Tuesday, March 10, 2015
GRANDMOTHER OLIVE TELLS OF THEIR FLORIDA COTTAGE
Last night, Albert scared me. He and I were reading in the living room reading when he said he had trouble breathing. I was going to call for the ambulance. Albert said to wait and took his heart medicine and I sent him to lie down in the bedroom. Elmer and Anna stopped by for a minute and I told them what happened. They said to let Albert rest and they would be back the next day and left.
I went in to give Albert my lecture on how maybe we shouldn't have come to Florida or purchased this place when Anna came flying in and said to get Albert out of the cottage. She and Elmer helped Albert out of bed and took him out the back door. I followed behind. We held Albert while Elmer ran next door and grabbed a yard chair for Albert to sit on. I think the neighbors must have thought we were nuts taking a chair from their yard.
Finally I asked Anna what she was doing. She said it was the paint that was making Albert have trouble breathing. I said I didn't smell the paint. Anna said that was the problem, we had gotten use to it and told me to go back into the cottage and breath, which I did. She was right, the smell of paint was heavy. Albert and I had gotten use to it while we were in there.
Elmer got Eli and they went inside and opened all the windows. Somewhere they got some fans and put one in each bathroom. Anna said we were staying at their cottage. I went in to get some clothes but Albert told me to stay out of the master bathroom. Elmer ran in ahead of me and closed the door. I didn't think to wonder what was going on. When I went to go into the bathroom to get some items to take with us - Elmer blocked me at the door. Told me to tell Anna what we needed. Then I wondered what was going on. Elmer said it was Albert's surprise. Anna got the items.
When we got to their cottage, Anna aired all our clothes outside so they wouldn't smell like paint. Elmer returned the chair we borrowed to the neighbor next to our cottage and explained why he took the chair. Albert says we should get chairs for our back yard.
We spent the right at Anna and Elmer's last night and will tonight, too. Today Anna and I went over and got our clothes out. Albert showed me the secret master bathroom. He had it painted mint green with olive color towels, bath towels and wash cloths. It is really beautiful. I couldn't believe that he remembered that I liked that color. He said it was my bathroom. We couldn't have it up north, but could here. For once in my life, I didn't know what to say.
Anna took the towels with us. Eli and Elmer are adding a second coat of paint today and leaving all the windows open with the fans to air it out. Anna and I are airing out all the clothes and towels at her cottage to get the smell out. The men won't let Albert in the cottage. They don't want him smelling that paint. Albert has been fine ever since we got him out of the house. Anna was right, it was the paint. I should have thought of that.
On a lighter note or maybe it isn't in the cost, we bought some items for our cottage. We got a new couch for the living room. This one pulls out and makes into a queen size bed. In the the guest bedroom we bought two single beds. If you have company, you can pull out the bottom and the bed turns from a single bed into a bunk bed. When they leave, you can pull down the extra bed and it becomes a single bed.
We sold the couch that came with the cottage to a neighbor. We will have the single beds that came with the cottage for sale this weekend unless someone comes along before hand. Of course, these were delivered while the men were painting. We didn't plan it that way, but that's when the truck showed up. Eli and Elmer said they would set the beds up when they got done painting.
Also I called Jean and gave her a list of items we would like sent down here. Jean said if I keep adding to the list, we will need a moving truck. We want our Florida home to feel like ours up north.
Well, I guess that is all to tell you right now.
Be With God,
ANNA WILL BE ON NEXT WEEK.