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Getting ready for summer vacation

June 23, 2009 - Cheryl Clarke

The time is coming for me to take my annual summer vacation, and boy do I need it. After the past several months beginning with the illness and death of my mother in December, dealing with my dad's grief and the necessity of getting him into assisted living and then skilled nursing care, followed by my husband losing his job after 21 years of faithful service, 2009 has been a whallopaloozer of a year, to say the least.

The only bright spot was the birth of our first grandchild, Julia, in February. Now almost five months old, she is a joy and a light in what has been a difficult year so far.

We also are wrestling with our house, which is over 100 years old, trying to keep it from falling down to the ground. If you've ever seen the movie "The Money Pit" with Tom Hanks, you know what I am talking about. I already told Russ that I would not be playing "carpenter's helper" over my two weeks off this year. He has agreed to leave me alone and suspend the ongoing upstairs renovation project, at least anything that he can't do by himself.

Right now the floor is going in, and in an old house, that is not as easy as it sounds. We finally agreed on some laminate flooring that wasn't too expensive, but then come to find out, (surprise) the hall floor upstairs isn't level, not by a long shot. So a subfloor must be put down first. (More expense and time). I am just about ready to put a for sale sign in the yard, but first, he says, we have to complete the remodeling so we can get something for the old place if and when we do eventually decide to sell (when we can no longer run up and down the steep narrow stairs).

So anyway, I am looking forward to visiting with the kids over the Fourth, maybe having a yard sale somewhere in the middle of July and finally, topping it off with a family reunion the last weekend of my vacation. Nothing too costly or needing a lot of planning, just things that have been on my list for awhile. I've got my order in for good weather, and I am hoping the Old Farmer's Almanac is wrong, at least some parts about the month of July.


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