|Snow this morning!|
Tis snowing now, first snow of the year. So appropriate after the week we've had here at Casa Tipton-Kelly.
Before I left for my quarterly visit to Philadelphia last month, I was musing about the fact that things have been going smooth here our comfy domicile. Then fate stepped in as she often does. The night before I left I discovered a leak in the basement wall where the sewer pipe exits our basement. Fortunately the sewer pipe wasn't leaking but the seal around it was broken and ground water was leaking in from outside. I don't know how long that's been going on, probably months or even a year, but over time water has leaked into our expensively wall to wall carpeted media room which I was using as a storage room. Wow, that was a long sentence. My homeowner's insurance doesn't cover that damage because it was "ground water." Bill took up the carpet, fixed the leak. One good thing is that we removed everything from the storage/media room which I'm now going through and making tough decisions what to keep and what goes out. This week a professionals (Dry Zone) are stopping by to evaluate our leak fix.
Then my next problem was I lost my Internet connection. Turns out the Comcast cable was bad. Comcast replaced the cable (underground) but I had to have a computer expert in to straighten out my whole house WIFI connection. That cost me $285. At least we have WIFI, hopefully for a while.
Now I'm thinking finally I can relax a while and coast. Then this week I get my quarterly water bill. Wow! My water bill last quarter was almost twice as much as this time last year. I did some research and found out the cause was my toilet, it leaks! Something I probably knew already but choose to ignore. The plunger didn't go down all the way thus causing water to slightly run ALL THE TIME. Doesn't seem like much but over time it doubled my water bill. I told my personal handyman, Bill. Bill tried to fix it . . . . . for FIVE HOURS yesterday. Finally I suggested "Let's just get a new plunger at Ace Hardware." That we did, Bill took another hour to install it and now it's working and not leaking water.
This morning I woke up to snow. First snow of the year. Nice. Actually it's not nice. After my fall on the snow and ice three years ago which resulted in me tearing my left leg quadricep muscle. I DON'T want to fall again. My leg still isn't right. I'm afraid one more fall will do me in (broken hip).
In less than a month I'll be lallygagging (with Pat) under California palm trees. Would be nice if I could get to that date without anymore stress (and expense) here at home.
By the way, it's still snowing.