As we are all, painfully aware, 2020 is not going well on the COVID side of things, but really...it's SO unfair that other awful things are going on at the same time. Actually, it would be REALLY GREAT if we only had to deal with ONE crisis at a time.
(I know - this is life, and life is never really fair, is it?)
In the past two months, in addition to COVID, we have had our hot water heater die. Granted, we knew it was on its last legs from the beginning. When it began to leak copious amounts of water, we smugly said, "AHA! We have a home warranty!" - so we called the warranty people. They are very swift in their responses and had someone out here rather quickly.
He signed the death warrant for the water heater. The warranty people okayed the new water heater...and then informed us that we would need to pay $800 to bring all the connections up to code.
I'm not going to lie - this infuriated me. It seemed to me that the connections should be grandfathered in but, apparently, that is not the case. It did appease me when we realized that if we didn't have the warranty we would have had to spend $800 on the water heater that was installed in addition to the $800 for bringing the connections up to code. This, of course, brought me to my senses...and I was again grateful for that home warranty. I just hope when the AC dies (and it will, it's original to the house) we won't have to bring anything else up to code!
Not long after that, we noticed ants. In the kitchen. Obviously, this will just not do. So we called a pest control company. They came out and declared that we had an infestation. An infestation...lovely. They sprayed the house and recommended that we order a service that would spray the yard in a 25 foot radius around the house. We readily agreed.
Probably two weeks after they sprayed the yard I noticed a bevy of ants on the front walk. Since we were within the 30 days of the spraying, they came back out to spray again.
Fast forward to yesterday. I walked out to the back porch to enjoy the evening where I immediately noticed lines of ants marching back and forth across the porch. *sigh*
If I'm not mistaken, we are still within that 30 day window. So, obviously, they weren't kidding about the infestation. Pest Control is coming on Monday.
What else are you planning to throw at us, 2020? Should I expect locusts next? A hint would be nice.
I will say this. The ants are kind of fascinating to watch. All day long they have marched, back and forth, along the same route. Occasionally, three or four will branch off in a different direction and I will think, "Have they gone AWOL? Why have they defected?" Only to note, that eventually, they come back to the original route, while another two or three will branch off to the different route.
At this point, I'm assuming those are the scouts doing recon.
It's painfully obvious that I need to get out more.