I learn something new every day. Today I learned how to make my neighbors move.
Rains have come. The creek out back has enough water in it that we can see the water from the house. I just checked the trench, wanna be French drain, that protects our basement from flood and sure enough, the sides have collapsed. We don’t have water in the basement yet but will if I don’t get out there and dig us out. I need to be programming every second of today but this has to take priority. Back to the Mosquito Coast.
Note: On the above video, after the first twenty seconds or so I figure out how to not have that obnoxious noise.
The creek in this video is at least 5 feet deep.
Just to keep things interesting the Fall leaves have filled the trench (that is supposed to become a French drain) outside the house and water is seeping through the wall into the basement. This means:
- I have to prevent damage to things in the basement by making sure the water has a clear escape path
- I have to clean out the shop vac and start sucking up water
- I have to don old nasty clothes that don’t fit, find a shovel, and start digging in the mud outside.
This has to happen between programming, preparing dinner, driving to 3 places to pay bills (no, I don’t own any stamps and I want receipts), and being home in time to let Cathy go see Sarah’s flag competition tonight, getting children bathed and into bed (and more programming). No. Calling someone in to deal with this is not an option right now.