Sunday, July 6, 2014

Oh May Oh May

So May was a rough month for me and this old house.

On May 4th, this happened.  My oh so sturdy fence blew right over in the wind.  It happened due to a combination of factors: a lot of rain, a strong neighbor dog and a poorly repaired fence post.

My dad so wonderfully came over to help me fix it.  We He spent two hours digging and repairing.  I tried to help where I could, but I'm mostly just in the way.  The worst part was underneath what had fallen over.  When the previous owners repaired the fence (as mandated by the borough before i could move in) they didn't dig out the original post and concrete.  We got the top layer out in a matter of minutes, but then we spent an hour digging out what was underneath.

See that giant piece of concrete?  It's 30 inches tall and weighs about 100 lbs.  We barely managed to get it out of the ground.  Eventually, we had repaired the fence.  Phew.  Crisis over.

Nine days later, this happened.  A two-car accident ended with one car on my sidewalk and one car hitting the porch.  I'm so thankful everyone was ok.  As bad as it was, it really could have been a lot worse.

One depressing part about this was missing the work day - my family was going to come to my house that Saturday and we were going to whip this place into shape.  We were going to mow, weed, mulch, pull out bushes, plant flowers.  It was going to look like a nice yard for once!  Instead, it'll be another year of looking like the white-trash house.

Thankfully, the roof stayed in place, but the whole bottom section shifted. It's currently being shored up with two 2x6s.  It's all seemed pretty steady, but we had it shored up just in case.  The porch was sectioned off with caution tape and I started calling insurance companies.  Second crisis over.

Nine days later, we got hit by a major hail storm.  And I'm talking MAJOR.  Even if you aren't local, you probably heard about it on the news.  Almost ever car was totaled and almost every house needs a new roof, along with many other things that need to be fixed.

The hail knocked off every leaf and small branch.  I spent 2 hours racking them from my yard to the curb for pick up.  There was so much debris that the borough closed streets for cleaning and used a bobcat to pick up the mess and dump it into a truck.

This is where the porch damage was a blessing in disguise - if we did have that work day, all of that hard work would have been ruined.

I ended up with 10 broken storm windows, a chipped up door and totaled fence. My family and I like to joke that my house looks condemned.  After a while, it stopped feeling like a joke...

We did a photo shoot at my house and the photographer called a coworker to make sure he was at the right place.  "I think I'm here, but there's caution tape all over the house."

Yup, this is how I've been living since May 22nd.  You might be able to say that I'm really sick of the way my house is looking right now.

It's July 6th and the house is still a mess, but the good news is that the works starts TOMORROW.  I honestly couldn't be more excited.

The porch will be getting a complete overhaul.  The roof and columns will stay, but the porch and railings will be replaced.

Since they will be redoing it all anyway - I figured this was the perfect time to get them to add a front railing and gate.  Soon, Charlie and I will be able to enjoy that porch together. I can't wait.

Only one more day of having to look at this mess.  I was out mowing when a couple walked by.  The girl looked at the house, looked at me and, with the utmost sympathy, said "I'm so sorry about your house."  It was very sweet, but I'm very much ready to not be "that house" anymore.

This fence is one of the reasons I bought this house.  Not because it's gorgeous (it's obviously not) but because of the privacy.  I've been enjoying doing my devotions out there lately and it was perfect for our 4th of July party.

The fence has never been in good shape, but the hail pushed it over the edge.  The sides that got hit by hail are full of chips.  The tops look like, well, they look like they got hit with hail.  It's just a mess.

It's obviously not in great shape, so putting any money into a repair is a waste.  Instead, everything will be getting replaced, except for the main posts.

It's going to be really nice to have a gate that actually shuts!  Though I think Charlie will miss this old one.  She loves to stand at the gate, stick her nose through the crack and sniff. 

Once all the repairs have been made, I plan to get my family signed up for another work day.  In the very near future I won't look out to see a beat up fence, weeds, broken windows, shards of glass (more fall whenever it rains) and a giant chunk of concrete.

If you look back at the post from the 4th of July party - you can see my mess of a house in almost all of the photos.  I cannot wait until it's all finished.

It's safe to say that my house and I have had a rough year.  But I'm so thankful for God's protection through it all - though my house seems to be falling apart, nothing major has happened and no one has gotten hurt.  It's been a huge lesson in assertiveness for me (don't you just love working with insurance companies?) and has been a good financial wake up call.

I've learned a lot, but I'm tired of learning :) so I'm hoping and praying that nothing else happens!


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