What, you don’t have problems to ameliorate?

So, bookmark this great advice for solving home warranty problems for another day. But go ahead and write some poetry anyway.

It’s Tanka Tuesday. Don’t worry if you’re running late like me and it’s already Wednesday. Colleen won’t fine you for being late!

We’re going to stretch our mental muscles and write some poetry. The struggle to write this #tanka poem is worth your effort. Use some words you seldom use. Make them fit the pattern. Learn a new pattern. The Tanka pattern is a new pattern for me.

Synonyms for the Target Words

Circled: Surrounded, enclosed, encompassed, revolve, rotate, whirl

Squared: Balanced, coincided, conformed, dovetailed, fit, harmonized, jibe, reconciled, agreed, in accord.

One Hundred Five Today, One-ten Tomorrow

No air con at home

Hot air rotated by fans

Conformed for two months

Relaxed, read, wrote, moved slowly

Enjoyed cool drinks and a swim.

Worse than No Air

Surrounded by noise

Dehydrators blast the rooms.

Drying walls, ceilings

Insulation, carpeting

Reconciled water leak

The Rest of the Story

You can power through almost anything. Like many of you, we are still somewhat sheltered in place due to COVID 19. But what do you do when your shelter turns on you?

My grandparent’s bed set circa 1920 in my spare bedroom

Our air conditioner did not get replaced for nearly three months. The repair company ordered the wrong unit, not even the right type of unit. That was the easy part. What followed was much worse.

Have you ever forgotten to turn the vent off after you bake? When you turn it off everyone sighs in relief?

For the last forty-eight hours, dehydrators have blasted 90-degree air into two rooms in my house. Yes, it’s still 105 outside. The next step, tearing out all the insulation in the attic, and possibly replacing framing, drywall, and plaster in two rooms will be a relief from the noise.

Dehydrator at work.

Normally an air conditioner drips the entire time it works. Instead of it leaking down the roof, they pipe the water through pipes to get it safely into the ground without dripping on anything.

The condensate line coming into our attic.

In our case, the air conditioner installers forgot to connect or glue the pipe that carries the condensation from the air conditioner into the attic to any other pipe. The water dripped unfettered into the attic for days, soaking through insulation, wood framing, drywall, plaster, and finally the mattress on my grandparent’s antique bed.

Actively Advocate for Yourselves

Expect the unexpected. It’s okay to be a bit of a micro-manager, even when you don’t know much about a home repair.

  1. Ask nosey questions! The company that does the repair, in our case, replaces your air conditioner (or any appliance) might order the wrong unit or part for the unit and delay your installation. Ask them to tell you what they ordered. Write down the number. Our air conditioning repair company didn’t want to tell us. My husband persisted.
  2. Document work with photos. The repair company told the insurance that they couldn’t find the air conditioner number. My husband went on the roof and took a picture of the number which was clearly visible and sent it to the insurance company. The repair company had ordered the wrong unit. (big delay) My husband researched and found several companies around the country which had the unit we needed in stock and gave everyone the names of the companies. Otherwise, we still might not have air conditioning.
  3. Get to be good friends with your home warranty and your homeowner’s insurance companies. Keep them informed with pictures and a timeline of events if anything starts to go wrong. 
  4. Read your insurance policy. Our home warranty policy states that they are not responsible for damages done by the repairing party. 
  5. Don’t assume. I thought someone had spilled something on the bed. I stripped it to let it dry out. Two days later it was still wet, as was the floor and the ceiling plaster in our spare bedroom cracked and peeled. Water damage causes mold, so it needs to be mitigated quickly.


When all is said and done, mistakes happen. We could not convince our home warranty insurance company to use another repair company to install the new air conditioner. But when it leaked, they agreed to pay for a different air conditioning company to fix the leak. That repair company took pictures. 

We also have an umbrella homeowners’ insurance policy which will cover most of the damage caused by the repair company.

My hope for you is that all of your appliances will continue to work. But if they don’t be alert and advocate for yourselves. 

Keep cool. 🙂

When it’s all over relax.

What Is a Tanka?

Like me, you might need a little help with this form of poetry. Colleen has some guidance on her website, which I copied here to help me write this new form of poetry.

TANKA IN ENGLISH: 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of 5 lines written in the first-person point of view from the perspective of the poet. When writing a Tanka, the third line is considered your “pivot,” but feel free to let it happen anywhere, or to exclude it. It is not mandatory. If you do use a pivot, the meaning should apply to the first two lines, as well as the last two lines of your Tanka. Remember, Great Tanka can be read both forward and backward.  

  • Your tanka should be filled with poetic passion, including vivid imagery to make up both parts of the poem. The first three lines of the poem consist of one part and should convey a specific theme. The third line of your poem is often where the pivot occurs although it can happen anywhere. The pivot gives direction to your poem whose meaning should be applied to the first two lines of your poem, as well as the last two lines so that your tanka can be read forward and backward.
  • The last two lines of your tanka are where the metaphor (where the poet compares two concepts without the words: like or as), simile (where the poet compares two concepts with words: like or as), or where a comparison occurs to complement the first three lines of your poetry. Use words you are comfortable with from everyday speech. Avoid ending your lines with articles and prepositions.
  • Make use of your five senses. Don’t describe your theme. Instead, use adjectives, or exclamations of sound, taste, and smell, along with hearing and sight to make your tanka powerful.
  • The Tanka is untitled and should be written in natural language using sentence fragments and phrases, not sentences.
  • While many poets will adhere to the 5/7/5/7/7 structure, there is no rule that says this is written in stone. Remember, tanka poetry is looser in structure than Haiku. Let your creativity guide you. Follow the short/long/short/long/long rhythmic count instead of counting the syllables in the traditional fashion.
  • Tanka poetry does not require punctuation. You don’t have to use capitals at the beginning of each line, nor do you need to add a period at the end of the line.
  • A double tanka is two poems. Three or more tanka poems are a sequence. They are usually linked by a common theme.

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25 responses to “Home Warranty Problems Dry Up When You Vent Through Poetry”

  1. Erica/Erika Avatar

    Oh my goodness, Marsha, what a nuisance. Especially with the heat. The moving slowly, cool drinks and a swim made me smile. The noise part was a significant challenge around here plus everything else. It has been three weeks and definitely working into January. Good information on documenting all.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I’m so sorry you have to go through it. The noise was mind boggling., especially the last machine used to purify the air. But without all those processes, we would have had mold, and that’s pretty nasty. So glad you are getting yours taken care of. It’s a nuisance to have all that going on during Christmas festivities, I’m sure. I pray it passes quickly! Thanks for your comments, Erica. 🙂

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  2. Jules Avatar

    Oy! Your issue was way worse than mine! But you reminded me of another appliance issue we had. Thankfully under warranty – for almost two months our dishwasher had this or that part replaced.

    Hope your insurance covers some of the damage.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      We are working with them on it, of course. It’s a slow process, as I’m sure you know. You have a cute web address. 🙂

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      1. Jules Avatar

        I started in a sort of a book club tried Blogger and WP. I only kept Blogger to ease commenting on other Blogger posts. As Blogger and WP don’t play nice together. I’ve have a few WP blogs. Most are private now. And my icon doesn’t go to my open one which you can only get to if you happen upon a prompted piece where there is a link.

        I’ve got enough on my plate – and only half attempted to host once. And that was enough. I’d rather play with the prompts.

        So I’m uncertain of what ‘web address’ you are referring to. I do attempt at being clever and occasionally succeed 😀

        Hope your repairs happen with some swiftness.


        1. Marsha Avatar

          I started with Blogger, and still have that account. I even had a Google Sites blog for a non-profit when I first started. Then I started WP, and liked it a lot better. It seems that more people connect and comment on WP than Blogger. The web address that comes up with your comments is dailyjewelsbyjules. There’s not much play on words available for Marsha 🙂 You can’t even rhyme it with much – Marsha, Marsha, bo-barsha. Banana-fana fo-farsha. Fee-fi-mo-arsha. So your play on words appealed to me. 🙂 Have a great week, Jules.


          1. Jules Avatar

            JulesPaige is the pen name… Because words are like Jewels on a Page… That site that comes up (for the icon) is one of the closed sites. What you want if you are interested is:
            but that isn’t the site address… It’s complicated. But It works for me.

            Cheers, Jules

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            I’ll try that. You can ignore my request on your private site. It’s hard coming up with catchy blogging names. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve changed my name, but the address is, which makes no sense unless you know me! 🙂

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          3. Jules Avatar

            It doesn’t have to make sense if you like it and are happy with it 😉 Write on!

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            How true. 🙂

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  3. judeitakali Avatar

    This is a really great post

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much, Judeitakali.


      1. judeitakali Avatar

        My pleasure 🌼


  4. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. Avatar

    Sorry for this awful experience Marsha.. it is a nightmare. I hope it is sorted soon and great take on Colleen’s prompt..xx

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Sally. It is inconvenient, but life could be a lot worse. I’m just glad my husband is vigilant.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much for reblogging my post. The poetry was fun. The problems, not so much! Could be worse, though. The demo guys told us about a 4 story 1800s house that had water damage on all 4 floors that they were also working on. YIKES! So I’m grateful that mine is only two rooms. 🙂 It’s worth another poem! Thanks again.

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      1. tracikenworth Avatar

        You’re welcome, Marsha! Egads–that poor family in the 4 story!


        1. Marsha Avatar

          Actually, I was wrong, it was a bank housed in an historic home. So the damage was even greater than the antiques that were damaged, all their paperwork and filing. What a mess. I can’t complain about my two little rooms. 🙂

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  5. Stine Writing Avatar

    First, I love your grandparents bed. Second, sorry all that happened to your house, but luckily it will be covered. Third, when I looked up what Tanka Poetry was I found two definitions. One was the 5/7/5/7/7 and the other was one line consisting of 31 syllables. Are they both correct?

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That’s a great question. That was my first Tanka and I went entirely on Colleen’s definition that I posted . However I did a quick search and every entry said that a Tanka is five lines with the structure of 57577.
      Thanks also for the compliment. It means a lot to me. We are both very grateful for all the insurance coverage and that we caught it fairly quickly. It is not a room we use often. My sister-in-law spent the night, and when I changed the bed, I noticed that it was wet. Had she not spent the night, it could have been weeks before I discovered it. So, I’m also grateful for that. 🙂

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  6. Colleen M. Chesebro Avatar

    OMG!!! So… your insurance company is going to pay for the repairs? Won’t your premium go up? (I used to sell homeowner’s and car insurance for Allstate). Does your insurance company go after (sue) the repair company? What a fiasco. I only hope your heirlooms aren’t ruined. That is horrible. Fingers crossed that all gets repaired. You did a great job on your tanka. I’m so proud of you! ❤

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Those are questions we don’t know the answers to yet. It has certainly changed our plans for the near future! 🙂 I guess the Lord had a different idea for us. 🙂 At least for now. 🙂 Thanks, that was my first Tanka. It does make you think and I love that.

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      1. Colleen M. Chesebro Avatar

        We’ll hang in there. Things like this have a way of fixing themselves. ❤️❤️❤️

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks, Colleen. 🙂

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