|"Kelly, that is a lovely pond near your house."|
"Thanks, but it's actually the road, sidewalk, and half my yard after approximately ten minutes of the rain."
|One of the few vehicles that didn't stall out while driving through the neighborhood. (It's probably a FORD.) #motorcitylove|
"Boy, Kel, with all that action outside, you must have been super worried about your basement, huh?"
"Nope. Not at all. Just this winter we dropped a pretty penny on waterproofing the basement. All that work held up beautifully. However, all the waterproofing in the world is no match for when the SEWER backs up."
|If you're wondering if crib mattresses float, the answer is YES.|
|Also, boxes and bins float, cardboard disintegrates, wood and fabric absorbes... it was like a real life science lesson. Homeschool. Speaking of, to the left is all of our homeschool curriculum.|
|Our humidifiers = death by water.|
There has to be a joke there, somewhere.
|Also, sanders and saws and other miscellaneous tools do not like to swim.|
|And the final verdict? About six inches of sewage.|
Thank God for that pump. It worked tirelessly all night and Tuesday dawned bright and early with only a squishy and puddley (totally a word) basement to be had.
On Tuesday night help arrives in the form of eleven strong young men ready to haul out our possessions and do whatever needs to be done.
|Salvageable goods begin to take over our home.|
(Aren't we blessed to have so many salvageable goods?!)
|Destroyed goods go on the right in our garage, salvageable goods on the left.|
(pictured (the destroyed goods) = furniture, an amp, MY PLYO BOX)
Our focus now is on sanitizing the salvageable goods. Every item that touched the water has to be washed with an antimicrobial, washed with clorox, and then thoroughly dried. Anything solid wood needs to go through the same process, but then be re-varnished afterwards. My elliptical survived but needs to be taken completely apart and every surface washed and disinfected. We need a professional to do that.
This has been such an overwhelming undertaking. I came down with a sinus infection and double ear infections after days of sorting/cleaning the wet basement. We started homeschool less than a week after this all happened. (We're doing online school so we didn't have any wiggle room.) We needed new furniture so we had somewhere to sit. I've never had insomnia, but these past two weeks brought many nights that I finally fell asleep at 5:30 a.m., only to have Ezra wake me up at 7:00. Because poop. Or milk. Or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, please.
My Pollyanna Thankfulness List:
*Nothing brings the neighborhood together quite like disaster. Everyone is out on their front lawns chatting it up with whoever is out. People gather to help haul, or share dumpsters, or pass along contractor names. A family down the street that came away relatively unaffected brought us vegan cupcakes. Vegan cupcakes. They are my new favorites for life.
*Welp, the basement has been on my Must Clean Out list for years. This is one way to start/finish that project.
*Antibiotics and iced coffee - did you really think I could go a whole thankfulness list without mentioning iced coffee? It's like you don't even know me. After three days of the antibiotics for my sinus and ears I felt like a new person. And while the melatonin I bought at GNC isn't touching my insomnia, the Quest bars I bought during that same shopping trip are making me deliriously happy.
*Comparatively, we came out pretty okay. We lost a ton of stuff. We have a huge cleanup in front of us. But there are people in Metro Detroit who lost their entire homes. Their homes were moved off the foundations from these floods and are now unsafe and uninhabitable. I belong to a flood recovery group on Facebook and there are people dealing with six feet of water in their homes. I am thankful for just six inches of sewage. (There's a sentence I never thought I'd write.)
*Lifetime Fitness and Kemper - working out has been my sanity. I can forget and just lift and feel accomplished and so much better.
*Friends and Family. You guys. I have no words for how blessed I am. Here is a happy little picture I took with Sister Wife Rose at a wedding Saturday.
|Me and Sister Wife Rose = the best kind of trouble.|
Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy that weekend!