|Way to go, Cheryl P.|
Thought Number One: The Tides Have Turned
For the last six months or so, Kansas has been in the clenches of a horrible drought. You might remember some of my earlier posts this year concerning the effects of the high heat and no rain.
|A few weeks ago, things were looking dire. Someone had to do something. I did.|
A couple of weeks ago, it appeared that we may never see rain again in the middle of the country.
Kansas City was sitting high and dry with the label of Exceptional Drought.
I am not sure I like the word "exceptional" applied to the lack of water being available. If that is how we are going to use the word "exceptional" perhaps, it could be said that my exceptional efforts to keep an exceptionally green lawn resulted in an exceptionally expensive water bill.
I, however, am a giver. I rallied with my neighbors and came up with a plan to save our lawns.
|Don't I live in such a cute neighborhood?|
I took both my cars in to have them detailed. Yes, I decided the most effective, sure-fire way to bring rain into Kansas was to take my 2 SUVs in to have them detailed. Not just washed...not just waxed...I mean the whole package...THE MAX, "make your car new again" detailing.
Picture me taking bows. My two clean...more than clean, really...DETAILED cars has brought Kansas to its knees. Now we are just a severe drought. Uh-huh, that's right, I single-handedly caused the clouds to open up and rain. This was so effective, I actually moved two counties out of the "exceptional" category into the "severe" category. I think the people of both Johnson County, KS and Miami County, Kansas need to send me flowers...or candy...or money. I am willing to take any and all expressions of your gratitude providing they have a cash value.
|Johnson County and Miami County, KS are the winners!!!|
It appears that someone down in Kingman County, Kansas had the same idea but frankly it is hard to top the 6 and a half inch rainfall that I personally am responsible for.
Thought Number Two.. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
Did you not see the possibility of a down side to this story? My dear readers...have you learned nothing in the 274 posts that I have written. There is always another side to the story. ALWAYS
As it turns out, the rain did make a "exceptional" appearance two days after the detailing of the cars. Had I known that this would be the case I would of forked over the money for the detailing last June but it didn't occur to me at the time.
It also, turns out that a wood framed house that sits through 3 months of drought in 100 degree weather might have some of the grout crack around the windows. Frankly, this just brings out the Bad Witchy side of me in spades. I replaced 28 windows in my house a couple of years ago and I have had the trim painted several times since then. Also, I have had re-caulking done on a couple of occasions as well. Call me surprised when the torrential rain moved in and water came in around my windows destroying some of the sheet rock. As luck (bad) would have it, the company that I bought the windows from has gone out of business.
WTF...That company had an A rating, ton of glorious recommendations and now they seemed to have gone MIA. I called the manufacturer of the windows that are, by the way, a "name branded" window maker and ask who they recommend to come out here and find out what the %^$& is going on. They give me a name of a company that is booked through next year. Now that won't do.
The "too busy to do crap" company gives me the name of another company that gives me the name of another company that doesn't return my call.
I shouldn't be surprised that I now am a pariah because none of these companies installed these windows so therefore "It Isn't Their Problem."
After beau-coup phone calls, I did track down a company to come out and they tell me that these very nice windows were installed incorrectly. "No sh%&? I say. That company knows a guy that specializes in re-doing bad installs...for a price. ***choke, choke, gag***
So...after 4 days of uninstalling windows, pulling out wet insulation, replacing compromised wood, and rebuilding frames...oh and let's not forget re-caulking and painting, we may or may not have things right.
Who knows as we are still in a severe drought and I am waiting for another rain. As my cars are detailed, I am waiting for someone else with my type of luck to go get their cars done.
|The Good Witchy Cheryl P. is a part-time rainmaker.|
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