The last post was July 2, just a little over nine weeks ago. Right after it went up, we got caught in what can only be described as a cascade house failure, where once something went wrong, it triggered problem after problem after problem… And, while dealing with these problems, I’d every so often think “Hey I should blog about this!” and then I’d have an aneurism or something because I’d black out and wake up in the bathtub, usually while sucking raw cookie dough straight out of the tube.
Today I decided to write up the list of topics for future posts to cover these past nine weeks, and then figured I’d just go ahead and post that. Here you go: this list is (roughly) in chronological order.
- Branch falls down on area of chainlink fence we repaired/replaced last year.
- One week later, one of the largest trees on the property falls down on this same area. Plus another 50′ of fence.
- Tree is removed: Hired Dude who removed it used his brand-new skid loader on this job. As this is the same Hired Dude who graded our front yard, I asked him to give us an estimate on how much it would cost to grade the back. Four hours later, he had removed the ivy from approx. 7500sq ft. of the property. He did this for no extra charge, because he wanted to test what his new loader could do.
- We learn a dead stump is home to all of the black widows in the entire world.
- Insurance company refuses to cover the tree damage and says the cost of fence and property repairs, plus tree removal, will not exceed cost of deductible.
- I show insurance company receipts for three times the cost of deductible.
- Insurance company grudgingly covers $700.
- I move us to another insurance company.
- A tree company does a cold call late on Saturday evening. On a whim, I throw them a lowball price, then haggle them down. They agree to take down three damaged/dying trees. Hell of a bargain, but they screwed up part of the new graded area and we end up with a backyard wasteland.
- Zu goes through a window and rips the absolute shit out of his front legs. Stitches and medication come to $500; window repair comes to $185.
- We discover a leak in the pool. The pool leak is diagnosed; it’s a Thing, but not a Big Thing. This repair is very expensive and we decide to postpone it.
- The pool motor dies. This repair is about twice as expensive as the cost of leak repair, and must be done as soon as possible or the pool will go back to its earlier state of proto-swamphood.
- The gutters begin to peel off of the house. In some areas, the fascia board beneath the gutters has rotted away: turns out the previous homeowners painted over wood rot before they sold the house. In other areas, there was no paint at all, because there has been no wood under those gutter for decades.
- We repair the fascia board and get new gutters.
- I poke at an area on the porch railing I suspect might be more painted-over wood rot. My finger goes straight through the wood. Picking and swearing reveals a damaged area approx. 3′ long.
- Zu goes through the glass on the storm door. No injuries this time, but I decide to replace the glass with a screen. Because dog.
That’s our summer. How’s yours been?