Allergic? I have a few words for you to consider:

Dust and Dog Hair.

If you don’t have a problem with either of them, wait for spring and add … POLLEN! Oh, and don’t forget autumn RAGWEED.

Anyone feel like coming and clearing our gutters and moving out those big blocks of ice and snow before the ice dams form?


I thought not. I got a notice from National Grid about doing exactly that along with a few other things we can’t afford. It took me two years to find someone to clean the gutters last time. He never came back and turned out to be a big time thief, so I’m glad I didn’t pay him in advance.

Pass the tissues.

15 thoughts on “ALLERGIC?

  1. Covert Novelist January 5, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    Shite! How ridiculous is that? Although we had our gutters cleared, and they didn’t finish…so I know that one.

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  2. swo8 January 5, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    You have a lot of trees too. The gutters are going to fill fast. We’re going to have to cut a few trees in the Spring. They’ve gotten into our waste water drains. Nature isn’t without its problems.

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    • Marilyn Armstrong January 5, 2018 / 10:25 pm

      We had them cleaned in August because there were actual TREES growing in the gutters. He was supposed to come back and do them again in the fall after the leaves fell, but he turned out to be a serious crook and the cops were after him, so … Yes, I’m sure they are full again. At least we don’t have any trees growing there.

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    • Garry Armstrong January 6, 2018 / 12:01 pm

      It’s awful (The pollen fallout, etc.). I was oblivious to it until recent years. Now, another bit of later life education for me. NUTS!

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  3. January 5, 2018 / 3:27 pm

    Eventually, down the road when things become better financially, you should get gutter guards. All those trees must cause a major traffic jam up there. So sorry that it’s rough now. 😦

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    • Marilyn Armstrong January 5, 2018 / 10:26 pm

      We were going to, but we had the water heater blow up and the front door fall apart. We ran out of money.

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      • January 6, 2018 / 9:45 am

        Good God, you guys have gone through hell. I am so sorry. 2018 will be better. I repeatedly drilled that in my head back in the tail end of 2016 thru the beginning of 2017, and then by 04/17 it did. Things turned around for the better.
        I will keep you in my prayers. God Bless you.


        • Marilyn Armstrong January 6, 2018 / 11:45 am

          Oddly, compared to other things that have happened to us, this wasn’t so bad. It was just money. No one was dying and we weren’t about to lose the house. But it certainly did clean out the remaining “savings” we had. It is difficult to recoup when you live on social security. We got (are you ready?) a 2% cost of living raise this year after 4 years of nothing. It was so little, I think I got a total of $3 for my month and Garry got maybe $10.

          It’s not hard living on our pension/social security money, but it’s very hard when we have a big expensive repairs because we don’t have any savings left. The house is getting old and stuff needs doing … and many things, there’s no choice. They NEED to be done and those were two of them. There’s more we haven’t done and I’m not even sure how we’ll manage. I probably should buy lottery tickets, just for the “living in hope” thing.

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          • January 6, 2018 / 12:38 pm

            Good Morning, I know the 2% increase didn’t amount to be much. Woo Hoo to an extra $18 a month on disability.
            You work your entire life and struggle then, all to struggle even worse afterwards. It’s a damn shame what the government thinks of a cost of living raise. I always think to myself, “Try living in our shoes for a month or two on what we are given, and tell me it’s fair.”
            Again, my thoughts & prayers are with you. I only wish good things for you. 🙂


  4. angloswiss January 5, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    We had gutters in London, but I don’t think anyone every cleaned them, but in London you don’t have trees, just brickdust and soot and the pipes would burst in winter because of the ice and cold. Maintenance workers seem to be a headache all over the world. They do their job quite well in Switzerland but before they start work you have Swiss francs on the bill for the journey.


    • Marilyn Armstrong January 5, 2018 / 6:43 pm

      Out here, there simply aren’t a lot of people to do the jobs, so they tend to charge more because they can. We don’t have the money, so stuff waits until someone poor enough volunteers. Not the best way to go, but the only one we can afford.

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