The scratchy throat passed. It was followed by a runny nose, which lasted for a day, but has passed now too. Many people have confirmed this is a bad time for allergies in this part of the country.
Yet I still haven’t departed for New Orleans. That’s because I talked to my insurance adjuster and we scheduled a meeting at my house Tuesday afternoon. I don’t want to clean up too much more before he sees the place. So I delayed going down.
I had anticipated driving down this past Tuesday, so I could be there when my neighborhood officially opened on Wednesday. Now it looks like I’ll drive down tomorrow, Sunday, five days later.
The delays have been driving me a little crazy.
I keep thinking about our house, about the craft room in particular. We didn’t clean that up at all. It was nasty and it’s been getting nastier. I keep imagining the mold spreading and taking over.
Also, what’s up with my roof? My friend Scott Speake alerted me to Operation Blue Roof by the Army Corps of Engineers. They put tarps on damaged roofs. In order to authorize them to go on my property, I had to fill out a Right of Entry form. They faxed it to the high school where my mother-in-law works, and she signed it for me and faxed it back, as per my instructions. Only when I got the paperwork from her I discovered they’d misspelled the name of my street: Falcedo instead of Salcedo. I’ve made a few follow-up calls but I still don’t know if they actually put a tarp on my roof or not.