Friday, October 20, 2017

Bob the Builder and his Flag pole

Yesterday I went out to my front yard and noticed something was off. It's usually very shady, due to the trees. Then I saw it. Seems Bob the Builder, put up a flagpole at the edge of his driveway - almost on the property line. In order for his flags (American flag and British flag for his wife) to wave, he cut down some branches off my tree.

I was pissed. Anyone who knows me, knows I am a TREE LOVER! I won't go solar because they wanted to us, cut down all our trees. No way.

I went inside and told my husband. He was laying a brick patio. He went out and looked and came back in. Then he sat and was quiet. I knew I better keep quiet. He then got up and went over to the neighbor. I hate confrontations. I get nervous.

He told Bob the Builder, NEXT TIME you want to trim our tree, to let him know first. To not touch our trees. That was that.

The damage was done. A big gapping section of my tree is gone.

We sat outside and ate our lunch - my husband was quiet again; thinking. Then he asked me,

"Do you think we have a good case against him to have him legally, move his flagpole? His flag will constantly be hitting our trees."

He also told me a couple of weeks ago, Bob asked him, if we were going to top our trees. No. So he's thinking it might have been a passive-aggressive move. Who knows?

Yikes. This might be getting serious. I told him to just let it be. The damage was done.

Then we heard digging - from Bob the Builder.  The husband went out and they talked. It seems, Bob, the Builder realized that the flagpole should be moved. THANK GOD!  We didn't have to say anything. My husband was even nice enough, to help him pull the flagpole up from the PVC pipe in the ground.

Later in the evening, my husband told me that we are going to need to find out where the property line legally is, because Bob the Builder is under the impression that we are 3 feet over onto his property! 

WHAT???????????????? What is wrong with this old man?

He's wrong but we have to show the proof. My folks owned this house before they passed away. The neighbor that lived in that same house, had an issue with the property line and my folks went to court and they won! I have the paperwork somewhere in my messy office. If I can't find it, I'll just have to get a property surveyor or whatever they are called.

Bob the builder, made it like, he was okay with it, as long as he doesn't have to maintain it...and then laughed it off. Maybe this is why he felt justified, to lop off one of the branches of our tree.

PS. It's not like we are against having a flagpole. We have one in our front yard - and we proudly display our flag daily.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Maybe some rain

"I Love You California" Floral Print by Annie Galvin 3 Fish Studios. "

I was wide awake at 4:53 am. I tried to go back to sleep but my wandering mind wouldn't allow it, so here I am- coffee in hand, dog at my feet and cat by my side. 

I'm sure most of you know about our fires. Terrible. My cousin's in-laws lost their home and vehicles.
They were literally, on-the-run. One of my friends, lives in Cotati and she has evacuated twice and each time, the wind changes the direction of the fire. So far so good. Rain is in the forecast but it's not a big storm so they are not expecting it to put out the fires- still, it would be a welcome relief for the firefighters. 

We'll be back up into the 90's after this little bit of rain, we are supposed to have. I pray there is no more of those easterly winds. In So Cal, they call them the Santa Anas and up in Norcal they are the Diablo's. They almost always spell trouble.

We have a fire up here in Trinity county - Bucks fire that has been burning since August. It's 100% contained and it's in a non-populated area in the high country. Last week, when it was windy, the smoke was bad. Then a little south of us, in Butte County near Chico, there was a devasting fire. Friends in the small town of Paradise had to evacuate. It's been crazy.

I'll be glad when this is over. Well, it's never truly over - we have fires every year. It's just that some years are worse than others-  when conditions are ripe. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Welcome to the family, Aaliyah

I wish I could post a picture of her, she is so beautiful. Born 10 hours ago - that's all I know.

What relief!

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