Hi All. I was working from an earlier draft for today’s article and somehow the first post registered as published on that date, so wouldn’t display on the home page under today’s date. Sorry for the duplicate. Have a great weekend.
Everyone knows we love our little house and its’ rural setting.
But you may not know that . . .
- Internet (REAL INTERNET . . . fast AND affordable) isn’t easy to come by out here.
- Septic systems can be costly. Fixing them I mean.
- You GOTTA HAVE a riding mower . . . and they’re expensive, to buy AND to repair.
About the internet; hhmm how to sum this up. Before: we had no land line, two cell phones and the internet was part of the cell contract. Net service was a set amount each month … unless your usage went over a certain figure and of course . . . it’s me here, little miss social butterfly, blogger, so I did . . . go over, way over! We consulted our fantastic computer tech, Jerome, for options. Gotta love that guy.
Our (yet to be proven) solution was to go back to a landline with internet through that. We kept only one cell phone so the rate was to drop way back there, even with a load of talk minutes and unlimited text/pictures.The first bill for the LL and NET . . . was WAY OVER the quoted monthly amount.
- installation (a guy was in the area anyway, and tweaked something in a box to hook us back up)
- equipment shipping charges (a little box about 10″ square by 2″ deep) and finally a ton of miscellaneous fees and taxes.
- extra charges for an online security package that was supposed to be included.
So, trying to be patient . . . you all know how patient I am NOT! I poured over all the misc crap, had the extra security removed (and credited back those charges) … and we’re waiting for the first actual bill after all of that.
As for the cell set-up, our first official bill after the switch . . . ready for this? They never made any of the changes and still had us on the old plan. He said all the new arrangements were written down BUT NEVER ACTIVATED. So, supposedly all was corrected, and the next bill will reflect the changes AND we’ll be credited back all those extra charges. PLEASE EVERYONE . . . let’s not hold our breath!
On to the septic situation.Good news was (well sort of good) . . . the charges were under $200, this time. The tech we found was highly recommended. He patiently explained everything that was done. But he left us with an FYI, that the pumps on these systems usually have a 10 year life span. Evidently after that, it’s a “who knows how long” or “you might get lucky” . . . yah, like that’ll ever happen. Still, we seem to have been fortunate, because at the ripe (yes – pun intended) old age of 12 years, ours is still fixable. BTW, cost estimate for a new pump (installation NOT included) $400 – $500 smackers.
We have some very good neighbors. Across the road, two brothers live in side-by-side farms. Even when our mower works, we only mow about 25% of our five acres. At least two times a summer, the guys take turns mowing and baling the rest. They get silage and we get a well kept acreage and less chances of fire, with the dry plantings gone.
Eleven years ago, when Hubs wanted to move out here, I made him a deal. I would get trees and shrubs to plant AND a new toy, a brand.new.riding.mower! This summer, my toy bit the dust. Even lower priced new mowers are expensive … at least for us in retirement. Next problem is, anyone we know who fixes motors lives too far away to make the trip worth our while.
Soooo . . . if some of my current exterior photos look a bit “shaggy” be forgiving. Hubs and I are taking turns doing small sections – with our old push mower (and it’s not too healthy either).
And of course, living in the country means living with more bugs. But look at this colorful fella.
I didn’t stay around long enough to see if he bites :)
Over and above all the downfalls . . . Hubs and I LOVE living in the country. Each day offers new adventures and beautiful sunsets.
We’ll be here as long as we can afford it.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Next week my “ladies” visit so I better get back to my house work.
Later – Cheryl