Tuesday, January 2, 2018

CHRISTMAS WITH THE ADIVARI'S......A Disaster Waiting to Happen

Would you Expect anything less from Us....

We make Christmas Vacation look like a completely Normal Family Holiday.....
So All you long time readers of this Blog know the Drill....
Go to the Bathroom....
Get a cup of tea...coffee..... Bourbon....Scotch....
 a Comfy Chair....this is a long one People....

Never Embellished....Hard to believe but completely true......
You will see a few pictures mixed in but only for some color Commentary....
It's our own "Cast of Characters" 
as we TRIED to have our first Normal Christmas with our new extended Family.....
The Horowitz/Sherman Clan from New York City.....
the nightmare did not begin until actually Christmas morning....But let me start on 
December 23rd.....

These Would be the "Sherman Sisters".......
My New Son in Laws Father's Cousins from New York City....
Caryn on the left and Susan in the middle....
Two wacky ladies who happen to love dogs so that was one hurdle we got over
before even getting to the house to meet our Monty.....
The "girls" as we call them were staying with us for the long weekend....
And we were thrilled to have them.....since our Family comes with no relatives..
They got settled in nicely and were looking forward to having their First Ever
"Christmas Celebration Dinner".....
Little did they know what they were getting themselves in for....
Now Caryn....on the right....did have a taste of Adivari Luck when she visited the
First time and was in the New Corvette with me when the engine seized on a main
Hwy.....getting us locked in the car....So she can't say what was about to happen
Was any kind of surprise...
Christmas Morning the Horowitz Fam showed up!
That would be Josh and of course "Mr Jack"....
All fifteen pounds of him....
Jack turned 3 months old on Christmas Day....
Traveling with a Baby is no easy feat.......
That would be the Boss with his back to the camera figuring out how we
were going to get back to Kennesaw with 5 pieces of luggage....
a Stroller base...a Car seat....Four People....multiple carry on bags....and a
Fifteen pound baby....
Daughter on the left trying to figure out how to open the stroller base that Delta
Obviously mishandled as it was crooked and unable to move...

Oh I forgot to add the Boss failed to remove the Yeti Cooler from the back of the SUV
Of Course I got the blame for forgetting to tell him....

Because every Good Southerner has a Cooler of some type with them at all times...

This was 10:00 a.m. on Christmas Day...
We make the 45 minute non traffic....Thank God....trip up I-75 back to the Homestead....
The Sherman Sisters held down the fort while we were gone and made sure Monty
stayed out of trouble....
At some point they went upstairs and I'm sure Monty followed because he became
Obsessed with Susan...she happened to be his size and they immediately
fell in love with one another....
So between the three of them.....Only Monty with his Bionic Nose must have noticed the
Odd Smell coming from this room....
This is my downstairs Laundry Room positioned right inside the garage door
and Kitchen hallway.....
We walked in to find Monty standing looking guilty but in his defense this time it was not him....
We had just had him groomed a few days before...As you all know Monty is as white as Snow....
And there he was standing with all four paws in.....
a Sewer Back-up.....


Yes Folks....on Christmas Morning with new baby waiting to enter Grandma and Grandpa's Lovely
wonderful smelling (at one time) Home....

That sink you see there decided it would be a good time to back up and cover the laundry room
Floor and spill out on to the beautiful Hardwood Floors of the kitchen hallway...
The Smell was ......well.....Horrifying......
We get the dog outside....Me and the Boss Gingerly step carefully not to track this stuff all over...
The kids come in through the front door with Mr. Jack...
The Sisters....didn't smell a thing....
I immediately called our local service people who do not only
Heating and Air....but also Plumbing and Electric....
We have a contract with them so a discount is always involved and they will always come right out.


But Guys....this was Christmas....All I saw was disgusting stuff all over my beautiful
Floors and Dollar signs....
Getting the Plumber on the phone he advised me that they were not responsible for clean up and basically have it cleaned before he got there...
So on hands and knees and two rolls of paper towels.....4 beach towels and two containers of
Lysol Spray the mess was cleaned up but the smell lingered....

$700.00 later.....
And with the Plumber telling us "This is not warrantied work"
He leaves....
20 Minutes Later......
we hear gurgling and Of Course.....it backed up again......
20 Minutes!!!!
I call back and this time get an Answer Service.....
But a few minutes Later the plumber calls and he's in the middle of his Christmas Dinner.....
I tell him....no problem enjoy your meal and get here when you get here....
In His defense he was a cute 21 year old having Christmas with his Grandmother....
Just getting into the plumbing business after leaving the military....
So he gets the Adivari "Pass"...."A" for Effort.
Which all that means is the Boss never once used the infamous "F" word or cursed in any way.
I was kind of proud...


Plumber thinks he has to remove our hall bathroom toilet to run a camera down it to find the problem but then decided not to....
Which is fine because it's one of those fancy European Jobs with the flusher that pulls from the
top to flush and I could just picture something getting busted...
He put something down the sink in the laundry room...
Got the water running in the kitchen sink...the upstairs laundry room....the bathroom above
the utility room and it seemed all was fine....BUT....
We tell him we still hear gurgling and a slow drain in the kitchen sink...
BUT in Typical Man vs. Women fixing a problem scenario.....
He walks over to look and the gurgling stops and the water goes down the drain...
At least I had a witness....
Always have a witness...it helps your case....
He's happy that it's all fixed....tells us under the 20 minute circumstance he would not
charge us a second service call...
Well I Hope Not!!!
off he goes.....


Next morning I come downstairs about 9:00 half asleep to see this ladder up on the roof
of the new porch.....Since having it built we have had to have the roofer out three times
for the roof leaking....
Apparently this was number four.....as the roof was still leaking....
The Roofers....who discovered it wasn't their work that was shoddy....Of Course Not.....
The Brick on the house that they attached the tin roof to had mortar missing
causing the leak....Like these guys didn't notice it the first three times they were up on
the Roof?....
They asked for an additional $250. Service Call....
Oh Sure....
We told them to contact the contractor....
Here was were I had just about had enough.....
But always the Good Host I was able to prepare a meal with enough food
to choke a horse.....
We're Italian that's what we do.........



So the Roofers leave and I notice the smell has not gotten any better in the laundry
Room....
Of Course not because the Sink backed up for the third time....
We told the kid that the sink was gurgling.....
Men really need to start listening to us ladies....
We are not the idiots they make us out to be....

I get them back on the phone and asked for a Master Plumber to come out.....
Telling them I would first call our County Water Department and have them
come out for "Free" with their sewer camera.....I would call them back as soon as I knew if it was
the County issue or the Adivari issue....
Gee....guess who's issue it was....
I Introduce you to "Master Plumber" (in red)
And his Red headed Assistant....
They were good sports in agreeing to have their picture taken......
People love to have their picture taken and they were told it would appear on my Blog....

This guy knew his stuff...perplexed at first he persisted in finding the problem....
They were at the house a very long time!!
Now remember Christmas was the day before....
There were dirty dishes and dirty clothes everywhere....
I was too exhausted after cooking that dinner to do anything but go to bed....
So I got up extra early (for me 9:00 is the middle of the night)
and do all the dishes and laundry...
We had a baby in the house who by the 26th ...that was just one day....
Had 30 outfit changes.....
What was wrong your probably wondering?????

Well one of two things...
Either the house settled over the past ten years or the plumbing pipe from the kitchen
Sink across the room...between the Kitchen floor and the ceiling of our basement....
had been installed improperly when the house was built...They were leaning towards the
original plumbing pipe was put in wrong.....It was slanting back towards the kitchen sink....
Instead of slanting downwards to run out into the city sewer....
Six years of Sue cooking bacon and sausage almost every morning along with all other
stuff...including dish detergent....Who knew that stuff builds up over time and hardens...

They were able to completely clean out the pipe by removing it after moving the insulation
in the basement ceiling....
To fix the slanted pipe is a steep $4,000.00....we think that's a bit pricey.....
So if it took six years for this to happen....
We'll wait 5 1/2 years before getting it fixed....
All has been well since....the company didn't charge a penny more then the original $700.00
Which included a $50 tip....
The Boss tipped these two guys for the good job they did.....
I would recommend them to anyone looking for any of their services....

At one point in the phone conversation when they needed to come out for the third time.....
the women on the phone actually used the phrase
"Geeze Louise"
She put on her "lady" plumbing supervisor who couldn't have been nicer or more
apologetic.......
Which is one reason we love living in the South....
If this was Jersey or New York.....we would have gotten one of two responses...

"We have no record of ever being out at our house"
OR
"Go F Yourself"........
So all was well with the World....
We went and picked up the cat who had been at the Vet
Since the 20th when she/he was attacked by another cat...
Not wanting the cat near Mr. Jack and with an abscess over his eye which smelled worse
then the sewer smell....We opted to ship him/her off to be fixed up and held until healed...
Daughter had no problem letting the cat back in to the house.....
And Miss/Mr Kitty was thrilled to be back home...
Plus way too cold to let it back outside....


But the year wasn't up yet....
Time for one more thing to go wrong.....
My darling Son In Law had delivered on the 28th a NYC Deli box of Food....
OMG....fabulous....
Great Bagels.....veggie cream cheese....corned beef....Half Sours...
The list goes on....He is extremely thoughtful....
We love this guy....


So what happened??????
Sue....Professional Jackass.....broke a tooth on the bagel....
Emergency visit to the dentist before the long holiday weekend....it was the perfect
Ending to a nightmare week....
Luckily no Root Canal is needed...I go back n the 19th to get my new Crown....
One of which I think I now deserve.....
Of Course the Year ended wonderfully despite all that happened.....

BECAUSE OF ONE LITTLE GUY........
 HIS DAD.....HIS GRANDFATHER.....AND THE DAUGHTER......
THEY WILL PROBABLY NEVER SET FOOT IN GEORGIA EVER AGAIN.....
BUT THAT'S OKAY....WE HAVE THEIR NYC ADDRESS.....
AND MR. JACK GOT A LESSON FROM THE BOSS.....HOW TO LOOK
LIKE "THE BOSS JR"....
COMPLETE WITH TUXEDO TEE-SHIRT.....
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED.....

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL....
THANK YOU TO THE POOR SOULS WHO ACTUALLY SUFFER READING THESE LONG
DRAWN OUT POSTS....
ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS.....YOU JUST HAVE TO READ IT....
I ACTUALLY HAVE TO LIVE IT.....
HAVE A WONDERFUL 2018!!!

9 comments:

Sue said...

Another Adivari (mis) adventure on the books! This one pretty much was a “stinker!” Hope the new year brings fewer incidents of craziness.

Veronica said...

I'm tired now after reading that! LOL Oh My what an...awesome adventure! But through it all you ending your post with what is most important...family and the special love that you have for each other. Happy New Year my friend! I enjoyed reading, even though my nails are now bitten down to the quick! LOL

Ellen said...

Okay, so your tome was just what I needed before heading to work. It made me smile and giggle - not because of the troubles, but because of the way you describe them.

So sorry to hear about your troubles - glad things got fixed in the end.

Hoping to see you on your next trip north - hopefully our freeze will be over by then.

Happy New Year from the Tienes.

Salmagundi said...

Well, I wake up in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep; so I grab my phone for an entertaining game of solitaire. But, instead there is your very entertaining post about your troubled week. So sad that it was at your expense (literally). Hope everything is back to normal --- or was that your normal? What happened to the sisters? Did they quickly run from Georgia soil and back to uneventful NYC? Hope they stayed long enough to experience your great cooking and hospitality. Our week went fairly well without too much family drama. Mike was here for a couple of days, but spent most of his time at church (being a good Catholic boy) and preparing lesson plans for this week's teaching. He then jetted off to Hong Kong for a long New Year's weekend celebrating with other EF tour leaders, which was my reason for unable to sleep. Do other mothers still worry about their man-child flying across the ocean for 15 hours in the dead of night??? Jenni and group are fine considering the usual drama. We had fun with the grand kids! Now, I'll end this comment that is almost as long as your post. Happy New Year.

Barbara F. said...

Sue, I love your sense of humor. I would have bounced off the four walls and fell into the sewer. Glad it is all taken care of now. Happy 2018 to you!

santamaker said...

OOOooooy Veeeyyyy....Haha, always better to read about it than to experience it. Sooo sorry this happened!! Thank God that your sense of humor and the thought that it would make for an entertaining post got you through it all. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come in 2018!! Hugs girlfriend! Rose

Cheri said...

Sue...Sue...Sue this can only happen to you. There is an angel in heaven waiting to give you your crown of endurance. Thank goodness you have a wonderful sense of humor about all of this. Now if the NYC family visits again or Caryn and Sue and something happens...blame it on them.
I see no picture of Sophie was she with her dad? That Jack is a little man and so dang cute, they should dress up as gangsters for Halloween and Jack can be the Big Poobah and hold his own court.
I certainly hope 2018 goes better for you and The Boss but I have to say...I would miss these entertaining tales of yours.

Chatty Crone said...

Well I read the entire thing. Oh gosh I don't know what I would have done had that been me. Maybe a nervous break down or something similar. Now I would have a second opinion and get some pr ices and have the work done before 5 1/2 years girl. I really mean it would be hard enough if it just happened to you and John. But guests, babies, etc was tough. I think you handled it well. Oh yeah plus the cat and dog! lol

May 2018 be a great year!

Love, sandie

Peg said...

Poor Sue! All this could only happen to you!
Happy new year and better fortune in 201i