BARRIER ISLAND, LOVE IT...OR LEAVE IT. by b. Malin

THE CAST OF CHARACTERS

Our Car Insurance company
Our Car Insurance company
The Famous "Gecko"
The Famous "Gecko"
"Nutsy"  My Squirrel Friend
"Nutsy" My Squirrel Friend

LIFE GOES ON...

Yes, Life goes on, here on our Little Barrier Island. We are fine. We lost both Cars to Salt Water Damage, and turned to our Insurance Company for help...So here once again the Story continues... Enter "Geico" Insurance Company.

First off let me say, Help didn't come in the form of the "Gecko". Which actually I was hoping to meet. I envisioned us taking a walk along the Sandy Beach, my hair blowing softly in the breeze, as we kicked some Sand, just like in the Commercial. Instead, "Help" came in the form of a little Green, white & yellow Car, with the "Gecko's" picture on the side. Our Hero, the "Adjuster" stepped out, took a deep Breath and surveyed our Cars, before ringing the front door bell. This all took place last Saturday morning...EARLY Saturday morning, I might add. I heard the front door bell ringing and nearly threw Lover Man out of Bed. "Quick, the door bell is RINGING"! I yelled in his ear. Lover Man stumbled out of bed looking like a bad dream. "Go, go", I yelled again. After a few minutes, he comes back and tells me to join them out front. I quickly throw on my Jeans and a Top, run into the Bathroom to brush my teeth...Yes, I did... As I think of Lover Man waiting out side in his PJ Bottoms and Shirt, his hair all messed from sleep... and UNBRUSHED TEETH! I look in the mirror, and SCREAM, silently, as I run a comb through my hair, and splash my face with COLD water. And then I run through the house (Lover Man NEVER RUNS) out the front door.

I say to the Adjuster, after we are introduced, "Geico" said it could be 8 DAYS before someone would be here. I am really impressed, it's only been 1 DAY"! He looks like he is Beaming with Pride. "Ok, he say's, as he turns to the cars, let's get started. He has a little instrument which he measures, this and that, and writes quickly on his clip board. He is finished and now putting stickers on each car that state TOTAL LOSS. Arrangements will be made for them to be picked up. They will be in touch next week to let us know what our cars are worth, and when they will be picked up. Lover Man's car only had 10,000 miles on it. My PT Cruiser had 77,000. Sad...But the Good Part, both cars are paid for. We say our "Goodbyes" and Thank him, and then watch him drive away.

We walk back up to the front porch and turned to see "Nutsy" the Squirrel running up the sidewalk, and he looks like he has a mouth full of something. He doesn't see us as he heads for my BIG Flower pot at the end of the driveway. He climbs in and starts to bury what was in his mouth. Then, he sees us, and I know what he's thinking...Should he, or Shouldn't he? And can he trust us not to eat whatever it is! Now I have to tell you, this Squirrel, has been IN LOVE with ME for the past 41/2 years! Ok, I know to the average person, that sounds just plain "Nutty". It doesn't matter. Anyway he LOVES me, but still when it comes to his Mouth watering treats, he's not about to Share. I wrote a Hub about "Nutsy" a while back, called "Oh Nuts to you"... Which would give you better insight to our relationship.

That night at Dinner, we found ourselves talking about "Nutsy" for we hadn't seen him since Hurricane Sandy. So it was nice to know that he was ok. I said, dryly, "I wonder if he's still seeing his Squirrel Lady, or had they broken up"? Lover Man replied, "Well, maybe Not, but he's always had a "Thing" for you as well". Then we looked at one another, and started to Laugh. We were actually discussing the LOVE LIFE of a Squirrel...How Nutty was that? We both said in Unison, "I think we've been on this Barrier Island TOO Long"!


Comments 90 comments

Stephan 4 years ago

Very funny!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Great service from Geico! Good story and we are glad "Nutsy" survived too.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Phew, B - Glad Nutsy survived even though his love life may be washed out for the moment. Most important though, your insurance is sorted out. Donchya hate getting knocked out of bed early? Urgh!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Love your sense of humor and I love your attitude about the damage. Geico gets a five star rating for that kind of service. Love it!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

You and Lover Man are great examples of how to use humor to deal with stress! I think you could write a really cool book based on your Hurricane Sandy trials and tribulations.

Love the cast of characters in today's installment and am so glad that Nutsy is doing well and that the Geico Man is so efficient. Hopefully, the estimates will be enough for fair replacement cost.

Am voting this hub up across the board.

Hub Hugs & Love,

Gail


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I have Geico too, glad to know they are so quick and reliable when you need them. So glad to hear Nutsy is doing well, trying to replenish his hoard after the storm washed the old one away probably. He might need a little help this year (hint, hint). Your humor is still shining through, which is wonderful considering what y'all have been through lately.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Never realized how much damage salt water could do to a car. Glad that you guys are okay though and I wish we had Geico here in Canada.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

What a delightful account of a not-so-delightful situation. Glad it had good facets.

I'm expecting a visit from an insurance adjuster tomorrow for high wind damage which blew the cover off my chimney. Maybe I should look into Geico. The deductible on mine is surely more than the repairs will be. ugh.

By the way, I've squirrel relationships too. I call any of my familiar furry friends "Rascal" because they recognize it from when my attic and walls were being invaded by them or their ancestors. I'd yell "Rascal" while pounding on the wall and instructing them to get out or at least, to hush the noise. Wrote a hub about it, titled "Paranoid or Just Plain Squirrely". In spite of it all, I like them and they like me.

Thanks for a most pleasant hub, Barbara!


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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

Great boost of good words on Geico. That is so sweet you saw your nutty friend. That must of been a relief.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Guess I am going to have to catch up. So glad all is well. You sound luckier than many. Saw a woman on TV this morning said she was staying here and there and calling every hour til she got a motel room and ended up having to give it up to a helper!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello b. two totaled cars. ugh. Luckily you two are good planners and have 'condo with a view' ready and waiting. Your humor is still in good shape. Definetly not 'totalled'.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Very resilient. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Glad everything turn out alright.


cleaner 3 4 years ago

b, you are a great writer. I like the way you and "Loverman" can be so happy to be in that dire situation, you make it sound so rejuvinated and ready to face the world with a happy go lucky life . You are a great writer.... I love this piece... (yes,I Did.) I felt like I was there.


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

So happy you are able to enjoy the humour during such a frustrating time. Good for you. I hate to say I enjoyed this when I know how difficult the situation is for you but I enjoyed it! I'm even feeling a bit of a pang for Nutsy. We don't see squirrells here in Az! Great hub! Thank you!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Glad you are okay, and thank goodness for Nutsy! glad the little guy is fine, lol!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

I love your spirit B. Malin.. I love you and lover man too.. well not love in the sense of the word but in how much I enjoy sharing your experience.. cool? Frank


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

LOL, love this! Oh, so natural! :)

You have way with words, and you convey the story very well. Enjoyed it very much. Take care B. hugs from here....


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Thanks Stephan. I'm so Glad you Enjoyed!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Xstatic. Well I may be getting ahead of myself with "Geico". We were supposed to hear from them yesterday on Step 2...Payment and how to get such... But did not...Had to call today. Supposed to get back to us by Noon.

Ah, Nutsy, he really is Mr. Personality.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Jools, Nutsy too is a Survivor. As for his Love Life, well he's still got ME! Ha, Ha...Seriously, I hope "She" is alright too.

Insurance is such a Pain, first you think Oh boy this is going GREAT and now NOT so sure...But I've still got Faith.

Lover Man is the one who can't get out of Bed Early...I can...but Sleep is Wonderful!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Thanks Bill. My attitude today is, What's happening Geico?...Hopefully they will come Shinning through...otherwise my "Mac" will tell the story. Thanks for Enjoying.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I am so happy to see that Sandy didn't rob you of your sense of humor. I think it is great to have a squirrel in love with you. I have tons of squirrels on my property but none have shown any interest in me at all!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Gail, We do use Humor, however we also get CRAZY at times...like yesterday, when Geico did NOT call back when they told us we would hear from them by Wed. with Quote and All. We are on such a tight Schedule with Traveling and all...But on the Bright side, it's going to make for a Fun Hub read!

I really was Happy to see Nutsy running up to my Flower Pot with a Mouth Full...He showed, Life goes on! Thanks for all your Wonderful Comments Gail, and of course your Votes! Hugs back too.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Becky, They started out so Good, I'm hoping today, to once again hear from our Adjuster...I've still got Faith in Geico to come through...

Nutsy trusts NO ONE with his "Hoard of Nuts and Goodies"...and to think, I've given him some of the best years...Ha, Ha. He made me Smile, when I saw him heading for the Flower Pots, my little Survivor!

How's the Move coming? I was thinking of You, and all you have to do.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Susan, I know, we didn't know either...But Salt Water Eats away at Everything. Geico started off Great, I'm sure they are overwhelmed with Claims...So hopefully, they put on Extra Adjusters, they told us they did. We are supposed to hear AGAIN from our Claims Adjuster today... Fingers Crossed.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Nellieanna, Thanks. Geico started off Great, but right now we are waiting to hear from the Claims Adjuster, who should have called YESTERDAY...Hoping when he does call, that he has Answers for us.

Oh, your Experiences in the Attic, I could do without! I'll have to take a look at your Hub. Nutsy has never tried to get in, he just likes to be noticed and appreciated. He's left me EMPTY Nut shells...which Lover Man says are a "Gift". I say...Sure it is...He would never leave me a Real Peanut! But you gotta Love him...Mr. Personality! Thanks for Enjoying Nell, and all your Wonderful Comments as well.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I love Nutsy.. so good to know you and lover boy and Nutsy are alright.. I remember reading about Nutsy and his love affairs..lol .. so glad you are alright so you can keep writing these delightful hubs.. let us know how much you get for the cars.

my prayers are with you and many blessings

Debbie


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Wetnosedog, Well Geico right now is boarder line with Me. We are waiting patiently to hear from the Claims Adjuster who had said we'd definitely hear from him YESTERDAY. Fingers Crossed for TODAY!

Yes, it was Great to see Nutsy, he made it through too. He probably picked the Highest Tree on our Property to wait out the Hurricane.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Jackie, We were Lucky. We thought we'd get Flooded out when the Bay/Ocean came rolling down the Street. But it never got into the house, just the driveway, Garage and under the house.

Our hearts go out to Neighbors and Friends who weren't so Lucky. The Devastation here was Horrible, looked like a War Zone.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Your writing skills are only surpassed by your sense of humor! What an enjoyable hub. I can't imagine how you've been able to handle this situation so well. I realize you 'only' lost your cars, but that in itself is traumatic.

Nice to know Nutsy is still with you and finding food!

Voted all the way across for your ability to find humor in such a situation...hope you've heard from GEICO man! God bless.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Although I am sadden about your auto's condition and total loss, I am glad to know you are both safe. Even happier to realize Nutsy survived as well!

Many blessing to you


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

b. Malin. delightful, It's good to know that you and Lover man are slowly getting back to normal.

Nutsy is a survivor, great to hear he's doing Ok :). I'm also glad that the GEICO people are keen to get you back in the saddle, good luck and best wishes, Voting up.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

malin - I always love your writing dear. That was terrificly told.

The Frog


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I'm glad you survived that disaster. And I'm glad that I have Geico as my insurer. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Great hub and thanks for sharing it, glad to see Sandy couldn't take away your sense of humor.....awesome !

Vote up and more !


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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

Wow, I guess those commercials are true! I actually had a car stolen about 2 years ago in Texas and they paid me in less than a month. They are okay, except for that annoying lizard!!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

So sorry you lost your cars, b., especially the PT Cruiser - that one is something special. But your sense of humor is still intact and Nutsy survived, too.

Will you be bringing the lil darlin' to Florida when you move? Just wonderin'.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Macbd, Just found out we will get enough form Both Cars to buy ONE car! That's ok...In Florida Land, we only need One. We will get a Second Car when we sell Jersey Home...then, we can Afford 2nd car! Yeah, my Humor is Intact. Ha, Ha.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Here i an commenting just after drbj, she cracks me up. Nutsy sounds like my kind of squirrel. I loved your storry, sorry you lost both cars. What a terrible time that must have been, happy you are safe and still have your witty humor..Cheers


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Mhatter, Well until I see the Check from the Insurance Company...I won't breath Easy...Thanks for Commenting.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Cleaner, Thank You! Happy? Happy? are your CRAZY Cleaner...WE are NUTS at this time...We just look Happy. Or I just Write Happy...We are Normal, most of the time...Now? We are Coping. Seriously, Thanks for the Comments, and thanks for Coming along with us.


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suzzycue 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Cheers to Nutsy and Geico . They are welcome friends after the storm. You are in my prayers. God speed your recovery with the storm.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Btrbell, If we didn't Laugh, we'd be SCREAMING...That's Us...We of course know how Lucky we are...We only lost 2 (paid for) Cars, some Friends, lost Everything.

Now Girlfriend, "Nutsy is MINE! It's Enough I have to share him with that Squirrel Lady of his. Seriously, you don't have Squirrels in AZ? Thanks for all your Comments.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Nell, We are OK. Thanks and getting more done each Day. Nutsy is running along Singing his Song, not a Care in the World...I say "NUTS" to him!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Frank, Thank You. Ah, Thank You Again, I'll let him know too. And we Love you Too Frank, especially when I say to Lover Man, "you gotta read his Hubs...Always a Good Scary read!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi LaThing, Thank You. I try to bring some Humor into these Crazy Times. I'm so Glad you appreciate my words. Hugs right back to you as well.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Breakfastpops, Not a Change of that. I know, Nutsy and I are quite the pair...But he won't share his NUTS with Me...Hmmm, well I get into Trouble for saying that?...You know what I mean! Life is long, maybe a Squirrel will take a liking to you. We all do!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Deborah Brooks, Yes, Nutsy is Special and Lover Man and I get such a kick out of him.

I found out this afternoon we will get enough from both Cars, to buy ONE Car... and we'll have to put some money towards the purchase. We will buy the 2nd car when we sell the house in Jersey.

Thanks so much for all your Comments, and Concern.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Tillsontitan, Thank You! I know, we only lost Cars... and will wind up with Enough from the Insurance company to buy ONE Car, but that's ok, we will have to put some money towards the purchase. We will buy another Car when we sell the house in Jersey and head to Florida for Good.

Yes, Nutsy is still our little Squirrel Guy, just gathering his Nuts. Hey thanks for the Votes and all your Thoughts and Comments as well!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

So glad that your house survived. Watching the news casts, it truly does look like a war zone in many areas after Hurricane Sandy did her nasty business. Sorry for the loss of your cars and only getting enough back to purchase one car. As to Nutsy...glad he or she is OK. The squirrels at this house play, drink from our birdbath, bury their nuts in our garden beds and watch us through the windows. At our former home they got in our attic. You can read about that in Two funny cute and short stories about squirrels, if you are interested. You would not believe what we were told to do to get rid of them. Ha!

As others have said, your humor is still very much intact. You and loverman will do well in life as long as you still have your sense of humor. It helps one get through the rough patches in life such as the one you have recently sustained. Many up votes!!!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

I'm so glad you, your beloved & house are safe, Barbara. And Nutsy, as well, of course. He sounds like a keeper. I see you did get the insurance estimate, though it was low-ball. Your positive attitude is quite a plus for you and all of us who enjoy your hubs.

My insurance co. sent their adjuster today & she surprised me by giving an estimate for a whole new roof! But there are some unanswered questions I need to sort out before the roofing contractor (one of the insurance company's "First Choice" contractors who work with them) comes tomorrow to give his estimate. The check I got today is a tiny part of the estimated repairs, but there's something called ''recoverable depreciation" which, if recovered, would bring it up to the difference in the total estimate less my deductible. I've got to know whether that will be recovered befoe I can proceed to agree to the new roof. The whole estimate is staggering. I couldn't possible afford it now. The deductible is staggering enough!

Too much fancy footwork~ ;-)


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

There is no doubt in my mind as to why Lover Man 'lovers' you! I'm quite certain there's rarely a dull moment - and i understand completely why nutsy's in love with you too! The fact is - there'll never be enough of his heart left for any old girl-squirrel! Once you've gone 'nutsy' for Barbara - there's no going back!

I'm soo glad that all you had was car damage and that the gekko came through in the crunch! (gekkos and squirrels? we're all NUTS!)

Love your sense of humor, dear - it will carry you through anything life hurls your way!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and delightful. Yep you've been there too long but what a great life. I love all creatures great and small and you two sound like you have a great time together. What's not to enjoy?


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

"Lover Man NEVER RUNS"

I love your witty Hub. I am sorry to hear that your place was in the path of that disastrous hurricane. At least you have your sense of humor intact. Thanks for the pleasure of reading this report.

James :-)


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Shiningirl,

WE are grateful that it was only our Cars...and having Insurance helps. We are Fine, and got through a SCARY situation...and are so Grateful. And Nutsy... is Nutsy! What more can I say.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Tobusiness, Yes, we are getting back to Normal...as Normal as WE can be.

Little Nutsy is a Survivor too, and I think he knows it. And the Geico People are ok, they too are OVERWHELMED! Thanks for your Thoughts and best wishes, and of course, your Vote.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Frog, Thank You. You just made me feel So SPECIAL!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Alocsin, Me TOO! Yes, Geico, is a Good Insurance Company to Insure with. They are there for YOU.

Thanks for your Comments and of course, your Votes.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Kashmr, Thank You. Sandy would have Won, if I had lost my sense of Humor. However, seeing my Neighbors and their losses... makes me want to Cry.

Thanks so much for your Comments, and of course your Votes.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi eHealer, They are! So I'm glad we had Geico...Kinda hope the Lizard would be the "Adjuster"...Ha, Ha. They've already given us the numbers, quickly because we have kept in touch with the Adjuster, we called him back, and that speeded things up. So now we've Mailed our Titles in, and are waiting for the payoff.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

You know Drbj, I think Nutsy would LOVE Florida, and all the Hot little Female Squirrels that he could meet. I wish there was a way to take him, without him having a Heart Attack, if we tried to kidnap him...

I will Miss my PT Cruiser, lots of fun Memories. I can't even look at her. Yes, I feel SHE knows.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Ruby, Drbj, is Great! A Hub without seeing her come and Comment is not worth the write! I so look forward to her visits as well as yours dear Friend.

Nusty probably would be your kind of Squirrel, he's a laugh a minute, you'd Love him. As for the Cars, we'll be able to buy One now, so that's ok. But being Alive is Good...The rest will work out. Cheers back to you!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Suzzycue, You are so right, they Both deserve around of CHEERS. Thanks so much for your Thoughts and Prayers. We are Good, and each day even better. Thanks dear Hub friend.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Peggy, Thanks for all your Thoughtful Comments. We'll be ok with One Car for now...Just don't want Car Payments. We'll purchase another car, when we come back from Florida and sell our Jersey Home.

Nutsy is a Boy...All Boy, and at times in Love with Me, and his Lady Squirrel...What can I say. I know, I sound Nuts!

If we Lose our sense of Humor, Sandy has Won, and we can't have that! Hub Friends like yourself, are the Greatest!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Nellie, Actually, I can't complain about what Geico offered us for the Cars. But we will only buy One Car now. We plan to sell Jersey Home in May, and then get another New Car. If we didn't stay Upbeat, then Sandy has Won, can't have that!

I found with dealing with Geico or your Insurance company, don't hesitate to call them back and keep after them. We found out, if we hadn't called the Adjuster back, we would have been waiting...He was glad we had, and was able to give us the numbers right then and there...and take us to the next step. Also get at least 3 Estimates...and Good Luck, it is mind Boggling, Nell.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi ImKarn, I know, I know, I'm Something Else...As for Nutsy, well, I personally think, he just can't make up his mind between Me and his Lady Squirrel...Personally, I think she looks like EVERY OTHER SQUIRREL!

Your Comments are So Funny.

Yes, we were Lucky that Sandy didn't come in the house, but now Under the house, we have to have the Duck Work checked out. Today, someone gave us an Estimate of $7,250. OUCH! We will get another Estimate! Not Funny, but I'll find a way in the end to make it Funny. So glad you stopped by to make me Laugh. Gotta Love Us Hubbers, we are True Friends!


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I'm glad that you still have your sense of humor, Barbara! I'm also very glad to hear that Nutsy is safe. This must be a very difficult time for you. I hope that your recovery from Hurricane Sandy goes as well as possible.


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oceanuniverse 4 years ago from California

This was to cute. Glad to hear Nutsy is safe and sound. Reminds me of seeing this one pigeon I would see everyday with just one leg. Really glad to hear he's safe, and look forward to hearing more stories about you and Nutsy.


dreamseeker2 4 years ago

Love your humorous side to your devastation. So sorry b. Malin, for the loss of your cars. : ( But, I do love the little squirrel! Very cute spin on this tale or should I say...his? : ) Voted up and funny!! Great hub!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Gypsy Rose, Thank You. Lover Man and I do Enjoy one another, and with "Nutsy" who seems to watch over us...Literally. Life most of the time is GOOD. But It's time to move on...To hopefully Florida, after we sell Jersey Home in May.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi James, That's Right, LOVER MAN NEVER, EVER, RUNS...He's a Trip, but I LOVE HIM.

Thanks for Enjoying James, if we didn't keep our sense of Humor, we'd go Crazy. Thanks for Commenting.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Alicia, MY Humor, is still Intact. Nutsy is Safe and Sound...And we're doing Ok. So many others are NOT, so Yes, we are Grateful. Thanks so much for your Thoughts, and Cares, so Appreciated!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Oceanuniverse, Thank You. You ought to write about that Pigeon, with one Leg. I'm sorry, but now I'm Laughing at the thought of this Pigeon. He'd probably have a lot to say.

Nutsy is Fine and doing his thing and hanging out every now and then, with us.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Dreamseeker, I sigh as I reply, where would we be without our Sense of Humor...The Cars, were our Biggest Loss, but compared to what others lost...We can't complain.

I'm so Glad you Enjoyed reading about Nutsy, Enjoyed your Humor too. And of course, Thanks so much for your Votes!


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

I'm loving it! After reading this, I don't dare not to! LOL I love this hub and I want that cute little squirrel in the picture. I don't normally like squirrels either, see? You makin a believer out of me all the way around. Great hub!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Bobbi, "Nutsy" does grown on you...It's that Nutty (pardon the pun) personality of his, and I swear I can tell what he's thinking...SCARY, Huh? I'm so Glad you Enjoyed... and are now part of my crazy Squirrel's Fan Club!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Good to hear the insurance claim went smoothly, even though you were dragged out of bed so early and Lover man caught in his PJ's. Lol

I sense of humour is a great bonus in a crisis.

Was so pleased to hear Nutsy survived, now don't you dare touch that flower pot. Lol


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ahorseback 4 years ago

B, I never thought to ask are you Okay ! Forgetting about the real world of hubbers too ! I am glad your sense of humor survived better than the cars , how about the house , are you Okay ?......ed


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Rosemay,

Well, I'm still waiting for my Check, Lover Man got his...But Hopefully today, for me.

I know if we didn't Laugh at ourselves...we'd go Crazy...Laughter is Good.

Nutsy is a little Survivor, and so Independent. My Flower Pot is HIS, as far as he's concerned. I can Live with that!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Ahorseback, Thanks for Asking. YES, we are fine. Have a Rental Car, and so Life goes on...La, La, La. The House, got water underneath in what is called the "Craw Space"...Today we are replacing the 10 Ducks. But compared to others, we are NOT Complaining.


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Kenja 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

Unique, well approached, and of course squirrel friendly. Good stuff.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Kenja, Thank You. I try to see the Humor, otherwise, where would we be... The Devastation was Horrible. But here on the S. Jersey Shore we pull together, and we Survive.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Well, I'm glad you're okay. Did you see the benefit concert last night? The Who blew me away as did so many other musical geniuses. I wish I had a "Nutsy". You're too funny . . . lol. I have two annoying cats who would only drive him away! Good to see you again B.


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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Fossillady, I've MISSED You! Are you really back? I missed the concert, used to LOVE "The Who". I miss Nutsy, he's back in NJ, we are in Florida now. We need to buy a TV, been catching shows on my "Mac". Good to hear from you Kathi.


femmeflashpoint 3 years ago

b.,

Maybe Nutsy is related to Rocky?

Very happy to hear your family was intact after the storm, including your furry little boyfriend.

Loverman ... what a guy! He's like a modern day Minute Man. :)

I'd have needed at least FOUR MUGS of coffee and a shower before agreeing to answer the door for anyone.

Really sorry about your vehicle loss, though.

I love living coastal, but I gotta admit, the storms scare the pi-diddle out of me, so I'm thinking the Great Lakes are beginning to look very appealing!

I'm also disappointed that the gecko didn't show up. But, happy to hear a cave man didn't show up either. He'd have had hair all over your lawn and he might have tried to catch Nutsy and have him for a brekkie snack.

Hope your back in your wheels soon and life settles back to some sort of normal modicum on Barrier Island. :)

femme


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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Femme, Time as marched on, and I'm now driving a new Kia, Sportage, and Loving it. Thank You Geico, for half the car .

We're in Florida at the Condo w/the view. Looking to sell NJ home when we get back. Not because of the Hurricane, but because we feel in Love w/Florida. I wish I could take "Nutsy" too.

You've written some Pretty funny Comments and I truly Enjoyed reading them.

As for Normal...What's Normal? And would I Enjoy it? Mmm, Maybe.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hello B. I love the way you weave your humor into reality. And your little squirrel buddy, Nutsy, is just adorable. My Dad had one in Orlando that would come to the back door and wait for treats. So cute.

Sorry to hear about the two cars being totalled. My Mom's car was totalled after a tree limb went through her back windshield with straight line winds here in Texas a few years back. Same thing with our neighbors. The folks across the street lost their entire house and the houses behind and to the side of us were totalled. We only had minor damage to the roof and the garage and my shed took off flying. We were out of town when a friend called and said our house was on the news. Freaky.

Glad to hear that things are beginning to settle for you both.


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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Peg, Things are good now...one car has been replaced, and life goes on. We plan to move to Florida, and will sell our home in NJ when we get back in May. I've been SICK for almost a month, first the Flu, and then just the lingering after effects, Lover Man too. And Florida has been COLD. NOT complaining...just saying!

Thanks so much for your kind thoughts and Comments.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

B.Malin

I loved your ways of telling thing. You have a style.

This little story is very enjoyable.


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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Thanks Vinaya,

I've been away, so now I'm trying to catch up. I'll be by to visit your Hubs SOON!

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