Earlier this year, our home insurance company sent someone to inspect our house, and the results were rather dismaying, to say the least. If we want our home insurance to be renewed, he said, we would have to remove all the ivy from the north side of the house.
We love our ivy. Over the years we’ve lived here, the ivy has grown more and more luxuriantly until it completely covered the north wall of our house. This is what the wall looked like earlier this month (remember?):
The entire wall of the house was covered. The two windows in Lucy’s room were covered with ivy. In fact sometimes it grew into the room! But the insurance inspector said the ivy could damage the wall of the house, and he’s technically right—but it wouldn’t happen for several generations!
So, my husband had to do the sad, sad deed. This is what the north side of our house looks like now:
Naked! I don’t like it.
Meanwhile, on the health front—Jasper had a rough day today. He was in a lot of pain. And he felt very sorry for himself because I have put him on a low carb diet for the time being. Almost anything that could be causing his colon troubles is either exacerbated or fed by sugar and other simple carbs. So he is taking probiotics and learning to live without sugar. Lucky for him he has a mother who is an expert in low carb cuisine!
He is supposed to be taking antibiotics also, but the clinic did not call the prescription in last night like they said they would. When I went to pick it up at Walmart this morning, they knew nothing about it. I called Walmart again in the middle of the afternoon and they still didn’t have it. So I had to call the clinic AGAIN and remind them to do their job. (They have failed to follow through on virtually everything they said they’d do—until I call and pester them.) So, maybe tomorrow he’ll finally be able to start the meds.