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.