Issues regarding renting from Mike Maynard and We Rent Marion

Warning! This will be a long post regarding renting from Mike Maynard and We Rent Marion!

January 2017

At the beginning of the yearI fell in love with the description of the house we are currently in. I asked lots of sighted people to check out the pictures and make sure that visually nothing was like horribly wrong and got the go ahead to let We Rent Marion know I was interested in the property. An appointment was made to come do a walk through of the house.

While doing a walk through with individuals from We Rent Marion and a sighted person that drove me to Marion a few issues were pointed out that needed to be fixed. For example, missing doors in rooms, nails poking out the the walls, needed fresh paint, broken windows and so on. At that time I was assured that those things would be fixed.

Move in day came which was about 2 weeks later and guess what, those things were not fixed and we discovered even more issues that because it was freezing cold during the walk through they were overlooked. However, they were immediately brought to the landlords attention. For example, a heavy window that when you open it, it falls out, there are little and big holes in the floor that are not safe for not only a blind couple, but definitely not for a little baby, there are vent covers that are hanging off the wall, there’s water damage to the floor in the bathroom that’s weakening the floor, meaning when you step on it, it sinks in and electrical outlets that needed to be checked.

Now in case you are wondering how did these things get missed during the walk through it was because they didn’t have the hit on during the walk through so the house was freezing cold, some of the holes are in areas that you don’t immediately notice, but with having a child that’s crawling around and having to assure their safety, you quickly find them.

Now, at this time around Febuary 2017 they had a maintenance guy also named Mike who was suppose to look into the issues. Well, guess what? For the hole month of Febuary he ignored our calls. We knew he was still around because his children went to the same day care as our son.

March 2017

Nothing has been done about any of the things that needed to be fixed in the house yet. Continued to try and reach Mike the maintenance guy and finally learned he no longer works for We Rent Marion. How nice of them to let their tenants know, right? So, give the landlord a call and find out what’s going on and when would the issues be looked at.

Hey, guess what? That phone call was never returned. We didn’t hear anything for all of March.

April 2017

Finally, we hear from We Rent Marion and they take down the list of things that need to be fixed and claims that someone will be in touch to see what can be done.

The person named Greg does come out, but he only fixes 2 things, the carpet on the stairs and a board in the upstairs livingroom that was coming apart and making the hole in the floor bigger.

Seriously, with that hole big list they only fix 2 things!

Greg tells us that We Rent Marion should be in touch in maybe a week about the rest of the items. So we wait! And we wait! Hey, and we wait some more!

May 2017

I give We Rent Marion a call and leave yet another messages about things in the house that need to be fixed and what is going on. I of course get no answer.

June 2017

I’ve finally had enough and send an email to We Rent Marion and this time I make sure that Mike Maynard gets a copy of my complaints. I list every single thing that needs to be fixed in the house and voice our concerns about the house being nsafe for a newly starting to walk baby that could seriously get hurt. I let them know that now if we don’t hear anything and things don’t start getting fixed that we would be within our rights to find another place to live since they are not taking care of the property as they should and are suppose to. I wrote that email at the end of May and didn’t hear anything for maybe 2 weeks.

Jane, Mike’s assistant calls and says Mike wants to meet with us ASAP so we set a time. But hey, guess what? You probably guessed it, he never showed up and didn’t even bother calling.

Another week goes by and I hear from Jane at We Rent Marion again claiming that someone would be by on a Monday to look at the house. So a time is set and we reschedule our plans to mae ourselves available. But…you guessed it, they don’t show up at the appointed time. But, they do show up hours after the fact, no appology, no nothing. Just, things ran behind. Seriously!

The person that came out was Mike Maynard the actual owner of all the We Rent Marion properties. He noted every single issue that needed to e looked at on his phone and even commented that some things should have been done before the house was rented again.

Like seriously, in my opinion maybe you should check on your properties more often instead of just believing what people tell you and then ignoring when your tenant files complaints.

One of the biggest things we pointed out to Mike Maynard while he was here was that one of the electrical outlets in the kitchen blew out and wasn’t working for a week or so. He goes over to the one that wasn’t working, notices the light is green on the breaker which I assume means it’s all good, plugs in the can opener and of course it works. His comment then was, “well, it works now so all is good there” and doesn’t note that in his file of things to look at.

So the end of June maintenance people come by and we schedule them to come by on a Friday morning to get started.

Ready for the routine?

Friday which is the last Friday of the month and there’s no maintenance worker here. We again get no phone call, no nothing

July 2017

Someone else decides to step in and try and give us assistance in reaching these people and getting through to them that they need to step up and fix their property. They were told that if nothing was done then they would be reported to the health department. Surprise surprise, we get a call from the maintenance guys who claimed it was a miscomunication and that they lost our phone number.

i’m sorry, but if you couldn’t find the number, then why didn’t you call your boss and get it from them? That was a horrible excuse for not doing your job.

So, it is scheduled yet again for them to come on Monday and we change our schedule yet again to accommidate. We should not have to keep doing this!

Oh look, they actually did show up then and stayed the hole day. They did fix a few things, like the nails in the porch, finally putting the doors in 2 of the rooms, putting screens in the windows. Well, some of the windows and cleared up the vegetation that seemed to be taking over the front and back porch. When they were done at the end of the day they told us they would be back the next day, which would have been on a Tuesday, July 11th. Things were finally looking pormising!

Ugh, got our hopes up too high. It’s now Wednesday July 19th and the maintenanc people are no where in sight. We have not received any phone calls attempting to reschedule or apologize for not showing up, nothing.

Remeber that electrical outlet in the kitchen that I said Mike Maynard ignored because it started working again. Well, today is Wednesday July 19, 2017 and we just had the fire department out here because that same outlet heated up and made the prongs of the appliances too hot to touch. The outlet stayed hot for almost a hour after we unplugged everything and turned off the breaker. The fire department told us not to use that outlet again and try and get our landlord out here. Once we told them who our landlord was, their response was not very encouraging.

Hearing, “your landlord isn’t Mike Maynard, is it” is not something you really want to hear from a fire department. It does not make you feel safe about whom you’re renting from. So then we were told to get the health department involved and try and get an inspector out here to check things out.

As a blind couple with a 11 month old son we do not feel safe in this house any longer and it’s way past time to start looking for safer accommidations before something really bad happens due to We Rent Marion and Mike Maynard ignoring our concerns.

happy mommys day!

Hi hi hi! Yes’s I knows it’s earlys in the morning and all good babies like me should be awakes and telling their mommys happy mommys day!

So’s with thats being says, appy mommy day to the bestest mommy in the worlds! I loooooooooves you’s lots and lots!

I’s almost 9 months old and I drives my mommy nuts, but she’s loves me anyways! I jumps on her and pulls her hairs and squishes her nose and she laughs and kisses me and blows bubbles on my tummy. Bestest mommy evers!

I growls and babbles at hers from the moments I wakes up and she always listens to me’s. Don’t I’s sound cute?

I knows says mommy yets, but I’s still loves you!

Happy mommys day and now lets play!

I’s 3 months old!

Hi hi hi hi, I’s Jaydon, And guess whats? I’s also 3 months old now! I’s a big boy now, right right right?

Sorrys I no talks to you peoples when I was little, but I was sicks. My tummy didn’t likes what mommy was feeding me and it kept me sicks a lots, but I’s all betters now, yay! They also pokes me with owie things, ow ow ow! I cried really reallys loud. Then I stops, it no hurts anymore. They should tells them not to make the owie things hurt so much.

I loves talking and blowing bubbles. Mommy says I talks non-stops now, whatever that means! I’s especially talks lots when she comes back from leaving me’s with daddys while she works. I tells her all abouts how I gives daddy a hard time cause he’s not mommy!

I has lots and lots of toys to plays with. My favorites one makes funny sounds. I also has a piano that I’s can kicks and that’s in my bed that I don’ts sleep in, but mommy and daddys keeps trying. I says no no no! I sleeps with mommy then I knows where she is.

Uh oh’s, I better call for my mommys. I has a really smelly diapers and I wants it off now!

Ma ma ma ma ma mommy! i needs this off off off!

Looks who’s talking now!

Now, hopefully I did this right, lol.

For those that receive this via email there are audio files in this entry so not sure if it will show you. If so, great! If not, then head over to my blog directly, smiles. You don’t want to miss this cuteness!!

Hey, look who’s giving us those great baby noises now! 2 months old and his talking away!

And if that wasn’t cute enough, then check this one out where he *demands* our attention at 6:15 this morning.

Hello from me, Jaydon!

Note: For those that receive entries via email, there is a video in this entry. You should no the drill by now, smiles. Visit www.youtube.com/canadianlynx1 and look for Jaydon at 6 weeks!

Hellos everyone, it’s me, Jaydon! I’s 6 weeks old now and according to my mommy and daddy I’s a mommy’s boy. I so loves my mommy! Everyone also says I is very very cute and they wants to kidnap me. Don’t they knows I no likes that and I’ll scream and screams until they takes me backs to my mommy?

My poor mommy doesn’t gets lots of sleeps because I no likes that either. Sleep is no good, no no no! Especially if I’s not with her. She keeps trying to gets me to sleeps by myself, but I no wanna do’s that. I loves being cuddled close doesn’t she knows that too? Why shoulds I sleeps by myself? Why why why!

And why’s does she keeps putting me on my tummy? I no likes that and rolls over, heheheheheh! I likes rolling over. Roll roll roll! Here’s I go!

My mommy and daddy makes lots of videos of me so my brother and sister can see me and lots of other peoples. you shoulds go look at my video too, yes yes yes!

I’s also starting to talks a little and mommy keeps trying to records me, but I go quiet, shhhhhhh, you can’t hears me! She says she will win and catch me one day, but no no no’s, I no thinks so mommy!

Well, it’s my naps time even though I no likes it, but I’s tired and I’s trying to fight it, but I no listens to myself, waaaaaaaaaawaaaaaaa! Mommy’s it’s times to cuddles!

one month old already?

Wow, can you believe it? It’s been 1 month already! My little guy flew through the first month at the blink of an eye! Didn’t I just have him?

Well, what a month it has been. If there is such a thing past exhaustion, that would be me, smiles. Sleep and I were sort of on speaking terms before I was pregnant, but now we’re barely speaking, lol.

Jaydon is definitely a mommy’s boy. He must have his mommy for feeding time, changing his diaper, putting on his clothes, sleeping and just about anything else you can think of. He will let his daddy hold him sometimes, but he must be in the mood for that. If not, kick, scream, cry, punch and anything else that would get him his mommy. Sadly this makes things a little hard when I’m trying to work at night, but maybe there’s hope at the end of the tunnel, smiles.

I also think I’m dealing with PPD, but the questions that it has you go by don’t really apply. So I don’t know! This part is definitely different from my other after pregnancies, so I’m not sure what the heck to look out for. Maybe I’m just overwhelmed. Ah well, back to the little turtle.

Why my little turtle? Hahaha, that’s because no matter what J likes to stay curled up as tight as he can and he looks like a turtle in its shell, smiles.

Some people have asked me about his eye sight and as far as I can tell everything looks fine. He does focus on me when he’s awake enough and I talk to him or when I’m feeding him. So that’s a good thing. When we went to the doctor today she also said that he is tracking with no problems, yay!

Speaking of the doctor, J is sooooooo not going to like me and definitely not the doctor next month. He has to have 3….count them, 3 shots. When the heck did it switch to 3 shots for the 2 month check up?

Today he weighs 7lbs 2 ounces which is great. he’s picking up that weight he lost after he was born. I had to unfortunately switch from breast feeding all the time to adding in formula as well due to the fact that he eats eats eats and I just couldn’t keep up and I was starting to feel horrible that I wasn’t giving him enough. But, all is good now, yay!

He’s also grown an inch in a month. His birth height was 20 inches and he’s now 21, smiles.

We’ve practiced a little tummy time and sadly mommy keeps losing. I put him on his tummy and he promptly rolls over, lol. He’s been a roller since day one so I must figure out how to defeat him! I will prevail I tell you, lol.

We do have baby pictures and I will hopefully figure out how to get them up here on my blog so people can see them. However, if you’re on my facebook and somehow missed it, smiles, they are several of them posted there.

Anyways, until next time. I must check on the little one since i have him sleeping on his tummy at the moment. Oh yes, and if anyone has a baby tranquilizer, pleeeeeease still send it my way. My little night owl needs it, smiles.

Adventures with baby J at 2 weeks

Wheeeeee! Time continues to fly right on by! Baby J is now 2 weeks old and here’s the adventures he’s brought us this time.

For those viewing this entry via email, there is a video attached, so make sure to pop on over to www.youtube.com/canadianlynx1 and look for baby J.

For those of you that have not seen how *cute* and *adorable* Jaydon is, how about we give you that chance now! Take a look at this video at the star of the show!!

Whenever I can remember how to do so, I will be adding his pictures to my photo collection as well. But isn’t he sooooooo cute? That’s what everyone keeps telling us and stating they’re going to kidnap him. I need to seriously invest in those security bracelets like they have at the hospital, lol.

Finally, its daddy’s turn!
Ah, so one day daddy took it on himself to change J’s diaper while I was sleeping…rare moment getting to sleep for me you know, lol. Anyways, his first time he does an *awesome* job. Go daddy! That was even with part of that annoying umbilical cord still attached. Gods, I’ll be glad when that’s finally all gone!

Baby J gives daddy a hard time!
Oooops, sorry daddy. This time changing that diaper doesn’t go as smoothly, hahah.

1. daddy gets everything ready to change the diaper
2. daddy places J on changing table
3. daddy goes to unbutton onesie

Jaydon, Ooooops, sorry daddy, you can’t change my diaper! *crosses his legs over his bum and hides the buttons* and refuses to let daddy move them!
Daddy, *laughing* he won’t let me take his clothes off
Me, hahahahahahahah

I of course am highly amused by this development and let it go on for a few minutes before rescuing daddy…or maybe I was rescuing the baby? lol.

I walk in the room and of course have to tease daddy.

Me, J, are you giving daddy a hard time?
jaydon, *big smile* and starts waving his arms and legs around
Daddy, *walks off to have a cigarette while laughing* Of course he was

First doctors appointment
Well, our little guy just had his first appointment yesterday morning and of course, *you guessed it* everyone ooooooo’d and aaaaaah’d and wanted to kidnap him, smiles.

J is doing well except for his weight. It’s not horrible, but I’m just a little concerned about it and daddy is more so. He’s a pound under his birth weight at 6lbs, and about 9 ounces and I sometimes feel that even though he eats and eats and eats, he’s just not putting on weight…quite the opposite, he seems to be losing. He’s still giving me loads of wet and poopy diapers so nothing to be overly concerned about, but still, *grumbles* Trying not to get too stressed about it since that won’t help with milk flow either, but damn that’s hard, lol. Anyways, as I said, besides that the little guy is looking great and the doctor wants us to come in next week for a weight check.

Mommy’s boy
lol, now this little guy is definitely a mommy’s boy. In my opinion i think he’s more my little shadow than my other 2 monsters were. With them I at least got them to sleep in their beds all the time. Smiles, J will during the day, but I can’t for no reason get him to stay there at night. This should make it fun when I start back to work on Tuesday night.

people say it’s because i’m a night owl that he’s one too and has to be with mommy. Hahah, most likely that is true. hmm, wonder if I can get double pay for teaching Jaydon early about working for Red Roof?

Now if he is not with me and say daddy tries to comfort him by holding him or rocking him and he really wants his mommy….trust me, he will let you know it, lol. Squirmy boy and pretty much make you death by those awesome set of lungs of his, he will demand you take him to his mommy!

Anyways, until the next update. I hope everyone has a great long weekend!

Wow, one week old already?

Wow how time flies! Can you believe it’s been a week already? That’s right, baby J is already one week old and boy what a ride it’s been! Sleep, what sleep/ That thing and I weren’t friends even before I was pregnant and it’s nice to see that really hasn’t changed much.

So, the joys of staying in a hospital after giving birth, just ugh! I mean, do these nurses and doctors have a special class in how to disturb a patient when they are sleeping so they can poke and prod you? Hell, it reminds me of waiter and waitresses that ask, how’s your meal” when your mouth is full, lol.

Anytime J finally went to sleep along comes a nurse . . .
It’s time for his bath
It’s time for some test
It’s time for some shots
I need to take his vitals

I mean seriously, can’t you guys do this when he is…I don’t know, actually awake? He does stay awake for a while you know, sheesh!

One day we really had a rough night and didn’t get much sleep at all until like after 1 in the afternoon. Sure enough as soon as we got to sleep all cuddle up I get this nice beep from the nurses station . . .

Nurse, May, can I come in and get your vitals?

Me, *grumbles curse* sure, why not.

Of course she then felt bad after she discovered that we had just finally went to sleep and told all other doctors and nurses to like wait until either I call them or they see the light on my phone is on, then they’d know I was awake, lol.

Now J definitely had all the nurses fooled and you think they would have caught on after like the third time, but noooooo, hahahah.

Since they kept disturbing his sleep to do some kind of poking and prodding on him, he got to the point where he’d show signs of he really really needed to eat…like right now! He’d really start sucking his fingers or opening his mouth really big and looking for his food. So they’d bring him to me and be like . . .

Nurse, May, he’s really hungry!

However, hahah, the moment they handed him to me, he curl up, close his eyes and went to sleep.

Me, Are you sure he was hungry?
Nurse, yes, he was like sucking on his fingers and everything.
Me, mhmm, sure sure, doesn’t look like it to me. Looks like he fooled you guys, hahaha.

Now for our time at home

Another night owl?
Ooopps, think I created another night owl. As if I wasn’t enough in this household, lol.

Baby J will sleep just fine during the day in his room or in his play-yard, but come night time…no way, forget it. I can’t get him to stay in his room to save my life for more than 10 or 15 minutes. Unless he is with me and we’re laying down in our bed, he will not go to sleep. He must be up with mommy. Hmm, think this may pose a problem when I go back to work, lol.

Daddy earns his *over here* blind sign from baby J
One day Jerry went to give J his pacifier and J like took his little hand and shoved his daddy’s hand towards his face like…over here dad, my mouth is this way! Hahahahah, this has happened twice this week.

The funny thing is, J does not do this with me at all. Kind of reminds me of my daughter and how she was when she was little with the whole blindness thing with her dad and I. She’d be one way with me and a completely different way with her dad. So for now it looks like J will be like his sister there, but only time will tell.

Baseball player when he grows up?
Speaking of that darn pacifier, I kind of hate that he’s gotten attached to one, but ah well. Could be worse things he’s attached to, right?

Well, we think he could be one hell of a baseball player if he chooses. The little guy can definitely throw the pacifier far when he decides he doesn’t want it. There have been times it’s at the other end of his bed or on the other side of his play-yard. And of course if we take too long finding it to give it back to him he gets pissed off! lol, figure that one. It’s not our fault little guy that you decided to throw it across the moon and we have to hunt for it, smiles.

music snob!
Wow, only a week old and already lets us know what music he refuses to listen too. Jerry and I run our own radio station, www.phoenixfirefm.net that has a family side and an adult side and one day we decided that we’d have kids music play on the family side and put that on in Jaydon’s room. Well, that went over like a led balloon! He was not pleased with our choice of music for him. He let us know in his way of course…by screaming, that that was not the music he was use to hearing and he wanted it gone and right now!

Another time he was laying in his play-yard and the live version of “Hot Blooded” by Foreigner came on and he screamed about that one too, lol.

So, that’s been our week with the little guy so far. Stay tuned because I’m sure they will be more!