Monday, March 27, 2017

Day 33 Without Water - A Series of Unfortunate Events

Little did I know back on March 6, when I wrote a post about our well - it would be 33 days and counting....without running water.

Yes, 33 days....hopefully, today will be the last of a series of unfortunate events.  The ONLY thing that has made this tolerable for me, has been Al, my loving, caring, thoughtful husband.

He was able to finagle something (I can't explain) and we were able to at least have some water come into the house from the old well.  This was enough for each of us to take a quick shower at night.  We are fortunate to have another well by the barn for the animals.  We carried buckets back to the house for flushing the toilets.  I think I only had to carry over about 2 buckets in 33 days...he did the rest for us.  Every morning he made sure that the toilet tank was full so that when I "needed" to flush it, I could (you know...if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down).  He did all of this for me, us, not because I nagged him or even asked - he did this because he loves me and cares for me and our needs.  I'm so blessed! 

So, in a long series of unfortunate events, some I can't even believe, we finally had our well hooked up on Saturday.  The men ran it for like 45 minutes, emptied it, watched for retention time and left with plans to come back Monday to hook up a new pressure tank.  We were happy, we could take a bath, wash some dishes, do a load of laundry....or so we thought. It wasn't even 5 minutes after they left, that we heard hissing from the basement...the pressure tank blew.  So, after a long day of hooking the well up, we couldn't stand to call them back.  We were getting a new pressure tank Monday anyway, so what is another day or 2?!?   

Anyway, what has this taught us?    

1.  We are not in control
2.  Running water is a blessing 
3.  Prayerfully consider your response to situations
4.  Be thankful for a helpful partner  - tell/show them so
5.  ....other's in the world have no running water
6. can consume less water 
7.  ....lesson in patience
8.  ....lesson in thinking of other's first - including well guy
9. everything there is a season....
10. ...this too will pass 
(and more I'm sure...)

Fingers crossed...that hopefully tonight, I can wash my dishes, run a load of laundry and take a warm bath.   If not, I know I can make it a few more days....

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  


Christal said...

Awww man!!! Thanks for showing that you can still be positive during a time like this! You're awesome! is Al!!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Well put!

Julie said...

So sorry to read of your struggles, but my goodness what a Godlike attitude you have displayed. Doing without surely does make us thankful for what we have. Blessings!

Debbie said...

oh my goodness!! our lives are filled with so many things that we take for granted. we learn great lessons from living without!! you have an awesome attitude!!!

Prims By The Water said...

OMG I could only imagine not having water for that long..we take for granted this precious gift. Hope you get it back soon. Janice

Felecia Cofield said...

Hi Jacky! Sometimes we don't realize how good we've got it! I would like to have a well one day. Reading this gave me insight on what to plan for. Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

Liz said...

Oh my 33 days is a long time to go without water. When we lived at our little farm house we had a pipe break outside in the middle of winter. We went 23 days with no water. I filled a lot of 5 gallon buckets at my parents house to do dishes and flush toilets. The pipeliner was out of state working. He finally brought a backhoe home one weekend to fix it. We can laugh at it now! Hope you got all of your well problems fixed by now!