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May 10, 2011

That’s my picture-perfect picture window in our master bedroom!

In case you didn’t notice, I missed yesterday’s posting due to that. Good excuse? Perhaps.

Here’s the lowdown: A week before we left on our cruise, the bay area was hit hard with storms. Storms that didn’t stop – it literally poured for 4 days straight and never let up. We knew coming into this house there was a small leak in the bedroom, most likely the window. No big deal, we thought. Ha, well after Noah and his Arc came to town, that small leak became a huge problem.

I noticed the laminate wood was extra warp-y around the window, so I went to inspect. As soon as I walked over there, it sounded like I was walking in puddles. Water was coming up through the floor.

Being that we’re new homeowners and don’t know anything about owning a home, let alone taking care of a home, we kind of let it go until after we got back from our cruise. Within 2 months of owning this house, we filed our first insurance claim. Is that a world record?

Three weeks later, meaning yesterday, we got a insurance check and the General Contractor let the wall have it.

Yes, those are bugs. In my house. Near my dog.

Ripping the wall out revealed bugs. Lots and lots of bugggggssssssss. Flies, roaches, ants, carpenter ants, things I don’t even know but I don’t ever want to see again. Clearly this has been here a while, which of course made us mad. But, being that we are such good homeowners and take pride in that fact that we finally have our own, we are fixing this situation.

There’s been significant water damage, but we don’t know to what extent yet. Hopefully that’s all the wall we’ll have to remove, but we’ll know more once it’s dried out a little more. For now, we have 3 fans running nonstop. And we’re sleeping in the guest bedroom. Away from the bugs.

I have to look on the bright side – at least we don’t have termites. Now I just hope it doesn’t rain….

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2011 11:45 pm

    Oh, no, no, no, no, no! *shudder* OK, I’m feeling a little less wistful now . . . and glad to be learning a little vicariously!

  2. Erica Donovan permalink
    May 11, 2011 9:24 am

    Ah thats terrible Ray! I’m sorry you have to deal with this as a new homeowner. I’m glad to hear the insurance company is taking care of it asap!! Stay on it and good luck! Let us know what happens! :) Keep positive my Dad had the same thing and his house looks brand new. They had to do his whole house (hard wood floors) and they painted it and now, awesome!! So that’s the bright side, just one room not the whole house and you don’t have to live in a hotel for 2 months!! Love you! :)

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