Tuesday, August 7, 2012

It's Only Tuesday...

...and What a Week We've Had!

We had rain Sunday afternoon and evening.
A LOT of rain.
This was a shot I snagged from FB of
our downtown area,
within walking distance of
Buttermilk Cottage.

Is it any wonder we had water in our basement?
LOTS of water.
Water was gushing in from under the outside door.
Sorry no pictures of all that,
for some reason, blogging wasn't
foremost in my head!

Our first response was to shift everything standing
in water to a dry area of the basement.
We set up card tables to get boxes off the floor.

I must tell you the basement was a mess before this,
but with everything shifted you can see what
a clean up we had in front of us.

We've been saying for months that we need to
tackle the basement and get it organized,
so this was certainly the motivation we needed to
jump start us.

All day yesterday was devoted to the job.
The first order of business was to get the
basement dried out.
We were able to sweep a fair amount
of the water to the sump pump.
We discovered that old newspapers are
wonderfully absorbent for mopping up!
We've had fans blowing nonstop since yesterday.
I just checked it and the basement is getting dry.

Sadly, the most damage was to Kate's books
which I was keeping for her.
A few had to be thrown away.
My dining room table has become a
"drying-out" station for some.

Happily, many were untouched
and only need to be repacked...
...in plastic bins this time!

I heard a wonderful segment on NPR last week about
being "mindful," or finding the upside of bad situations.
This is mine--
a totally organized corner for my things.

By the way...
more rain predicted for today.


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness - I'm so sorry for all the flooding, and for you I'm especially sorry for all the work and the damage to the books. Hoping it doesn't rain much today and no more problems there. Hugs ~ Mary

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

You poor, poor thing! We experience hurricanes where I live, so I can totally feel for you! Ruined books is a sad thing to see.

Glad you have perspective and a good attitude. Here's to sunny days ahead!

Debby said...

Oh I am so sorry. Flooding has to be awful. Yes, on the plastic bins. So worth the cost.
I hope you can save most of your things. I hope the week gets better.
Not sure where you live. Most places need rain.....you sure don't.

Linda Chapman said...

WOW!!! You accomplished a great deal!! Isn' it strange how these things that mess up our lives actually motivates us to clean up??

Cozy Little House said...

Love NPR. Hate what happened to your basement! I'm so sorry! We've been having 115 degree temps. We could use a little rain to cool it down some.

MrsMatched said...

Save The Help, Nancy!!! You must save The Help!

You listen to NPR?

MrsMatched said...

Sorry! Susan!! Hahahaha!!!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

So sorry about Kate's books, Susan!! But, looks like you have a very organized basement now! Enjoy the rain... lots of us are wishing for some. It is thundering now... I'm hoping! blessings ~ tanna

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Oh dear, I'm so sorry for your flood! I know what it's like to have water damage in the basement, it's not fun. Did you know your insurance will cover and send a cleaning company? They did for us - thankfully!

Strangely, our basement was the most organized part of our home!!! LOL!!!

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