Things were going so well . . .
Our contractor, Charlie, worked for two days on the ceiling in our den and was set to come back on Wednesday to “texture” in the design. That meant he could paint on Thursday, and by Friday we’d be able to move back into that room and start on the bedroom Monday.
After Charlie promised to arrive at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, I waited until 9:30 before calling Ted, who was driving veterans to Dublin. “Maybe you should give him a call,” I said. “Something must have happened.” Before Ted could make the phone call though, Charlie showed up – looking white as a sheet. He had been working for two days with an abscessed tooth and no pain medication because he knew he couldn’t function while on the meds. After being up all night in pain, he had made an appointment for his dentist to pull the tooth and ran by to cover some supplies he had left open. Bless his heart – I felt so sorry for him.
Charlie was back bright and early – and pain free – on Thursday morning and put in a good five hours of work on the ceiling before beginning to scrap the loose paint on the window frames. If things go as planned, he will still paint the den tomorrow, and he might work some on Saturday to get started on the sunporch floor.
Hopefully, by Monday’s blog, the den will be painted, and all the furniture will be moved back in there.
I’ve been meaning to tell you about the water being down now. Every two years, the water level is lowered in the lake so people can work on their docks, piers, and boathouses. To do this, more gates are opened at the dam down river, and the water is allowed to flow out. The water started down on November 1, and right now is definitely not the prettiest time to live on Lake Blackshear. The water will start to come back up the middle of December, so by Christmas we will be at full pool once more.
I contacted both Albany hospitals this afternoon about beginning the process of becoming an authorized volunteer – something I must do to go into either one as a Pet Partner team. Hopefully, I’ll have all those requirements taken care of before Thanksgiving – orientation, TB test, flu shot, and background check. After all that, I might as well go ahead and start medical school! If Bear passes his test the Sunday after Thanksgiving, we’ll be able to start working together before Christmas. Can’t wait!
A belated THANK YOU to all our veterans – past, present, and future – who have given us the gift of awakening each morning to freedom. Our granddaughter, Jordan, did a special school project for Veterans Day this week on her great-grandfather Harris Horton, Ted’s father. Lt. Cmdr. Horton was a Naval Officer. Thank you also to my daddy, Leonard Sumner and his brother Hubert, who served overseas in WWII, and to my Uncle Hubert’s son Ronald and our brother-in-law Charlie, who both served in Vietnam. Oh how I wish I could have hugged my dad today and said thank you one more time. Love and miss you, daddy.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe, enjoy your families, and God bless.