Update on my Mom: She went to see an orthopaedic surgeon regarding her leg lump. He said it looks like a schwannoma (the benign option), but he's seen one just like that that turned out to be a sarcoma (malignant) so he wanted to do a biopsy just in case. My Mom was not keen on a biopsy, because, as the growth is part of the nerve sheath, there is a risk of nerve damage during the procedure. They compromised. She's going to have a second MRI done in 3 months. If the lump has grown, they'll worry. If it hasn't, I guess they'll just continue to keep an eye on it. I'm happy enough with that outcome.
I would tell you of my latest adventures, if I'd had any. I'm doing a great job of hibernating this winter. Good for me! I love spending time in our cozy condo.
My floor is getting old. I have laminate flooring, with an expected lifespan of 10-25 years, installed in around 2004 (before I moved in). Little bits of the top layer have started chipping off here and there. When it gets bad enough to need replacing, Ken and I will essentially need to move out of our home during the repairs, because this flooring runs everywhere except the kitchen and bathrooms. Every time another little chunk breaks off, I worry about it. How long can we hold off? Can we squeeze another 15 years out of this cheap laminate? We'll see.
In fact, many things in our home are aging. Our stacked washer and dryer are almost 20 years old. Of course, the washer is a top-loader. Should I wait until one of the machines breaks down before we replace them, or is it time to get a new set? What's your advice?
We have a dishwasher, but we have literally never turned it on. It's not installed to code. The drain is jimmied with a length of rubber garden hose. Because there are just the two of us, we don't make enough dishes to load a full dishwasher every day. Maybe we could use one of those little half-sized ones, but we don't care enough to replace the one we have. It just sits there, taking up valuable space. Every once in a while I open the door to see if any rats or snakes have crawled up the drain. So far, nothing. I suppose if we ever sell this place we'll have to replace it.
What's the state of your home?