Well my dear internets the plan was, initially, to have solar panels installed on our home. I know you just love the new green me, it's exciting. So the solar guy came and said the tree in the front yard would cast too much shade on the panels; of which we need city clearance and our power company’s rebate in order to install plus some of our own monies. What you may ask, ok ask…Yes it’s true, power companies (maybe yours too) are offering rebates to folks that install “Renewable energy” ie solar AND there is more~ don da don ~IRS Tax break, un-taxable added real estate value your home! If possible you really should check into it especially since “IF” we are approved by the city and power company after the solar is installed we get to SELL back our unused solar energy. Yes virtually no electric bill…if all goes right ~ God willing.
So on with the story of the trees, some of you may recall that in our backyard there are a clump of three trees, 2 pines - 1 oak, that scares the poo out of me. The pines creak and scrape against each other with their wonderful big a$$ branches hanging over the power lines that come into our home and that of the neighbor. So we called a tree crew out for an estimate. With the details and money settled the boss man said they would be here at 8 AM on Saturday and low and behold they were. I started a load of laundry before they got here. Dressed and ready for action I grabbed my camera and headed outside with the rest of my family. Those five guys on the tree crew were like monkeys they climbed with ropes and chainsaws. The amazing flock of chain saws buzzed over the morning air, squirrels barked and ran, acorns fell and hid in the aging grass. Before long with a crack, swoosh and plop the tree in the front yard was down and lying horizontally across the street in a sad state for the green me.
Why is it, do you suppose, we must destroy nature to become green?
Having gone back in the house baby girl went in the kitchen for something, I don't remember as things really got exciting then with the tree crew moving to the back yard and tying off limbs so as not to break power lines and what not (the new shed). The sound of chain saws buzzing in my ears and the fresh scent of sawdust still in my nose, baby girl squeaked out, “There is water all over the kitchen floor!” So I told her to turn the dishwasher off because that was on. Beloved said mop it up. Both of us thinking that the dishwasher had sprung a leak. WRONG! Baby girl said, “I don't think I can, there is a lot of water.” I headed for the kitchen and yes indeed there was a lot, really a whole lot of water. My tennis shoes were instantly covered... what ta hell?
Apparently while we were out watching the tree crew in the front yard my happy old washing machine decided to become very energetic, really I guess I should say it became very, very thirsty. You see the water cut off, the thingy that tells the machine it is full just sortta stopped working. Hell it gave up the ghost and died. WATER JUST KEEP FILLING AND FILLING forever, until I shut it off that is. Holy crap! The water, millions of gallons of water, was all inside the laundry room/pantry, kitchen, dining area and managed to find its way under the laminate flooring into my beautiful freshly painted living room walls. Shit it was leaching out from under the walls onto the breezeway and into the garage. OMG---OMG I said!
It would have made a great scene in a sit-com or reality show-heck it was reality- to us. Having thrown all our bath towels to try and stop the progression, we are trying to get the shop vac outta the shed (behind the tree crew) sucking up crazy amounts of water and well I just couldn’t decide what to take pictures of the water or the falling trees. Now don’t forget to count into all the excitement that my left hand still has stitches and my right one ain’t so good either. So forgive my less than focused photos…
My surgery I suppose was just the beginning of our wonderful Autumn Adventure. And yes this story shall continue so worry not that I am avoiding you because I am not, I'm just up two my eyeballs in our RL home ownership issues. That and insurance claims out the wazoo. And where ta hell is that solar guy?
When did this all happen you wonder, before meeting the awesome Funsters. I kept it a secret so as not to depress our meeting and the already made hotel arrangements. I mean why cry (oh I did cry plenty) and sorry for the delay in telling you, my dear, dearest Internets, please forgive me, but time has not treated me well the last couple of weeks…Image if you dare.
WHAT A MESS! With more, way more…way too much more to come.
and a Happy Halloween to y'all. So how has your autumn been going?