What I’m doing now.
Updated February 3, 2024 from Springfield, Oregon.
I’ve also been brainstorming with Jeffery H. Haskell on a series in his Grimm’s War saga and I’m excited about that progress.
I’m in the middle of a project to update about 3000 university housing doors to wireless access.
I’m a year into this project now, and it’s very much a matter of the details of tech. It’s one thing to go to a trade show and see a curated demonstration of something. It’s another problem to make that technology work 24/7 for residents. It’s been a huge learning curve for me. The project takes more time than I would like, but has been really gratifying so far.
We had an ice storm in the middle of January and lost power for 7 days. My 83 year-old mom needed to stay with us and we ran off a generator and lived in one room most of the time. When the temperatures rose, a pipe burst in my mom’s house and flooded it.
My mom is staying with us now as I navigate the insurance claim for her house and future repairs. Her dementia is more progressed than anyone realized, and we needed to find her a caregiver. I’m building her a studio apartment in our back yard. We’re all learning to adjust to this new normal. Living with a 5 year old and an 83 year-old, alongside other health issues in the family, has been challenging. I often wonder what else can go wrong, but I have many great things in my life to be grateful for. This is the time we’re living in.