Wednesday, May 25, 2016

so much for the good year

I was promised a good year.  After the hell of 2015, and not so great previous years, this was to be the one we were waiting for.  The kid was here, safe and sound.  I was mostly recovered from the insanity of pregnancy/surgery/newborn, there was money in the bank to start the porch.  The world was looking up.

Now, there has been stuff going on that isn't pertinent to the blog that has caused some setbacks to this goal, mostly financial, obviously.  But when a gallbladder gone rogue makes me spend the last day of a conference mini vacation in the ER, things get personal. The pain was so sudden, and so crushing I was certain I was the Wicked Witch of the West and a house had been dropped on me. I have an appointment with a surgeon in two weeks, and while the thought of another attack is terrifying, so is the thought of another surgery and recovery (and hospital bills).  At the moment, even if I felt well enough to climb a ladder to work, I'm too afraid to do so.  And just mowing the lawn wipes me out, let alone entertaining a 7 month old all day.

To top things off, when we got home there were two violation notices waiting for us (that time of the year again).  One being for having things on the side porch (well, duh, I do all my work there you idiots), and the especially aggravating one, for unsanitary yard conditions.  The thing of it is, I had mowed, weeded, pruned and planted the day before the supposed inspection!  If I had been a better blogger I'd have had pictures to prove it.  But alas....

And to think that I had only gotten one week into painting season...

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  1. 2016 was supposed to be my year, too.

    So far?

    C-

    I send you good & comforting & healthy thoughts.

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    1. I can only imagine what else must be going on if seeing the grant work getting completed only leaves your year at a C-... There's still a lot of year left, here's to hoping things get better for us both!

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  2. Just hug and rock that sweet baby of yours and count your blessings! :-) Best wishes for the rest of the year!

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  3. Oh, man. Discouraging times for you, for sure. Hope things get better.

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  4. I just saw your question about removing paint over at Victorian Antiquities and Design. I would try calling some museums that do restoration and having a chat with a restorer.

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    1. I've actually done this several times while at house museums, and they dodge the answer every time. Very frustrating! You'd think they'd want to encourage restoration, not secret away their proprietary processes...

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  5. Sorry to hear the crappy news. I know how those unexpected things go to. I've already had to dial back my expectations of what I'm going to get done on our house this year too. I haven't even gotten the scaffolding out yet, and already it feels like painting season is slipping by.

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    1. It's only the beginning of June, it's crazy how that ends up feeling like we're running behind!

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  6. How dare your internal organs defy you! I expect you will set them to rights and recover and flourish. Or else!

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    1. I know, it's not like I abuse them terribly on a daily basis or anything... I'm hoping a small payoff to the surgeon will get all the extraneous ones evicted as well!

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