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Caving In - Karen's Musings
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Caving In
So, back in the first week of October, we celebrated the holiday of Succos (Sukkot).  There was a time that Succos was my favorite Jewish holiday of all - but I admit 2006, 2007, 2008 and now 2009 have brought us some pretty rotten luck during the holiday, so my love for it has... waned slightly.  This year, of course, I spent all of Succos in the hospital (arriving home on Shemini Atzeres).  Worse, while I was already in the hospital, Seth was admitted for a severe back injury.  Frankly, I was shocked that he even got the Succah built - and I assume it was lovely, though I never got to eat in it. 

Since then, life has gotten hectic.  Seth went through several weeks of epidural steroid shots and has now started PT for his back.  I've been ill.  The kids have been ill.  Sam had a procedure under general anesthesia - the usual.  Life gets away from us sometimes and things slide as the to-do list gets longer and the days seem to get shorter.  So that succah - the succah I was shocked Seth managed to get up - well, it's still in our back yard.  I figure, in a pinch, it'll make a fine yurt to deliver this baby in if I never manage to find an obstetrician to care for me.  

But... I did tell Seth at some point that if it ever stops raining long enough for the bamboo mat we use for a roof on the succah to dry out, that we at LEAST needed to put that part away so it wouldn't get mildewy or moldy.  He agreed, but then it rained again.  And again.  And some more.  We never managed to get the mat put away.  

And then, 20 inches of snow fell out of the sky one day.

The upside is that we don't have to worry about putting the mat away - it caved in under the pressure.  Problem solved, and now all we have to do is get a new one for next year, but we have a whole year (almost) to worry about that!  In some ways, I feel like the family that never takes their Christmas lights down - it's a special sort of charm.  And hey, we weren't using the back yard anyway.
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osewalrus From: osewalrus Date: December 27th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Next time, let us know when you need help. I have a child I can rent out.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 27th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
it just sort of got lost in the shuffle with all the other chaos over here - there wasn't really even a time Seth could have done it even with a helper. At any rate, we may not have a roof anymore, but the succah itself still needs to come down - so I'll tell Seth to coordinate with Aaron's busy social schedule. :)
cellio From: cellio Date: December 28th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
One year it rained on every Sunday after Sukkot for two months and I didn't get it down before the snow came. I pulled the mat off (I didn't think it could bear weight) and just left the rafters in place. That wasn't perfect (one of them had a crack that collected water, which later snapped it), but 1x2s are a lot cheaper than the mats, so shrug.
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