Mom's house sold. She finalizes the sale on the 31st. My brothers will be moving her here saturday the 2nd. She will say at my aunts the 31st and the 1st cuz brothers can't move her until the weekend due to work. She has run the gambit between stable and unstable........and I do mean one extreme to the other. I'd expected it. I'm just glad I wasn't mostly on the receiving end. whew Now that the closing is rapidly approaching.......she is growing more and more stable. I think she is as near "happy" as I've heard on the phone in several years. I do know I hear relief. This is a good sign. I know the move will shake her up. It does to anyone, especially the elderly. But perhaps now that she has the relief of being out from under the burden of that huge house.........and knowing she will no longer be alone.......it will help her adjustment to go more smoothly. I'm not counting on it, but it might. I was a bit surprised brothers volunteered to move her, especially with the crud she has been pulling on them of late. But perhaps that helped contribute......as in they are eager to be rid of the problem/drama. lol It's a huge enormous help that they are moving her over here. I'm not complaining. I've been working so hard on this house getting it ready. These are things I'd have done anyway....the whole process just got sped up due to circumstances. The whole downstairs is painted bright cheerful colors. It seriously will take effort to get depressed in my home. Nichole's husband and Travis repaired the bathroom kitchen faucets yesterday. All that is left downstairs is to get the border up in the bathroom (easy child's job I can't get it straight to save my life) and the carpet. I'm rather POed at Lowe's who assured me the carpet could easily be laid before mom's arrival. Well, I called friday and they tell me the carpet would be in monday (today)..........I nearly blew a gasket because when she quoted me dates it took them FIVE days just to ORDER it. If they'd ordered it when I paid them (in full in cash!) it would already be on my darn floor! The installer should call me today to set up the install date. I'm going to be LIVID if they're booked for this week........so livid I might demand a refund and go somewhere else. Ridiculous for the amount of money I paid. So I'm still sweating the carpet dammit. Travis is tackling his room today. This will give me extra work because I'll be soaking/washing the dishes that have been buried in his room for heaven knows how long. omg Not to mention laundry. His room will likely be at least a 2 day job. I told him I'll help AFTER the dishes/trash is out. I'm going to be tidying up the downstairs and then diving into my own room. Mostly just reg cleaning except I've got to get anything out of there that needs to go into the yard sale. I'm doing this junk all at once so I don't have to go through and do it again. Rufus still has me worried. He is so HUGE......I think even fairly huge for a lab because the vet even made comment about how long body wise he is as well as height. He's also still growing. He doesn't even have all his adult teeth yet and he turned a year in march. He tries hard with his manners but is still a big puppy and forgets. Also he has a tendency to just plain be in the way.......mostly due to his size. Once the downstairs is condensed down to two main rooms this is gong to become extremely noticeable. Even if he tries it is going to be somewhat difficult for him to find spots to stay out of the way. I am going to try to set up one of his crates in the living room for him because I also can't have child gates with mom here. So that will eliminate any other way to contain him. He also is "iffy" with strangers. If that stranger is nervous he is immediately suspicious. Now mom knows not to show fear and she also knows Rufus will not deliberately hurt her. But to play it safe I've told the whole family I want them here on saturday. 1. Rufus will associate mom and my brothers arrival (sis from indy is coming too) as more Family coming to visit. I'm hoping this will help him accept mom from the get go. 2. If that doesn't work it gives me more people to help keep him under control with all the commotion. I"m not kidding when I say Rufus is HUGE. He can drag both me or Travis down the street easily if he wanted/needed to. *sigh* I need to do whatever I can to make this work with Rufus. When I adopt a furbaby it is with the full intention that it will be until they take their last breath. I've had a few where it didn't work out that way and I did my best to rehome them into wonderful homes/families. I do not want to rehome Rufus. Plus it would be difficult. Due to his physical issues Rufus still needs to work on his social. And if he does have hip displaysia odds are extremely low someone else is going to want to take that on. I would never be able to afford the surgery but I could love him until it came time to let him go. On the other hand..........I can't have Rufus knocking mom over or whatever either. *sigh* This issue has me feeling between a rock and hard place. However the hip displaysia deal may solve that issue for me. Whatever is wrong with him is progressive. We'll know at his next appointment. Meanwhile, Mom fell down the small flight of steps leading to her family room last night and is banged up pretty bad. Refuses to go to the ER because she has stuff to do. Assures me she can move everything. She walloped her head pretty good but I talked with her long enough to make sure she was ok in that dept too. Bro was there when she fell, he'd have called if he thought she'd done serious damage. Falling seems to be an issue these days. Prayer has helped with the panic attacks. Although it is amazing the memories that have surfaced over these past weeks. I've decided that I'm doing what is right and I've handed it over to God to help guide me through it.