Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day - Among Other Things

Happy St. Patrick's Day! We normally have a lot of fun with this green holiday - it's a blast to get into it with all the kids.

Today, we made leprechaun hats...

We ate our traditional "green eggs & ham" for lunch...

And cupcakes with bright green frosting for snack!

But, this year I was a little distracted. You see, on Monday - our sewer line began giving us problems. Problems like when the washing machine tried to drain, it instead spewed water back up out of the drain pipe, creating a flood in the laundry room - that took 2 baskets of towels to clean up!

Bronson did know we had a sewer issue that, at some point, would need to be fixed or may start to cause us problems. The issue was that he worked on so much other stuff this past summer and fall for me, it didn't get done. So, as the ground thawed out, yep - it caused us problems.

So my husband, even though he is in the midst of a big crunch and tight deadlines at work, took most of yesterday and all of today off to dig up part of the sewer line, replace it, to fix one problem and add a clean-out so a plumber can easily get his roto-rooter in to take care of some tree roots that may cause us issue down the road.

We were initially told that the problem in the line was right off the foundation. Well, we found that it wasn't - it was a ways out... Bronson and Tyler both dug for HOURS, working together (I was so proud of my teen-aged girl who happily gave up her fun for an afternoon to help her daddy) to dig this trench and uncover the line.

Today, Bronson spent all day (and an extra trip to the hardware store) working on the line and getting everything fixed up. It is working now and I am able to get started working on washing the 4 or so loads of stinky towels from cleaning up the initial mess, running the dishwasher, washing the dishes that are still sitting on the counter, doing some major bathroom clean up, clean up lots of mud throughout the house, bathing some dirty kids and more. And it's all good! I'm just happy to be able to do so again!

I am so lucky to be married to a man who can take on so many of these types of jobs for us - saving us all kinds of money off bills from plumbers! He's not afraid to tackle anything and everything he's tackled, he's been able to complete!

I know we're not done, the plumber comes tomorrow to tackle the roots. We won't fill in the pit until they're done - just in case, which means a lot of mud around still. We've got some major repair to do on the yard. I have days worth of laundry to catch up on, but I am thrilled to be able to do it all and am anxious to get it done and put this headache behind us!

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