What a crazy few days. I knew it would be a busy week anyway. There was the usual volunteer work at the high school on Monday, followed by visits to my dad, the grocery store and my visiting teachers. Then it was meeting with the construction company to go over plans for the new kitchen. That was just Monday!!!
Tuesday I faced the reality of what it will mean to have no kitchen for up to 6 weeks. We are talking no water, sink, oven, cupboards, etc. So we began immediate plans for a temporary kitchen. The plan is to get this all set and ready before the holidays hit in 1 month. Construction will start right after Jan. 1! The obvious choice is what we affectionately call the dog's room. In previous dog years, the dogs actually used this room. But our poor, spoiled Riley sleeps in the house, hangs out in the house and generally goes where we go. To put it mildly, he does not like the outside room! But after so many years of an open dog occupied room, it is to say the least DIRTY! So we began to clean. Not a fun job. Part way through, I went and got Reed and asked for an honest opinion as to whether we would ever get it clean enough to even consider eating in there, let alone preparing food in there! Next step was bug bombs, ordering a dumpster and just getting it done. The old office looks pretty good, but still plenty to do. But all that has been put on hold as the next crisis hit the fan.
Reed's dad had a knee replacement about 15+ years ago. He never got the left knee done, but finally decided that he was going to live, so why not get it fixed. The plan called for having repair done on the orginal replacement with a short recovery this fall and total knee done on the left this winter. When the Dr.'s went in for the repair, they found his femur fractured (don't know when, how, or what happened) and deterioration around the original replacement. What started as a repair became a total knee replacement. What started as a short, easy recovery, became major. Wonderful Jessica offered to go back and help if needed.
By Thursday the family called and asked if Jessica could come - immediately. So today we are running samples in the lab, Reed on the SEM microscope at OSU, doing Jessica's laundry, packing, making airline reservations, rescheduling Dr. appt., and anything else we can think of. Jessica is great for doing this and being willing to go help out her grandfather. We love you Jess!
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