Well, if it isn't one thing, it's another. We suddenly had a big, scary crack open up in the ceiling in our Dear Child's room on Shabbos. My Eldest Daughter's kitchen is directly above and it turns out that water has been leaking from the sink under the base cabinets and I guess the floor is giving way. Did I say scary? Very, very scary. The fridge is right beside the cabinets in question and one of our first moves was to Move. The. Fridge. Because, you know, it isn't heavy or anything. Luckily a friend's non-Jewish boyfriend and his dad happened to come over and moved it for us.
The fridge is now in ED's living room, which isn't great but it's a lot better than having it in DC's bedroom! If we hadn't moved it, that would have been a distinct possibility. Considering that it would have landed at least partially on the bed I'm wondering if we should be bentching gomel! (This is a short prayer said in shul thanking G-d for having been saved from a life-threatening situation.) Dear Child was sleeping in there when the crack developed and I was also in there for part of the night because she had a bad dream and I snuggled her back to sleep. Of course, I didn't see it then because it was dark but it was apparent first thing in the morning.
My son-in-law came back from his parents' place with the girls late Saturday night (the original plan had been to drive back today) and we've done a bunch of preparatory work. DC's room has been emptied except for her dresser (far enough from the damaged area), one kitchen cabinet has been removed and the flooring pulled up. Next, S-in-L plans to open up DC's ceiling to assess the damage from below and determine how far the problem goes. Not that it really matters. The next cabinet to come out is the sink cabinet and then there a couple of small ones and a large corner cupboard. It only makes sense to take them all out because they'll never be able to match them. That means they're going to be doing dishes in the bathroom for a while.
The lucky thing is that IKEA is apparently having a Kitchen Event starting January 4th. (I'm not sure why they're doing that, as they just had one for the whole month of November, but let's not look a gift horse in the mouth.) The kids can't even really afford to do an IKEA kitchen right now (plus new sink, faucet, counter, etc.) with the baby due in a few weeks but this is work that can't be put off in any way.
Once the floor and subfloor are repaired and we're sure everything is safe they can replace the cabinets. Oh yes, and install his parents' gift to them -- a new dishwasher! And we can fix the ceiling in DC's room. Maybe we'll finally get around to replacing her light fixture with the one we bought ages ago. I'm also seriously thinking about ripping up the nasty carpet in her room and putting in Dri-Core and a wood floor. I mean, everything is out of there. When else are we going to do it? I still have some materials left over from when I did the living room, but I'd need some more at least. It won't cost a fortune because I'm pretty sure the room is less than 100 square feet. We'll see. I do want to get the room back in order fairly soon though. Right now she's sleeping with one or the other of us and her "stuff" is all over the living room and kitchen.
The really frustrating thing is that this is happening just after my daughter and S-in-L finished redoing their girls' bedroom because the roof had been leaking and there was water damage to the ceiling and wall. It seems like there is always money to be spent somewhere (and big money at that!). They can't really afford it much better than we can. As for me, the only money I'll spend is on flooring if I decide to redo the floor.