- I’m surprised for real. I want to thank the two lovely people who read my “stressed” rant. I never actually thought anyone would see it.
Well, the foreclosure is over; damned if I’m not still getting calls from agencies who’ve decided they can help through their piss-poor pre-screening programs… And truly, as traumatic as the whole event was, it was a very black cloud with a solid gold lining.
You gotta love it… our house never had city water service… we had a well, and 3 separate systems including 2 septic tanks. The kitchen system consisted of galvanized pipes that had been run through the concrete foundation… and at 70+ years old, the pipes had rusted through for the most part I guess. Didn’t matter much to me as long as it worked, because here it’s legal to run gray water direct into your yard or flower beds, which is what our did.
However! Since the drought has been so bad the last few years our regular watering at the foundation level ceased to preserve the integrity of the concrete. Can you guess what happened? Yep, you are right! The 10’x10’x4 foot thick concrete slab a previous owner slapped onto the house to create a screen porch collapsed, taking with it any hope of the kitchen sink ever draining again! I figure it would have cost around 60K to repair the foundation given that it’s had 70 years to settle in other places too.
And another surprise was still waiting… as we are winding up things, and waiting for the lease on our new apartment to be finalized so we can move, the pump for our well blew out. That, or the well went dry. I don’t know which!
Really, it kind of felt like the house held together as long as we were going to be there, and when our final moving arrangements were completed, that old house heaved a sigh and died. II know I’m anthropomorphizing, but it truly felt like the house held herself together until we were just about settled, and then just shut herself down. Strange but true.
My daddy is doing really well, in fact he’s getting around better missing half one of his feet than he got around with 2 complete feet!
My brother had a major spinal surgery, and that was scary as hell… his heart started kicking up, so they had to delay replacing some of his discs for a bit, then he acquired an abdominal infection- yeah, it was that serious; half of the surgery on his spine was performed ventrally (abdominally), the other half dorsally. He’s got the cutest little cage around much of his back now. He’s about to go nuts from staying still though! And, while he’s glad to have lost the beginnings of a pot belly, he’s pretty perturbed that he’s losing so much upper body strength. Hell, he’s on mostly bed rest until September if everything goes well.
Myself, I had a surgery performed 8 weeks ago… I’ve had my nose broken 7 or 8 times over the years, most often by an ex-husband with a violence issue- and I outlived the bastard so there! Anyway, this was the 4th or 5th surgery I’ve had to repair the cumulative damage taken, and like all septal repair surgeries, it was miserable- when I woke up, they’d harvested some cartilage from my ear, and my nearly elbow length (when ironed 😉 hair was one big ass dreadlock behind my left ear. BUT!!!! For the first time in 40 years, I can breathe through my nose without feeling like I”m going to pass out from lack of oxygen. I’ve noticed my thinking is a tad clearer too. All praise to my ENT/Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Christian Stallworth- he’s a gifted surgeon, a handsome young devil, and has a hell of a good sense of humor too!
Well, I’m tired now, so I’m going to try and catch some sleep.
Anybody out there reading this, I hope, I truly hope, that you are as lucky as I’ve been lately. And as a bonus, I hope your luck lasts a long time too.
me after surgery- be glad you can’t see the dreadlock!