GG, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Rest well, my friend.
I am waiting around for the site manager to come around with the chimney cleaning crew. We are given a window of 9 - 4 and can only guess on when they will arrive. Apparently they are at lunch now. The annoying thing about this is he is usually only in and out, long enough to tell us how great our fireplace looks. Well it should, we haven't used it in over 6 years! But they do need to check all of them.
Wood burning fireplaces became illegal about 10 years after this complex was built. We are allowed to use them; however, they must be inspected every 6 months. The silly thing about this is we are not allowed to convert it so something else. The place does not have gas of any sort and no inserts are allowed.
But I always wanted a house with a "real" fireplace like my parents had, lace white cafe curtains on the window over the kitchen sink and a white picket fence. I have all but the fence here!
Violet and monkey are not happy being relegated to the back of the house so I hope these guys come soon!