Monday, June 20, 2011

Home Again. Home Again. Jiggity Jig.

We swooped across the south with the car thermometer reading 104.  Delicate mimosa blossoms bordered much of  the roadway home.  And, finally, the dry, brown, heat stressed look of Texas... Even with the heat and the drought, I was glad to roll into our home state.  [As a Texan, I do have to confess there is something oddly satisfying about being able to pass through six states in a day's drive.  We couldn't do that if we were heading west from our house; we'd still be trying to get out of our own state.] 

I had been gone for 27 days and really just wanted to make this last day's drive, unpack and relax.  But, the only thing worse than coming home to your air conditioner not working when it is 104 is walking in the door and it is still working like a horse... and the drain is clogged... and the switch-off in the pan is not working...


Soggy sheetrock crashed down on the table, chairs and floor.  The finish on the table may not recover (Kim, where are you??).  And, the hardwood floor has been soaking with soggy sheetrock, too.  Not sure how long it has been this way, but the splatters from where it fell are dried.  There was a steady drip still falling onto the table and the sheetrock on the floor.  If you have a drain in an attic unit POUR BLEACH THROUGH IT TODAY!!  Save yourself from this mess!


I'm glad we got home today. 


I did find it interesting that the original wallpaper is the same color as I have it painted.  Pretty cool.  Guess we'll be having some sheetrocking and painting around the Bungalow as soon as everything dries out good.

Anyway, the journey is over. 

Miles traveled:             2233.8 mi.
Gas:                                 $384.67
Hotels en route:               $190.76

Being the recipient of this look:           



And, here for this moment:



PRICELESS!!!

Go check those drains now!  Blessings ~ tanna

34 comments:

Deb said...

quite a welcome home...hope all is well now...

podso said...

Oh, Oh, Oh ... but as I read about and saw the disaster I was thinking in the back of my mind, Tanna is going to say it is worth every penny to be with those precious grandchildren at such a time as you were with them.

But, I do hope you rest, dry out, and that repairs go better than you imagine they might.

Laura said...

Oh I am so sorry you came home to that mess! I hope to see you this week at Rose Path. You have been missed!!!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

OH no! What a mess! I hope everything can be repaired and refinished.

Your grandsons are so precious, Tanna!

Christine said...

Those pictures tell the whole story. The ceiling mess looks bad!
But the Little Man and Littlest Man,they are perfect.
Welcome back home.

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Oh Tanna! SO SORRY you had to come home to THAT mess...but you are right...your time with your wonderful grandsons...PRICELESS!

Donna said...

OK, first thanks for coming by my blog, I appreciate it, mostly because I got to find your blog.....your home is in Texas!! How blessed are you? I am from Kemah, just south of Houston...but we moved when I was 13...I have never and I mean never lost my roots. ok, second? your home is beautiful..I know you will have this fixed in no time....it so looks like a home that has cobbler every once in a while...is that true?

Terra said...

Priceless moments.
But what a shock to find at home. We don't have air conditioning (not needed), but what a mess that looks like! Poor dears, I hope it gets all fixed soon.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Hi Tanna, Driving across Texas does take awhile! So sorry about the a/c disaster you had to come home to, but thank goodness it is all fixable. Hope your repairs are done quickly and smoothly.

Your grandsons are so precious! Glad you had a good visit with them and are home safe and sound. ~Cheryl

It's Just Dottie said...

I am sorry about your ceiling . I have had that happen too but not when I was away. Your little peeps are just beautiful.
Our little Maverick is here also !!
We are so blessed.
Dottie

T's Daily Treasures said...

Oh no Tanna! It's good that it wasn't worse and that ya'll are home now to take care of it. What whirlwind trip for sure but so worth it for you to see that litle angel. Wishing you all the best as you settle back in and get things back in order around there. Take care! Tammy

Lauri said...

Oh NO! That is definitely not the welcome you were wanting upon arriving home. I'm so sorry! Good luck getting everything taken care of. And yes, those sweet grandsons are SO worth it!!

Debbie said...

My heart goes out to you Tanna!!You have a lovely home and I'm sure you had other things to do. Dadgummit! Well, thank goodness these things can be fixed, I hope you table can be. Life never fails to be interesting! Your little grands are precious!

Debbie said...

Welcome Home! Clearly the priceless scenes you left behind were a far cry better than the scene that awaited you.

What a mess!!

(And they really are priceless and adorable.)

Vickie said...

Been there, done that. I'm a faithful bleach-pourer-in-the-tube person. I still don't understand why they have to put those things in the attic. It ruined our ceilings and carpets and doorframes one time, too.

But when I see the smiles and sweetness of your little grandsons, somehow it was still worth the trip!

Katherine said...

OH NO Tanna! I'm so sorry about that! What a mess! Hoping you can get everything back in order soon! So sorry. So glad you had such a great time with Amanda, Jerry and those precious grandbabies! What a month you had! :-)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! How awful to come home to a mess like that. Oh, I hope your table is o.k. Cute pics with your babies!!

no spring chicken said...

Well there's a nice welcome home to you! I love how you sound so positive through this entire post. Like I tell my kids, attitude is everything.

I especially like how you digressed with the comment on the old wallpaper color. Spoken like a true artist!!

Welcome home, Debbie

Shug said...

first things first....Precious children....Yes, this is priceless!

I am so sorry that you had to come home and find this waiting on you...We have had this happen before, but thankfully we caught it early...
Hope you get it all repaired soon and I hope your furniture is not messed up..
Blessings to you..
shug

Amanda said...

I loved every single minute of our days together. There is no thank you grand enough to express my gratitude for your being here. I hate that you returned home to such a mess. I hope the repair goes smoothly - as smoothly as those kind of things can go. I love you and miss you. Hugs from me and the two little men. XOXOXOXO

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Oh man...so sorry you had such a mess to face upon your arrival home. Bummer! I've never even heard of a drain pan in the attic, but since our houses are similiar in age, I need to do some checking...Good luck with the clean up. I have to say, even though the ceiling was coming down, the beauty of the room still showed through!
Best,
Susan

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, I am glad that you arrived home safe and sound. I also am sorry for the ceiling and the table. The chandelier is just beautiful and would feel terrible if that the leak in the ceiling happened by that beautiful fixture! Dear Tanna ~ just take your time and everything will come together. God Bless and I look so forward to your visits, Catherine

Tara said...

Oh my...bless your heart! Nothing worse than coming home to repairs.
But you are so right about those precious grandbabies being all worth it. So sweet. Great photo.
hugs,
tara

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh...how terrible! What a mess. I hope it is all fixable. Your poor table. The room is lovely though beyond the mess. I love those screens on the wall. I hope you can get the room back together easily and fix the air conditioner. Glad you had a nice visit.

Ana said...

Oh no Tanna, how awful. What a way to welcome you back home :-S Hope the damage isn't too, too bad. Sending you a great big hug.

♥Ana

Mary said...

What a shame! I do hope you can find someone to refinish the top of that beautiful table. The pictures of your two little guys are priceless :-). As we say, they are memories in the making. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

California Girl said...

the minute I read you'd been gone 27 days I wondered,

"What would happen if my husband and I were gone 27 days?"

Well, you've given me one scenario!

How many nights in hotels that only totalled $190? Which ones? Hampton Inns aren't even economical any longer. That's what we'd stay in w/ the boys when they were little. One room, two beds, Mom & Dad each taking a child. It was sweet til I'd get kicked in the middle of the night!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

CG: Fairfield Inn & Suites: $84++
Hilton Garden Inn: $84++
Both nice and clean!!

Rhondi said...

Oh my goodness what a mess. Such an upsetting thing to come home to after a wonderful trip. Your new grandbaby is precious.

nanny said...

After I regain my composure from the priceless photo..........
I will say, so sorry your drain pan switch failed!!! As you know hubby does this hvac stuff for a living....well on our home we built in 2004....he forgot (yes forgot) to put said switch on one of our units....we had the same problem you had but discovered it before the ceiling fell. We have a seams that need to be repaired.....ha! (he was very mad at himself for the oversight)

It looks as though you and Amanda had so much fun dressing up the little one.....so cute! he will get you for this someday! ha

laurie said...

wow, thats a sad mess, but beautful photos, I'm your newest follower,,I'm so happy I found you!

Sandy said...

Wow, what a mess but now you're home it will get taken care of.. and the reason for leaving on the trip was a great one. Hope you get it cleaned up with minimum of expense...

Hardi said...

good picture
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Mom2boys said...

I know this post is an older one but I've read through a few today and must say... I love you Tanna! I wish I lived next door and could have you over for coffee and cookies and good conversation! Blessing to you and yours my friend!
Lori

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