Friday, March 18, 2016

Water again

This is the last day of school before spring break. I had been looking forward to a relaxing break, sleeping more, reading, doing some neglected cleaning and decluttering around the house. Then yesterday we discovered that what we had thought was dampness from the sump pump not working is instead a much larger problem. We have a lot of water in our lower level.

We have a pleasant family room down there, with carpeting. The carpeting is now a smelly disaster. We will have to remove it this weekend. We probably need new drain tile, which means jack-hammering up the perimeter of the lower level.

I feel exhausted just thinking about it. I'm sad that the bathroom we just redid a couple of years ago will probably need to be done again. The nice carpeting that I liked so much is wrecked.

My husband says, "We're healthy, we have our jobs, we can still go to Houston to see our daughter next month, and it's just money." True, though it's money and a big mess. Though we aren't the poor people who have real floods and end up losing all their possessions. The mess will end, life will go on. Looking for the light at the end of the tunnel.


  1. Oh no! Worst news ever. Like you said, it is the overwhelming thought of the hours it will take to fix it. It's ok to be bummed about it! Hang in there!

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your basement problem. Yes, it's just money, but it's also precious time, the time you were expecting to rest and recharge during your break, and now there's this huge problem you have to deal with. Good luck, and yes, hang in there. And keep some time for yourself.