Friday, September 24, 2010

Shelter from the Storm

My area in southern Minnesota has been hard hit by flooding the past few days. 8 to 10 inches of rain have pushed rivers and streams out of their banks, taking bridges and roads with the rushing water. Many homes are under water. Not good.

I've been lucky. The two pumps I had going managed to keep the water in my basement from reaching the furnace and other mechanicals.

ETA:Eeek! The pump (not a sump pump, I have to watch it so it doesn't run dry) had finished emptying the basement around 11 this morning, so I unplugged it, and plugged in the dehumidifier. I just went downstairs to empty the dehumidifier before bed, and discovered another 7 inches of water had seeped in again in the less than 12 hours. It was about an inch from my furnace. So glad I went back downstairs before bed. I have the pump going again.

One good thing about the recent rain. I was able to watch the way the rain drained off my slight hill, and it went right where I thought it would go. I am convinced that the site I chose for the art shack building is the best place. The man who wanted to charge me over $750.00 to regrade everything because "he could tell the water would go right through there" can suck it! My chosen site was high and dry, and the place he told me it should go had ponding water. I've been living here for ten years, this "little lady" knows where the spring run off goes. Suck it, mister! I'll keep my $750, thank you very much.

The building hasn't been moved yet because the county has been resurfacing the road all summer. I think they might finally be done.

When I first saw this pair of mourning doves outside my upstairs bathroom window, they were huddled together with their heads on each other's backs. So sweet. I ran back downstairs for my camera, and they turned to look at me when I moved the curtain out of the way so I could snap the photo.


Anonymous said...

Hi Annie So glad you're doing alright....well relatively speaking. Good for you on not listening to the man who wanted to grade. Sometimes we know better what's best. Blessings to you and try to keep staying dry. Mary

ellen said...

It's good to hear that while you haven't been spared all the flooding at least you have not lost you costly equipment. These last few years have seen some terrible weather.

Joyce said...

Hi, Annie. Flodding is not a lot of fun - glad you have escaped the worst of it. You will be looking forward to your building arriving - very exciting. I am looking forward to seeing your pics as it progresses towards being your fully functioning studio - shall be quietly envious! Have finished my grey version of your shawl on previous post. It is lovely and soft - thank you again for inspiration.