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Archive for July, 2010

Mother Earth

There are people that say all this “global warming” stuff is just some sort of scare tactic devised by whom ever to get money out of us and it is all made up. Some want to convince us that the end of days is near according to some religions. Some just do not care to pay attention to anything outside their own little world.

 There are those that believe that Mother Earth has finally had enough of the reckless, uncaring, selfish, and destructive humans that she has allowed to inhabit this planet. She is tired of losing forever some of her natural elements, plant, and animal life. She has tried sending us hints and even had human emissaries to plead her case and educate us. Nevertheless, the human race, for the most part has ignored all of this.

 It is way past time for us to pay attention to this planet we live on. We build Damns to hold waters back so that we can build homes and we have the audacity to act surprised and shocked when they break and the homes are destroyed and lives lost. We overpopulate area with poor drainage and are surprised when the heavy rains come that the city streets are flooded. We develop homes and businesses too close to our shores and waterways and cannot believe it when the waters destroy buildings or mudslides take away buildings and roads. We build communities on major fault lines and are surprise when the earth shakes, shifts or opens up and destroys anything we put there. We cannot understand why wild animals come into the towns and neighborhoods that we build in what use to be their homes.

 Wake up people, the human race can fight Mother Earth all it wants. However, in case you have not noticed, she wins every time. People talk about countries considered super powers with great military etcetera. The greatest super power of all is Mother Earth. There is no weapon that to use to win a war with her and she cannot be bought off with money.

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Bad Idea

Okay, today I did a dumb thing. The weather has been extra hot and humid so the weeds and my rose bushes had run wild and the front of my house was looking awful! So I finally bit the bullet and decided that I’d go out and chop the forest of weed down and tame the roses early in the morning before it got too hot.

What on earth was I thinking?!!!! I was only out there for about 20 minutes and started having trouble breathing and was drenched in sweat. Then I had to drink 16 ounces of ice water to cool down a bit. My breathing is still a bit labored and I can not seem to get cool (which means I can’t sleep). But at lease the roses are not attaching my neighbors and the jungle is down to a marsh. The evergreen bush and others are a different story. Since the temperature is supposed to be over 100 the next few days, I don’t think I will attempt this crazy notion again just yet. Maybe 😀

Stay cool and be careful out there folks. Remember to hydrate and stay indoors if at all possible, especially the children and pets.

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Quest Piping

Anyone out there who owns or rents a home/townhouse built somewhere between 1982 and 1993 should make sure they do not have “Quest Piping” . This piping has major leak issues, my community has experienced them since before I purchased my townhouse in 2002. Before you purchase an older home make sure that it does not have this piping. Over the past 8 years I have had a major leak issue almost every year because of this piping either splitting, breaking or bursting. I live in a block of 8 townhouses and it seems that when one of us has a leak the water travels along the foundation inside the cinderblock walls that separate us. In the past 4 days 2 of my 7 neighbors have had major leaks and each time I have suffered water damage. 

My parents had a high-end mobile home with this piping and after the 1st big break they had all the piping replaced. This of course was not only expensive but intrusive as ALL the walls had to be removed in order to replace it. unfortunately my funds have not allowed me such a luxury and even if I had done so, my neighbors would have to do so as well. The biggest problems come when the coupling where the main water comes into the house fails. When mine failed I had a waterfall coming out my front door and a good 3 to 4 inches of standing water over my entire downstairs.

So do yourself a favor and really check your home or potential home for any plumbing issues like this. It is also very wise to get a trusted and reputable home inspector before buying a home. Remember that not ALL home inspectors are reputable, so check them out through BBB, Angie’s List or Consumer Affairs. It is your money and you have the right to protect it so be careful and ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS! Dont be a victim of somebody elses greed or trickery.

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I do not believe that there is a phrase that could ever be so true! At least in this household. This is our most current situation:

We are one of the millions of households being held captive by our government with the extension of unemployment benefits and lack of jobs (especially for folks our age, too young to retire and at the age nobody wants to hire us). We have been making it from cut off notice to cut off notice and our diet consists of pasta, cheap meat and peanut butter (for me). We have not been out for over a year and the past week has been a real knee slapper!

The townhouse behind us and to the side had a major water connection burst 3 days ago; there was water everywhere downstairs. Our carpet is barely dry from that and as I type he is downstairs with the green machine sucking up water in the livingroom because the neighbor next door has sprung a leak! We are not real sure what the source is, but it is a mess! Yes, it is almost 5a.m. and I’m up here because he likes to do things his own way, which is not my way. Well, women with husbands of any length of time understand what I am getting at here. It is best to just leave him be and do his thing so I removed myself after stupidly making a comment about going in the direction of the carpet grain and came up here to post this.

I will go next door in a few hours and ask the new neighbors what the deal is. I know, you are probably asking why not wake them now? Well, the water is not flowing and appears that whatever happened has been dealt with. But they should know that it has affected us and possibly the folks behind them. They are renters and I am sure informing their neighbors never crossed their minds.

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