As some of you know, my house was damaged by a HUGE oak tree the night before Memorial Day. Even though we have the roof tarped, rain continues to get in and it's causing a tremendous amount of damage to the interior- as well as the devastation to the outside ! Not only did we lose a 200+ year old oak tree, but we also lost the first tree we planted here- 8 yrs ago, a gorgeous cherry tree. It's been a long week and a half of insurance adjusters, rain, storms, loss of power and just chaos. So tonight....... since about 5 pm we have been watching tornado warning after tornado warning in Iowa- just crazy !!!
Sooooooo after a night of never-ending RAIN and thunderstorms, my hubby and I woke up to a huge MESS in the kitchen- of course the rain is still getting in in spite of the tarps- wallpaper is falling off in big sections, the PAINT is peeling off the drywall, which no longer should be called DRYwall, because it sure isn't !! Ugh..... what a mess- and with all the bad weather every day, the contractor can't get up there and start tearing the damaged parts off- it's too dangerous with high wind and lightning. Damned if you do and damned if you don't I guess !! If I've said it once the past couple weeks I've said it twice, THANK GOD for insurance !!!!!! What's the forecast ?? More storms today and then this evening, after heating up to 86 degrees this afternoon, more severe thunderstorms with a greater chance of tornados. Extended forecast ? Rain.... rain.... rain- just about every day for the next week.
With all this rain you'd think my GRASS would look awesome, right ?? NO WAY !!! When our house was built the developer came in and cleared off all the topsoil leaving this horrible sand/clay mix behind, which is what they laid our sod on- now, even eight years later, the grass is soooo crappy, nothing we have done to improve it has been much of a help. And we have tried everything short of paying thousands of bucks for new topsoil trucked in and spread on top. We have patches of thick, lush gorgeous grass in the middle of this vast sea of weeds, brown grass and dead patches......
That's what I love about blogs.... I can gripe and complain all I want !!!
Now to change gears a little bit- I AM very thankful for everything, in spite of the weeds and tree mess, we DO have a lovely home and nice lot, pretty gardens and an awesome fish pond (which is going to be expanded soon !!) Just these little inconveniences....... overall I'm very happy and wouldn't trade my home for anything (although I MIGHT be tempted to trade the grass- hahahahaha)
Jun 4, 2008 | 10:46 PM PST
Sorry about your loses. Had a fire several years ago in our previous house. The whole session with insurance adjusters and contractors is no fun for anyone. Hope your life returns to normalcy soon.
You have a great day anyway and get back to the fun of gardening. Bill Mitchell
Jun 5, 2008 | 5:31 AM PST
That is so sad about everything. It will all work out in the end ;)
During Hurricane Isabelle, we took the frame of mind that if the house was flooded or damaged, it would give us the chance to make the house even better!
Jun 5, 2008 | 6:10 AM PST
I hope your insurance comes through for you. After 2 bad hurricanes here in Louisiana 3 years ago, Insurance companies are really difficult to deal with here. Wishing you peace and Speedy Construction!
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Jun 5, 2008 | 7:11 AM PST
I so feel for you and if it helps, I can relate having lost trees and a house because of tropical storms and hurricanes.
The six feet of water in my house was the worst.
Why won't the tarp stay on?
Jun 5, 2008 | 7:27 AM PST
So sorry for all the trouble that keeps you from gardening. I know it doesn't help but it does make us feel better to vent. Go ahead, we want to know how this terrible weather affects our members.
The light at the end of the tunnel may look far a way ..but keep on looking you will be there before you know it...God Bless
Jun 5, 2008 | 7:42 AM PST
So sorry for your loss, Lily. I can never imagine how you cope with it but yes, griping and complaining in writing helps to get it out of your system. But when one door closes, as they say, another opens up. Keep asking the Lord to bless you. My prayers are with you an God bless.
Jun 5, 2008 | 9:23 AM PST
The roof leaking is one thing, paper peeling off and wet drywall is something else.
Praying it will clear up for you very soon and you can begin anew with your kitchen and a beautiful new roof. Linda B