Friday, January 22, 2010

Water Flows Freely

Running water has been restored to my world. I am squeaky clean and happy! The water was back on the same day I wrote my last post. To answer a few of the comments............ when the water is off, it is off in the entire park, so getting water from another building is off the table. The good news is that that handy-dandy valve that separates the living quarters from the rest of the park has been installed.

We have a deep well on the property that services the park. We even have a fire hydrant! The whole system enters a pump room in the main building. The main building houses the living quarters, the store, the laundry and two shower/bathrooms. When we have a leak in the park the pump will come on and go off way too often. It is fairly loud and is something that I listen for. In the past when I shut down the water, I would kill the power to the pump. This shut down the whole park...... including the main building. That has now been solved with that handy-dandy valve!!! I know, I know. You are all wondering what took so long for love of my life to install it. Me, too. He is the ultimate procrastinator and prefers to do these things under as much pressure as possible. Drives me crazy, but after 35 years, what can you do?

The weather is affecting my arthritis. Mainly my thumbs and one finger making it hard to type. Well, I don't know that you would call what I do typing, but I have been in a good amount of pain lately and the wrong movement will remind me to stop what I am doing. So I am mostly reading lately and catching up on things around the house. Supposed to be in the 50's tomorrow and raining. Even the firewood under shelter is so damp it doesn't want to burn.............. But I have water. Hot and cold running water. Life is good. Watching the news coverage of the earthquake is enough to make all of thankful for what we have. Yes, my life is very good.


SkippyMom said...

I am so, so happy for you! Yes watching Haiti makes it easy for us to be appreciative for what we do have. I know.

Do you like to take baths? I know funny question - but if you do let me know and I will tell ya' why :)

Hugs and enjoy that water. Hope the wood dries out soon.

Masala Chica said...

Your life is very good. You are right. Especially now that you have some running water and it is actually warm there.

I hope your arthritis gets better - I know it gets agitated with rain and cold and having no water was not a big help either.

Have a great weekend, Kathy!

Mamma has spoken said...

Oh do I know about the arthritis! Hot water especially in the shower seems to help mine on these cold winter days. Hopefully, you'll have plenty of that now!

The Good Cook said...

yeah water!!! Yeah shut off valve!!

I have arthritis in my right hand, mostly my thumb and wrist... it's from years of chopping, slicing, pot and pan tossing... what can you do? Aging is not for sissies!

Nancy said...

Glad you have hot water, and I agree, after watching the quake victims I am thankful for everything. I've been noticing the sheets on my bed, the carpet under my feet, the clean running water. It puts things in perspective.

I have the beginnings of arthritis in one hand, I think. I hope yours feels better soon.

Rae said...

Don't you just hate those anonymous bloggers. I delete them.
Glad you finally have water. A nice hot shower makes everything seem better.

squawmama said...

Hip Hip Hooray!!! Glad your water is back on. Thanks for coming by and visiting me. I am feeling a lot better and thought I would get on a do some visiting with my bloggin buddies. Hope your arthritis eases up soon.

Have fun & travel safe my friend!

Brian Miller said...

yay for water! the weather gets my knees...oh they hurt..

ellen abbott said...

Water is good. The shut-off valve, even better.

re the too, my thumbs. It's the pits. I have two things for you to try that help me. First is, several times a day, I stretch my hands in the 'active' position (yoga terminology) which means stretching my fingers out as long as I can make them and as far apart as I can get them, especially stretching the thumbs away from the palm as much as possible.

The other thing is gin soaked raisins. This is a folk remedy and it helps me immensely. Use golden (yellow) raisins, put them in a container and cover them with cheap gin and then let them soak while the liquid evaporates (there will still be some juice in the bottom of the container). Store in an air tight container and eat 9 a day. Golden raisins and cheap gin. Works wonders.

Lorenza said...

Not having water is like a nightmare!
You need it all the time!
Glad yours is flowing freely now!
I hope your pain goes away soon!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

jojo said...

I just wanted to stop by and thank you for your sweet comment today. I am sure it is not easy to share those details with a stranger but at the same time I understand the need. The post was written about all those cruel things people say after a tragedy...especially those closest to you. I realize they are grieving too but c'mon, think before you speak peeps.
I lost my son many years ago, he was just a little baby at the time but the pain was/is tremendous nonetheless. As mother's we will always grieve for our lost sons and wonder what happened to all our hopes and dreams for them.
My neighbor/friend died last weekend after falling in her garage and hitting her head on the car. It was shocking and sad and has left me in a strange place. I don't really know what to do with these feelings but I do know I will have to take the time to sort it out. I just don't want to. It seems that I am always is hard.
Before I go on and on, even more, I just wanted to tell you that I am touched by your story. I am so sorry for the loss of your precious boy and all your sweet dreams for him. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers...jj

Joy and Phil said...

Kathy, I have had arthritis in my hands since I was in my early twenties. It was so bad I had to wear compression gloves at night to ease the pain so I could sleep. My sister's doctor told her (she has it too) to take an aspirin every day (with food) so I started doing that. It worked. I'm not cured but the swelling and the aching have been 99% gone for many years. I get a flair up once in awhile but there is little pain. Side benefit from the aspirin is your heart health.
good luck,

Alix said...

I've always said a hot shower is one of life's simplest and greatest pleasures. Especially in winter!!!

So happy your water situation is finally squared away.

Thirty-five years, huh? Impressive. Your patience certainly must be part of your secret to success.

Love you Kathy girl.

Stephanie said...

Glad you've got your water back. And a new valve - I love efficient plumbing!

Pat said...

You learn to appreciate what you don't have real quick, don't you?! Glad your water is back. Yahoo!

I know, it's hard to complain when you see what the people of Haiti are enduring!

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

Great that you have water. You're right - our little miseries can't even begin to compare with what they're going through in other parts of the world, not only Haiti but many more places where nature has played havoc on people's lives.

Glad you can get some hot water going for the arthritis pain. I can totally relate to that. I have tendonitis in my right thumb, wrist, and elbow so many times at night I heat a "bag" of beans or rice and wrap my arm up at night before I go to bed. That helps bunches.

Jo said...

How nice to be able to sit down after days of hecticness and things gone wrong and count your blessings.

Hope things continue to go well.

Thanks for all the comment love my way!

Peace and serenity,
'The End Of The Rainbow: Life After Bankruptcy'

Meggie said...

Arthritis can be so painful. My fingers twinge & ache, I often think "How can one little digit contain SO MUCH pain!"
GOM has never been a handy man- that used to be me, but now, with no strength in my hands we need an expert.
Yes Haiti makes me stop to think and wonder how I would ever cope.