Friday, March 27, 2015

Conundrum

Happenings at this here NutHouse have been all over the board for the past two weeks.
  Lollipop Pop was on Spring Break LAST week.
Sugar Plum Fairy has been on early dismissal THIS week with her Easter Break starting Monday.
I like routines and schedules.
There have been few.
Add to that mix very limited water in the house and you have a recipe for a frazzled Mom.
We have known for nearly a year, that our domestic well was living on borrowed time. 
The pump had been lowered as far as possible. 
The  plan has been to run a water line from the new agriculture well to the domestic system, thus not having to drill a new well immediately.
This might allow us to pay for colleges
AND eat.
 When we ran out of water one day last week, we got our kick in the pants.. 
No water in the house.
Thankfully after about 12 hours, the tank slowly filled up again.
Most showers are being taken elsewhere, but we have had enough to wash hands, flush potties and make the coffee. 
You know the important things in life!
 My amazing husband has been stressing over this for months.
The holding tank has been in place, but plumbing and wiring it was new territory.
 Finding a pump company who is available at the drop of a hat is still impossible.
They are literally running from place to place called "no waters".
 Those properties who are dry and in dire straits.
Chris has been going to school as well as working part time at an electrician's shop so he, his muscles and work ethic have helped immeasurably. 
The pump company was able to squeeze us in and wired a new pump...hubby trenched from there to the domestic well and they have laid the pipe and wires to connect the two.

 I'm not sure what the next steps are, but according to my favorite men, it seems to be on the right track.
The ONLY downside is that I will have to start doing laundry and washing dishes again.
(As of last night, this new system was completed and works.
The kitchen is nearly clean...the laundry will take more time)
 
Despite the water dilemma, spring has sprung.
Don's Daffodils, and the callas are blooming but the irises need a bit more time.
Temperatures have been extremely warm for this time of year.
We have already had one weekend in the 90's and today is supposed to reach that as well. 
More than 20 degrees above average.
 
 
This rose as always the first to bloom one single, brilliant flower.
The bush is now covered with buds. 
 The wisteria is blooming at the base near the ground.
Not sure if lack of irrigation is the reason or a lousy pruning job.
Probably the combination.  

Being in a drought is an interesting conundrum.
Some people shout from the rooftops not to water anything outside.
Others seem to think the drought is not their problem.
As long as water is flowing from their faucets, they find no issue with washing down their driveway. 
As with most things, I believe the truth lies somewhere in the middle. 
 Our stucco house is covered with dust and spider webs that I want to wash off desperately.
I don't. 
Our lawn hasn't had a drop of water in ages and is a lovely shade of tan that crunches under one's feet. 
Lovely.
Sitting back and watching my father in law's rose bush shrivel and die is not something I am willing to do. 
Watering the vegetable garden  has been sporadic at best.
 Just enough to keep plants alive. 
 Not enough to help them thrive.
Getting creative with watering the "special" plants is a necessity. 
Keeping a 5 gallon bucket in the shower to catch the water that normally goes down the drain is the norm now.
Do I look like a nut lugging it out to water the boxwood hedge that is beginning to look crispy?  Maybe.
But it is how I have begun to do things.
Every little bit helps, I suppose.
 
 
The kale and beets are looking good, although I think the kale will need to be picked this weekend.
 Everything was slower this year as well as being hot earlier.
The leeks aren't ready.
 Again....a conundrum. 
 
 
In addition to the spring plant life and water woes, I have been working on a few projects.
 
 
Brownie points to anyone who notices something different

Painting these letters for an upcoming celebration is on the list for this weekend as well as making  our destination road sign readable again.
  
Once the must dos get done, I am going to sit down and work on my want to dos again.
 What are your weekend plans?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 









 



 

 




 
 

3 comments:

Michelle said...

Glad to hear your water situation is up and running again.

Linda said...

Love seeing that loom in the window! It's not a just "want to" but will soon become a "need to" in order to live and breath. Threads. Color. Creativity. Welcome to our world:)
Linda

klutzymama said...

So sorry to hear about your water troubles, Jen. At least you were able to keep the coffee flowing, thank goodness ;)
I'm so so jealous of your use of the word "hot"... we had snow flurries yesterday and the day before. I think I may have forgotten what hot weather even is.