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Posts Tagged ‘insurance’

Mini Homestead Happening for 1/29/2011

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on January 29, 2011

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Not much has been happening on the home front. I have mostly been writing articles and working on the Living the low-Income Life and Frugal Recipes blogs. I have also set up the How to Live the Freelance Life blog.  I have also begun a newsletter titled Freelance Ponderings and Advice. Work has been coming in steady, and I have spent much tome at my sisters using the wireless to be able to accomplish it all.

Zowie has moved back onto campus, and I am plucking away at the heavy duty cleaning and organizing that was not kept up on while I was sick and throughout my surgery and recovery. Things on this front are coming along slowly. I just packed away the Yule stuff this past week, and placed the items in storage a few minutes ago.

I had some good news this past week, in that I may be getting health insurance. I hope so. It would be nice to have my asthma meds refilled so that I can actually breathe normally again.

That homemade apple butter was a success, though I am still looking for a simple, good sour dough recipe that will go the distance. I am rereading the Little House series, and Ma had one that she only had to start the night before. She didn’t keep it going at all times. That is more along the lines of what I want. Any ideas?

Hope you are all enjoying your winter.




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More Water Damage

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on July 29, 2009

We had a window break, as far as we can tell, from falling ice at some point. This was the storage room window, so we didn’t notice. It has done some water damage to the wall and floor area directly below the window, and has apparently found its way down to the front door as well. We had been wondering what was going on, at the door area. Now we know.

We now have to fix these areas. They are not huge areas, but they are important to fix. Each area will require a section of good floor board, and I will tile the areas. I have some tile on hand, so this will not be an added expense. My stepfather, who also has a trailer, has an extra window from when he switched his out, so the window will be free.

My stepfather will be able to do all of the work, so I am going to see if the insurance company will pay for only the cost of materials that we actually have to purchase.


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I Have Water!

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on July 27, 2009

Last weekend, while I was away on my mini vacation, my stepfather came over and fixed my pipe issue. Apparently, it had something to do with something that the previous owners did.  The cost was next to nothing to fix this.

While my stepfather was doing his part, the landlords helper was installing a new water shut-off valve under my trailer. This didn’t cost me anything. If anything else goes wrong, I do not have to wait for someone to come and turn the water off.

This was all after my insurance agent had a talk with the insurance adjuster.

I came home from my vacation to running water, which I hadn’t had in almost 4 weeks. I showered and caught up on laundry.

On Monday, I received a check for just over $400.00, now in the bank. My stepfather will determine if I need a new liner and new insulation, and how much of it I will need. He can install this himself.

This weekend, my daughter is home from UB washing her laundry.


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Mini Homestead Happenings for 7/14/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on July 14, 2009

I am still waiting to get my pipes fixed. The insurance adjuster has asked me to wait until we determine what happened just over three weeks ago. They won’t pay for the plumbing, only the damage done due to the plumbing, so I wish that they would just let me have my stepfather fix the plumbing. But I have to wait.

My stepfather did come over and pull the skirting off the trailer, which made another problem evident. I will need a couple new sections of floor, and a small section of wall replaced due to water damaged caused by the rainy season or some other such cause.

I’m not sure if I remembered tot ell you that the filter went on my vacuum, so I am sweeping the rug and using the hand vac on it a couple times a week. What a pain! But it will do until I can afford to replace the filter.

Oh, and my stepfather fixed the lawnmower. Yay!!!!

Zowie is enjoying Upward Bound. They took their Boston trip last weekend, stopping at colleges along the way, as well as four colleges while there. They stopped at the beach on their way home and she and Hanna ended up with sunburns.

Hope you are all doing well.


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Still No Water

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on July 10, 2009

This insurance process is taking far too long for me!


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Mini Homestead Happenings for 6/29/2009

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on June 29, 2009

Right, so…I lost all water one day last week, and wasn’t sure why. I decided to wait a few days before contacting anyone, knowing that when someone in the park doesn’t pay up, everyone loses their water. I am also aware that a lot of people in this park have issues with the water system here.

Friday I had my brother-in-law come and check things out. I had a nice flood going on under my trailer. Something seems to be wrong somewhere up under there with the pipes.

At any rate, I had the water turned off, and an insurance adjuster will be here early this week. Then I can call a plumber. I am hoping that the insurance company will pay most of the cost of having things replaced. They will not pay for a new pipe, though.

I’ll let you all know how things go.


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