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This is Not an SOS

January 6th

The day started as any other. I woke to make coffee and feed the animals. Nothing seemed amiss. I quickly discovered that the hot water heater had frozen, as did the water in the holding reserve of the toilet. There would be no baths or flushing toilet today. After many hours with a modified Aunt Jemima box (funnel), a blow dryer, two large pans of boiling water and a good amount of sea salt, I’ve made little progress in melting the block of ice that remains in our toilet tank tubing. I have the heating pad close by as I may need to wrap it around the water heater tonight.

It dawned on me, standing over the toilet- blow dryer shoved into the Aunt Jemima box-funnel- surrounded by a pool of water, that I could possibly be electrocuted and wasn’t sure how I hadn’t been already. I slowly backed away from the would-be catastrophe and made my way to the kitchen. 

In times such as these, great decisions must be made.

Wine or cake. Wine or cake!

I go with the wine and pour myself a glass of red. There are still seven days of my “vacation” before school begins again. This isn’t quite how I envisioned spending it, but hey, I still have the internet, cable TV, a working phone, a box of wine, AND more than 15 rolls of toilet paper. (Am I the only one that calls it “white gold”?) Yeah, I’m sitting PHAT compared to several weeks ago. No complaints.

Other than not being able to flush my toilet.
Or…take a shower. 

Will write soon.

-B. Lindsey


2 responses

  1. beautiful photo! hope your able to flush by now!

    January 8, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    • Thanks. :0) Actually, no. Ha… My pipes froze up (entirely) two days ago and we’re living like pioneers! We have several gallons of water on standby but here’s to hoping everything unfreezes within the next few days. (I have electricity and the internet though so…it’s not ALL bad..heheh.) xo

      January 8, 2014 at 1:13 pm


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