Slacking again. But only at blogging. Life has been beyond busy here. Just over a week ago we got some really hard rains for several days in a row, and our basement flooded. Well, not really flooded, just got wet enough that the carpet went squish, squish, squish. Wet enough to make you scramble and get anything that was in a cardboard box Up off the ground. Two days later, it was wet enough we decided to pull up the carpet also.
So there was much wet/dry vaccing, and hauling 5 gallon buckets of water outside, and then the Friday before mothers day we decided we’d get a sump pump for mothers day. 😛 Don’t worry. We also got a nice plug in griddle, and I got some wonderful french toast breakfast for mothers day also. Everyone wanted to run out and get cards also. I told them if they were going to spend money, I would rather them spend it on yarn or something other than putting another $20 in to Hallmarks pocket! So Sunday morning they all presented me with beautiful hand drawn mothers day cards, which I love, love, love, more than any store bought card!!!
Sunday afternoon we had to run out and get more parts, because the sump pump wasn’t working correctly, and the floater needed to be lowered so it would go off before the water reached the top of the bucket. Monday night we finally got that working much to everyone’s delight. No more hauling five gallon buckets out of the basement! Yaaaayyy!
Tuesday we started moving dh’s office out of the basement. It was on the far end of the basement, and the floor in there is just an inch or so higher then the floor in the rest of the basement, so we thought it was safe. Apparently nothing is safe once water gets in. His carpet was wicking up water from the other room, and there also appears to be one little crack in his office wall that was seeping moisture in also. He thought it was smelling terrible in there, and I went down and took a whiff, and all I could think was…. hamster cage! That or whoever lived here before us had guinea pigs, or ferrets, or rabbits, or some other kind of small animal in that room that required cedar bedding. But yep, his office smelled like wet hamster cage. Sooooo, he called off for two different half days of work, and we’ve spent most of our mornings this week from before the crack of dawn, trudging all of his computer stuff up and into the bedroom up here.
Now this house is starting to resemble the FL house, because we are now losing 800 square feet of basement space! We do still have about 100 more square feet of space than we did in the FL house with just our upstairs area alone. But having to compact everything is just… well, can we cay claustrophobic!!! 😛
So the basement is mostly dry now and we are moving “non-essential” stuff into plastic bins and taking it down there for storage. The only sump pump that was available at the hardware store was one that pumps like 50 gallons a minute or some crazy amount like that. So no matter how bad any flood we get (short of a tidal wave of water) we should never have even an inch of water in our basement. The hardware guy sold us one of the last of two that they had in stock, and he said even people as far north as Denver were calling trying to get any kind of pump! So I guess we were lucky to get it.
So, that’s why I haven’t been blogging much lately. It’s pretty much been a sun up to late night heave ho gotta get it done kind of work around here. I do find time to sit and knit and crochet a bit here and there. But with all of this clean up, plus regular housework, and homeschooling, it’s just been go go go go go for the past ten days or so. I will have pictures in a few days though. I’m working out my set up for craft shows and such. So much fun!