Plastic sheeting is stapled to the roof - Iris, who has saved me before, brought over her extra-tall ladder and helped me staple it down. The leak has stopped.
The leaky toilet is repaired, and with a nifty dual-flush mechanism added for fun. The dishwasher now drains completely. Dan did both of these repairs, and had to take both the boys to Home Despot with him to get the parts (he wanted sympathy, but I shop with the boys far too often to have much pity).
We're going to the mountains today to search for good snowshoeing fun. So all in all it's a wonderful time and will hopefully be a bright and clear Christmas, for which I will be grateful.
Merry, merry, merry Christmas to all of you.