Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Bed Of Roses
The Florida honeymoon is over and we're about ready to toss in the towel and move. Today the tax assessor came by trying to find reasons to increase our taxes. Just before he got there we found out our well may need major repairs.
We also found out our house insurance will be double what we were quoted since we are in a county that is coastal even though a hurricaine has never hit this county in recorded history and our elevation is inland at 95 feet and is raised up high enough not to flood.
We found out the insurance companies are now allowed to charge everyone in coastal counties more money to make up for all the ones who have had damages in any other county. I guess their profits aren't high enough. We also found out that the wind mitigation film we put on our windows was denied as that law changed too right before we had it installed, even though we were told our insurance would be lower if we installed it.
Earlier in the week my car leaked gasoline all over the parking lot while I was picking up supplies. Thank goodness someone in the parking lot noticed all the gasoline and told an employee who waited for me out in the parking lot. The fire department came and said if I had started the car I could have been burned to death. Come to find out the manufacturer only recalled 300,000 cars since it would cost them too much to recall all of them?
I was wondering why I was getting such poor fuel mileage, thinking it was because of the ethanol Florida puts in the fuel instead of doing smog inspections in this state. Apparently the ethanol does reduce fuel mileage and if a vehicle is carburetted, it can ruin the engine. Lots of boat owners are suffering damages because of the fuel.
I'm always looking for a bed of roses. Am I a dreamer? Perhaps so, but perhaps not. I have my bed of roses, I'm alive and I get to make a bed of roses in clay. I love every minute of it, even though, when I went back to get a better photo I broke the foot rail off.