Sunday, April 17, 2011
Ahhh, serenity Sunday...a day to rejuvenate.
Yesterday morning I finally had the chance to head out for some much needed groceries. Garry was going to be at home and I would have help carrying in all the purchases. YAY.
My back is still sore, but is on the mend. Having Garry home to do the lifting of groceries was a great help.
Shyra phoned later in the day to see if Mom and Dad would be willing to join her for dinner out. Sure, why not. We picked her up and headed out to Kelsey's for a meal. Shy and I shared some nachos and after dinner we headed back to our house. Had a great evening visiting and laughing.
This morning, Shy is coming over for a "Dad brunch". Kaeli has to work, so she will miss out. The kids always loved Sundays when Dad made brunch. He just has a great way of making yummy meals using up all the left overs in the fridge.
My back is not hurting as much, so definitely on the mend.
Only three working days left before holiday time.
My seedlings are doing fantastic. I might have to transplant some of them into bigger pots soon, but I'm thrilled with how many of the seeds sprouted. The pots that aren't showing any growth of seeds will be re-planted with some new seeds. I have some seeds that I've been waiting to start as they only need to be started about 4 weeks before they can be transplanted outdoors. I'm living on the edge with hope that all this snow will be gone and my garden will be ready for planting.
The basement is slowly beginning to dry out. The floor still looks wet though, so will be some time yet.
Being alive....what an opportunity to be all that I have been created to be.
Have a wonderful Sunday. Be glad in all that you are.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
The superstition is that things happen in threes, so if that's the case, we should be good now for some time *grin.
1. flooded basement
2. MRI mix-up and white out snow conditions to drive in to get to appointment.
3. Falling down 3 steps covered in ice at our staff entrance yesterday morning in the dark.
Sure they sound bad, but there really is a positive side to all these things happening.
1. we have insurance, my basement will be super clean and santiized, what we lost is replaceable, we get to reconfigure out basement layout to creat a much wanted cold storage room in the sump area, new carpets, underlay, insulation and walls....and someone else does all the work!
2. I would have been waiting a very long time for the correct appointment as the hospital had never received the request. Dr. Makus is a great guy who seems to really care and instantly got on the phone to make arrangements, even telling them that I was a priority and he "expected" it to be done asap. The tests that he ran (seeing as he couldn't go over the results of the MRI with me, are positive...so that is good news.) Now we just have to find out what is causing the issues.
3. Although I wrenched my back and bruised my knee, nothing is broken and time will take care of the bruising. We will also now be getting the much requested light at that entrance and no longer have to depend on the street light to give us lighting.
Garry was home this morning for a bit, so I quickly headed out for some much needed groceries. He stayed home to help carry things in and put them away for me. It's so exciting to open the fridge and see food! I hadn't been for a long time other than a quick stop to pick up milk, butter or bread. Sticker shock at the check out, but I knew it would be high as I was out of many of the essentials. I picked up some extras also that were on sale so the $370.00 was not so bad.....I won't have to pick up much for the next while except fresh produce. YAY.
Only three more days of work before my holidays kick in and I have until May 9th before I head back to work. We had planned on heading away for a few days, but those plans have been scraped so that we can deal with all the basement issues and people coming and going. Thats okay, it's a break from work regardless.
Have a wonderful Saturday....find the humor in your day,
Friday, April 15, 2011
I rejoiced to soon about the snow not appearing. It just didn't appear at midnight as predicted, by 6 am yesterday morning, it made it's appearance with a vengeance. White out conditions and miserable. Very wet and heavy snow. We went from winter to a couple of weeks of spring type weather right back into winter again.
I was so grateful to Garry for taking time off his work to drive me into my appointment in the city yesterday. I went to work for about 4hours before being called back home for the clean-up crew to come in and finish tearing out wet walls and insulation. This is going to be a long process as there is so much moisture and although they have four big machines to assist with the drying, they keep blowing the breaker after they have been running for awhile. No breaker....no sump pump working! We can only leave them running as long as someone is home to monitor. Last night we shut all but one off as we didn't want to wake up this morning to a flooded basement once again. My house smells so damp. Now with this lovely weather we are having, I can't even open windows. On the plus side....I will have the cleanest basement going *grin*
My MRI appointment yesterday was a bust! When they phoned me with the appointment I was told that it was for my MRI, but it turns out that it was an appointment with neurology specialist to discuss the results of my MRI, which I still haven't had. To put it mildly, Dr. Makus was not impressed that I hadn't had my MRI done and phoned my doctor's office to speak with the booking person there to find out why I hadn't been in to have it done yet. Her response was "they were still waiting for the hospital to get back to them with an appointment". They sent the request in March 15 and didn't do a follow-up. Dr. Makus told her that she needed to call them and get me an appointment asap. He then got off the phone and called the hospital himself as he was not impressed with the time it was taking to get me in. Turns out that the hospital had never received the request via fax likely due to the fact that the phone number on the forms that are used is incorrect!!! Anyway, Dr. Makus let them know that I needed to be a priority and he wanted me seen asap and if he needed to talk to the radiologist he was happy to do that. So to make a long story short....my MRI appointment is pending, if I haven't heard from them by Monday, I'm to call Dr. Makus. He also requested another type of MRI to accompany the head and neck one. This is one that looks at the blood vessels themselves.
Not entirely a wasted trip, as now there should be some action for my appointment for an MRI and I was very impressed with Dr. Makus.
Life is definitely not boring around our place *grin*
I attempted to shovel snow yesterday after we got home from the city, but it is so deep and wet with water, that I could barely move it, let alone lift it. I had to leave it finally and hope that it melts quickly. The plus side...the snow held off until most of the water logged items had been cleared out of the basement and hauled away. Yay, no tracking of snow into the house with the dozens of trips up and down the stairs.
Only 4 more work days until I'm on holidays.
Yay, our flooded basement means that I've got a head start on "decluttering" and cleaning.
Although we will likely not be going away now due to the flooded basement and having to pay the deductible ($1000.00), we will enjoy our time off and possible even get some projects completed around the house.
We have a great insurance agent, who geniunely wants to be helpful. (Hmmm, I wonder if it's because we are working hard at cultivating a positive attitude through all this.)Mom always said "you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar".
Life is good, there are thousands of people worse off than we are and we at least still have a home to come back to.
Have an awesome Friday.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
What a day yesterday. I stayed home from work because there was so much to do with hauling things out of the basement and going through what would have to be tossed. The water has receded now, two new sump pumps have been installed and are doing a great job of keeping the water table out of my basement. We are having a sensor installed now also which will hopefully alert us sooner to any overflow into the basement.
Insurance arrived to do their walk through and saw no issues with our claim, then the contractor arrived from the clean-up crew and did her assessment and finally about 7:30 last night the clean-up crew arrived to begin the process of hauling the damaged things our and cleaning up the remaining water. My gosh there was still alot of water. They had to use extraction equipment on the carpet before even being able to cut it up and haul it out. They will be back today to begin cutting all the wet from the walls as well as insulation. I have several huge machines running in the basement now that are attempting to get the humidy and wet out of the cement and air. They worked until almost 11pm last night bless their hearts.
I'll head in to work this morning and wait for a call from them to let me know they are ready to come back in and begin more work. Then Garry will take me in to the city for my MRI this afternoon. Prayers please as I'm functioning with a headache this morning due to all the bending, lifting and such from yesterday. Bonus to the headache...hopefully it will show something on the MRI as to the causes of these headaches.
I just did a quick check on the basement to see how things are...I'm thinking it is going to be several days before it dries out! The cement floor is still very wet looking, but hey, no new water...the sump pumps are working!*grin*
I'll have a super clean basement, all sanitized and everything *grin*
We lost very little, mostly because we had most things in plastic bins and elevated off the floor. What we did lose can be replaced.
Garry is taking time off his work today to drive me to my appointment...bless his heart.
I work for place that is very understanding and taking the time off that I need to is possible.
Having insurance coverage.
So far, we haven't gotten any of the snow fall that was supposed to occur starting at midnight last night....maybe we will be lucky, Lord knows we have enough of the stuff!
The insurance adjustor is willing to work with us in allowing us to make some changes in the layout of the basement. We want to turn the area where the sump pump is into a cold storage area rather than it's present layout of a bedroom. He feels that with us not needing new carpet and underlay etc in that area, that money could then be directed to creating the area we want. We want to be able to put in a type of sealed wall, so that any possible future floods would be contained to just that area. With the sensor that we are having installed, we should have better warning of a flood occuring. Parnoid....yep!
I grateful for the calmness and peace that God has granted me through all of this. It is just a minor bump in my road. No disaster at all when you compare it to what is happening around the world.
Have an awesome day,
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Yesterday was an interesting day to say the least. I arrived home early from work to meet up with the repair man for my washer. Yay, nothing major, quickly fixed. My washer and dryer are on the main floor, so life was pretty normal at this point.
I decided to have some "me time" seeing as I was home early from work. A nice hot bath sounded perfect. Only problem was, I realized that I was crawling into a bathtub with very little hot water, hmmmm. I figured all the winds that we have been having might have some how created a draft in the basement enough to blow out the pilot light on the water heat. Downstairs I go to check it out. Nope, no winds created what I encountered. My basement was flooded!
We assume that sometime during the night, our poor sump pump burnt itself out trying to keep up with all the winter run off outside. Well, once it stopped working, it no longer was keeping the water table from rising in our basement. Oh joy...an indoor pool, just what I've always dreamed about.(tongue in cheek)
To make a long story short...I'm off work today as I wait for the insurance and clean-up people to arrive. The plus side...most of our things are in plastic bins, on shelves or on rolling trolleys(which Garry just built about 3 weeks ago and got stuff stored on that is under the crawl space). We still need to get under the crawl space completely to see about clearing any water that will not drain, but that is minor. Our son had moved all his furniture out prior to the flood, so no damage there. Only a few boxes that had Christmas stuff in them, but generally it appears to only be the boxes themselves that are damaged, not what was in them.
I'm thinking that all the flooring might have to be replaced, unless they can be dried out, but I guess that is up to the insurance people. The walls have soaked up water and those will definitely need to be re done. At the moment, we are contemplating doing it ourselves, as Garry thinks this might be a good opportunity to re-work the layout in the basement and create a cold storage room in the area that the sump pump is. We could then keep carpet off that area as well as see about build a bit of a retaining wall around that area to keep any possible flood water from entering the rest of the basement. We'll see what insurance decides.
My washer and dryer are on the main floor, so no damage to them.
Our son's furniture was all moved out, so once again no damage there.
Most of our items were raised off the floor and those that weren't were in plastic storage bins.
Perhaps this is the opportunity/catalist that we need to rework the layout in the basement.
It's only materials things that have been water logged, no loss of life.
New sump pump appears to be working great.
No stressing on whether to keep things or not...the decision has been made...wet...it goes. Dry it stays! *grin*
I am actually amazed at how calm I am....my mantra of "I choose to live in Easy World where all things are easy" is working overtime, but it feels good to know that God is in charge.
Have an awesome day...I will.
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