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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Staycation 2015

Due to the recent upheaval at our house and Sugar's healing injury we decided to give our Boone vacation to some friends and opted for a staycation instead.

I know that to many people it might seem like pure craziness to skip a vacation you've already booked and paid for. I feel like our comfort, sanity and happiness are worth more than the price of a few nights at a hotel room so I have no regrets about this decision. I'm not going on vacation to prove anything to anyone...luckily the boys agree with me so we hung out around town and slept in our own fluffy beds.


And of course...snuggled with Bae.














This is what heaven looks like by the way. 


Even though we had some bumps in the road is was a good staycation. It's reallllllllly hard to vacation in an active construction zone but we gave it the old college try.



Sunday, July 26, 2015

Oh and...

...the best part about the den is the view.


As the Den Turns

I think our den has had more makeovers than any room in the house. Since we spend the most time in here it makes sense that we'd want to get it right. I think that we've finally hit on a winning combination.

It started out like an army green cave.





Then it briefly looked like a crack house.

 

But then it looked a lot more cheery!


Then the fireplace got a makeover and we got a new rug.


Then we put in new hickory floors over the summer.


And got ANOTHER new rug.


Then I got a wild hair and moved all of the furniture to divide the room into living and dining space.


Then our poor poochie got hurt so we decided to put some carpet over the roller rink to help her scoot around better. We had to take everything out, and I put in a makeshift carpet collage so she could get around safely while we took out all the furniture.



See you later shiny floor.


I scored some awesome berber for a steal!


And.....I actually love it!


It brightens up the room and still feels cozy but most importantly it makes it a LOT easier for Sugarbear to stand up and puts a lot less strain on her old joints. A small price to pay for the comfort of our Bear.  I also made some new pillows and de-winterized the fire place screen.


This post is a part of Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Tanks. You're WELL-come.

Hopefully about an hour after this posts our water woes will be over.


When I last left you we had figured out the wire giving power to the pump was bad in our well. The next day we put all new wire on the well...a long process of taping the wire tight to the pipe and cleaning everything up. 

IT WORKED!


The heavenly chorus of toilet flushing began.

Then we added some chlorine to the well and started a coliform test. We were hoping everything was back to normal.


Red is good!


Yellow with floaty bits is baaaaaad.

 We failed rather spectacularly which surprised me. So now we were faced with doing an honest-to-God well shock process....but there was a catch...we had zero water pressure upstairs. You can't flush the pipes with no water pressure. We were worried that it was the tank under the house, the only thing we hadn't replaced, and we were worried that chlorine had eroded the rubber bladder and caused that to fail. So it was a Catch-22....you need the new bladder to get the water upstairs but the process could ruin it....or so we thought. Once again the plumber saved the day! He diagnosed a blockage in the pipe (over the phone) and told B how to fix it. It worked like a charm! We suddenly had fabulous pressure upstairs. 

So at about 5pm we added chlorine to the well, tested to make sure we could smell it at all the fixtures, and then turned it off to sit until noon today. Now we are flushing it out through the hose and checking chlorine levels. I went out to check in the middle of writing this post and the chlorine is still WAY TOO HIGH. We'll flush some more. Then we'll do another coliform test....but in the meantime we'll be able to shower (with closed mouths), do laundry and flush toilets. 

We've got enough drinking water so we can be patient.

My garden though, it's been a little impatient about me slacking off on watering. A few thunderstorms have kept it afloat but my petunias are looking a little crispy. With temps in the 100s this week I'm eager to get back to watering.







We had to rescue this tiny watermelon because it was growing in between the mesh.


This is the state of the house right now. That's the old well pipe across the driveway.




 I had a class about groundwater and wells in grad school. We talked about chemistry, physics and did a ton of math. We calculated draw down and cones of depression and porosity and a whole ton of other terrible stuff but...until we pulled our well out of the ground I had no idea what was going on down there. Our well is a large metal pipe that is sunk down into the groundwater. There's a looooonnnnggggg pipe that has a torpedo like well pump attached to the bottom of it. The tank under the house tells the pump that it's low on water and switches it on, it jerks on (kind of imagine one of those stick blenders crossed with a dust buster) and sucks the water up the pipe to the holding tank. That's what your well looks like. Sort of....I really oversimplified this but it's not like....a hole with a bucket in it....or the Tunnel of Love...or a really big straw.

It's also not magic in the sense that it doesn't have a lot of extra doo dads and filters. It's a pretty simple design.




Wish us luck! It's time to test the water again!



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Down to the Wire


Yesterday at 9am we got our dumpster. At 9:30 am we got a surprise delivery from Lowes. The inspector didn't come and the plumber came after everyone else went home and I was thinking about naps.

Supplies!


I did get to lie down in the hammock for a while between coats of paint on the One Week Shed because when you're a gross smelly swamp monster the skeeters leave you alone.


Pommy has been sleeping under the dumpster. I guess we need to check it for kitties before we get it hauled off.


I was looking forward to using my new coliform test last night (strange but true) but ALAS it was not to be. The plumber came out and zipped up the well and it didn't work. The pump wouldn't kick on. They got a new pump. Nothing. Another pump. Zip.

No coliform test for this girl.


At about 9pm, as it was getting dark, they tested the only thing left to test...the wire. We'd tested the capacitor, the pump, the tank, the fuse, replaced the pipe and checked the water but the whole time it'd been the power coming through the wire. Ugh. We might have it fixed tonight. I can't even.


Neither can B.


He's pooped.



Sugar and the kitties like hanging out on the PPP.



I might have a P in the PP...that is...a pumpkin in the pumpkin patch.



Siding continues!


It's very eggs siding.



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