Things to Do While We Wait

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Dave’s Logbook: Update

So, we continue to wait, but I’ve taken it upon myself to transform the house because IT is driving me crazy, too. The house is from the 1940s and the exterior appears to be in decent shape, but the interior is ALL BACHELOR. David calls it the “Hunting Lodge” look, and frankly I’m embarrassed for anyone to step foot in our house as it is right now. I welcome all and sundry to visit, but not before I gut the place!

David’s been too ill to look after the house, so I finally started tackling the cleaning with gusto and I even mowed most of the lawn yesterday. I haven’t mowed a lawn since I was probably 14 years old! David watched me from the porch with much amusement (“those City Slickers”) while I pushed our old gas mower (which might even be as old as the house) as fast as I could, trying to get as much of the lawn done before the sun completely disappeared.

I was planning to get out the weedwhacker (we called it a ‘weedeater’ when we were kids), but by the time I finished the front lawn it was nearly dark. I posted a picture link for the benefit of Eliza, by the way, who has never seen a weedwhacker, nor any other implements you’d find in a shed. Boy, she’s going to get an eyeful when she comes to visit and sees our GARAGE!

I’d love to call one of those many home improvement programs and say, “Make over our house!” but I don’t want to wait that long or have ourselves shamed all over TV-land (“You couldn’t flog that at a yard sale!”), I’m going to start replacing and fixing things TODAY. Besides, it’s something to do while we wait for the biopsy analysis.

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3 thoughts on “Things to Do While We Wait

  1. Thanks for all the updates… I was looking into that faux lawn to replace most of my grass. I don’t mind mowing and edging that much. Heck, it’s time to reflect and “cheaper than therapy” as my boss says. But keeping it green and weedless, trimmed and proper is a bunch of work (especially when the 100-degree days pile on). Plus, the endless watering cycles! The faux lawn looks pretty decent when combined with creative landscaping. Bushes, walkways, lighting. Eh, I’m undecided.

  2. Weedeaters/whackers are the earthly incarnation of Satan. I once weedate my feet, while doing my parents’ lawn. That little acrylic blad doesn’t look like it would hurt a whole lot, but it does. I got so angry I dashed the blasted thing to pieces on the driveway. My father saw the whole thing from the window, and I ended up having to walk all the way into town on my freshly weedeaten feet to buy a new one. Funny, how these things always seem to go from bad to worse.

    Good on you, fixing up the house, though. Just watch your feet, eh? (This goes all the time, too, not just when you’re doing the lawn. One’s feet are soft and vulnerable, and often protrude.)

    And, of course, here’s hoping you have good news by the time you read this comment.

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