Tuesday, May 31, 2016

When it rains......It Pours.......

I must share with you what happened to us over the holiday weekend. On May 28th this past Saturday we got up as usual. Once my feet hit the floor I am usually non stop on the go most of the day. I still wasn't up to par when i had gotten up. The day before I had a really nasty vertigo attack. My husband said he was going to do nothing but be lazy over the holiday so after coffee he sat in front of the television. We were suppose to go that evening to a bar-b-que but decided against it since my head still wasn't right.

I sat down to watch television with my hubby when all of a sudden the television (Direct TV)went out giving us that awful code we had been dealing with for quite some time. Code "775". This means the television was not getting a signal from the dish.

By this time we could smell something burning. Mike ran outside to check on the dish. The last time the "Direct TV" folks were here they had replaced the whole cable underground to the house. They connected the cable to the side of the deck. White smoke was billowing from the deck. You could tell something was burning. The spigot on the outside hasn't been hooked up yet for the hose so I was running around like a mad woman filling anything I could get my hands on with water. We finally managed to contain the fire. Now Direct TV is investigating the issue. I have to have a forum filled out by the fire inspector even though we put the fire out ourselves. I have a stack of things to do before we can get the cable back on. They say 4-6 weeks. In the mean time my husband has temporarily run a cable cord to the dish so we can watch television. (The Direct TV people said that was fine, they just couldn't do it until everything is resolved).

Mind you, I had planned to stain this deck now I have to wait.
All I can say is thank God we didn't go to that cook out after all and were home.


  1. Wow, that was an experience! So glad too that you decided against the BBQ; the damage, I agree, could have been so much more! Good that your husband figured out a way to get cable in the meantime.


  2. Thea,

    I agree with Betty. Good thing you were home and that Direct TV said it was okay to hook up a temporary cable. That would be a long time for you guys to go without TV.



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