Friday, September 19, 2014

Made it Thru the Hurricane

Hurricane Odile left us some nice moisture - very little downpours but nice, gentle rain showers.  The flooding that happens around here could have been worse; although the remnants coming into AZ and NM tracked southward and really dumped the rain on Las Cruces and El Paso areas.  Unfortunately, there were some some bad road washouts - mainly 152 that travels over the Black Mountain Range to Silver City and it will be awhile before that road is open.

Update on Jim's prostate cancer.  He had his first hormone therapy injection of Lupron yesterday Thursday. It will be another month before the urologist determines the frequency of injections - monthly, every 3 months or every 6 months. The Lupron slows the growth of the cancer and eases the symptoms of the cancer.  Unfortunately, because the Lupron knocks out his testosterone, he'll get to experience "menopausal episodes".  Oh Lord! Meanwhile, before his next injection next month he'll have a full body scan to be the doc's base line and then 10 days later he'll have a PET scan.  Two good things - prostate cancer is slow growing to begin with and the Lupron will slow it down even more; and Jim's attitude is very positive as he wants to hit 80 years of age (he's 73 now). Thataway to go Jim.

There are fewer hummingbirds around now as many have started their migration southward. I'll be taking down the feeders when the current supply of syrup is depleted and start putting out the birdseed in awhile.  The mourning doves sit on the electrical lines and keep asking me when that day will be. . . .

Am becoming of more value at work!  Am being taught about changing displays now that the garden center area with the plants is winding down.  Halloween items are up and more comes in every week.  Other holiday stuff will start showing up before long.

House hasn't sold and I just recently learned FEMA is raising the premium on my flood insurance by at least 25% - primarily because it isn't my principle residence; and my homeowners insurance is going to be dropped for the same reason - I am not living there so house doesn't qualify for "homeowners" insurance. I do have an option, to rent the house out and just get rental insurance on the property.  Not really what I want to do, living 900 miles away.  So my blogger friends who are putting their house on the market and will not be living in it - heed my situation, you may eventually lose your homeowners insurance.

Had to have a couple of pictures added: Barrel cactus in bloom. Bought some ornamental grass and put them in pots and rescued some mums from work that needed some TLC.


  1. Odile sure hit southern AZ. pretty hard and northern areas as well. We didn't get much on this side southwest, We sit a little higher and it runs off quickly. Lets see what this currant storm will bring if anything.
    Hope the meds. work well for you brother and his positive attitude will help plenty.

    You might want to think about renting out the house I know it's a pain but at least it will help with the payments and insurance problems. Good luck either way.

    I like you planter arrangements.

  2. Your mention of rescuing some mums brought back memories of "rescuing" plants every time I went to Home Depot. Now my whole yard needs rescuing!

    Agree with Jo above about renting out the house...but only if you can find a good property manager. I found someone to manage our duplex two years ago and it has been a very positive experience.

    Bet you never thought you would be trading tornadoes for hurricanes with you move to the SW!
    Positive thoughts to Jim for healing.

  3. Glad you didn't get flooded out. Looking forward to returning to ToC in a month or two & visiting again with you & Jim.

  4. I would rent it out, but as Lynne said, only through a reputable property manager and with the option to sell.

  5. Thanks guys, you are giving me some encouragement. I feel I have a good property manager lined up, so when the time comes I'll probably go with him. Daughter's house, in same town, is also for sale and she has been having some activity. She says if her's sells before mine does, she'd like to rent my house. Who knows.