Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Life Is Not Easy Sometimes...........

Okay, I have had enough adventure for awhile, and I am ready for some boredom. The summer so far has been one thing after another. We had made up our minds that we would get the house in better shape just in case we wanted to sell it. We started the process out by taking the dead trees out in the back yard. We got an estimate on 2 trees and a weeping willow stump. We declined on the willow stump because they wanted almost $400 to do it. My husband went out there with an axe and took one swing in it and the thing dissolved into mulch with just a few more swings. So if you need a quick $400 and you can find someone willing to pay it, find a rotting willow stump. Next we decided to have some walls repaired that had some water damage from a leaky roof and leaky shower. Several rooms had damage, so we decided to have all that fixed and then painted. There was good and bad to having 6 rooms done all at once. The bad was that we couldn't find anything and the house was hard to live in. The good was that it would have taken longer and cost more if they had done one or two rooms at a time. It took another week to put the house back together and put the window coverings back, etc. During the painting process our microwave broke. I did not know how dependent I had become on that thing until it broke. Right before the painting was finished, our sump pump pipe broke and flooded the carpet in the basement. Of course the insurance would not help us with it, they never have helped us with any claim in 32 years, other than an air conditioner that got struck by lightening once and hail damage on my car.
Everyone else got a new roof years ago paid for by their insurance but not ours.
We have finally had enough of them and have switched.
We are having to fix the basement ourselves.
All of the carpet will have to be replaced, and we will have to check for mold and have that repaired.
Then on Sunday our Clifford died.
He started bleeding out of his bottom and was barely able to breath or walk. It was one of the hardest things I have had to do in a long time to have to watch him suffer and then to have to make the decision to have him put to sleep. I keep forgetting that he is gone. I go looking for him some times because I think I left him outside and then realize he is gone. It is going to take me a long time to adjust to him not being here. I should have named him shadow because he followed me everywhere.
He was very lovable and the best pet a person could ask for.
Moving along to the next gripe....we went out and bought a new microwave and stove, and they were to be delivered the other day. The microwave only cost $200, but they charged $150 to install it. It took him 5 minutes to install it. The stove could not be installed until we removed a fan on the floor from the old stove. They said they couldn't do it because they might damage the floor. Strange that wasn't mentioned when we agreed to pay to have it installed, etc.
I wish I had something more interesting and upbeat to talk about here in my little world, but it is what it is. Now that I have vented though I feel a little better and I have faith that tomorrow and the next day will be much better!

Monday, July 20, 2009


May 2, 1994-July 19, 2009

We had to say goodbye tonight to Clifford. He took a turn for the worse this evening and he was suffering. The whole family was there to see him to the end, except for Brian who stayed home with Maddie. He was 15 and taught us a lot about love. The second picture of him always looked to me like he was smiling. I would like to believe he is in dog heaven and joyfully at peace. We will miss him very much........

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever