Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

This ‘N That Thursday

on February 28, 2013

We’re joining the brown dawgs this week with our first This ‘N That Thursday post. I’ve left a couple of strings dangling in previous posts and so much has gone on all at once, I thought I’d bring you up to speed.

This ‘N That Thursday is for those times when you want to post about unrelated topics or each topic isn’t quite long enough to make up a whole post.  It can be anything you want, so feel free to grab the button and join us!

This 'N That 3

First and most important, I’m SO happy to report that DH got a job offer from the first company he interviewed with a couple of weeks ago. This was the job he was most interested in, so it worked out well. ::WHEW!:: Turns out they already knew they were going to hire him before they even interviewed him based on his business reputation alone. Now I can take my worry wart hat off….or rather, switch hats from worried-about-unemployment to worried-about-his-working-in-NYC. This wouldn’t have been a worry for me before 9/11 and all the foiled (thank God) terrorist plots since then, but now I see him working in a big target city and that scares me. It also scares me that random daytime shootings are becoming far more prevalent than ever before. (Hey – my grandmother was a Class 1 Worry Wart; she got a triple gold star in that field, so I blame my Worry Wart genetics on her. It’s the one thing I didn’t want to inherit!) He’ll be working from home a few days a week eventually, but of course for the first few weeks he has to go into the office to become acclimated to the company and meet his new colleagues. It’s an exciting new start for him and he’s really looking forward to it. 🙂

Second, he’s been using his time well during his unemployment. The kitchen is close to completion, and it would have been done by now except we ran into some  issues with the backsplash tiling. This is so typical in this house – no project goes smoothly – either measurements, plumbing, or electrical doesn’t conform with today’s standards (our house is 50 years old). So we came up with a good solution to the problem that will look like a design treatment rather than a solution to a problem. But that meant searching for another type of tile and ordering it, which is holding up the entire process. DH has a couple more weeks before he starts his new job, so he’ll have plenty of time to finish everything once the new tiles come in next week. Right now he’s painting the final window frame. 🙂

Last but certainly not least, THE ROOF IS FINALLY GETTING FIXED!! WOOHOO!!! It’s going to be great to get literally half the bedroom furniture OUT of the living room, back where it belongs, and stop living with tarps and buckets on the floor!

This is just a small portion of the damage - you can see broken tresses, boards, and sunlight coming in through one of the holes.

This is just a small portion of the damage – you can see broken tresses, boards, and sunlight coming in through one of the holes.

As you probably remember, the roof and ceiling have been damaged since Hurricane Sandy back in October; we’ve been waiting since we signed the contract three months ago for the roofers to fit us into their schedule.

hurricane damage tree on house

Roofers and tree services have been at a premium since the hurricane – everyone needs them, and they’re making more money than they ever dreamed. What’s awful is that the tree services are gouging everyone – they raised their prices phenomenally and they know people will pay what they ask because everyone’s either got trees that were damaged and need to be removed or they’ve learned from what happened to homes like ours and are having trees that threaten their own homes removed before the next “Big One”. Weather experts say Sandy was just the first of at least another decade of unusually strong storms that will hit our area, and we’ve seen that starting to prove out already. We get strong wind storms on a regular basis now that we never had before – gusts up to 60 mph and high sustained winds.

During summer, these huge trees form a shady canopy in the front half of our back yard. In fall their yellow leaves cascade down like a gentle snowfall. I will miss them dearly.

During summer, these huge trees form a shady canopy in the front half of our back yard. In fall their yellow leaves cascade down like a gentle snowfall. I will miss them dearly.

I’ll never forget that horrible sound when the tree crashed through our roof that night, and how one entire side of our home was cloaked in darkness even during daylight hours until the tree was removed. The whole experience made me very jittery about high winds, and I’ve realized that we need to have four large trees that are very close to our home taken down. I can’t tell you how upsetting that is to me because (a) I love nature and never destroy it – I don’t even pick flowers because I want their beauty to last as long as possible, and (b) a LOT of birds flit in and out of these trees, and one of them is home to a red-bellied woodpecker family for years.

Image via Wikipedia.

I love birds and the thought of taking these trees away and having fewer of them near the house really hurts. The other trees on the property are too far back for me to enjoy any bird life there. But I can’t go through that again, and these trees would cause even more damage. So I have to shove my practical side over my emotional side. Ugh.

One of many beautiful bird scenes I'll miss tremendously when these trees are gone.

One of many beautiful bird scenes I’ll miss tremendously when these trees are gone.

And Daisy? Well, she’s not happy that the roofers are here at all. She’s on constant alert. Yesterday they were working in the master bedroom taking down a huge area of the damaged ceiling, so Daisy was on a shriek-barking kick all day. My ears may never be the same. 😉

I don't like this at all. I can't get my daytime beauty naps!

I don’t like this at all. I can’t get my daytime beauty naps!

Thanks for reading my ramblings – back to happy Daisy posts next time!

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25 responses to “This ‘N That Thursday

  1. wisejourney says:

    Daisy is soo cute 🙂

  2. Workmen and dogs do not mix well. We hope they get the work done quickly. Maybe Daisy will quieten down as she gets use to them. Good luck. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

    • raisingdaisy says:

      I sure hope so Molly! Right now I’m sitting in a room darkened by closed blinds so Daisy can’t see the workmen going up and down the ladders. Every time I try opening the blinds to let some sun in, she starts growling and barking. In a choice between constant noise or darkness….well, I choose darkness. 😉

  3. I’m glad to read this good news about your dad ;o) I don’t like it if we have workers in my crib – they always have scary noisemakers in their pockets – uhuh!

  4. Clowie says:

    It’ll be nice when the workmen are finished and you can get back to normal.

  5. onebluedog says:

    I am very glad to hear this good news! And I don’t blame Daisy for being upset about so many loud strangers in the house; if they are disturbing her peace and quiet, she may as well disturb theirs too 😉

  6. What incredibly wonderful news! I am so pleased for both of you and stop being a worry wart, it will all be fine and, as you say, he’ll be working from home for a couples of days a week eventually.

  7. That is so wonderful! Congrats to your Dad!

    Oink oink,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

  8. The Hook says:

    This was great!
    And so was that!

  9. Zena says:

    So sorry about the trees. Our family recently had to take three enormous trees down from the end of the property. They didn’t threaten our house, but they did threaten neighbours houses. We were worried that a lot of bird life might be threatened, but we were lucky. They were not native Australian trees and didn’t have nests 🙂
    Now we have way more garden to run around in and we don’t need to be anxious if we have any high winds.
    Hope all the jobs get done soon 🙂

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks Zena, and thanks for reading through so much verbiage! There are other issues some of these trees are causing too, like root systems killing the lawn and causing swampy spots. My husband is worried that one of the closest ones with the biggest shallow roots will actually threaten our cement slab foundation. So I guess it’s for the best, but it’s going to take a LOT of getting used to.

  10. 2browndawgs says:

    Thanks for joining TNT! I am so glad to hear about the repaired roof, the nearly finished kitchen and your DH’s new job. It is great that he got the job so quickly.

    I understand what you are saying about having to take down trees. We have had to cut probably close to 50 oaks around our cabin since we bought it 5 years ago. There is oak blight there and there is not a thing to be done for it. The trees die and you cut them down. I have refused to cut trees before they die even though it ends up costing more. Eternal optimist, I hope they will make it. Luckily it is also a pine forest so we have those. But I feel badly for the birds who like those trees.

    I don’t blame Daisy for not liking the roof work. All that pounding can get annoying!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Yes, that pounding is annoying for us humans as well as our pups! And they’re working inside AND outside the house (replacing the ceiling in the bedroom where the roof was ruined), so Daisy is also barking at all these strange men trampling around her turf.

      Fifty trees? Yikes! It’s nasty when something like blight hits. A few years ago we had an invasion of Japanese horned beetles that aren’t endemic to our country, and there were no pesticides at that time to get rid of them. They were destroying certain types of trees. It was so bad that anyone who saw one was supposed to call a special number and they’d come collect the beetle for testing to find a way to kill them. Hopefully that’s under control by now. All that is to say that it’s awful when the destruction of nature is out of our control.

  11. Your area looks just like mine, too much snow! lol

  12. FleaByte says:

    I’m so glad your roof is being repaired! We went through three back-to-back hurricanes in Florida several years ago. One of the things we loved, eventually, was the removal of the trees. It was brutal at first, losing decades-old beauties. But the sunlight came into many homes for the first time in years. It’s what nature does, unfortunately. And there are always bird feeders to lure the beauties back to your yard. This cloud will have a silver lining.

  13. snoopys@snoopysdogblog says:

    Hey Daisy,

    Sorry to hear about the trees that the birds love, would you be able to put up a bird house maybe for them?

    Huge congrats to your Dad, that is super awesome news that he got a new job!! 🙂

    Wags to all

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  14. Chancy the Gardener says:

    Oh, we feel for you losing the trees and birds. We love them both too. We are so happy for your dad that he got the job he wanted. We are thrilled too that you are getting your roof fixed. So sorry about the high prices, we report price gouging to our attorney general here and gets after them. Hang in there sweet Daisy those workers will have your housed fixed up and be gone soon. Hugs and nose kisses

  15. kolytyi says:

    This is fabolous! I’m sure that Big Bear will do well in Big Apple!
    Perhaps you could plant some bushes or smaller-growing trees – this could reduce the sorrow for the big ones and at least some birds could find a new home on them.
    Although it cannot compensate for the serious damage in your ears but imagine what would have happen if Daisy had used THAT barking when Sandy rampaged there!

  16. Oh Daisy mommy, i understand how it feels to have your trees cut down. i felt the same when my coconut tree outside my house was cut down too as it was getting too old and rotting (apparently)! *hugs* Hopefully taking more picture could help? 🙂 Oh sweet Daisy, you could come over to play if you like too! No drilling and hammering here! 😛

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