Mom reminded me today that it’s been a while since I’ve written. First of all, we’ve been in the midst of a remodel, and that being so, we haven’t gotten out much. However, I thought you might be interested to see what we’ve been working on.
You may recall that shortly after we got here, we decided to pull back our carpeting and check out the soft spot we could feel in the floor.
We got the screen tent so that we’d have a place to put the cats while we work on the floor.
So a day or two ago, Mark started cutting.
As you can see, there is still more rotten wood to either side of the hole.
After that picture, Mark cut out the other major piece of rotten wood. There is still a little more that needs to come out.
Then we discovered that the plywood we had gotten to replace the flooring wasn’t thick enough. We simply laid it over the hole and put the carpet back over it to keep the varmints out and the cats in. We’ve been pondering what to do about the situation. We may have a possible answer in some wood that Tim said Mark can have.
Speaking of varmints, I have been getting so bit up by mosquitoes this summer that my dear, sweet husband bought me a mosquito netting jacket last night. I wore it to work today, and I was able to face the mosquitoes bravely, knowing they couldn’t get me!
Once we get the flooring fixed, we have some more fun things we want to do to our place. I’ll keep you posted.
It’s also been a while since I wrote about what’s happening with my family.
My stepfather has outlived the doctor’s predictions of how much time he has, but his condition is still deteriorating. He was put on hospice a few weeks ago, which my mom at first opposed, but then she realized how much help they could be to her. Cal had a feeding tube put in his stomach and the hospice nurses have helped Mom learn how to feed him through it. I heard from Mom today that the hospice nurses taught her how to give him morphine for gum pain. Mom is still fighting for his life. Tomorrow she is going to see a naturopath and a dietitian in the hopes they can come up with something better than the sugar water hospice has been giving her to feed him. He also has a lot of mucus that keeps choking him and Mom is hoping they might have something that would help with that.
My older sister is still on chemo for her multiple myeloma, but she’s in better spirits than anyone who has been in as much pain as she has should be. Every time I talk with her on the phone she’s cheerful and full of faith. Even the doctors told her this time that there’s no reason she shouldn’t live to be at least ninety-five! The chemo is beginning to do it’s thing and her pain is becoming more manageable. As a result, she’s able to get up a bit more and do things around the house. However, she has lost some more height, having broken another bone or two, and she pants when she walks. She hasn’t had a lot of appetite and she says she’s beginning to look like a child from Biafra or something.
For those of you who are believers, please hold my mother, Donna, my stepfather, Cal, and my older sister, Sherill, in your prayers. Also, I have a co-worker, Rosanne, whose husband, Bill, just found out he has colon cancer. He’s going in for surgery on the 28th of this month. His prognosis is good, but please pray for Rosanne and Bill through this surgery as well. I sure do appreciate all my prayer warriors out there!