On the cottage front, we finally have the fire sprinklers installed! That means we need a plumber and the insulation guys in, and then we can get it inspected for final framing and cover. So the water issues have been resolved, which caused a 4 month delay in the project, but things have moved at last. Once Dad's house sells, we hope to put some of our own work into the finishes and get that wrapped up by fall. I have hope again!
For my dad's house, last week was my last weekend cleaning and repairing the place. My sister-in-law did most of the on the ground coordination, as well as boxing up all of the old junk, organizing last month's estate sale (which we all worked and did well at), getting a realtor in, and being on site for every single contractor we had out to the place. It was a huge undertaking, and if she hadn't been willing to bail on some of her substitute teaching opportunities, I don't know how we would have managed. She and my brother live an hour away from Dad's, so it was a pain in the butt for her to do stuff, and I am super thankful that she got it done.
Last looks this weekend, new carpet and vinyl installed Wednesday June 1st, official photos June 2nd, and the house is on the market. Dad's a little freaked by it and has been very hand's off about selling the house; he wants it done as soon as possible so he can feel more financially secure again. He's doing well, but I can see his inner kid a lot, especially now that his big sister passed. He's really emotionally vulnerable, and I am so glad he's living in assisted care now and has friends now to support him. He's doing much better than he was last year when he was living on his own. He'll feel a lot better once the house is sold, his HELOC paid off, and he doesn't have to worry about paying for water, electric, or the taxes for owning it.
And after it all I will get back to fandom again! Real life just sometimes does a meltdown, and coping is all you can do. See ya on the flip side.