Monday night as I was reading my email before going to bed there was a
terrible boom followed by blackness. I couldn't think what had happened,
but Chet knew at once - a tree fell on us. An enormous old oak growing
over a boulder beside the house had just toppled over, falling straight
across the front of the house and filling the entire drive. The main
of the tree was about a foot from the front door. Incredibly, it missed
the corner of the house and none of the glassed in entry was broken.
There are three or four holes punched in the roof, but no structural
damage. You wouldn't believe the run-around we have had from ConEdison -
or maybe you would. This morning I told them that if I didn't have power
9:30 I was calling the local television station. They came at 9:20. The
other services have been great - the electrician, the tree people who cut
and removed the stuff, the roofers who have put on temporary patches, but
ConEdison has given us real bureaucratic red-tape delaying tactics.
now I have power again. We have called off the home part of the party -
Teatown section is still on. So I will have only the 16 family members
Saturday night. The crowd might have been easier to live with - the
members might have felt they had to behave in front of company. Anyway,
I am so glad to have power again and work crews out of here that I guess
I can handle the rest.
The only other lack of cooperation has been from the insurance people.
They tell us they have assigned a case number, but the adjustor, who was
supposed to come on Tuesday, has not shown up yet. They said they tried
to call us and got no answer and couldn't leave a message. Duh! The
lines did work, but the answering machine didn't because we had no power.
ConEdison wanted us to fax them information and didn't seem to understand
that we couldn't fax them because we had no power. Oh well.
Of course all the plantings across the front of the entire house are
destroyed. I had just begun to feel good about them after the spring and
early summer problems. In addition, a rhododendron, three very large,
old mountain laurels, a nice pink spirea and a very nice Mugho pine that
we had put in just a couple of years ago are all smashed. The redbud tree
across the drive that had looked better this spring than ever before, is
badly broken, but some of it can be saved.
I'm so thankful that it fell where it did instead of two feet to the
In a message dated 07/24/2007 12:02:17 PM Eastern Standard Time,
Although ignoring them all is good advice, easier said than done. Maybe
instead of mingling you could hold court next to the liquor cabinet.
the spot I head to during most family gatherings. ;-) Hang in there-It'll
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kitty" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, July 23, 2007 10:48 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT - If I can get through this
Auralie, I won't tell you not to sweat the small stuff becuase you will.
That's what you do. And you always come through it smelling like a rose
becuase you do it all so well. But inside, I know they still get to you.
I'd be thrilled to have you report back that you shoved a pie in one
face and knocked the other dil into the moat around Wildflower Island and
then knocked the boys' heads together ala the 3 Stooges - you're Mo.
Instead you will knock yourself out making sure all goes smoothly.
BTW - has ANYONE in this family ever gone to this much trouble for YOU?
neIN, Zone 5
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