You know that old saying – “It never rains that it doesn’t pour?” At our house right now, it is pouring! Suddenly we have gone from “settlin’ in” to “good grief”!
Here’s what I had planned for each day of the coming week: 8 a.m. – Get up, get coffee, chat with Ted on the sunporch. 9 a.m. – Second cup of coffee, more chatting. 9:30 a.m. Either walk 4 miles with Dawn or bike 9 miles with Ted. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Make beds, straighten up house (which always includes vacuuming, with Bear the free-shedding monster in the house), and do a load of clothes (if necessary) – then a leisurely lunch. 1-2 p.m. Read until I fall asleep, which I always do. 2-5 p.m. Free time – do whatever I want.
Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it – no pressure (except to stay ahead of Bear in the hair department). No stress (except deciding which coffee mug I want to drink out of each morning).
Well, that was then, and this is now. BIG CHANGE!
Last Thursday a contractor spent about two hours with us discussing some renovation work we needed to have done. Nothing major . . . I thought. Our old “popcorn” ceilings are beginning to crack and chip off, and they are really looking UGLY. They had to be fixed before someone having dinner with us ended up with pieces of ceiling plaster in their mashed potatoes. We also want to do some painting, but the window sills are peeling in several rooms, and that means scraping before painting. And the wood floor in the sunroom really needs restaining and polyurethaning. So we called in someone who had been recommended to us, and he dropped by Friday afternoon with his estimate.
For the next three weeks our master bedroom, our den, our sunporch, and two bathrooms are going to be covered in plastic and therefore unusable. That leaves the kitchen, dining room, a hall bathroom, and two bedrooms to live in – with two dogs who are used to having the run of the house and a husband who will no longer have his Lazy-Boy to watch TV (no room in either guest bedroom for that chair). Needless to say, folks – I am going to have PLENTY to blog about from now until Thanksgiving.
Girls Night Out (GNO) at the ri’vah was Thursday evening, and about 15 ladies attended at Becky’s house. There was enough food to feed an army, and we certainly didn’t want any of that to go to waste!
Ted and I took another bike ride on Friday, and I wanted to show you the pecan trees that are fairly bursting with nuts. We ride through several pecan groves, and unlike the trees I photographed last year, these haven’t lost their leaves OR their harvest. I expect any day now to see the mechanical tree shakers in these groves – but they’re not quite ready yet.
On Saturday morning, I rose early and was in Albany (about a 45-minute drive) by 8:30 a.m. to register for the 2-day Delta Society Pet Partners Team Training Course. Before the dogs are brought in, we two-legged animals have to know a lot of information about the clients we will be serving (nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, schools, etc.). Saturday was a lot of book work and some role playing with two dogs who have already passed the tests. I’ll have a lot more information on Tuesday’s blog, but for now, here are a few pics from the first session.
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I’ll have more to add on Tuesday about the last day of training, and I’ll also let you know how the first day of “tearing the house apart” went. See you then!