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The "Temp" Home Would Be Wonderful, but..........

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I'm excited about the temporary home our insurance company put on our lot in Yarnell. It seems quite comfortable when the slide-outs were activated and the King sized bed was no longer tight again the built in desk. And the sofa and table slide into their regular position leaving room to walk around. I've been a busy girl getting all the dishes, pots and pans, etc. placed around so we'll be ready to enjoy it. There is one little problem though.

We have no electricity. We have water; but when we contacted the electric company, they said as the previous meter burned to the ground we needed another "pad" for it to set on. Cost: $1000 and if that isn't bad enough, when the home is finished and they put the meter on the side of the house, another $1000. Something just doesn't sound right here.

Our insurance company knew we did not have electricity as yet, so they brought us a generator. That's wonderful; except it is not powerful enough to run the A/C and the refrigerator at the same time. So we can either sweat and have our refrig/freezer do it's job. Or we can be cool but in the meantime our food is spoiling! Decisions and more decisions! I've decided I'll just wait until the electricity problem is solved. At least we have a comfortable home to live in elsewhere. But when the actual building starts I definitely want to be up there to keep an eye on things.

Now that all the rubble and ash have been removed from our lot, along with several burned trees it looks really big. My DH was really sad about the grape vines and his beloved apple trees, and he has gone out and bought more. As we have water, we can replant them and still not be in the way, and maybe it will give us a little peace of mind to see something green and growing.

This is also what is known as the "monsoon season" is our area, which means we get a lot of rain. Already after 2 or 3 rains you can see things beginning to start turning green. I already see some new shoots on my Lily of the Nile -- it was the furthest away from the actual fire, so perhaps it will make it. Rosebushes are all gone tho.... and it will make me happy when they are replanted. Much of it will have to wait for the building to be finished, can't get in the way of the cement and carpenter people.

So to all my friends who have been following my blogs, life is getting better all the time, just a few bumps in the road now and then.
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    I'm happy for you that you have 'Temporary' housing to live in, although with no electricity at the moment. Check with the insurance company about the fees that will have to be paid. Surely they will be reimbursed. emoticon

    Give the kitty some extra treats and Amber a good walk......Rest and relax, the worst is around the corner. When the rebuilding starts, the mayhem begins. emoticon
    1638 days ago
    Sorry about all the ups and downs but it will all work out - hope the insurance company helps out with the bills don't think you should have to pay for the hook ups so keep a eye out about that stuff - Hope you can relax soon you have a lot on your plate and we are here for you anytime to vent - Take care and try to keep cool
    1639 days ago
    I'm so glad you're staying positive through the bumpy ride. You have had a lot to deal with lately. Have a wonderful weekend.
    1639 days ago
  • LIS193
    So sorry you have to deal with this. In our travel trailer the fridge can run on propane as well as electric...
    Hope you can get the electric sorted out soon!
    1639 days ago
  • KAYWEB555
    Eve, I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss. God has a plan and many times we just don't understand where we fit into that plan.
    I'm so thankful that all your family and fur babies are safe and doing well.

    Here is to your future, your plans, those days of picking and choosing colors etc.

    Stand tall and know that there are many people keeping you & yours in prayer.
    1640 days ago
    one day at a time, like weight-loss, it is a slow journey, right?
    1641 days ago
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  • SKATER787
    Eve, you must have mentioned it before about Yarnell at 5000 ft but I forgot. I'd love to be at that elevation for physical conditioning. Imagine being fit at that altitude and come down to sea level. OK, I assume that the neighbor was able to save the motorhome and drove away during evacuation. Yes, plant them trees. That will be good for the spirit. emoticon
    1641 days ago
    Eve, You should contact your insurance company about the $1000 charges to hook up both the electricity in the temp. home and the new one once it's built. Also, you should check about the possibility of reimbursement for gasoline for the generator, maybe even for them to provide one that's big enough to handle ALL your needs at the same time. When all the trees fell and our deck was destroyed we were amazed at the things the insurance company were willing to pay for. CA Dept. of Fish & Game required us to put in something called a "digger log" in the creek before they would issue a permit for us to build so close to the creek. The cost to place the log was over $1000 and since it was a condition of getting the permit they paid for it. The answer may be "No" but you won't know unless you check. Good luck, my thoughts are with you.
    1641 days ago
    What a shame a good ole monsoon rain couldn't have happened along and put that wild fire out before it got to your community!!! I'd really be hesitant about planting anything before construction was done. Even if it seems out of the way, somebody could drop something on it or......any number of weird, unexplainable accidents can happen on a construction site!! Tho, I know you'd rather see something green, it's in danger of not surviving.
    Don't understand the thing of having to pour a pad for a meter??? A big unit, maybe, but a meter? That's silly. Concrete is expensive, but wondering about $1000...&...X..2??? Ridiculous!!
    Hopes, best wishes and prayers for all to come along in an expedient manner with no problems!! ((((HUGS))))
    1641 days ago
    I am glad things are looking up for you. It will be exciting to see your home rebuilt. emoticon
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  • KIMPY225
    I am glad to see you are making the most of your situation! Can you use coolers with Ice instead of a fridge for now?
    1641 days ago
  • SKATER787
    I'm surprised you guys are camping out in Yarnell. Is it because it's much cooler to be there than in Phoenix? Also, in prior pic, there was a motorhome nearby. Did it belong to the neighbor?
    1641 days ago
    Eve, I'm just continually praying for all things to keep getting better and better. I meant to ask, how are you furbabies handling all this moving around and stuff?
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  • LAC936
    Enough for you; you've had more than your share of bumps in the road!
    1641 days ago
  • DALID414
    Glad to hear you're staying positive through the bumpy ride.
    1641 days ago
  • SKATER787
    Eve, what does the temp home look like? Glad to hear your DH is planting just in time for the monsoon. It's a good therapy.
    1641 days ago
    Sounds like everything is coming together slowly, yet surely.


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