Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What I Do When I Have No Water

From some of the comments on the previous post I am assuming that everyone thinks I am being a good sport about the water situation. I am trying to be, but today is wearing thin. I want to wash my dishes. I want to wash my clothes. I want to wash my hands!!!!!! I hate clutter and I hate the feeling of not having control. The dishes, the laundry and not being able to do anything about it is wearing thin as the evening progresses. I am tired and irritable and pretty sure that I don't smell really good.

In an effort to stay out of the way of he who plumbs this morning, I hid out in my sewing room. No water required in there and I have a TV and there was coffee close at hand. Two trips for parts yielded no repair and he had to go to work. I realized that staying out of the way was a mistake. While he had the pump on I could have filled a bucket of water. I didn't do this and now the only water I have is bottled drinking water. Chilled bottled drinking water. No water to cook with, no water to wash my hands with, no water to flush with. I have been using hand sanitizer all day and did wash my hands with cold water before I sat down here.

I tired of sewing, my hands were hurting from stuffing monkeys (go ahead, Otin, see what you can do with that) and not wanting to face the dirty kitchen decided to move some things in the store around and do a little merchandising. Last year a friend of ours traded us a cigarette case for a couple of bar stools. This thing is huge and very heavy. It is 4 feet wide and 7 feet tall, providing lots of space to display my wares. It took 4 of us to get the thing into the store and I was told (warned) that I had better be putting it where it would be forever because it would not be moving again.

Whatever. That was like a challenge to me. As you can see I have unloaded it and readied it for a move. See the one beside it? I was told that I couldn't move that one, too. The baskets of plants with the plastic bags clothespinned to the undersides are temporarily hanging out inside for the winter. My mission today was to move the cigarette case.

I had the space all prepared. He who plumbs was quick to tell me that it wouldn't fit in that space. Does he think I am an idiot? I measured it first. So, he is gone and the space is all ready for the cabinet........

I tugged and I pulled. I wiggled it this way and that way. Hmmm, did we screw this to the wall (yes, Otin, go ahead)? I looked and couldn't find any screws, But I didn't look at the very top. One good yank and I pulled it away from the wall with the trim boards hanging off the back of the cabinet. I was able to get one off with my drill, but love of my life is know to use a variety of different screws on any given project. Why? Don't know. He also used my drill last and I lack the strength in my hands to change the bit. I am now faced with a dilemma. I have tried every screwdriver in this place (that is no small feat, let me tell you). Finally I go pull one of the trim boards off the wall I am moving the cabinet to and put it on the bare spot. I then proceeded to move the unmovable cabinet to its new home. It was difficult, but not impossible. Normally I would have sat on the floor and used my legs to push it, but it is top heavy. I didn't want it to fall on me and trap me, since I would be alone until love of my life gets off work around midnight.
After I got the big cabinet in place I decided the other big display case needed to move, so I moved it. I merchandised most of it and looked outside to see that it was dark. I realized that I had only had coffee and a handful of nuts all day. I worked up a sweat, too. So, I went foraging for food that could be prepared without water. Cottage cheese and pineapple and diet Dr. Pepper with a side of popcorn. The day is over and hopefully tomorrow will bring water and a nice hot shower. Tomorrow I will finish in the store and take some pictures of the finished product to show you all.
She who sews refuses to leave the building until he who plumbs delivers some water!


Cathy said...

Hello Kathy
Guess what I do when I'm really angry - yes thats right - move the house about. Well, move the furniture in the hope that other things will move about and the mood (or the person) will disappear
I assume this all happened after you closed the office for the night
Take care

Eternally Distracted said...

Seems like you are keeping yourself busy with all the water drama... I couldn't help having an image of you pushing with your feet and it toppling on top of you. Sorry!!

SkippyMom said...

I don't know what it is about men but Pooldad will jerryrig everything to get it to work. It drives me bananas - but I stay out of his way. In all our years together not one shade, curtain rod or picture has stayed up in our home unless I hung them. His all fall. Sigh [to be honest he gets it from his dad]

Glad you got all that done and didn't hurt yourself. I really hope you get water soon. [And stop worrying about the darn monkeys - they can wait girl until you feel better and get water :D]


Mamma has spoken said...

I would have been doing the same thing that you did! Independece is a good thing.

Alix said...

OMG... if you total up all the days you've been waterless the last six months, it would usher you into Guiness Book of World Records territory. You poor woman!

LOVE your comments to Otin. Waiting patiently to see what he has to say about those.

And next time I need an immovable object relocated, I know who I'm calling.

Praying for hot water at your casa soon!

Brian Miller said...

if you stay this busy you wont think about the water...until you slow down enough to smell yourself. lol. sorry to laugh at your pain, but sometimes that is the best you can do. smiles.

Jo said...

Oh, God! Poor Kathy and 'he who plumbs'.

Are there any neighbors or ranger stations that can provide a much needed relaxing and calming hot shower and perhaps spare enough to do a tub of dishes and laundry?

I truly hope things get back to normal soon -- I can see your patience is wearing thin and I don't blame you.

::Keeping fingers crossed that better days are ahead::

Peace and serenity,

Stephanie said...

I'm with Cathy on this. Anger fuels great strength. I know why "he who plumbs" uses differet screws because I do the same thing. It's whats handy! Wishing you much water SOON.

Whitney Lee said...

I tend to do some of my best work when I am righteously angry. I certainly manage to find productive ways to expend that energy.
I can't imagine how frustrated you must be. I am now much more thankful for the simple things after reading your post.

Jo said...

That made me chuckle. I don't know how you do it. You have the patience of a saint. I think I could go without electricity before I could go without water. Goodness!

Lorenza said...

Glad you found "something" to do to not think about the no water issue!
And I feel tired just reading about it!
I hope your water is back and you were able to take a nice and hot bath!
Kisses and hugs

squawmama said...

You go girlfriend... We can do anything we put our mind to! Sorry your water problem is still plaguing you. Maybe it has been fixed by now. Try to have fun anyways and travel safe my friend!

Jo said...

Hope things are going better for you today!!!

Just wanted you to know you have an award to pick up on my blog. :)

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

Missy said...

I love accomplishing things on my own like the moving of the unmoveable. I sure hope you have water soon. Yuck.

Pat said...

You should be called, "She won't take no for an answer!" You are wonder woman! You are my idol! I really don't think there is anything you can't do! Well, maybe except plumbing! I sure hope your water gets fixed really soon.Maybe you'll need to strip down naked and roll around in the snow. That would make the neighbors talk, eh?

Nancy said...

You are awesome! You can do anything, Kathy.

scarlethue said...

Wow, good for you!

Jaime said...

i hope by now he who plumbs has brought you some hot water!

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

OK - where are the pictures? I'm several days behind in reading so now I expect it to be up to date. LOL - just kidding.

Really... got pictures yet?

Glad you got the stuff moved. Glad it didn't fall over on you!

otin said...

I feel so bad for you that I really could not make any Monkey Spanking jokes. It is terrible to be without water!

I hope that he who plumbs is not all thumbs! :)

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