Sorry for the long absence. Life has been…interesting.
I live in Meridian, Idaho. We had a huge storm come through and dumped at least a foot of snow on us in a short amount of time. That is a lot of snow for this area, and the city is not equipped or prepared for that kind of weather. It’s the worst storm we’ve had here in thirty years! It closed the schools for three days in a row. I bet the kids liked that, but I don’t! I work for a teacher, so if he doesn’t work, neither do I and that means no pay. We are due to have another (at least) six inches of snow this weekend, and then rain! Meridian declared a state of emergency and is trying to prepare for flooding. What a winter so far!
Right now, we are getting below zero temps, and of course that is when our pellet stove decided it didn’t feel like working. I got up Friday morning to a freezing house! Thank goodness I leave the cold water running in all faucets to reduce the chance of freezing pipes. It turns out, it is the thermostat that is acting up. When the stove stops responding, I have to push the reset button on the thermostat, and then it works again for a while. So, that needs replacing.
Then, about two weeks ago, before the winter from (freezing) hell arrived, our tub clogged up. My son spent some time plunging and got it draining slowly. We put down clog remover, and it zoomed down the drain! All was well for two days and then it clogged again. This time, no matter what anyone does it will not drain. Well, it does drain, but it takes an entire night to drain a couple of glasses full of water, so it’s not usable at all. We only have one tub. I got us each our own buckets and that is how we bathe now. Soap, water, wash cloth and buckets. We now live like Little House on the Prairie.
Today, I washed a load of clothes. Opened the door to the laundry room to put them in the dryer, and, you guessed it. The washer had leaked and the whole room was flooded. I don’t know if it’s related to the cold and a pipe is frozen, or if the washer just crapped out. So, off to the laundry mat I went.
I was hoping 2017 was going to be better, but it is not off to a great start. Finances are so tight we have to squeeze a nickel until the buffalo shits ( I love that saying, so glad I could work it in). If things keep going the way they are, and no new jobs are found this month, we will be homeless by March. I can’t even pay all of my self-employment tax because I had to borrow some to pay bills this month.
This might be the last month we have internet, so if I totally disappear, that is why. It is quickly becoming a luxury and we can’t afford luxuries right now.
I sure hope things are going well for all of you!