Dorothy and Ted and dinner guests laughed off the dripping rain on the inside of the ranch, but the leaks caused more problems…

“One interesting facet of our rain problems, discounting the leaky roof, was our lack of electricity in the living room and bedroom during and for several days following each rainstorm. Since we had no money for an electrician, let alone a roofer, we managed with kerosene lamps whenever this phenomenon occurred.  After all, it rained infrequently in Central California.  No great problem.  Several months later when we decided to do minor remodeling in the living room, Ted tore off several sections of knotty pine paneling and we about died.  Somehow in the wiring of the house, someone had used a piece of extension cord instead of regular household wiring.  This carried a heavy load of electricity for part of the living room and it was a miracle there were no dangerous repercussions from it.  Another place in the wall had two bare wires hooked nonchalantly together.  This “hook-up” would pull apart as the wood in the wall swelled during a rainstorm and not only would leave us without electricity until the wood dried, but also played a little game of “how much wood can we char while we are sparking and pulling apart”.   Needless to say, we didn’t sleep well until the whole house was rewired.”

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