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Our Coming Home Fiasco

Posted 01-24-2013 at 05:27 PM by ylisa7

OK....now the coming home story

On Tuesday Mike and I backtracked to New Port Richey FL for our dentist appointments. After two hours we finally headed north and out of Florida. We drove until about 9pm and made it to a campground in SC. It was dark and we never even saw the campground. We hooked up the electric for heat and left the next morning at 5:30. On the road again. We gradually watched the temps dropping and when we hit the mountains we saw a lot of snow. Not good. By the time we made it to our road it was about 20 degrees out...but the sun was shining. Yay......then on to our right of way. It was all ice. The entrance to our right of way also has 10 foot tall solid fence on both sides so there is no room for error when we pull in. I was a nervous wreck and told Mike we should walk up top and see how the house is. He said we have to get the motorhome out of the road. OK..go for it. So he tried to pull us into the entrance to the ROW. We slid. He backed up and tried again...and we slid again. OK...now there is no way we can get into our entrance with all the ice. Mike says...we have to walk to the top and get the tractor to pull us into the entrance and into our property. So I wrapped Niki in lots of towels, told her to stay and Mike and I walked up to the house....which I was in no shape for. Mike did better than me and I was lagging behind. He said “what’s the matter?” I said....I’m overweight and out of shape...I’’ll meet you at the top." I don't want to have a heart attack. We have enough to worry about, lol.

Yay...we make it to the top. First things first we go down to check on the house and start the fire. On the way down we notice our trailer is missing. Oops...somehow it rolled across the back parking area and down the walkway and then off the side of the drive and into the fence. We must have had some wind here. Well at least the fence caught it before it rolled down the hill. We got inside and Mike started the fire.

Now for the work. Mike tried to open the locks on our buildings and they were all frozen. I went back down to the house and grabbed the torch. Mike heated up the locks and we got in. He got out the battery charger and extension cord. Then to the back building, torched the lock and got the generator out. Thankfully the generator started but the tractor was dead. Mike went to get the Jeep to give it a jump start and the Jeep was dead. OK...next we try the 4-wheeler....yup...that’s dead too. While Mike tried to recharge the batteries, I grabbed the shovel and took it back out to the drive. We have a sheet of ice right at the top side of the driveway for about 25 feet. I start picking and scraping at that while Mike works on the equipment. After awhile Mike comes to help me with the 4-wheeler and plow. Next Mike gets the Jeep running and he is trying to jump start the tractor. He needs my help to rev up the Jeep to get more juice to the tractor. Yay...we finally get the tractor started. Ok time to get back down the hill with the Jeep, tractor and chains. We make it as far as the barn and the tractor stalls and dies. OK...no problem we brought the jumper cables. But this time it’s too much for the Jeep and the Jeep dies. Ok....Mike says...”I will walk back up top again and get the 4-wheeler” “you walk out to the road and check on Niki.” So off we go. Niki is fine and I walk back to the tractor and Jeep. Mike is able to get everything started again. We both get on the tractor and go down to the van. I wait while Mike does some scraping and clearing. While he is doing that the mail lady stops to talk with me and tells me we have a bunch of mail. I said I’ll pick it up next week..we are a little busy now, lol.

Yay....Mike is ready for me to drive the motorhome in while he pulls me on the ice with the tractor. Uh....really. Now I am really nervous but I don’t tell Mike. One slip up and I will hit the fence and then we have a big headache with the motorhome. I very calmly listen to his directions and to what he tells me to do. He pulls and I give the van a little gas and steer....yay...past the opening and the first bad patch of ice. He unhooks the chain and drives in front while I follow him up to the barn. Yay....finally we are on the pavement. Mike takes over and drives up to the house while I follow in the Jeep. Then we go down to pick up the 4-wheeler and then the tractor.

Finally we are all at the top...after only 3 hours....ugh!! Mike works on getting the house hooked up. He has a lot to do with filling our underground water tank, turning the propane back on, getting the water on to the house, turning the solar panels back on, checking the system and basically getting our house functioning and operational.

While Mike does all of that I start to unload the van. I take Niki and her bed down to the house first. Somehow in all the excitement she has re hurt herself. There is nothing I can do but give her some doggie aspirin and tell her to lay down.

On one of my trip back up to the van, Mike says he needs help. He has a chain hooked to the trailer, which is off the side of the drive on the fence, and he wants me to hook the other end around the tractor bucket. Really....you think you can get this out without it rolling/flipping down the mountain? Mike says...oh yeah...just hook me up. Uh huh....OK. I wrap the chain around the tractor bucket and get the heck out of the way. Way to go. Mike gets the trailer out and back on the driveway and we only have minimal damage to the fence.

Finally we are in the house and ready to collapse. Then we get a phone messgae from the post office. They came “back” and put all of our mail in our box. What a super sweet thing to do for us but what rotten timing, lol. Mike and I take the Jeep down to get the mail.

Back in the house. We have a mess everywhere, lol. It will take us days to get back on track and organized. Our water pump is also running too much so Mike is going to have to check that but for the first night it is too cold and we shut off the water in the house until morning. We are also going to have to take care of the Jeep. It’s either time for a new battery or replace the bad terminals. Hopefully it is just the terminals. Either way that will have to wait until Thursday.

Thursday morning....brrr.....it is freezing out. Thankfully we got back home yesterday. We took a slower morning. I made a loaf of homemade bread, we had breakfast, and we both had nice hot showers Then it was off the the Farm Supply to pick up the terminals for the Jeep battery and also the check valve for the water pump. They had neither. Thankfully there is a new auto repair close by and he was able to sell Mike a couple of terminals. We got back home and Mike worked on the Jeep. Hopefully that will do the trick. It is not fun worrying about the reliability of your car.

So we have a lot more to do but we are back safe and sound. As Mike says.....Mike and Lisa know how to Get R’ Done!!!!
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  1. Old Comment
    I am glad you are safe. I could never ever go thru what you just described. God Bless you for your youthful spunk. I would have left screaming ..... looking for the nearest Holiday Inn; I would have even settled for a Day's Inn and that is the lowest of the low.
    Posted 01-24-2013 at 05:38 PM by elston elston is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Glad you are all home again! What a homecoming...
    Sorry Niki is reinjured. Maybe with the snow she will stay in bed more than usual.
    Posted 01-24-2013 at 05:40 PM by I Am Woman I Am Woman is offline
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    Welcome Home??????? That is a lot of work to face just to get int he door. Glad you both are home safe and sound and thanks for the story...
    Posted 01-24-2013 at 05:41 PM by crazyworld crazyworld is offline
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    Welcome home, you two! I'm sorry to hear that Niki is hurt again. So much work - just to get to the house. I don't know that I would have had the energy to get out of bed the next morning!
    Posted 01-24-2013 at 05:42 PM by LilyLady LilyLady is offline
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    Wow. Sorry about the ice and everything. But at least you're home sweet home!
    Big hugs.
    Posted 01-24-2013 at 05:50 PM by Sudcaro Sudcaro is offline
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    Hey, you! Glad to see you over here. Come by more often if you can.
    Posted 01-24-2013 at 05:51 PM by case44 case44 is offline
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    I would have been nervous too!!! Geez, one thing after another. But, at least you're home. Next year, leave Florida when the thaw starts up there. LOL
    Sorry to hear Niki reinjured herself. Tell her to rest. ��
    Posted 01-24-2013 at 08:04 PM by HawaiiLover HawaiiLover is online now
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    Whew! What a story! But, nothing like Home Sweet Home! Glad you are safe! Hopefully, Niki is on the mend...
    Posted 01-24-2013 at 10:58 PM by kimba01 kimba01 is offline
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    Wow, that is quite an ordeal..Glad you and Mike got back in the house ok and things running. Hope Niki is ok!?
    Posted 01-25-2013 at 05:38 AM by dogmom dogmom is offline
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    Yikes. I'm so glad you are all safe after such a harrowing time.
    Posted 01-25-2013 at 07:08 AM by Sunnydee Sunnydee is offline
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    Thank you everyone. Even after our "welcome" home, lol, we are all very happy to be back

    Niki is doing better and much happier just being on her mountain.
    Posted 01-25-2013 at 07:49 AM by ylisa7 ylisa7 is offline
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    LOL...sure does take a while to find you three
    Glad Nikki is ok, and glad your both also are ok.
    Stay on the Mountain where its safe for the Winter, and wait til the Spring thaw...
    I wish you well...

    Posted 01-25-2013 at 09:03 AM by woodworkingmenace woodworkingmenace is offline
  13. Old Comment
    No Pictures??????

    OK, you were just a little busy. Glad everything was OK and no real damage. Give Nikki a treat for me.
    Posted 01-25-2013 at 04:36 PM by Leonard64 Leonard64 is offline
  14. Old Comment
    "Mike and Lisa know how to Get R’ Done!!!!"


    The duo remains undaunted, next!
    Posted 01-25-2013 at 07:57 PM by temptation001 temptation001 is offline
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    Gosh,brings back memories of my Mountain Home' Only I was a woman alone,and went thru torture daily to live there. I survived it 25 yrs,then between my health giving up (sure that life took several years off me'),I just sold it (I should say gave it away') The headache is off my back,but I do miss it,and have many fond memories of my life there,no matter how darn hard it was. Also,my horses I had for over 25 yrs,are buried there,that was the hardest part of leaving it'Happy Trails Whappahoo & SYkan' Miss ya
    Posted 01-26-2013 at 04:04 AM by Hipockets Hipockets is offline
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    What a welcome back to TN home....but, then it is January. You two are amazing....you work so well together. So happy to hear Nikki is feeling better....what type of injury? Crank up the fire and stay warm....spring thaw not far away.
    Posted 01-28-2013 at 05:39 AM by Suzanne45 Suzanne45 is offline
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    Hi Lisa! I've been off-line for a while. Just checked in and saw that you have a blog now? How do I subscribe? My husband and I are finaley starting our own adventure and I miss seeing your updates. : )

    Posted 10-31-2013 at 05:07 PM by Rys Rys is offline

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