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Sunday Summer Thoughts


Summer has now settled in for the long haul. It will be October before we see a let up of the heat now. Unless something strange happens weather-wise.



I moved this white cone flower over here to the pot adjacent to the pot with the salmon orange cone flower. They're the only ones I have this year, that came back after winter. 

It's already grown taller and looks much better. It obviously needed more sun. 

That's what's so great about container gardens. You can move them around to get the best location.



When I went down to pay my rent the other day, I told the interim manager about the tree roots growing underneath my apartment. She said she'd tell her supervisor. We'll see.



Here's the tree pushing the fence segment into the strange guy's yard. It is a thick tree with lots of trunks. This is what it's doing...



Not a big problem. Just broken concrete. Until it gets to my apartment. Now look...



See the trunks growing underneath? It's that way all along the back. Little branches are pushing the wood away from the wall. 

I've been cutting them out, but I've kind of given up. I want them to see it if they ever send someone down.



I imagine there's mold behind this. The dogs have been coughing and choking ever since I moved in here April 2014. I've taken them to the vet. They just give me medicine. But this is a non-stop problem.



I imagine it looks like this all along the back wall from former termite damage. When I had one of their pest control guys look at it last fall, he just said: "I can spray if you want. I don't know if this is current or old."

I don't like chemicals, so I told him no, just to hold off. It's been like this for quite some time I imagine, long before I moved in. I don't own it. 

I told him it was ruined, the wood. He said they'd never fix cosmetic damage. 



Well, if this continues with the tree trunks, I imagine it will eventually come through the floor. Then they're probably looking at taking some of the apartment out and jack hammering. 

Like I said, I don't own it. I can't do anything. Seems a real shame to let this happen.



I leave you with something prettier to see. The blooms from my hostas.



And my pretty Ms. Sun. Isn't she lovely? Smiles rain or shine. Hard not to smile back.

Have a great Sunday.
Cozy Little House
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  1. The cosmetic issues are one things, but the mold is another. That can be a health hazard which you don't need.

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    1. I worked extensively in Mycology, the health hazard is based on type of mold and its relationships to outside air. Outside air has a great deal of mold and the count is there related to the inside amount. Could you ask the management to do a cold count?

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  2. I wish you didn't have to deal with another issue at the complex. Nature is fierce--scalding temps and tenacious roots. And she has a wicked sense of humor, one that I could do without. We're getting ready to move, and Mother Nature is having her last laugh. Last week, a sink hole opened up, and our pond (a whole acre) has nearly dried up. Love the shots of your flowers. The white cone flower is so beautiful!

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    1. A sink hole. Sometimes I feel like my life just went over the edge of one!

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  3. I bet the white flower makes the other one pop. That damage is scarey! Why do people wait until the problem becomes sever before they do anything about it? Yes it may be a reason that the dogs cough. Are you having any breathing problems?

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    1. I'm not near as bad as the dogs. I'm worried about them.

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  4. It's hard when management won't deal with issues. Nothing you can do but tell them. So you see another move in your future? Sooner then you thought? I'm so sorry for that. Your gorgeous deck garden is the real star of this home!
    hugs,
    Linda

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    1. Not unless I found something to make it worth my while. Unless trees start growing through the floor!

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  5. I think you are right about the mold, especially if the tree roots are growing in the under and side of the apartment. Your picture looks like my house that I lived in when I was married. The house had wood on the outside and when it was replaced with vinyl siding, I saw what it looked like when they pulled the wood off. They had to replace some of the actual structure, as the wood was soft and molded. If you or the pups become sicker, you need to go to someone official, or have your doctor call someone. Mold is something you don't play with. On a brighter note, I love your flowers! I am so glad that someone sent you that new sun. I almost like it better than the original! He is so cheery that it makes me smile every time I see him. I hope you and the pups stay cool today. Hugs...

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  6. They'll most likely cut down the tree and leave the roots in, thinking they will die. A sister of a friend had pretty much the same thing but the roots were disrupting area under and around her front door creating a fall risk. The tree was cut down completely to stop further damage but that was it. No repair work, nada! No apartment complex cares for it's property the way we'd like.

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    1. No, unfortunately they don't. Hard to understand why they don't do something before the job becomes REALLY expensive.

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  7. Most areas have laws about mold, so you need to see who to report it to if they don't take care of it. Definitely dangerous to your health. Your garden is really looking lush and pretty though. xo Laura

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  8. The tree needs to be cut down and the stumps treated to kill them. For the record, that is not superficial damage. The rotten wood simply hides what is going on underneath.

    I don't know why rental property owners are like that. I live in an apartment complex. They take every shortcut they can think of for 30 years. Now they are doing a major overhaul: new roofs, new chimneys, new siding, new doors, new windows and new landscaping. I don't know why they don't take care of things appropriately as needed. I figure our rent will go through the roof now.

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    1. They don't want to do any more work until the residents have paid for that $50,000 privacy gate they had to put up in 2014 to keep the drug deals out of here.

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  9. Wow... if it's not one thing, it's another. I wonder if you can report the people that run that place. Have you checked out ways online to get them to do it? I found this with a quick google search: http://www.propertydo.com/slum-landlords.html

    xo,
    rue

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    1. I'll check it out. The owners are a corporation based in Dallas.

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  10. I hear you. Apartment living has it's give and takes. I've been where you are. At least we get things done where we are now. Praise The Lord. I am glad you mentioned moving the pot. I was planning on doing that today. My caladiums keep turning yellow. I think they actually are too close to wall. They get no relief.
    I am moving them to other end of the patio. My oregano completely died. I don't have much luck with herbs. It's frustrating. I hope you have a good week.

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    1. Could you be over-watering the caladiums? I haven't had any in quite some time. That or maybe they're getting too hot. My herbs are spluttering, but will probably revive when it gets cooler.

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    2. Caladiums are shade lovers, and being tropical should love the water! Not meant to be in prolonged sun.

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  11. You'd never know it's summer here. It's in the low 50's and raining. The kind of day that makes you want to stay in bed.

    Apartment living has its pros and cons. On the one hand, it's not going to be your responsibility to fix things but on the other clearly the issue with the tree is effecting you and especially the pups. I read some of the comments and I agree that if they do anything at all it will simply be to cut down the tree, but that won't help the mold that's already there. Geez....don't you have enough on your plate??

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    1. Gee, I wanna come live where it's in the love 50's! It's 100 in the shade here.

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    2. There is one place where the weather is PERFECT, and that is Palm Springs, where Frank Sinatra used to live. Not too hot, not too cold, most days in the 70's and dry. I don't know the price range but I am sure it is out of everyone's league. Can't hurt to check.

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  12. Love your suns...I love my coneflowers. I will have to take a pic and send it off to you.

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  13. Brenda, I would suggest that you purchase a small dehumidifier to use in your home to reduce moisture if you have concerns regarding mold. I live in rather marshy land and you would be surprised how much moisture that I pull out of my house during the summer or during rainy periods. Mine came from Sears and was reasonable, less than $250 which is not nothing but is yours and can travel with you. It has been one of my best purchases.

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    1. It's so humid in OK anyway. I wish I lived in dry heat. Summers here are miserable.

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    2. We purchased a small dehumidifier at Lowe's and it is doing a great job in our basememt. We have it hooked to a waterhose so that it will drain into the drain pipe. It is like day and night since we started using it. Air was always damp...now my basement is as dry as my house. I hope this is something that would help you. They come in different price points based on the square footage you want to dehumidify. :-)

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  14. Brenda,
    That is horrible about the tree roots and the mold possibilities. Mold can cause all kinds of health issues. The other thing they will have to worry about is the tree roots growing into the sewer systems and that is very costly to fix. Hope someone there knows this and will investigate. Hoping they do something for you.
    Kris

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  15. I wish I had a magic wand to transport you and the pups to a safe, beautiful cozy little house.
    Thursday one of our worst fears was realized, a wildfire burned right up to our irrigated ground, the yard, the corral, the pastures. All but about 30 acres of our private ground and all the BLM grazing permit has burned in about 5 hours. I knew we could survive fire, but now I know we can survive a fire storm. We have a defensible space. A 40 foot wall of flame came right to the fire break in the front of our house. We will probably lose some of the big trees in our yard, but us, our cows, horses, dogs, our machinery, and all our buildings are safe. We are truly blessed. I am just now coming down from being so wound up. All of you be careful in this hot weather.

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  16. I didn't know the temps were so high for you for so long down there in OK. We have temps that waver up and down--the same with the humidity and wet/dry spells. The Midwest always keeps us guessing.

    I really thought after you moved from your rental house to this place that your problems were over. Everyone seemed nice and all things upright and dandy. How much more can you have dished out at you? All the advice you are getting is certainly helpful but you have to find what works for you. Stay and fight the management? Find another affordable place? A new town? How are those wheels of yours turning these days? I'm hoping you find peace and solace in your pretty garden---sometimes it helps us breathe easier and shake life's problems off. Please know we are here for you.

    Jane

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  17. Hi Brenda, this is not good and a health hazard for sure. With the heat like we are both having in this part of the country, not only is this a mold issue, but sewer problem too. I hope this can be addressed soon and fixed. Call the city, that'll get em moving. This would never pass inspection the way it is.
    So sorry you are having to deal with so many issues. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for better days ahead, Hugs, cm

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  18. Your dogs are so tiny that anything toxic is going to be multiplied, I would think.

    I wish I could send you some of this cool 70 degree weather we're having today in Nashville. It won't last long but it's nice to have our windows open today.

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  19. Brenda,
    Is there any possibility of you and your babies finding a new home? Would your daughter help you look for something else within your budget? I sure hope there is something better for you to live in and be safe.

    ~Bobbie

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  20. It would be a shame if you had to move. You've customized and decorated the apartment so it seems a perfect little world for you. I know my little apartment and little yard are just so right - at least for right now. I wish the complex would stay on their toes and keep the little things fixed before they are big things.

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  21. I hope that common sense prevails eventually and they act proactively rather than re-actively. I hope they do fix it for you at some point. I am pretty sure you can't afford to move again- so I am praying this works out for you.
    Your flowers are always so lovely and so is THE SUN! xo Diana

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  22. I can't imagine why they aren't trying to remedy those issues - those are structural. You'd think they'd be eager to fix those things, before they get too far out of hand. Mold can cause so many health issues. I pray you find relief from it all, soon! So frustrating. I'm so thankful that your sun brings you happiness! Gorgeous garden... You've definitely got a talent when it comes to gardening.

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  23. First Alert does a very inexpensive (12-13 dollars) mold test kit available through Walmart . If you test and find evidence of mold inside your apartment, the Dept. of Health would get involved (if needed) to force your landlord to clean it up. Just a thought.

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  24. that is a shame that the apartment owner won't take steps to prevent further damage by removing that tree. That's what will need to happen to solve that problem! I agree with Maxine's comment about testing for mold. I would do that!

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  25. Brenda, your plants are so gorgeous! I do hate that you and your doggies have to endure the problems at your home. I think it is a shame when people do not take care of the property they own -- seems like the owners would be interested in saving their investment! I agree with Maxine and Kelly..at least this would be a start!

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  26. I love your Ms. Sun!! Smiling, big time. Your green thumb is still just as beautiful as ever I see. Roots from a neighboring tree has created havoc under the courtyard pavers here too. I hope you don't have to deal with mold and all of its issues!! Love to you dear one.

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