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I grew up with an old saying that when life deals you lemons then you make lemonade. Okay, that works, to a point and right now it's not working AT ALL for me. Warning - rant to follow.

This past weekend we were notified by our neighbor in Michigan (who is keeping an eye on our home that we have for sale there) that a hot water pipe had exploded in the 2nd bathroom off the kitchen. Okay, she found it right after it happened so not a big deal, or so we thought. We had lived in that home for 7 years without a problem, then again, we didn't have -10 with a -20 wind chill factor and over abundance of snow either. Apparently the previous owners when they added the 2nd bath did not put ANY insulation in the outside wall AND passed the piping from the sink to the shower putting it in the ceiling ALONG the outside wall. After all has been mopped up, we have the following to deal with: new flooring in entryway/laundry room, new walls/ceiling in laundry room, new ceiling, walls floor in bathroom, hallway, kitchen, eat-in area AND pantry; new cabinets in kitchen, new kitchen island; removal of shower from 2nd bath and putting in linen closet to avoid another pipe problem; winter treatment of boiler/pipes to prevent another freeze problem.

My DH has been undergoing some tests to try to find out what a rogue cell might be. At first it appeared it was one that shows up in people who are allergic, but that was not to be the case. He is now having to undergo a bone marrow test and, depending on the numbers in the results, may even after to undergo a liver biopsy. We have been told that is a very good likelihood that he has leukemia. Depending on the type, will decide on the treatment.

I am scheduled for spinal surgery in the next few weeks to repair/replace 3 ruptured disks and several herniated ones.

Talk about life giving you lemons! Our move to Florida was to have been for a better quality and healthier life as he would get either pneumonia or severe bronchitis on the verge of pneumonia. Right now it is very hard to keep smiling and be upbeat when so much is on the plate. But, I guess this too shall pass. We have no choice but to go onward.

Damn I hate writing downers, but if I don't get it out of my system, I'll sit and cry and THAT isn't good. Besides, I don't want my DH to worry any more than he is already. So we take it one day at a time in hopes that we can put the "closed" sign on the lemonade stand.

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Comment by Jodi Cramer on January 14, 2014 at 9:53am

I am so sorry to hear of your difficult times. I think that's enough lemons to make lemonade for a big party! 

Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on January 14, 2014 at 6:50am

OMGosh...how horrible.  Know that we are keeping you and your hubby in our thoughts and prayers.  (Get your insurance claims and contractor to take over in Michigan so that all you have to do is pick out flooring, cabinets etc.  and you can put one thing out of mind on a temporary basis... This might be the catalyst that after the remodel your house may sell more quickly...your cloud with a silver lining? ......concentrate on your health)

Comment by Janet/MO on January 13, 2014 at 8:17pm

Terri, I'm sorry to hear you are having all these issues to deal with all at once.  Sending big hugs your way.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on January 13, 2014 at 6:57pm

So glad you know you can rant and vent and let you hair down with us.  A great way to cry is to do it in the shower... then the water will wash the tears away and DH will be none the wiser.  Those tears are good for cleansing. You know how much I care my dear friend.  It's time for some not only good, but great news to come your way!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on January 13, 2014 at 6:08pm

Sometimes it does seem like "when it rains, it pours."  I'm sorry to hear of all you are dealing with and hope things start to look up soon.  

Comment by Shannon, ON on January 13, 2014 at 2:59pm

sorry for your troubles. i am glad to see 2013 gone...and sometimes a good cry helps...don't hold it in....it helps get rid of some of the stress..

Comment by Irene Gallway on January 13, 2014 at 2:29pm

Sounds to me like those lemons were rotten.  I fully understand your frustration on the mess in your house and your fear, regarding health issues. A person can just take so much, and it sounds like you have every reason to rant. I will be saying prayers for you and hubby.

Comment by Dawn Hutton on January 13, 2014 at 2:24pm

So sorry that you are having so much trouble with the house.  As I live here in MI we did have very bad weather.  My car froze even in the garage, but got it going again.  I am surprised that your realtor did not tell you to winterize the house, by draining the pipes and placing signs up.  I had a house for sale several years ago and had my realtor advise me to winterize and I even had to sign off that I was told when I choose not to.  We were working on the house and knew most of the problems, but I would advise too late to drain pipes.  I also found that the insurance was no good as the house was vacant and they will not insure a empty house.  My daughter has a house here that she also tried to sell and the insurance company would not cover it unless someone was living there.  We have a renter now, but for awhile we staged the house to look like someone was there and got insurance.  Good luck with the sale and concentrate on your health and happiness.  

Comment by Pam/NY on January 13, 2014 at 2:17pm

Terri-that is overwhelming news for anyone...your health and the house. I'm hoping you have insurance that will cover the damage. This has been the winter from hell for so many. The first priority is your health issues...try to deal with what you know you have control over, and let the rest come to you when it's time. Worrying never gets it done or solves the problem. We are here to listen, I think it helps to vent and know that we are thinking about you and hope you and your husband get good news.

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