Thursday, it’s the day before payday. A much needed break with a three day weekend is coming up for my husband. We have no plans really. My youngest son will be 31 on Labor Day this year. He doesn’t live here so other than a phone call there won’t be a birthday celebration for him. However, my grandson will be 5 on the 7th and I do believe there is a birthday party planned for him over the weekend. There are a lot if birthdays in September for my family. My son, my oldest granddaughter, a son-in-law, a grandson, and this year another grandson will be born as well in September. That will be five, the most birthdays in any given month for this family.
Recently I’ve been having back problems and yesterday I started physical therapy. Actually, the first day was just trying to get the irritation and inflammation under control so actual therapy can begin. Waiting for a prescription ointment for pain and such to arrive. That may be a few days. I had a prescription a couple years ago for a topical cream that was more effective than any other treatment for the lower back pain I occasionally experience than any oral medication ever did. So this specialist prescribed the same ointment. Well guess what, the Affordable Care Act is really the less effective care act. Since 2014 the insurance company dropped this medication from it’s coverage. What they will cover doesn’t have the muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory contained the formulation which works. If I were to pay it out of pocket it would cost me over $400. Not something I can afford. Without those ingredients I don’t think the ointment will be as effective, but, we’ll see how much it helps.
Tomorrow is the local High School homecoming celebration. Small towns are great! They have a homecoming parade and the entire school participates including the grade school. So my granddaughter will be in the parade. Where we live is a perfect place to observe the parade too because it goes right through the intersection at the corner down from our house and we are the 3rd house on the street. The parade ends in the parking lot across the street from where we live. We can sit on our porch and see the whole thing as it comes through it’s final turn. I hope the weather is nice for the parade, not too hot, not windy and not rainy.
Yesterday we paid the young man who mows our lawn to help us move out everything stored in the spare room in the basement. That room is the victim of much water damage. There has been so many issues with water leaks since we rented this house over two years ago. First the water line to the refrigerator was leaking and we didn’t know it until the water started coming down the wall in the basement hallway. That was horrendous, then there was a leak coming down the wall in the laundry room that ruined an electrical outlet and the drywall. Then there was the time the overflow hose to the dehumidifier and the water heater was accidentally disconnected when work on the heater was done. I don’t go in there often so it had been draining to the floor which does not have a floor drain for some time. By the time I noticed it the carpet in the adjacent room was soaked. Many boxes stored in there were ruined as were many books that were in those boxes and a lot of other things as well. Thankfully my photos and mementos were in a plastic tub so escaped destruction. I got the carpet dried out where it was exposed but there was a bed not on a frame in there and the bed sustained water damage to the box springs. Once we got it cleared out enough and put most of what was salvaged in plastic tubs, we set the bed up on end to leave more room for tubs because I had acquired a lot, and I mean a lot, of fabric when I bought a used quilting machine and frame. I needed to get tubs out of my sewing room to make room for the fabric. After all that, the water heater began leaking at the top where the fittings attached to the water heater. The landlord was informed in May and the water heater didn’t get replaced until August. It was ordered and sat in the garage for almost two weeks before it was installed and that only because I recommended someone to the landlord who does that kind of thing. Their contractors were too busy on larger construction jobs to do it. Well, that leak also soaked the carpet in the adjacent room and ruined the mattress of the bed we had standing up on end in that room. We disposed of the bed and a lot of other ruined stuff. I had to pay someone to haul it all off. Still I had all these plastic tubs in there which needed to be removed in order for the carpet to be removed and any repair work to be done. So, we paid our lawn boy to do the heavy lifting and move everything (well almost everything) to the bedroom upstairs that will eventually be the nursery for the new grandson who will arrive on the 20th.
I’d like to say, “I hate this house.” I wish we had never rented it. I love it’s location, but, location is not the most important thing about a house. If I could find a house that meets our needs and rents within our budget I’d break the lease and move in a heartbeat. But, finding a house that meets our needs is difficult. We went through two lease agreements on the last house before we found this one and we are on our second lease agreement for this one because in the three months before the old lease was us we could not find another place that met our needs as a family. It has to be wheelchair accessible and have at least 4 bedrooms and two baths.We had to put up a ramp to the front porch for this one and really it isn’t fully accessible but it workable for the meantime. The next one really needs to be more fully accessible.
Well I didn’t realize I would be unloading about the house problems. Oh well, part of the mutterings I suppose.
I’ve been trying to figure out how to pay for a trip to New Mexico in late October. So far I’ve been unable to put aside a single dollar for that trip. Neither has my daughter and her husband. They have decided that they just can’t afford to make the trip and besides that it is just a month after the birth of their baby and she will still be recovering from that surgery. I was really hoping they could go because it is my in-laws 65th anniversary and we’ve tried to make sure that the entire family will be there. Four adult children and their spouses, nine adult grandchildren and their spouses, only one is not married, and sixteen great grandchildren (if my counting is correct and I haven’t forgotten anyone). When they celebrated their 50th anniversary we were a family of 21 including my husbands parents. Now we are a family of 43. A lot changes in 15 years. Children grow up get married and have families of their own. It was easier back then to get the family all together. Most of us lived in the same town with only a few living in other states. Now there are more of us and we are scattered across the globe. It is more difficult to get everyone together. Our niece and her family live in Japan, we have people in New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, and Florida. It would be wonderful to have the entire family there for a reunion. But I don’t think it will happen. The timing and logistics don’t seem to be working out.
Well, that is what is going on here. Have a great rest of the week and weekend. For my followers and readers in the U.S. have a safe Labor Day weekend. Check out my book review tomorrow, One Day in Tehran by Luana Ehrlich.