Cathy has three adult children and many animals. She resides in the beautiful state of Vermont.
Life on the (Funny) Farm
by Cathy Lee Carper
by Cathy Lee Carper
For those who know me, you know I’m rarely at a loss for words. Well brace yourself… this time is no different. Ha, bet you thought I was going to say I can’t come up with a topic, right? Wrong, quite the opposite. I have so many topics swimming in my head, narrowing them down is proving difficult. Although, in the interest of self-disclosure, I should warn you I have more than topics swimming in my head… I have voices competing for attention in there too. Just kidding, but only slightly. Due to a compressed nerve in my neck, I have enough narcotics on board to medicate an entire patient population of a surgical center.
Last year I blogged about my strange neighborhood , and now that I’ve moved again, I was tempted to write about my new neighborhood -which amazingly enough, is even stranger than my last neighborhood- but then decided against that topic as I don’t need repercussions if a neighbor “meandered and mused” his or her way onto this blogsite. These appear to be folks you don’t want to make angry.
So. Moving right along… going through the house-selling process almost always means having to fix up a few things. Um, yeah. In retrospect – just for giggles, mind you (more like nightmares) - I wish I’d kept a diary of my days at the old homestead. Thought I’d show you a sample of how it would’ve worked:
DAY 1) We’re here! What an awesome place. Can’t wait to swim in pool! Have decided to nick-name house THE SHANGRI-LA.
DAY 2) Pot-bellied pig continues to escape off leash tied to tree. Fence company contacted.
DAY 3) Fence installed. $5,537.40 Whew… good to have that done! Tomorrow’s errand: Go to bank and transfer funds.
DAY 4) Upstairs toilet spraying water all over walls and floor (and me). Plumber contacted.
DAY 5) Plumber fixed toilet. $150 Whew… good to have that done! Better call dad and borrow some money.
DAY 6) Went for first swim in pool. Noticed a funny crack in cement. Pool company contacted.
DAY 7) Pool leak fixed. $1,500 (Hello, dad?) At least everything is fixed, so now I can finally relax and enjoy my Shangri-La.
DAY 8) Have to pound palm over and over onto thermostat to get gas fireplace running. Broke a blood vessel in my hand. Electrician called.
DAY 9) Electrician came. Replaced thermostat, but the dude stated all outlets need to be converted to “ground fault” (hmmm… I’m thinking as a backup plan, I should keep the outlets “as is” in case I want to stick a metal fork in there). But no, poor sense prevailed, and I allowed him to replace all outlets. $600
DAY 10) Downstairs toilet overflowed. Plumber contacted.
DAY 11) Plumber came. He diddled with a couple of pipes (I would’ve liked to diddle a pipe right over his head). $150 He states I should contact septic company. SAY WHAT? (I knew I’d need that metal fork!)
DAY 12) Septic guy came, pumped tank. $350 (time to call dad again)
… blah blah blah (more of same)
DAY 975) Failed septic inspection. Septic system replaced. $7,600 (Hello, Bank? Is this the loan department?). Shangri-La has been flushed down the toilet. I’ve now nick-named this h*ll-hole, THE MONEY PIT.
DAY 976) Failed heater downstairs, cannot be fixed. New heater installed. $2,200 (er… um… it’s me again, Dad)
DAY 977) Awoke to flood in downstairs bathroom. Ceiling caved in. Assuming pipe has burst. Plumber called (time for a glass of Cabernet Savignon). Plumber came. Said pipes were fine and problem appears to be a leak from roof. Roofer called. (decided to bag my wine glass and drink directly from bottle)
DAY 978) Roofer states I need new roof. (darn… I’m out of wine)
DAY 979) For-sale sign placed on front lawn
End of Diary
Amazingly enough, other than the rapid succession of each event, the above depiction is accurate of my experience. Worse, is during the “blah blah blah” phase, so many more things required fixing or replacing. In the interest of time (and saving ya’ll from boredom) I decided not to list the myriad of other problems, but there were plenty.
I think what almost irked me more than the house falling apart, was being dissed by service people. Makes me wonder how they stay in business. The following is a great example. Let’s refer to the electrician as “Sparky”. By the way, this was a new electrician, as the one who replaced my fireplace thermostat was no longer in business. Okay, Sparky came to the house to check things out, and said he’d get back to me in a couple of days with an estimate. You know where this is going, right? You’re right… I heard nothing. After giving him a couple more days, I called and left a message. Again, nothing. The third time… still nothing. It had now been about a month, so I finally got in touch with the person who referred Sparky, and that person did eventually get through. Turns out Sparky neglected to let folks know he had been taking a couple of weeks off for (get this) DEER HUNTING - *rolling the eyes* - at this point, it was clearly time to find another electrician. He was my second one, so in the end, I went through three electricians. I also had a parade of plumbers, lawn-mowers, snow-plowers (I don’t think that’s a word, but it sounds good - *giggle*), and who knows what else. Selective amnesia I suppose. Last but not least, don’t even get me started on the cable company (which by the way, I’d considered dedicating an entire blog-article to my cable company - *ARGH!*).
In retrospect, the absurdity of how many things went wrong in only three short years, is really quite hilarious. I tried to maintain a sense of humor throughout, and for the most part, did manage to pull it off. The rest of the time however, was a real thrash.
I can now happily report I’m in a new place, and so far so good. Let’s hope the only diary I might keep these days, would have page after page filled with fun times.