am typing this on)....I'll get the drive this AM and we'll be set to go, once the next set of DVDs come in.) And our wi-fi reaches out here - Praise God for that! (The first thing SG did when the crew walked out the door was to plug in the router and his iMac. Techies! :shakes head: :lol:)(Himself brought his PC out here, so he's happily playing Space Engineers and Star Wars: Battlefront. It just fits on the serger desk - I'm glad I kept the desk, instead of deciding space was more important than storage!)(And the cutting table was finished Wednesday, just in time to use it to store my fine china on! The Lord really was looking out for us!)

I am trying to look on the bright side......I'll get new floors! (We're talking about either linoleum or simply painting/staining the slab. Right now, I am leaning heavily on the paint/stain, because I do NOT want to go thru this again! SG is trying to talk me off of that ledge - concrete will be colder than the vinyl (which.....we need something that will stand up to the dogs, with as few seams as possible. Laminate works, but.....seams. And if - IF - we ever get another leak......:shudder:) I'll also get new cabinets and countertops (bottom only, probably - but hey! New! And we'll only be out our deductible.......:sigh:

I do have photos, but.......they make me sick to look at them. I'll try to post something later this week, once we know what the plan is.

Thank God the Studio was finished enough we can basically live in it! It's a bit of a slog to do a bathroom run at 2 AM, but I can deal with that. :lol: (Trying to look on the bright side!)

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