Sunday, August 15, 2010

Rain Rain Go Away

This cloud means business.

This photo was taken through the windshield as Everett and I were on our way into town on Friday afternoon. I considered turning around and coming home, but ... as is often the case, when I've a goal in mind, it's almost impossible to deter myself from it. So on we went. It was to spend a couple hours at the laundromat, since we have no facilities at present except those at Scott's parents' place, which requires three trips for every load of laundry by the time you've put it into the washer, moved it to the dryer, and picked it up again. I prefer to get it all done at once and get it over with. Sure it costs $20 but four huge loads are done in two hours. I can live with that.

We'll be buying a new washer and dryer, but not until water-in-the-basement problems are dealt with, and we've installed a new water-treatment system so that heavy iron and minerals don't ruin the appliances. Because the groundwater level is so high, it isn't possible to dig a hole for a septic tank yet. And so we wait for the rain to stop and things to get back to normal. It's starting to seem as if they never will. But at least we haven't had to face the disaster that is occurring in China and Pakistan. That is horrible and we are fortunate by comparison.

The nasty cloud carried on away from town, but the sky did dump rain for several hours and only today is the sun out again. At the moment I hear through my office window a pump running, working at lowering the level of the water in the dugout, which connects to a slough, which has been running over and into the lagoon, which, if nothing is done about it, will end up in our basement. Or so I hear.

Acreage living is lovely. It's not without its problems, but they aren't much different than town dwellers get their fair share of. When they get sewer backup, it's not just their own sewage. I imagine that's even worse to think about when you're cleaning it up.


  1. I would give up life in the country for anything now. I have had city living, yes it is convenient but too stressful. Now the only fights I have to see is the birds over who gets to the feeder first. The traffic jam is when the farmer moves his tractor from one field to the next.
    I can live with that...

  2. Okay it killed me when you said that at least you know who's sewage you are cleaning up when you are rural. I never thought of it. My friend just had her basement flooded and knew damn well that she was cleaning up all her neighbours "mess". Love the cloud picture. Can't stop looking at it.

  3. We have had incredible -- and scary -- skies here all summer. We could sell tickets!

  4. We've also been having lots of crazy rainy days. Hope you get your water issues sorted out soon.


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