Monday, March 24, 2008

Have you ever wanted to...

yell at someone but instead leave a nasty note on their car?? Today, I'm walking across the library parking lot. I'm looking down because I was walking into the setting sun and forgot my sunglasses. The next thing I know I'm blind sighted with excruciating pain. Some $%^&&*!! had a 12 foot pole sticking out the back of their pickup. No flag or anything hanging off it. It hit me square in the nose. I was so lucky that I didn't ram an eye (occupational hazard) into it or anything. No blood, but my nose hurts like hell. So I went into the library, wrote my nasty note on the scrap paper by the catalog computer and put it on their windshield. So there!!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New house chaos

So it seems we had serious rain storms here in Florida while we were away. When we got home we found that we put a garbage can in our kitchen in very convenient location. The ceiling had leaked and the bucket had 6-8 inches of water in it with only a few spots that were wet nearby. By yesterday morning the ceiling sheet rock had started to bow a bit. By yesterday afternoon, it was a good thing I had all the cupboard doors open because the ceiling fell down onto the open doors. I was in another part of the kitchen when I heard the crackle and thump, turned around and was shocked to see that it had fallen. By the late afternoon the property management company had sent a handyman over to take a look. He sliced off the other half of the panel and you could see the huge collection of water that had soaked the insulation and puddled in the plastic underneath. Not to mention that all the sheet rock was moldy and bug infested. The house has a flat roof and it seems that the owner had not kept the drains cleared. The roofing guy that was here today confirmed that the drain pipes were filled solid with tree waste and gook. One pipe had even been buried under landscaping. This of course caused "ponding".

So this kind of puts a crimp in our unpacking. I had almost finished unpacking the kitchen. Fortunately I was able to move all the stuff on the counters out before the ceiling panel came all the way down. The place is still a mess though. They estimate that will be a week to 10 days before the whole job is finished. Thank god we are only renting!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Thank you

Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers over the last few weeks. They have been truly appreciated. A few have asked about my father's obituary. This ran in last Sunday's Az. Republic.

Jason and I are back in St. Augustine now trying to dig out from under all our boxes. Hopefully I can post some photos by the end of the week. I have to use the big camera because my little canon elph met an untimely end when I dropped it on our tile floor with the lens out. :O(

Big hugs to all!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Theodore Alfred Gardiner 1930-2008

My father passed away Saturday morning, March 1. It was very peaceful. He had eaten a big breakfast and was happy as a clam when the big stroke finally came. He was gone very quickly. My love to all that have been so supportive during this time in my life. Thank you for your prayers. He is with my mom now.
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