On a lighter note...
Ray has been working very hard this past week to get me through the rough patch I'm having on the road to my eventual demise. He had a new central air conditioning unit put in (when he realized that the one place you NEVER want to be is with a menopausal woman having a hot flash in the summer with no air conditioning). He replaced the hot water heater which has significantly reduced the amount of flooding in the basement, and has promised to have it water-proofed in the next few weeks. He helped me conduct several scientific experiments to determine exactly where the bathrooms were leaking, and removed all the old caulk so that my son can re-do it for us this week. He emptied out that rancid refrigerator all by himself and washed it down with bleach, stopping only twice, but went right back to work after he regained consciousness. He maintains a constant vigil of spraying room deodorizer throughout the entire house 2-3 times a day. He personally over-nighted my check to the NJ Board of Nursing so I could renew my license. He actually started going through old boxes and throwing stuff away. THAT in itself, is a major step which may indicate the possibility of potential normalcy, giving hope to the Significant Others of pack rats everywhere. He even fixed a few other problems that I didn't even mention. When the TV in our bedroom stopped working (call me crazy, but do you see a trend here?), he lugged up another set, connected it to the satellite dish, and raised it up on two heavy gauge plastic storage bins so we can watch it at night. He got the name of a contractor and promised to call him this week to get an estimate on repairing the leaks in the roof.
And not only has he been working on a way to try and retrieve all my files from my almost dead computer, Ray suprised me with a COPY OF MY MANUSCRIPT which he had put on his laptop a few months ago in case I wanted to work on my book while we were away on vacation!
I'm SO glad I didn't murder him now.
Happy Fourth Of July!!