Monday, June 13, 2011

Flood update and more.

Saturday was bright and sunny. All I wanted to do was get out of here, seeing I had not left the yard since the previous Saturday. It was my thinking that I'd stick it out here for a week, but on weekends Mike would simply have to get us all out somehow. Well, it didn't happen. Over the last week, our parking and driveway situation has gotten worse, not better, so now the vehicles are parked near the road, which is out of sight of our house due to the trees. The only way to get there is to take the tractor through all the water and park it by the vehicles. This is not a huge tractor, so if I want to get out, Mike has to put me in the bucket and drive me out that way. Talk about ridiculous. I cannot get the boys out myself because I grew up in the city and I do not know how to drive a tractor, so if I wanted to get all of us out we'd have to leave at 7:30 a.m. when Mike is leaving and not return until 5 p.m. when he gets home again. This is part of the reason, well really the whole reason, I am not taking Cody to school right now. He'd get there an hour early and have to stay 1 1/2 to 2 hours late. Not going to happen.

However, today was an exception. His teacher called me last night and told me they are going on a field trip this morning to a place in town that is basically a large indoor play ground. It turned out Mike was going later this morning for reasons I won't bother explaining, and can get back by 4 p.m. Cody's teacher agreed to meet him there about 15 minutes earlier than normal and he gets to hang out with the librarian and an iPad for an hour after school is done. Needless to say, he is thrilled. So this morning, amid the pouring rain, Mike loaded Cody onto the tractor and drove through the lake to get to the vehicles. Now I'm here with a very quiet Jamie, and Micah is napping.

Yes, it rained again overnight, and it was a massive rain too. With all the water we're pumping out of our basement it is impossible to determine the amount of precipitation we got, but yesterday we had no standing water left in front of our house, down to a foot and a half below ground level. (We have a large hole out there that is normally full and under water, with a pump down inside. Yesterday it was nearly empty down to about a foot and a half below the ground surface.) Today, there are waves like a lake. The water has gone up literally six inches or more in the yard overnight. We expected this, but it is still very difficult not to be discouraged. There is a ton of rain in the forecast this week. For the moment, the sun is shining brightly, so at least if I don't look down at the ground it has the appearance of being a nice, normal summer day.

We now have five sump pumps running in our basement and Mike is encouraged that we seem to be keeping up with the water. I don't know whether he checked it this morning or not. We have hoses coming out of the house everywhere to pump the water out, and that is part of the reason we have such deep water in our yard, even though there is also a pump in there to send it over the ridge for us. When the pumps run, which is every few seconds, the hoses move on their own in the water like giant water snakes. It is almost creepy.

Tomorrow I will officially make my first escape from this place in eleven days. Mike will haul us to the van first thing in the morning and I am going to my sister's place for the day. My very special aunt from Alberta will be there. She was supposed to stay with us today, but obviously she cannot because of this flood. Then we will go to my other sister's and stay there overnight. I guess I will not be back until supper time on Wednesday. So today I am doing all the boys' laundry and getting our stuff ready. Packing the van for an overnight will be no picnic in this situation, but oh well. In case I mentioned it prior to the weekend, our plans to put shale on the driveway so it was usable again were thwarted. I don't know when life will return to normal, but I doubt very much it will be before July.

I have two more dilemmas to deal with today. One, I have to try to get a hold of one of the other moms in Cody's class to see whether they'll take my lunch duty next Friday, as I don't know whether I will be able to be there. At this point, it is highly unlikely, so this may easily be Cody's last day of school for the year. I called most of them this morning and the only one I reached is extremely busy that day, though she said to call her if I'm stuck and she can try to make it work. That was REALLY nice of her, because her day is wildly busy.

My other situation? My crazy horse, Sasha, now has a golf-ball sized lump on her forehead and white stuff coming out her right nostril. I have to call a vet today for an opinion on what to do. Googling has led me to believe that there is a good chance she has a sinus infection. Yeesh. I don't know what that will mean for treatment. The problem, as usual, is that it will be very difficult to get a vet in here. Talk about ridiculous.

Anyway, this is very long-winded, but that's about it for my update today. Oh, except Mike built me a second, smaller bookshelf in our room so I can get even more organized. I'm quite excited about it. And now I'm off to either rest for a while or do some cleaning. It's really a toss-up at this point! Hope everyone has a good Monday.

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