Thursday, January 28, 2021

And Then There Was Wind

One of the things that usually accompanies snow and bad weather is wind.  Yesterday and today are no exceptions.  It's been blowing like me trying to put out that kitchen fire.  There are a few things I don't care for and WIND is at the top of the list.  

What better day to stay home and bake banana bread.  Mostly this is for Jonathan's breakfast every morning, but I admit I steal chunks here and there.  In case you were wondering, you have been cheating your Christmas friends when sending out goodies in these little containers.  They are now making them smaller than before.  


 I have never made more than 5 loaves out of one batch, using the same recipe for years, always using the same tin pans.  Who knew?  Yes of course I had to taste test it!!  This is Hawaiian banana bread with pineapple.  Yum!!

So there I was, sitting at my sewing machine minding my own business when my neighbor sends me a text message.  Your fence just fell down.  Oh great ... just what I wanted to hear!!  Apparently it's been extremely WINDY and WET from all the rain they are having.  

Naturally this is the neighbor who has already proclaimed the fence is ENTIRELY mine on MY property and I will have to pay for any repairs.  Truthfully this fence fell down because the previous owner watered those trees for four days straight every week.  The fence posts are rotten.  Maybe if I'm really really lucky, I can just replace the posts and not all the wood.

I called my insurance company who will send out an adjuster.  I have no doubt there will be a fight over the company not paying for the ENTIRE fence.  Usually they just give you HALF of what they think the value is, assuming the neighbor will pay for the rest.  BIG SIGH.  Just what I needed ... another problem!!

To make the day end on a higher note, I decided to retrieve my garbage can from the end of the driveway before it got completely dark.  Yup the wind she was STILL a blowing.  Just as I shut the garage door and looked towards my rig, maybe 25 feet away, there stood a beautiful BOBCAT.  It looked at me for a couple of seconds as I frantically reached for my back pocket.  No phone ... no pictures.  RATS!  It sauntered off down the hill.  

It was small, probably one of the "children".  I headed on down the driveway and watched it wander right next to my neighbor's house and stop behind their car.  I kept walking.  So did the little bobby.  We shadowed each other until the end of the driveway, whereupon he trotted off further down the hill.   I love it when that happens!!!

I have only seen them once in the last 45 days, so it was a nice treat to know they are still around.

Here's the latest and greatest Every Plate meal.  Somehow I seem to be stuck on tacos.  I added the cole slaw mixture since having those in Yuma.  It's become a must on tacos now!!

Today I'm in for a thriller.  I'm going to try and smog my Jeep again, along with picking up four quilts that are now quilted.  I'm digging deep into my pockets to pay for them.  Sadly I could really use that towards the $1,000 deductible on my fence.  Oh well, easy come (not so much) easy go (definitely)!!



17 comments:

  1. I don't understand how a neighbor can claim the fence is all yours unless they have lived there from before the fence was put up and did not pay for their half to begin with...even then they 'should' pay some, after all, they enjoy it.

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    1. Exactly! In fact, my first thought was not to replace the fence at all. His wife and kids swim in their swimming pool right at the fence. I bet he would think twice.

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  2. The joys of home ownership whether it's sticks and bricks or on wheels it's always costly.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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  3. We lost part of the fence from the West Sacramento property. My SIL said lots of fences are down. Those tacos look good!

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    1. Thanks Elva. Yup and lots of trees along with the fences. At least I didn't lose trees, though my neighbors did.

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  4. Interesting article .... if you did a survey is the fence on your side of the boundary line
    Or does it sit on the boundary line. Seeing that the fence was there before you purchased the house who told you who owns the fence. You’ve already addressed the good side of the fence to the neighbor, so that’s not a question The good question will be what the insurance company comes up with
    You have a horse fence why even put a $$$ fence back up There’s no law says you have to.
    Maybe if you paint the steel post horse corral fence different Rainbow 🌈 colors it may piss your neighbors off and he’ll put up a fence Problem solved

    https://www.ergeon.com/blog/post/what-you-need-to-know-about-california-fence-laws

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    1. Great idea Ed. I'm sure the fence belongs to both of us. To prove it I would have to have a surveyor come out. $$$ Not sure it's worth it, but we'll see what the insurance comes up with.

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    2. You really don’t need to have a survey done of it you can do that yourself if you can find the boundary markers take a 3ft stick Drive it in next to the marker find the other marker and do the same thing there you should be able to eyeball between the two sticks

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  5. Some neighbors are just fun. Others would say, your fence blew down let me know if there is anything I can do to help fix this?
    It takes all kinds of people to make the world go round. We were lucky. When we still had the house and started snowbirding to have the "what can we do" type on both sides of us.
    Yesterday's snow pictures were very pretty especially the snow on the cactus. Lovely to see in pictures...😎

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    1. Neighbors can be a chore ... and I seem to have had my share. Two out of three have been a pain in the butt!!

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  6. That banana bread looks very yummy. Too bad they didn't come out as hard as a rock. Then you could use it to hold up your fence posts 😀 I hope the fence doesn't hurt your pocket too much. Too bad you didn't have a camera for the bobcat. 😞

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    1. I did love seeing that bobcat up close. What a beauty he was! Not sure the bread would work, but I'll give anything a shot!! LOL

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  7. If I come back in a next life, I would like to come back as your dog. Jonathan is your dog, right? So I could have banana bread every morning??

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    1. Haha Judith ... and you would be treated like a queen. Actually though, Jonathan is the yellow head parrot I raised from an egg. He's 47 years old this year.

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  8. Cheryl Helms (North Carolina)January 28, 2021 at 6:55 PM

    Unless you want the fence back up for privacy, I would plant shrubs. They want privacy, let them put up a fence. Can you share your banana bread receipt?

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    1. Cheryl that is a very good idea. I never thought of that!! I'll post the recipe today!!

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