Friday, May 5, 2017

Flooring, Failing, and Flu

Have you ever heard the saying, "If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans"? I hope He's getting a chuckle out of this, because I overplanned, and I'm failing at them all.

That bridal shower I talked about in the last post, yeah, that didn't happen. It was cancelled due to influenza Type A. My grandson tested positive for it at the emergency room, surprising the doctor who said flu season had passed. I guess we missed that memo. DD#3 was next to get sick, followed by me, and next her new husband. Nothing says welcome to the family like germ-sharing, right?

We needed new flooring installed in our house. It was supposed to take 2.5 days. It took four (after we found out they did drywall too and we added to their workload). This is day five, and the stairs we had refinished are still wet, so 2/3 of the house is off limits. DH is hopeful the stairs will be dry by tomorrow, but I'm guessing Sunday, which is when the birthday party was supposed to be.

I'm sick with something, though I'm not sure it's influenza. No sore throat, which is a main symptom, and I had about 24 hours of major mucus drainage which is not a symptom of influenza. I do know I've run low grade fevers off and on, I'm coughing, achy, and mainly I have NO energy. DH and I went to Target to get some things, as I woke up thinking I was better, and when we got back I went straight to bed for a nap. OK, maybe better was too optimistic.

Now the birthday party is postponed two weeks, my house is still a disaster, and MY DDIL and DS the Younger arrive Monday with their two dogs. DDIL is such a sweetheart, and I am so happy she'll be staying with us while DS the Younger is deployed.

Did I mention my house was a disaster?

My new bedroom looks like this.

Dining Area

Living Room

Not to mention every tub and shower in the house is loaded with stuff, the furniture still left upstairs and downstairs is all in the wrong places, and until the stairs dry, there isn't a thing I can do to fix that.

Not that I particularly feel up to sewing anyway, but with my sewing cabinet buried that wasn't going to happen anyway. I did start de-boning some of the men's shirts I bought on that thrift store shopping spree. Shirts take up so much less space with the seams all cut off. I won't get them done right now, I've got almost 100 shirts to cut up, but you have to start someplace. 

Here is the new flooring in the pantry, the only new flooring on the main floor of the house. DH put in new baseboard today, so I can start putting stuff back in here now. This same flooring went in the downstairs bathroom. I knew there were two layers of flooring on top of each other in the downstairs bath, and I warned the flooring guy accordingly. The thing is, there were FOUR layers of flooring on top of each other, and I had no idea! Now there is only one layer of flooring in the downstairs bath. I still haven't even seen the downstairs bath, I was too sick to drag myself downstairs to look before they started refinishing the stairs. 

If it weren't for the addition, we'd have to stay in a hotel. With the stairs out of commission until they are dry, without the addition we'd have no bathroom or bedroom.  As inconvenient as having 2/3 of our house off limits is, and as inconvenient everyone being sick and cancelling/postponing two parties is, it still could have been worse. On the bright side, once everything is put to rights, it should stay that way for about a year, which around here, is a long time!

1 comment:

Katie M. said...

sorry to read of the illness in your family. Hope all are on the road to recovery. The house will be so nice once everything is done and back in place.