You will recall the picture of the thick layer of snow atop the roof, slowly sliding down that I posted yesterday. That was on the front of the building. The back of the building has a roof change. The building is an "L" shape. The main part of the building houses the store/office and our living quarters. The bathrooms, and laundry room form the "L". The utility room and my kitchen are part of that "L".
So, this morning, upon opening the door to let the furry ones out to pee, what did my wandering eyes see? The smokestack and the wi-fi enhancing antennae, normally in an upright position, were both not where they were supposed to be. The smokestack is completely broken and no longer connected to the part coming out of the house. The supports holding the antennae have broken away, but the ice is holding the antennae upright.
In any event, there will be no fire blazing today. This could be a good thing for my sinuses. The wood smoke tends to irritate my delicate senses. A day without my eyes and nose being irritated does not make me sad. The heater works, people. We will not freeze if HeWho is not allowed to poke wood into a blaze!
But, this was not what was on my mind when I awoke with a post title floating in my head. Yesterday, when I returned from my trip to the grocery, I found my husband and my wife awaiting my return. They were both frozen after repairing a faux pas from another helper.
We awoke yesterday at 4 am. Camp worker Scott was using the bobcat to clear the roads and make them passable for my tenants. Are you wondering why he was doing this in the middle of the night? Because that is when the machine was available. Despite the fact that HeWho would love to own one, his wife (me) has forbidden it. Have to draw the line somewhere!
Why did he call, you ask? To tell HeWho keeps his cell phone next to his bed, that he hit the water line. He wouldn't have called me, anyway. He is scared of me. I like to impose a little fear into all my tenants. Keeps them in line, knowing that I hold the future of their living quarters in my rather intimidating hands. My hands are not intimidating, it is my will that is intimidating. I am no pushover.
Everyone makes mistakes and I don't hold this against him. After all he was doing the bidding of He-Who prefers to delegate. He did tell him to get down to the gravel to keep ice from forming on the driveway. But this created a bit of a problem. My tenants expect water to flow from the spigots. And this is why the men in my life were frozen.
After unloading the stash in my car, I made some hot chocolate for the men and went about the task of putting away the groceries. I was exposed to some sticker shock while out and about. The prices seemed to have sky-rocketed in my two week absence of shopping! I picked only what was urgent! I was going to add a gallon of bleach to my cart, but the wanted $5.99 for it!!!! Even the lowly store brand was $3.19 for a smaller amount.
I decided to just wait until I made the long trek to Walmart for that. In the meantime, while I was repackaging meat for my freezer and getting a decent dinner prepped, HeWho left with a mechanic who managed to get the truck out of gear to start it up. Off they went to the garage that has heat to tinker while I enjoyed some peace and quiet.
HeWho sleeps and I write this morning. Upon awakening, I will give him the bad news about the smokestack and he will be off to McDonalds and on to obtain parts yet to be decided for his heroic reassembling of the beloved smokestack. And, just like that, his world is back in place!!