Sunday, March 14, 2010

Beware the Ides Of March

March has been really hard on us. After my blog posts yesterday we lost our power. It was out for nearly 24 hours. During that time I learned that FIOS is a major rip off because I paid a fortune for phone service so that in an emergency without power I would have phone service. WRONG and why did they not tell me this? You have a battery back up that if you don't use perhaps will last for hours. When they asked me to change to FIOS they never advised me of this problem, with my health issues I would not have agreed to it. SOOO our cell phones were not charged the night before, we each had one bar and we lost the house phone a few hours into the power outage. At dinner time I took some boneless chicken breasts and a stir fry mix that had a lot of soy beans in it, over to my mothers and made dinner for all of us.
Thankfully I always make extra food. We recharged our cells and the laptop and came home about 8 p.m. During the night I woke up in a sweat, the house was freezing and my heart was pounding. No doubt, the stress of it all. Our heat finally came back on about 8 a.m. this morning. I walked into our guest room which holds the computer hutch and Rob's computer, and found a wet puddle on the carpet. At first I wondered if one of my fur boys had an accident (which is rare for them) but realized it was just water. This morning we pulled the carpet back and the area is very large with wet foam padding and wet carpet. We have a fan and a heater trying to dry it. I think we may have to replace the carpet which is rarely walked on. It was builders carpet and is eight years old but we are good with keeping our carpet vacumned and shampooed. I'm sure it would be a minimum of $600 to replace it. We'll see what happens. It's just that on top of the dryer, Rob's major and my minor car repair, the grill replacement and Duffy's vet bill, we need a break. My Sheltie Duffy has developed something (a growth) just above his eye. Our visit last week included a blood test for his thyroid that we paid $50 for and I am still waiting for those results. I have called twice and been promised a callback. She gave us an antibiotic ointment with a steroid in it and told us to apply warm compresses a few times a day.
The "growth" has not changed and she said it would have to be surgically removed if it gets bigger.
We just need a break of time where nothing is going wrong and adding stress to our lives. We have enough already!


Cynthia said...

What a month! Here's hoping it gets better.

Susan C said...

When it rains, it pours . . . and ruins the carpet.

Here's to high and dry times ahead.

Virginia said...

I just drove up the NJ turnpike, saw trees down and big highway signs down. I guess this was from your storm that I just missed?