Let’s Talk About Potholes

Back in early February my sister Janice who lives outside of Atlanta sent us several beautiful photos of the trees and flowers in bloom just one week after she sent a photo of the snow on her street.  Then another sister, Linda from Pennsylvania, commented “Excited to be seeing spring down there soon … Right now all NEPA has to offer is dirty, melting snow … and oh, yeah … POTHOLES!”  So I thought I would give you a series of photos of the streets I walk each day.

Let’s compare potholes, shall we?

San Clemente 4.8.2014 056 San Clemente 4.8.2014 058 San Clemente 4.8.2014 060 San Clemente 4.8.2014 064 San Clemente 4.8.2014 065Right before carnaval the municipality sent folks out to fix the potholes but it seems they ran out of steam or material for the roads in our neighborhood. We did have rain the morning I took these photos and when these potholes fill it takes a few days for them to dry up…right now the street in front of our house is a mess…Just a few more weeks and we will be back in the dry season and the road will be easier to navigate.

Lasts Nights’ Invasion

While sitting quietly watching the first Star Trek movie, we saw a few winged ant type bugs cross the screen. We turned on the overhead lights to see an army of the stinkers on the outside of our screens trying to get in and a bunch already inside trying to get out.

Both Joe and I dislike the onset of the rain because of what comes with it. The ants, the crickets, the frogs – you name it – as soon as it starts to rain they make their way to the house. We are not talking a handful we are talking a pestilence like in the bible. We have had every crack, cranny, tiny opening stuffed with concrete, paste, tube calking you name it we have done it, but if the critter wants to get into the house, by God it is going to get into the house – and it does.

Last night Joe found the bug spray and sprayer, mixed up a big batch and sprayed the entire outside of the house. They were flying into my face, mouth and hair yuck, yuck, yuck. We turned off the lights and went to bed, nothing more you can do, the light attracts them so your best bet is to shut everything off. This morning I found a bunch of dead ones all around the house,

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Piglets and the Lot Next Door

This rainy season has not been what we had expected. I was told that last year it rained for hours at a time, streets were a mess with mud up to your knees and it continued for four months. Now I am not interested in four months of muddy streets so I am not complaining that we had such a beautiful rainy season. I guess what I want to know is, if we did get all that rain what would the lot next door look like? Right now it has been less than two months from when I first had Jose come in and cut the weeds back. Look at it today!

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The vines are climbing up the walls, attaching themselves to the trees in our yard and look more and more like kudzu every day.

We are holding off having Jose back until we are sure the rains have stopped. But we did have a few visitors that came by yesterday just to check it out.

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Rain, Rain, Rain on the Roof (and Floor)

We are definitely into our rainy season. Earlier in the week for several nights we have had huge downpours with most of our roof holding up except for maybe five small leaks and one issue. The issue is the small vent in our master bathroom. We discovered that the house is not exactly square, the walls on the one side of the house are a bit off. So when the roofing was added the one section does not have as much of an overhang as the other side. With the rains the past few days we have awoken to a small river on our bathroom floor.

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Wednesday morning I asked David our neighbor if he would take a look and see if he could put a cover or small roof over this section so this would not happen again. Within ten minutes he was on the job, found all the materials, found all the equipment, ladders etc and finished the job in a few hours.

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Now all it needs is a coat of paint and our bathroom should stay dry when we get these rains again.

I have a questions for anyone reading, we have been told that a coating can be painted onto your roof to seal the little holes so that we can get several more years out of this roof. If anyone has any information on this please leave a comment, we are not in a position now to replace the roof.