Tuesday, March 17, 2009

When it rains it pours

This last week, my husband has been out of town and you would think as much as he has been gone through the years that I would get used to it. I must say that I don't. Many of you know how it is when your husband leaves it is not only lonely without them but everything that could go wrong usually does. This week it hasn't been too bad but I guess it just wouldn't be right if I didn't have some trouble.

When we went outside to go to a movie while he was gone, we noticed we had a flat tire. Of course it was Saturday and the place we go to get tires fixed was closed. This wasn't too bad because we had a different car that we were able to use but it just made things kind of interesting, but this did remind me of a couple of trips when my husband did leave and the rain really did pour.

We were living in Herriman in our dream house. He was gone for a week long camp with the scouts. At the time our home was down a long dirt driveway and down a hill below some other houses. Yes, it was our dream house. We had 150 trees all around it with a huge ravine and grass every where. We also had a big wrap around porch that we were able to go out on and see deer in the fields by our home.

Back to the story, I think it was the second night after he left. It began to rain. No big deal right. Well, it began to be a big deal. It kept raining and raining and raining. I started to worry because we had a basement and I didn't know how the basement windows would do, if they would be able to hold all of the rain. (with us down below the road and other houses, we often would get all of the rain that would drain down by our home) I started to notice the window wells were filling up. I kept checking them and they were getting fuller and fuller.

I started getting buckets and bucketing out the water. All we needed was a flood while he was gone. The rain kept filling up just as fast as I was bucketing. I finally gave in and called some of my great friends and neighbors to come and help.

Before long I had a party going on in my backyard. Ok, I guess it wasn't the greatest kind of party. We had water filling up faster and faster. I even had one friend bring his kubota down to help try to trap the water away from the house. We just couldn't keep the water, it started to seep in. We were able to keep it to a minimal damage but the two bedrooms downstairs were definitely damaged somewhat. We had to pull the carpet back and put fans in our basement to try to air them out. It finally did stop raining but by then the damage had been done, but it could have been a lot worse, I guess.

I was amazed at how many great friends came to help us out. I have to say even though it was stressful, it was fun working together for a common effort. I am so thankful for those great friends that were there to help out on that day.

It soon became a joke in Herriman. Every time it started to rain, I would get all kinds of phone calls. " Are you ok down there?" " Are you flooding out down there?" I soon began to stress even when clouds started forming in the sky. We did finally fix the problem and put in pipes under the ground to help funnel rain out when it stormed, but my husband really never did experience any great storms because the storms only came when he was away.

I am glad that I have not had those kind of problems this week. I must say that even though my husband was only gone for part of the week. Absence does make the heart grow fonder. I always tell my husband it wouldn't be so bad when he was gone if I didn't like him so much.

Has it ever flooded at your house, or do things always go wrong when your hubby is away???? If not you are luckier than me. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

22 comments:

Pancake said...

What great friends you have/had in that house! I dont like it when my husband is away on business, once my furnace went out... cold!

The Kooky Queen--Rachel said...

I *NEVER* get used to my husband going out of town, I hate it! And what a story!!! WOW!

Lara said...

I can't stand for my husband to be away. He's leaving this weekend and I begged my parents to come down so it would be easier for me. Sad, huh?

SO said...

My husband doesn't go out of town that often, thankfully. And I've never had anything really stressful happen while he's away.

He did go out of town for a week two or three weeks after our fourth child was born. That was interesting but not bad.

The worst was probably having a sick child throw up all down the stairs while he was gone. Which was actually good because he would have been joining them.

Kaylynn said...

My husband is gone more than he is home, so I always feel blessed when something goes wrong when he is home!

Kathy B! said...

Oh yes! When hubby goes away there is an open invitation extended to the universe to bring mayhem to our household... fender-benders, sick kids, wild turkeys in the garage (no, I'm not kidding), you name it, it happens when he's gone!

Here's hoping for an uneventful week :)

Fiauna said...

My husband is very rarely away. I'm sorry that your is. I hope all goes well.

Loralee and the gang... said...

We used to make a living helping people clean up those types of disasters...We always loved a good storm of any type! Or freezing cold weather and the broken pipes it brought!
Not fun for the home owners, for sure! We always felt bad for them...
:~D

Kristina P. said...

No floods, fortunately! And my husband is out of town a lot. I would much rather him be home.

Carolyn said...

I could never handle my hubby being gone. I can't sleep with out him. I toss and turn all night!

When he camps with the scouts I am miserable. I have to sleep with the dog :)

...The Obnoxious SAHM.... said...

What a nightmare! He works nights but at least he comes home in the morning.

Melissa said...

I hate when my husband has to go out of town! Thankfully nothing too stressful has ever happened while he was away.

I've been meaning to tell you that we lived in Cedar for 8 years and my husband and I both attended SUU. We do miss Cedar very much, it was a fun place to live! We went thru last summer on our way to Vegas and we were amazed at how much its grown!

Anne-Marie said...

I'm such a wuss when my hub is out of town. I might as well board up my house.

pam said...

We do get a little water in the basement, but not a flood. At my parents though, we flooded every spring. I slept in the basement, and I can remember waking up one morning with water up to my knees. My mom stood at the top of the stairs and watched the water rippling by!!

-Melissa- said...

I don't like when my husband has to go out of town. Luckily I haven't had anything major happen while he is gone. I better go knock on some wood. :)

Sherrie said...

Oh Yes.... EVERY TIME my ex-husband was gone with the military or work for weeks, months, a year at a time.... something ALWAYS broke, went wrong etc. etc. etc. Thanks to family and friends who always were ready to help. Now with my new husband he is gone alot too and Yes things still go wrong ALWAYS when he is gone. Why is that? AND YES... I MISS HIM TERRIBLY IN A WAY I NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE which does make my heart grow fonder and fonder. :) Corny huh? :)

JUST ME, THE MOM said...

Just catching up on all your latest posts - and as usual it's so nice to stop by for a visit. Love the rain story, and the service example, it's so true.

Just wanted to share a little award with you - you can find it here:
http://alpinekleinbunch.blogspot.com/2009/03/awards.html

Kristin

tammy said...

With a pilot for a hubby, I've had my share of things happen while he's gone, that's for sure! I was always afraid I'd be giving birth while he was gone, but thankfully that never happened. I have had cars break down, the garage door break and refuse to close, and a few other things, but thankfully no floods!

midRae said...

Reminds me of my week last week. Plumbing problems all over the place and my Todd off to SLC for safety training. All is well now but I sure wish he could have been home. My heart is with you.
Rae
http://midrae.blogspot.com/

~The Anderson's~ said...

Hey Kathy!! What's your e-mail so I can send you the list and an easy way to get to the park and condo?!! Thanks:)

Tara said...

My hubby travels all the time...and i think the same happens here too...i always miss when he's gone.

Kim said...

HI, Kate! Thanks for visiting my blog.

I can relate to this post since my husband works across the country a majority of the time. Oh, the things that have gone wrong at my house the last five years, and I have had to deal with them all myself.