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June 25, 2007

Mum’s in town, Dad’s in Townsville

Filed under: news of the day,the renovated life — lexifab @ 10:27 am

Bit of an exhausting weekend. Saturday was given over to cleaning the house and cooking a roast for a late family lunch with Mum. She’s staging a fleeting visit on her way back from a  conference in Melbourne, and staying with Ian and Son so she and baby Oskie can become acquainted, which unfortunately means we won’t get to see too much of her this trip – but at least we can take her out for a belated Mother’s Day dinner tomorrow night before bundling her onto the plane first thing Wednesday morning. Not as much time as we’d like to spend with her, but we’ll take it happily. I suspect she’d be better off just curling up in bed with a book, mind you – she picked up a  terrible cold in Melbourne and sounds just awful. She could obviously do with a bit of a break.

Dad’s now down in Townsville to start his chemo treatments. They’ll be harvesting stem cells this week, after which he starts his intensive course of chemotherapy, after which the stem cells are replaced and he goes into isolation for several weeks to avoid infections while he has no immune system to speak of. It’s a pretty scary prospect, but he’s been through it before and knows what to expect this time. The only real concern for the rest of us is the fact that he has to essentially sit still for three or four months after the treatment, in order to recover, and anyone who knows Dad knows that that will be very hard on him.

By the time everyone left on Saturday afternoon I was practically asleep on my feet, but for some reason I still stayed up until after midnight, so Sunday was a bit exhausting as well. Fi and I put up most of the rest of the curtains in the dining room – one to go, which shouldn’t take long – so the renovations of the main internal living areas is practically finished! The study (aka Nerdfarm) is another story. It will be a huge job, especially if we have to shift all of the constantly-on computers and masses of DVDs out of there while we rip the place apart. We’re planning to install a storage unit where the shelves are (so that we can hide away as much of the clutter as possible) but we’ve never really build a cupboard before, so the logistics are a bit daunting at this stage. I’m not sure when it’s going to happen, either – Fi’s pregnancy rather limits the amount of heavy demolition and woodworking she can or should be doing, so it’s the current question as to whether I take it on solo before the baby arrives, or it gets left for a couple of years…


  1. I hope everything works out for the best for your Dad.

    And if you progress your renovations too quickly, you will make us look bad, so I recommend putting it off until you can get Joey to do all the heavy lifting. Or at least fetch beer for you.

    Comment by Dr Clam — June 25, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

  2. That’s more or less the…I won’t say “plan”, but that’s the way it’s likely to go. Especially the beer part.

    Thanks for the well wishes. I hope so too.

    Comment by lexifab — June 25, 2007 @ 9:23 pm

  3. Best wishes to everyone. Hope all goes smoothly.

    Comment by winstoninabox — June 26, 2007 @ 9:50 am

  4. Anything we can do? We happen to be here.

    Comment by polly — June 27, 2007 @ 7:52 pm

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