This is the third day of having no kitchen and having loads of (strange) people at my house. Yesterday all the offending drywall was cut out and the walls, wood supports were scrubbed down with something that has a lot of chlorine in it. A big blower was set up in the kitchen and roared through the night — drying all the chemicals. Two workers were there when I left this morning. They said they will finish with the remediation today. The EPA inspector will be out tomorrow to make sure they got every last spore. It’s my understanding that then the inside of the walls will be sprayed with a plastic coating. So, on Friday, the construction crew will take out the rest of the cabinets and begin drywalling and taping and mudding and texturing. Paint comes after that — so I need to go find my accent color. Hmmm . . . that can’t happen tonight because there is a Lady Lobo basketball game and tomorrow night Chase has class. Friday evening Chase has Novice run-throughs (this will be his first try at off-lead heeling). It looks like Saturday will be paint-finding day. I have a bunch of samples and have taped them to walls, but with the kitchen blocked off, I’ve not seen the samples with lots of light on them. I think I’ll go with a pale tangerine — warm and hopefully inviting. The new cabinets? I have no idea how that works, but I’m going to look at what’s out there to get an idea. There is a cabinet seller who carries Anderson “green” cabinets. They are made from renewable woods (like bamboo) — I wonder if that’s in my adjuster’s budget.
Day 9 — that’s for the Phebe. She’s flagging, invites Chase to investigate, but then walks away. My “better safe than sorry” switch flipped on this morning, and we did an AI. If she’s ready, or close to ready, there will be long distance swimmers heading for eggs. Since the girls are the ones with the stamina, an early breeding is more appealing than a late one. Jump in here and disagree if you’d like. Anyway, there seems to be lots more where this dose came from. I was also thinking that the AI might make Chase take a closer look at Phebes and find her more attractive. We are going to continue the detective theme with this repeat: Scarpetta (“M.E.”), Miss Marple (“Christie” — thanks Elaine, that’s a good one), Nancy Drew, Pepper Anderson. If we got four girls, I would be one happy camper. If there are more, we’ll need some more girl detective names — and I will be deliriously happy. There seem to be loads of male detective names, so I’m just not worried about them: Adrian Monk, Clouseau, Alex Cross (is that correct?). So, go little swimmers — make me happy!