As I write this, I have been relegated to a small corner of my dining room. The rest of my house is crowded with furniture that had to be moved so the workmen can tear out much of our carpet.
You see, last Tuesday evening, we left to go eat dinner at my mother’s house (Double S Farms). When we returned, 3 1/2 hours later, I noticed water outside of our front door. Well, that was nothing compared to what was waiting for me inside…
It turns out that my youngest daughter had gone to the bathroom before we left for dinner and I guess the toilet overflowed.
I shut off the water and then I toured our house to see how far it had flooded. My daughter was quite distraught and kept saying “It’s my fault…the house is going to fill up with water and we’re going to die!”
So, I worked at calming her down while calling my husband who was in class. I needed him home right away – I couldn’t deal with the flood while our daughter was freaking out.
It turns out that some of our interior walls are wet, a few of our bathroom and kitchen cabinets and all the carpet in the kid’s rooms is destroyed. Some parts of the family room and dining room carpet was also affected, but we don’t know if the insurance will pay for that. We also had some furniture damage as well.
At the same time, we have been working on tearing out part of our front yard landscape (mostly grass) and installing a new one ourselves. We have to finish it before a film crew shows up in 2 weeks to tape some ‘how-to’ gardening videos for SheKnows.com
AND, I have my first featured article (for a national magazine) due in a few days and I must admit that I have been suffering from writer’s block.
But, in the midst of all this chaos, I am thankful for the following:
– Good homeowner’s insurance (we’ve never used it before).
– My husband has enough vacation time to take the next week off to help deal with all that is going on.
– The kids are on spring break, which makes things a little easier.
– My sister offered to have the kids sleep over at her house. (Our bedroom wasn’t affected).
– And finally, I am thankful for take-out pizza while my kitchen has been dismantled 🙂
**I do hope you are all having a nice and relaxing week