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I actually sat through a city council meeting last night.

The last time I did that I was a 27-year-old TV reporter in Great Falls, Montana. I would wait for some kind of decision on resolution 1.2.73, addendum 46 on corn subsidies and then before I fell into a complete coma I would interview someone about it and put it on the 10 p.m. news so that folks at home didn’t have to take an Ambien to fall asleep that night.

But back at last night’s city council meeting, I was there to see if there was any progress on the flood issues in my town. You see – I’d really prefer if another 10 1/2 feet of water didn’t make its way into my home again. Because frankly, I hate having to tread water in my living room.

At one point during this meeting, they talked about 40 truckloads of debris that had been removed from a river that runs right through town and behind my home. This is a small bit of progress. And then the city manager gave the mayor a golf club that had been found in the river. And boy, did everyone have a hearty chuckle over that!!

A golf club in the river! That must have been one hell of a golf game.

I don’t know. I guess I would have thought it was funnier if I wasn’t in my third month of living in a rental house that is not covered by flood insurance.

Which brings me to the little hiccup with our kitchen cabinets.

They were supposed to be delivered in five days.

Which turned into two weeks.

Which turned into maybe December.

But maybe not.

Rick is convinced that we are part of a cabinet Ponzi scheme in which someone else has to lose their cabinets in order for us to finally get ours.

Yesterday, we were forced to cancel the cabinet order and start with a new company.  So if you add up the cost of the cabinets, the additional rental money because of time lost, our mental anguish and time spent arguing with cabinet people during Halloween festivities, it comes to roughly a billion dollars. I think.

I feel silly complaining about any of this. Because I have my four amazing children, a wonderful husband, a warm house and many other blessings.

It’s just that I really want to go home.

24 Responses to i’ve tried clicking my heels and it just doesn’t work at all

  • Steph says:

    I am so sorry about your cabinets. That really stinks. I sympathize with your thoughts about feeling bad that other people have worse problems. i do that too. But your blog has a purpose. Your writing uplifts others. Thank you.

  • Lanie says:

    What kind if shoes were you wearing when you clicked your heels together? I think it only will work with sparkly red ones. 🙂
    I wish you could go home too! xoxo

  • E says:

    Kelcey, not to sound preachy but you should get super educated aboit flooding. When I lobbied, flooding was one of my many hot topics and we deal with a bit some in my current job. First, desnagging makes people feel productive but often simply aggravates flooding downstream bc it often does nothing but accelerate the speed of the water. Does your neighborhood flood chronically? There should be naturalized buffers around rivers and creeks that absorb and slow the flooding. Is your town restoring them or allowing people to build in them? Water was once absorbed as it made its way to the river/creek but lawns, paved areas, roofs, big box stores, these all prevent the water from being absorbed and contribute to flooding. Zoning and development policies are key but a lot more complicated than desnagging so towns often just focus on clearing the debris. Asleep yet?

    • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

      First clue is when your bank requires flood insurance for you to get a mortgage….don’t buy the house. I live in a flood zone in California, it’s a horror show every winter when the rains come and one time we had to be rescued by boat. They put in dikes and pumps and it’s ‘helped’, but when the tides are high (I live on the Bay), there is no place to pump the water….and we hope it doesn’t flood. One neighbor had fish in his backyard when the flood subsided…

  • hokgardner says:

    We are in month four of living in a rental house because our house is sold and we haven’t found a new one yet. I know it’s not the same as having your home destroyed by floods, but I can sympathize with wanting to go home. I want my own bed and my own books and my own stuff.


  • DawnGes says:

    I’m so sorry–this all just SINKS!

    If you ever need an almost empty-nester mom of 5 to come hang out with your birdies I’m available and would provide hundreds of references. Wait, do we live near each other??

  • Kerri says:

    Oh Kelcey I am so sorry this is dragging on for so long. You would think that the cabinet company would be more sympathetic based upon your circumstances. I hope it goes better with the new company.

    We built our own house & I know how frustrating it was when our sub-contractors (we were our own contractors) didn’t come through with what was promised. My husband even got a call from them to tell me to back off. He said he wouldn’t dare tell me that & in fact I had a right to be on top of them because they were not delivering what was agreed upon in the contract. We lived in a 27 foot trailer on the property (camping trailer built in 1967!) and had no water or hydro to start. The difference is we CHOSE to do it & we knew what we were in for. You had no idea, no time to prepare not only physically, but emotionally too. We turned our experience into an “adventure” for the kids. They can now joke about having no bathroom, but only a toilet seat on a wooden box. We called it the “out” not an “out-house” since there wasn’t even a house around it. It was just in the woods by the trailer. They collected appropriately sized logs & those were their dolls. They laid leaves out on the ground to be their babies’ beds. They created an entire village & called it “Tiny Town”! They all remember hearing splashing & going outside to find baby racoons with their mom playing in the kiddy pool. (We got the water from the neighbours & lugged it in pails on the kids’ wagon).
    We had been preparing the kids for the advendture for over a year. The year before we would camp there in a tent (every weekend) while clearing the lot, as it was heavily forested. The kids were 7, 5, 3, and 6 mos old (he was exclusively breastfed). So the trailer seemed like heaven (it was an Air Stream!)

    Someday you will look back & realize how strong you really were through all of this & so will your kids!

  • We in the blogging community send you warm love and hot chocolate-like kisses. What you’re going through sucks, but at least you’re a grateful person for what you do have. It would be awfully nice to have four healthy children AND cabinets, though, right? Some time I’ll tell you about our back porch which was supposed to take one month to build and ended up taking two and half years. It’s a tragi-comic tale.

  • Nina says:

    Our house flooded around this time last year. I SOOOO feel your pain. At one point I broke down and started sobbing while I was on the phone with our insurance person. I was just SO frustrated. Hang in there.

  • Nancy Walton says:

    I know this is just picking nits (whatever that means), but are you sure the meeting you sat through in Great Falls, Montana wasn’t about WHEAT subsidies, not CORN? There just really isn’t much corn that grows in and around Great Falls – or anywhere else in Montana, really – except in people’s back yard gardens. Oh, and the Hutterites grow quite a bit of corn. But I don’t think they qualify for subsidies, do they? Darn it, now I won’t be able to sleep tonight until I know the answer to my own question. But back to the true topic at hand. . .if this latest cabinet supplier doesn’t come through for you, you might consider having a nice finish carpenter build you some custom cabinets. I imagine there are a few around who need the work and that way you’d get exactly what you want. In probably half the time. It still might take 6 months or so though. Good luck and in the meantime, thanks for doing your civic duty, whatever your agenda!

  • Lanie says:

    My 1st comment is stuck awaiting moderation? I just wanted to ask what kind of shoes you were wearing? Clicking your heels together to get home works best with red sparkly ones. xoxo

  • erinb says:

    there is no doubt in my heart that you are a very grateful person…you more than deserve to vent. so very sorry for everything you have been through. I will pray you can go home soon…or that atleast a new season of project runway starts again soon to ease your pain. xoxo

  • Flood insurance doesn’t cover a rental? Really? My friend’s kids burned her house down (honest) and their rental was paid for a year and a half. How can anyone be expected to cover both a mortgage and a rental?

    • Kelcey says:

      Our flood insurance is through FEMA b/c we are in a flood zone and no private insurance company will insure us. And FEMA insurance does not cover temporary housing. Florida residents have complained about this for years but nobody paid attention until this year when so many parts of the country were hit by floods. I’m sure your friend had private insurance.

      It’s ridiculous trying to cover a mortgage and a rental. As my husband and I say – if we could afford to to carry two homes, we would already have a beach house!

  • MN Mama says:

    I am so sorry friend…. I actually read your post about the winter hats first. Seriously, you have the gear to come for a visit. I know you want to go home but if you need a vacation, you are welcome to come here. You won’t need that super warm hat and coat for a couple of months (I hope). Hang in there friend!

  • Jessica says:

    What a pain and I totally understand how draining it can be to manage it all with four kids in tow. I hope you get your cabinets soon and feel “home.”

  • Laura says:

    I so hope you get to go home soon. A certain Ch’ville (VA)friend of yours from college and I (no, you don’t know me!) were wondering if a visit here might help….Come on down!

  • Leigh Ann says:

    That sucks, Kelcey. I hope you get back into your house soon. I know you do still have a lot to be grateful for, but sometimes you just gotta bitch about stuff. It’s okay.

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