Spring is in the air!

Oh my….this is usually the time of year that I dust my blog off and then tackle about 10 projects at the same time.  🙂  This year is no exception.  I have accepted the nomination of Vice President of the Historical Association of Central Louisiana.  Thank you for your faith in me.  Among some of my duties, I will be writing a couple National Register nominations this year and working with property owners regarding tax incentives and rehabilitation of their properties.  I also have my property to work on and submission of a NR nomination is forthcoming in that area.  I finally have everything straight with the SHPO (State Historic Preservation Office) regarding what they need from me and what I need to do.

My laundry room and kitchen are being “finished” by a carpenter as we speak.  Steven and I just ran out of steam labor wise and have been too involved in other things to get it finished.  So, we hired a good friend and excellent carpenter to come and finish what we started.

In adoption news, our home study was finalized yesterday.  All of the paperwork that our social worker needed from Mississippi came in and we can finally move forward with completing our dossier and sending our documents to China.  Within the next thirty days I hope!  National Register nominations pale in comparison with submitting a dossier to the Chinese Government!  Wow!

Many good things are in the works!!!  It is spring!  My favorite time of year.  I am ready to rock Cenla!


$4,700 Utility Bill!?!?!

WOWZERS!!!!!!!!!  Imagine my shock when I am told I have a $4,700.00 utility bill!!!!!!!!!   For me to have $4,700 utility bill, ALL of the following things would have to happen:

1) My heater or air conditioner on 24/7, 20 degrees higher or lower than the outside temperature;

2) All of my water systems dripping, leaking, cracked pipes and gushing out into the street;

3) My gas line being ruptured all month and gas flowing out into the atmosphere;

4) Steven, Vivian and I taking 5 baths a day and leaving the water running all day;

5) Have every electric system in our house plugged in, running and going 24/7, which includes leaving all lights in the house on, 24/7.

And then, even if we did ALL of that, for a one month period, I still don’t think I would have a $4,700 bill!

I did not get my utility bill this month and, upon a disconnect notice in mailbox yesterday, I called to see what was going on.  I checked my Excel Spreadsheet and noted that I did not receive a bill, but that I had the funds allotted waiting on the bill to come in.  So, upon the getting the disconnect notice, I called the City of Alexandria Utility Department to let them know that I have the money to pay my bill, it was just that I did not get a bill this month.

So, I called and imagine my surprise when they told me that my bill last month was $4,700!!!!!!  The lady said that it could not possibly be right and saw that my meter was re-read, so she recalculated my bill (I heard her tap-tap-tapping on the calculator) now I only owe $1,017.00….what???  My bill has never, ever, ever been that high!  So, I went to the Utility Office and sat there a while to talk to one of the supervisors.  After seeing two people and waiting a while, a supervisor came out and she asked me why I did not come in after getting the $4,700 bill (like this is my fault) and I informed her that I never got it.  I received a rather short typed notice that some utility bills were sent out in error, but I trashed it, not thinking about it, waiting on my bill to come in.  After all was said and done, she assumed that someone saw that my bill was $4,700 and pulled it and sent someone out to re-read the meter.  It was re-read, but no new bill was sent out.  Then, looking closer, over $500 was penalties and late fees from the $4,700 not being paid.  They forgot to adjust the bill to take those penalties off.  I never got a bill so how could I be penalized for not paying it?

They were nice about it, for once.  But she kept telling me that I should have called in….that I should have asked for a bill….that I should have known something was wrong….  hmmm…..  I always  pay my utility bill when I receive it, so usually it is paid 2 weeks before the due date.  So, I did not think it odd to not get a bill, I just assumed I had already paid it.  In my Excel Spreadsheet, based on my usage from last year, I have that amount held out in my budget waiting on the bill to come in.  If they don’t send me a bill, how will I know what to pay and when to pay?  Whatever…………

So, after all was said and done, my bill was reduced from $4,700 to around $500.  That is a BIG difference….lol…..  I still didn’t get a copy of my bill to compare my usage to last year’s usage.  When I asked for a copy of it, you would have thought that I was stupid based on the looks I got.  I told them I like to see my usage from year to year and I base my budget calculations as such.  Still got a stupid look.  I didn’t push my luck.  I paid my bill, and left.  I just hope none of that stuff appears on next month’s bill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Cricut Chirp

This was an idea from the Cricut Chirp I received last week.  I thought this was cute.  Makes a great title!  Or decoration.  It does not necessarily have to be BABY.  You can use other words and shapes but with the same concept.  I thought I would share what is inspiring me this week!  I love to paper piece.