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I am about to use this section to give myself an opportunity to whine, so consider yourselves warned…
Overnight last night, the water pipes leading into my house froze, and as a result, I have no water. As in none. As in Not a Drop to Drink. I pretty much squandered the entire day calling the water company, a plumber, and Googling, getting more worked up with everything I learned. Bottom line – hiring a plumber to try to identify the frozen section of pipe and thaw it would be costly and time-consuming, so I’m probably better off just waiting and hoping for warmer weather to heat up the ground above the pipes. It should get to mid-fifties on Sunday. I have no idea if that will be enough to thaw the pipes, but I’m counting on it. But the worst part is that my pipes could have cracked, which I won’t know until the pipes thaw and the water starts flowing again, and then I’m looking at some expensive repairs.
In the meantime, I’m trying to cope without water. I went to the grocery store today to buy paper plates, plastic cups and utensils, baby wipes, and ten gallons of water. I also bought food that can be cooked without needing water. Well, that wasn’t the hard part, but I had to make sure I didn’t buy anything that would require cleaning pots or pans afterwards. I’ve learned that it takes a lot of bottled water to just wash my hands, even when barely rinsing them. I’ve learned that trying to flush a toilet with no running water after watching contradictory instruction videos on YouTube is hard. Mostly, I have even more evidence to know that I am not well-equipped for roughing it!
If you’ve got some warm, sunny thoughts to send my, I’ll take ’em. Maybe some dry shampoo, too. 🙂
UPDATE: My water is back! I’m shocked, because it just got a little above 40 today, and I didn’t think that would be enough to thaw the pipes. And as far as I can tell, no leaks occurred, so all things considered, I got lucky.
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
Let me know what hit your shelves this week!