The second Saturday of 2017 was a terrible one when many of us went to RPM’s clinic to welcome our drivers home from Colorado.

None of us has forgotten what was lost that week. RPM’s president gave us a few moments at this week’s transport to silently honor the memory of our driver and the family he left behind. We continue your mission, Charles Roberts.

Group shot after transport, January 12, 2017.

Guest Room

I can feel that I’m starting to get sick. It’s inevitable. So many people I work with are sick. But it’s also a matter of our constantly fluctuating temperatures and weather and the fact that we have no insulation in the bottom half of our house to keep out the heat or cold. I’m working hard to hold whatever it is at bay with rest and fluids and good food, but I can feel it lurking.

This reminds me of another time I was sick and moved into the guest room for a few nights so I wouldn’t disturb Tom as I coughed or got in and out of bed several times a night. I was also away from little dogs pushing me around in bed and disturbing my sleep. I set up my laptop so I could work or watch movies in bed, and our foster at that time, Thomas, was the only dog allowed to join me.

This is what the guest room looks like now. Not really an escape option these days!

The bed is in storage. The green chair is at the upholstery shop to be repaired and reupholstered. And Thomas now naps in the home of his forever family. He’s a great dog.

The Office

Ha, just think of all the people who could land here because they’ve heard there might be a new season of “The Office.” I’m with you, seekers, I loved “The Office.”

Back in December of last year, here’s how the Craft Room side of the office looked.

So. Because of the flood: the white bookcases are gone. The sofa is gone. The craft cabinet behind the sofa is gone. The two office chairs on the right are gone. The doll house on the upper left is half gone (the bottom half). The couch pillows are gone. The ottoman is gone. Of course Chaya on the ottoman is gone, but that’s because she traveled to her forever home over a year ago. The three miscreants on the sofa are still here, and that’s more important than anything else.

Currently in the same space is where we’ve temporarily set up our bedroom.

The bed and the bedside table on the left are what we could save from our bedroom furniture. We lost the dresser and the armoire. The couch on the right is the one that was in our living room and will go back there. The table on the right with the Tiffany-style lamp is a new one Debby bought for herself then decided she didn’t want so she gave it to Tom.  His shoes in a bin on the top of a cardboard box are a Jack deterrent. (Jack loves shoes.) Anime is on the bed. You can’t see her, but Delta has made a pillow fort from my pillows. It’s cold in Houston, and Delta is over it.

Then and Now in the living room

One problem with finding before photos is that they’re all on my old computer which is (a) a geezer barely hanging on so I don’t turn it on and (b) in storage because I will eventually pull all the photos off its hard drive before it dies.

However, here is a wall in the living room when I was still putting books in the bookcases after we moved in.

And this is now.