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Karma strikes

Do you believe in Karma?   You know-when something happens and you think that an event will definitely follow that something?    

Well I knew things would happen right after our son announced his engagement.  

After our daughter announced hers-quite a bit of the house fell apart.  It became a running gag between all of us in the house.  Our son summed it up best when he said "Hey mom, I'll bet that you never, in a million years, thought that you'd use the home equity line for the house, did you?"

No, I most certainly did not.   You see, we planned on using the last of an annuity of money that my husband was receiving from his winnings on a game show to pay for that said wedding.  And we did.  We only opened the equity line because our daughter's wedding was in September and we usually didn't see the check until the beginning of October.

However, right after the engagement was announced-our hot water heater died, followed by us noticing that the door in the garage was corroding, followed that with the kitchen sink rusting from underneath (this we found while replacing the dead garbage disposal) and that the faucet on the said rusting kitchen sink had corroded from the hard water into the sink.  

Don't even ask how we got the faucet out-all you need to understand is this:  we finally got rid of those awful 4" glossy white tiles that the developer of our tract home used as counter tops.  We now have beautiful 6" non-glossy beige ones.  We also have a beautiful composite sink, designer faucet, completely re-finished cabinets and very nice neat looking knobs.

Oh, we also have new micro-fiber valances, apricot blinds, a new dishwasher (please, this is still a very sore subject not to be elaborated on) and a new refrigerator (again, too sore is this particular point).

That ain't all folks.  While all the downstairs was falling apart and being repaired-our grown kids (at least they did this while the plumber and tile setter were here) informed us that their bathroom shower "keeps acting funny" every time we turn it on.

Okay-nuf said here, we opened up that can of worms and got that done too.

You're probably thinking, there's nothing left.  Ha!  So there!  There is too!

If you read the column where I welcomed our wonderful daughter-in-law to be officially to the family, then you know it hasn't been more than a couple of months since the happy event.

As karma goes-our daughter was laid off from her new job, I was laid off from my old job, the cat started losing weight at an alarming rate (just to discover it's nothing serious cost us $184) and the roof caved in-almost literally.

Yes, I was getting dressed one morning a couple of weeks ago and splat!  I got hit with a big "drop" of water.  This coming from the area we had water damage and a summer's worth of roof and skylight repair from just 3 years ago.

We called the roofer.  Guess what-there is no "grace" period for roofing that was done barely 3 years ago and the skylights have already surpassed their life span by about 5 years.

While I'm writing this, the roofer is fixing our "life time" roof.  $2000 worth of the stupid roof.

Why oh why do they call something "lifetime" , if we are on our 5th roof repair in 20 years?  Anyway, all 3 skylights, umpteen number of tiles, mud, cement, flashing and whatever else puts these things together are being done.  

Thank goodness for the home equity line.  I'm not ready to thank karma.


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      Stephanie wrote Oct 24, 2008
    • Well you sure did not do anything bad to get this bad karma so don’t think of it like that!

      I am so sorry that one event after the other keeps happening, and I know it must be so difficult, especially financially, but I think it is important to look at the bright side (there is one here!!)


      You will not have to worry about all of the things you have fixed, including your kitchen and fridge, roofs, sinks, showers, etc...for a long time!!

      Smile girlfriend : )

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      Carine Nadel wrote Oct 24, 2008
    • I have a permanent one on my face-if I believed in botox, it’s that stiff.

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      Yana Berlin wrote Oct 24, 2008
    • Darling, I wish I could say something that would really help, but one thing I know for sure, that even the bad things come to an end. Hang in there, I think you had your share of bad luck for some time now, and it’s running out it’s course. The best is yet to come.
      PLEASE believe in that.

      Sending you big great hugs.

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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Oct 24, 2008
    • stephanie and yana, I agree, there must be some good things ahead.

      I believe things happen for a reason an perhaps the things that broke and needed fixing were to ready your home for an event that other homes wont withstand such as cold weather or unusual hot weather, which would cause worse damage.

      I think if Im not mistaken, you can claim roof leaks on your insurance for interior damages.  Call you agent and check and I think it covers other leaks from pipes, etc.

      All good things are comming.

      Also a hint.. be positive, think positive and it will attract positive, I know it sounds corney but it works.. It hard when bad things happen to smile in the face of disaster, but try it.. It works for me.

      Sending Smiles and hugs.

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      Carine Nadel wrote Oct 24, 2008
    • you have to be positive!  I remember on the first round as we were literally sawing out the faucet our son in law to be saw us burst out laughing, he couldn’t believe it.  

      I said we have a choice, to laugh or cry-we chose to laugh and say, Goodbye you awful white tile!

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      Mztracy wrote Nov 1, 2008
    • My motto, S*** happens, but somewhere always comes the silver lining!!

      I am a firm believer in karma, but you did nothing for that!!  

      And I too got rid of the awful white tiles!! lol


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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 1, 2008
    • When it rains, it pours;
      Soon the sun rises,
      and you see the rainbows,
      wondering if it does not rain,
      would it be there after all?

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      Carine Nadel wrote Nov 2, 2008
    • thank you all, I have a pretty good sense of humor and figure that this is just making me stronger-at least it better!

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      Rena Bennefield wrote Nov 2, 2008
    • OH MY GIRL..Talk about when it rains it pours.. I think you have to have a Truck Load Of Good Luck Coming Your Way...2009 has to be your year..2008 is going out like a Lion for you and 2009 has to be a Lamb..(or we hope)  BIG ((((HUGS)))).....  Kat

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      Carine Nadel wrote Nov 2, 2008
    • it’s called “home equity line“-the roof, the skylights, the hubby’s glasses and the dryer all fell apart-within a month of my getting laid off.

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