And you thought Frontierville was just a game…

Last weekend we were given 5 chickens from friends of ours.

These chickens weren’t intended to be pets…their fate was the freezer.  I will spare you the details on how we spent our Saturday afternoon last week.  Let’s just say that I am thankful we live out in the country and leave it at that.  Well, once we cleaned up from our day, I thought my pioneer-woman experience was finished for a while.  Oh, how wrong I was…

At the beginning of this week, we noticed our water pressure gradually declining.  At first I was a little concerned that our well was drying up – the drought is pretty severe here, and we have heard of a few people having this problem.  Tim wasn’t worried about that, however, and instead said he thought the filter on our pump needed changed. Tim needed a little help from our landlord changing the filter, so this morning our landlord went out to the pump house to make the change.  As they were talking, our landlord noticed that our water pump was running but was barely getting any pressure.  He called in a professional and after about an hour of tinkering, we learned that our pump was dead.  No big deal right – we do have a number of major home improvement stores in the area.  Oh yeah, there’s just one thing…

You see, our well is old enough that it takes a special kind of pump.  A number of smaller supply stores carry them, but not the big chains.  And did I mention that the smaller stores don’t open on Saturday.  Ha.  That’s right…our old pump was lying on the dusty ground beside of the pump house and a new pump can’t be purchased until Monday.  How fun is that!

Our landlord, of course, felt horrible about this.  They brought us lots of bottled water and told us to use their showers as long as we needed.  However, there were a couple of issues we needed to address at our house.  For instance, we had a sink full of dirty dishes from breakfast, lunch, and some miscellaneous baking Rebecca did this afternoon.  Also, we really didn’t want to run next door every time we need to use the bathroom.  What to do, what to do?

Well, Tim remembered that the water faucet on our shed is attached to our landlord’s wellhead rather than ours.  So, he ran an extra long hose from that faucet to our back door.  He brought in a bucket of water and boiled water on the stove for me to use for washing dishes.  Then there was the bathroom situation.  He has been filling up buckets and using water from those buckets to flush the toilets.  After numerous trips to fill buckets and lugging them back inside I think it is fair to say that we will both sleep well tonight!

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3 responses to “And you thought Frontierville was just a game…

    • Oh my word…I logged in today to read your comment and I learned that I forgot my password. Why yes, it has been forever since I posted to my blog. Gonna have to change that over Christmas break. By the way…miss you too.

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