Friday, July 25, 2008

It Pours

Jim did a temporary fix on the roof yesterday. Luckily, it doesn't look as ghetto as a big blue tarp:

It's holding the rain pretty well.

He used some wide flashing and slipped it up under the shingles. He said that 2 complete shingles were missing and that the old sheathing underneath had rotted away and that a squirrel had finished the job by chewing more of it away and built a nest.

Today and tomorrow should be rain free, so hopefully it will dry out and we can do a more permanent patch - I just want something that will hold at least a couple of years - until we have the cash flow to do the whole roof.

In other news, we found out that Taya has a mass on the wall of her intestine. This explains why she doesn't want to eat anything - not much is passing through.

After some discussion, Jim and I decided to go ahead with a surgery. They'll cut out the section of the intestine that is affected and sew it back together. They also will have to check for any other problems - other cancer growths or lymph node issues. As with all surgery, there are risks, but they said this is a very common surgery (for various reasons) at Angell, so I feel a little better.

She has been with me for 12 1/2 years - through thick and thin - and I just can't bear to not do what I can to help her. Say a little prayer for her.


Gabriella said...

Glad Jim was able to do a temp fix on the roof.

I'm saying a little doggy prayer for Taya right now! Poor little muffin.

alisa and sometimes brandon said...

Leave it to the squirrels to turn a hole in the roof into a home. As if there aren't enough trees in New England.

Sorry to hear about Taya! Hope everything works out okay. :)

Sachiko said...

As I was reading your post, Kotaro came up to me and asked me about Taya. He even said a prayer in English. I really hope she will get well.

Kotaro also got thrilled with the idea of having squirrels in the house! He goes, "do they do p_ _-p_ _ in the house?"

Tiffany said...

Thank you guys - an update on Taya - she is doing well. The surgery went well and she has started eating some food again. We might be able to bring her home today. If not, then tomorrow.

Sachiko - you can tell Kotaro we have also shared our home with racoons, mice, and MANY squirrels. And unfortunately for us, they probably don't always go outside to relieve themselves! He is so cute!

Sachiko said...

It's good to hear that Taya is doing better.

Now Kotaro got even more excited with your house! I hope we will be able to visit you while we are here.

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