Sunday, December 6, 2009

'Tis the Season To Be Jolly

Another week has flown by!  Life gets busier at this time of the year doesn't it. I'm getting some of the Christmas wrapping done, while enjoying the smell of the bread I'm baking and the sound of Christmas music.  I am thankful that I can take part in family celebrations.  The 'reason for the season', the birth of Christ, is uppermost in my mind and the hymns on the CDs are beautiful.
 I've been away from the house quite a bit this week and it shows.  Yesterday was to be another day of getting things back to neat and clean.  Did. Not. Happen!  Only the laundry got done and done and done!  Ya know when things are going downhill when you walk into a room and you suddenly get WET FEET!  The carpet (fortunately synthetic fibre) in the basement Family Room was soaking wet.  I can't figure out how or why and it probably was sitting there for at least 3 days.  The only thing that was water related was the dehumidifier sitting on the rug.  Did I put the water container in the wrong way and the moisture went onto the carpet?  Gaaaah!  I managed to roll up the area rug, up-end it into a dishpan and slide it into the laundry room, where I placed it rolled up on one end over the floor drain.  Fortunately I have a lot of large bath towels and they did their job of soaking up the water on the laminate floor. The rug is drying out nicely and the  floor shows only a little damage, a few little 'bumps'.  The dehumidifier is going at full blast (by the way, here's a hint to get the maximum moisture out of the air--put an oscillating desk fan at the back of the dh where the coils are.  It prevents them from icing up too much).  The upside is that my legs got a good workout from going up and down stairs to do the extra towel laundry.
I know that people experience much worse water/flooding problems, but it seems to be my "Water, water, water, everywhere" year.  Those who read my Noah's Ark post will understand.  Perhaps God is telling me that my thoughts of putting the house up for sale in the new year is the right one.  This is a big house for one person to manage and this year I have had to hire help to take care of the outside work as I haven't the stamina to tackle it.  Oh, that does sound like a 'poor me'.  Then again, I am 70 and shouldn't expect to be able to haul and dig like I did many years ago.
So, to all my friends (and you too my Little Lulu) take it slow, take a deep breath, take time to smile, take time  for  yourself (a huge bubble bath, perhaps), and take heart.  You will make it through.  XOXO <3 Mar
P.S.  After posting this, I  learned that a Village Friend, Diana, has had a death in her family.  Her dear Mom passed on Friday.  A great loss to her and her family.  Please say a prayer for her and her loved ones today.


Teacher's Pet said...

Oh, Mar....wet squishy carpet under the feet is NOT what one wants to find. I'm sooo sorry.
I hope that things begin to settle for you.
A deep breath is a good thing...and I need to take a lot of them...more often.
Prayers for Diana and her family.

Bernie said...

Ewwwww just what you didn't need..let's hope all will be good and up hill from here on out.
Thank you for remembering Di and her family in your post....our village hearts are heavy today.
.....:-) Hugs

Linda Higgins said...

OH DEAR, if my Huhoney were there he would be so happy to come over and help you out. He just happens to be the neighborhood "do it, fixer-upper, handy man"! I wouldn't know what to do without him and that is not a small task for anyone! cleaning up a water mess! OH believe me I have BTDT and I am so glad NOT to have a basement anymore! I hope all went well and your dried up for the Christmas week! Sounds like you are very busy with cooking! PHEW!