Queen Of The Hill


Don't you think this photo sort of makes Abi queen of the hill? Silly dog. She does the craziest things.



Then here's Charlie. More of your garden variety normal dog. Happy to sniff plants, bark at noises, and chase wildlife.

 
The gazebo is down. My son-in-law wasn't going to be able to help me with it until at least Sunday. 

So I got my step ladder and was out there working on it yesterday morning when my neighbor Charlie came out on his own patio next door.

He saw me and came over to help. 

I was worried, because he had back surgery a few months ago and can't do much. And I sure didn't want him to get hurt due to my problem.

But together we managed.  
 
 
My veggies are coming right along. You can see the lettuce growing above. 

My tomato plant took a bit of a hit during the crazy wind the other day. But I think it will be okay.


We residents here learned that our manager has left us. I can't even recall how many different managers have come and gone since I moved here over three years ago. Or maintenance men.

The maintenance guy is leaving soon too. He told me that they're all tired of being questioned by the residents about when things will get repaired or done. And they have no answer.

He said that the management company simply sends all the requests to the owner in Dallas, and he apparently doesn't respond.

He also told me that the tree problem has tripped the owner up every time he tries to sell this place. He refuses to deal with it. 

And he told me that the concrete has broken from tree roots and sewage is coming up out of the now open hole. 

Guess they will just keep closing down apartments that are affected and not rent them out. Seems ridiculous to me. 

But it seems the owner is not willing to put any money up to fix the problem.

I mentioned that the health department could get involved. But the maintenance guy said they've already been out here and didn't do anything about it. 
 
 
I do love the yellow/gold and purple/lavender theme of my patio gardens this year. It is just a pleasing and soothing color combination to my eye.


38 comments

  1. It's so sad that the owner doesn't want to take care of the place. At least you know that at some point, you can move if it gets to be too much to put up with. Of course, moving is a hassle, but at least it's not a situation of where you own your unit as a condo and the management company isn't keeping up the grounds, making it difficult for you to sell your condo. Being a renter certainly is a plus in this situation. I'm happy for you that you got the gazebo down with no injuries to anyone. That purple and yellow color combination is striking. Abi doesn't like the flowers getting so many photos this year and she's trying to upstage them!

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    1. You're right. Glad I could move without having to sell anything first.

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  2. Your garden pictures are wonderful, Brenda. I know the dogs love it out there as much as you do. We saw tornadoes on the news last night. Did you have any near you?

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    1. Don't know about tornadoes, but we had a big storm.

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  3. Sounds like lots of problems at your apartment complex. Maybe time to find a new place.

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    1. I've looked off and on. Just isn't much to choose from.

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  4. So sad that you're still having to deal with that tree situation. I recall that a few years ago you shared that a neighbor had mold and standing water in her apartment due to the tree roots coming up through her floor. Please be safe, Brenda. Did the maintenance crew repair your wall that had termite damage? Hope they're at least keeping you and your pupsters safe.

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    1. Brenda ... these apartments look quite lovely
      https://www.apartmentlist.com/ok/tulsa

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    2. I looked at your link. But I already knew about all of them. They wouldn't work with my dogs, as I need a bigger patio space to let them out on. I can't be walking them every few hours due to my ankle. Which is one of the big reasons I chose this place three years ago. I guess I'll just do whatever I have to do if it comes to that.

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  5. You should start looking for an apartment while no one else is looking and there is no pressure. The owner has an agenda. Don't ignore the obvious. Be ahead of him.

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    1. I try to keep up with what's out there on a fairly regular basis. I;ll just look more now.

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  6. Have you thought about looking for a new apartment? I know it's not easy to find something that's affordable. At least you could get your name on a list. I know you like it there, but maybe you could find something nicer for you. At least some place where they will fix stuff.

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    1. Yeah, might be in the cards. Hope not. But you never know.

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  7. What a gorgeous and peaceful patio garden!!! The fur babies always make me smile!!! So sad that the "Landlords" sometimes really just "Don't Care"....

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  8. And that's exactly why I couldn't wait to buy my own place again! Landlords are awful, I had two terrible ones back to back and I was OVER the whole renting thing!! They don't want to fix anything, or heavens forbid put any money into the place. Yet they don't mind jacking up the rent! Even though it's a lot of work to own my own place, I am the queen of my own domain!! Just like Abi....queen of MY hill!! :)

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    1. I'm just not in a financial position to do that. Wouldn't be able to get a loan because I work for myself, and my income is all over the place.

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  9. I see news spots where apartment residents can't get any resolution to problems. Maybe a resident could call the news about the conditions. It might cause some action.

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    1. I don't think it would because the owner is out of state and won't be affected. Or at least that's what I've been told about the idea.

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  10. Absentee landlords are terrible to work with. Hopefully that will get straightened out for your sake. You have put so much work & effort in to your home. I would hurt to have to leave it all behind. There aren't many places where you would have a private patio. I would deal with almost anything to have that little piece of private patio, if it were me. Will you be able to get another gazebo? That was awesome to have too! Well, it is rainy & cold here in Wisconsin. Some areas still had frost last night. I don't have my plants outside yet. Take care Brenda!

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    1. I can't afford anything like that right now. Too many vet bills, and the pupsters are more important.

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  11. Brenda, I also am worried about your future here. It just might be if something was done about the tree roots, they might make you move as it could mean they need nothing to be added to the sewer line while they repair it.

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    1. The maintenance man told me that the owner would probably be thrilled if one of the trees falls on an apartment, as then he can collect insurance.

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  12. All Hail Queen Abi ! Early on as a puppy, our dog got the name "Her Royal Naughtiness, Zoe !

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    1. Oh, Abi is quite the little character.

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  13. I am so sorry about your gazebo, I know you really enjoyed it. Always enjoy the pupsters and their antics.

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    1. Yes, they keep me highly entertained!

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  14. I hate it that the owner won't take care of the place. It sounds so nice and you have made such a lovely home for yourself there. I hope something gets done. Hugs!

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    1. I know. I don't know how he lives with himself.

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  15. Your pupsters are polar opposites, Brenda. That is too funny but maybe a good thing.

    How horrible about the landlord. Just awful. Our family has had apartments for years and there is a 24 hour on-call maintenance department for emergencies...and regular maintenance work done all the time. IF there is an open sewage leakage you can bet they will shut the place down. I certainly hope that you don't have to move again. Have you thought about looking and maybe getting your name into a place that assists with costs for people that need help? You may have to find something to get out of there...,and if they close the place down there will be a lot of people looking for like housing in that price range. I am so sorry you have to even think about those things but I also know that it is probably not going to get any better if the owner can't/doesn't sell.
    Hope you have a nice weekend-I am sure you live in anxiety with all that mess going on. xo Diana

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    1. Well, I sure hope they don't shut the place down. I imagine the owner only keeps this complex to use it as a loss on his income taxes or something.

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  16. So sorry you have to deal with this. You have put so much into your little home. I'd just keep your ears and eyes open and maybe something will come up for you. Hugs

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  17. Brenda, are your apartments subsidized? Just wondering if that would give you any clout with the owner in the event that a group of residents contacted the Housing Commission or whatever agency is appropriate. Even if they are not subsidized there may be a local housing authority of some kind. And if more residents than one were placing the complaint maybe the owner would be fined or in some way forced to do the up-keep and repairs that are needed. I mean, sewage leaking up out of the ground?? That's a serious infraction of some rule, I'm sure!! You might even bring a law-suit. Do you know if there's a Legal Aid office in your area?? I don't know if you are an organizer or not but if you could somehow contact some of the other residents and get a group together, you might force the owner to take care of business.

    On a cheerier note, I just love that bright blue morning glory! Just gorgeous and one of my favorite flowers. And Abi reminds me of my daughter's elderly, deaf cat, Rhoda, that lives with me. She is definitely "top dog" around here and even bosses the real dog around. When she thinks it's time to eat, no matter what time of day it is, she meows loudly and piteously until she's given her canned food. Such a "Queen of the Hill" just like Abi!

    I hope you get so me resolutions with the housing issues. Consider at least talking to a few other residents and presenting the idea of becoming a group. You could also just make a phone call to the local housing authorities. There's GOT to be a way to get some leverage with this owner. After all, these units are your homes.

    Have a good weekend and may the wind be only a small breeze!

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    1. No, Naomi, this complex is not subsidized. The ones, two story, across the street are, but they're filled with drug dealers. Which is why they put the gate up here, because they kept coming over here to carry out their drug deals.

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  18. Will not having the gazebo affect your beautiful plants ... due to the lack of shade? Sure hope not.

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  19. So sorry to hear about all the apartment problems. Maybe you should put your name on the list at the 62+ apartment and hopefully when you're ready, they'll have an opening for you.

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  20. Brenda,

    So very sorry to hear about your apartment complex problems. I have you on my pray list and will pray that something better domes along. In the meantime I pray that you are safe from the drug dealings.

    On a different note, your pups are adorable. And I love your morning glory.

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Author Bio

Brenda has been writing since grade school. She majored in professional writing/journalism in college, where she won awards for her feature writing. She loves to decorate, garden, enjoy nature, read and spend time with her Yorkies.
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