I haven't been blogging much because I've been busy with work and home. As it should be.
I was hired as a temp for this agency to work on their incoming mail which is a huge project they have each year and then transition into being a supervisor on the file room team once that project has ended.
So I was offered a job and 10/01 was my conversion date. YEAH! More on that later.
But in the middle of it all, in August, there were some fires in the mountains between OC and Lake Elsinore and was notified that my (what would have been my) mother-in-law was laid up in the hospital because she has these attacks where she can't breathe due to COPD. It's 2018, and I think that COPD is an umbrella term for a host of breathing problems these days, but after smoking cigarettes for umpteen years, she has what is traditionally known as emphysema.
So her youngest son reaches out to me. It sounds like he's dealing with the fire himself because it lives in one of the nearby canyons and his new job. So I get to the hospital and assess that she cannot go back home because it's so smoky, so I tell her she's coming to my house. And I sleep on the couch for 2 weeks. It was an adjustment having one extra person with an accouterment of medical equipment that had to be considered before we even talk about the regular stuff that we take on a trip.
So as much as she desired to do stuff while she was here, should really couldn't other than eat, sleep, cook and one shopping trip or doctor's appointment, which my son took her and to pick-up her new prescriptions. I took her to Sprouts and the farmer's market ( she didn't get out of the car).
And then it's August and it's hot. Well, not hot to me and Stephen because we are used to living in 80 degrees but put a fat elderly woman with an oxygen machine on 24 hours a day in a smaller unfamiliar space and she wants it cooler. So we adjust the fans, but it's not enough. so I find a used a/c unit in Orange and snag that puppy for a great price and pop it into the wall. And then I'm seeing it's missing the shroud and grille. So I have to find and buy those online. It'a taken me this long to get the a/c unit properly installed and insulated, but it's in and now I'm doing the trim on the outside. The area infront of the a/c unit on the floor is littered with tools and tubes of construction adhesive.
So with the a/c plus the fans and the oxygen and all of the cooking, my electric bill spikes to over $300. I'm in sticker shock. She kicks in $ for the bill. Thank you.