Wednesday, October 24, 2012

to fix a leaky chimney

what is actually happening in my life vs. what I wish was happening in my life

Well, I was thinking of sharing some fun photos from our time back in the States.  (See above right photo.)  However, at 7:40 this morning (5 minutes after I woke up) the door bell rang and there was a work crew on the front step.  What?!  So early. 

It's okay, though.  Early can be good.  I knew they were coming to do an assessment today because we have an issue with our faulty chimney leaking smoke into our house.  After the assessment we planned to decide on huge chimney repairs vs. getting a wood stove installed in the fireplace instead.  Suddenly, a few minutes after they arrived, I heard a hammer hitting the wall and chunks of plaster hitting the floor.  "Stop!  What are you doing?!"  Well, so much for an assessment.  The chimney will be fixed this week! 

Well, maybe not this week.  But in "a few days."

My house is a total disaster, with dust everywhere, a man pounding on the chimney, and huge chunks of plaster falling to the floor.  (See above left photo.) My baby, meanwhile, is trying to sleep in the other room. I think she actually is sleeping, but that's only because I have the White Noise Lite app on my iPhone turned up so loud that at first she couldn't sleep at all.

Oh living in Italy!  I really love it, but it's definitely hard with the language/communication barrier sometimes.  I only wish I spoke fluent Italian and could be trusted to do all the communicating on my own.  But instead every conversation has to go through an interpreter, often over the phone... and when you're cell phone doesn't get good reception in your house, that adds to the complications!

Anyway.  Here's a fun video of Siena and Lena to end today's post.  (I keep calling Siena "Luna" because that's my sister's cat's name.)  You can see one of Lena's greatest interests every time I take a video of her... oh vanity, you start so young!

7 comments:

  1. Boo! On the chimney disaster. It will get worked out eventually.

    I can just imagine how hard the communication barrier must be. So frustrating. I'm no good at picking up languages so I'd really struggle with that.

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    1. I'm apparently terrible at languages. :-/ Doesn't help that I'm really bad at motivating myself for self-study, too!

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  2. your little girl is adorable.. those eyes!!

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    1. Thank you! I'm smitten with them myself.

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  3. Girl! I am with you on that language barrier. Some days it's so frustrating! And that Lena, she is precious.

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  4. Well, it’s a good thing that you called in the contractors. Chimneys can be hard to repair on your own, especially with the dust being a big obstruction. Anyway, for your chimney’s maintenance, make sure to have it regularly cleaned from ash and soot. You can also hire professional chimney sweeper to clean any leftover dirt.

    Kermit Lukacs

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