Saturday, January 5, 2008

Out of Sorts

I thought I was back to normal and ready to resume posting and visiting. But I forgot to consult Murphy of Murphy's Law and Mother Nature for permission....

2008 has started out with a bang~

As I happily prepared our New Year's Day good luck dinner...ham, blackeyed peas, and collard greens. My husband and son went down into the basement and discovered that one of our hot water pipes had sprung a leak and flooded the basement.

As I was cleaning up wet carpet and water logged possessions, I over cooked the ham~ a beautiful $20 spiral ham...ruined. My DH said it tasted fine, bless him, he is such a poor liar.

We have also been in the deep freeze all week~teens and low 20's at night. This means that extra care must be taken to insure that chickens, rabbits and outside cats do not freeze to death.

One night, we forgot to leave the water dripping...when you live in a 70+ year old house with no insulation, you have to take precautions. We woke up to no water~frozen pipes. My poor sweet husband had to go out into to cold armed with a blow-dryer and a propane torch to melt the ice off the pump.

Of course I know the real reason for all the misfortune. I did not take the Christmas Tree down before the new year. Yeap, automatic bad luck. I finally got it taken down yesterday, so maybe the bad luck will go with it.

All of this foolishness has left me feeling strangely out of sorts and quite frankly, I'm ready to run right back up to the little cabin in the woods and stay there.

So, now that I have told you what I have been up to, I'm going to come stop by and see what you guys have been doing. Of course, I'll remember to ask permission from the powers that be first:)


Back Through Time said...

If anyone can feel for you it would be me! I live in a 100+yr old building that still leaks, the basement floods if we get too much ran, and yep pipes freeze. I am SO sorry for your crappy start to the new year but look at this way, maybe all the bad is all over in less than one week! All but good now for the rest of the year:-)
Blessings for you in the rest of 2008

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Oh bless your heart! Sounds like you've been goin' through it alright. Not to worry. It can only get better from here!


Hope said...

Hi Rhonda,
Glad to see you back here but talk about a run of bad luck!! I don't get it because I always heard that if you take the tree down BEFORE New Years it is bad luck!! What are we suppose to believe??

I too can relate to an old house and many water problems in the past. We have corrected a lot of the problems but it still is cold and drafty sometimes. Oh well, you can't have the character without the problems I guess!

Good to have you back. Come see me!


BellaColle said...

I'm so sorry for your flood!
I hope all is dried out now. I can relate though, we live in a 100+ yr old house and the previous owners didn't update much..long story short I woke up one Sunday morning about 3am to the sound of the sump pump going off! Needless to say a pipe coming off the well pump burst!
Happiest of New Year!

bj said...

Poor darlin'....I have been there..done that! Sometimes, no matter how good we live, things seem to pop up out of nowhere to give us grief. Hang WILL be ok! I promise!!
hugs, bj

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Oh you poor thing, when it rains it pours doesn't it?!

Hope things will turn around soon and you can face the New Year with a smile again! :-)


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the kind words and girl I hope it get better for you real soon.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Yikes! Ok - things are better from now on!!! Positive vibes heading your way.

When we had our old farmhouse in Tennessee, frozen pipes burst between two floors....Thank goodness for insurance!

Stay warm and have wonderful thoughts :-)

Esther Sunday said...

Ouch. A string of bad luck. If you lived closer, I would invite you and your family over to enjoy soup with us! Love, Esther

Cottage Contessa said...

Oh Rhonda! Sweetie I'm sorry you're having such a run of bad luck! When I was taking the tree and all the decorations down on the 30th Dec, my hubby wanted to leave them up for a while longer because he enjoyed them so much, but I said no way! I wasn't going to risk bad luck! lol When you get a spare moment, there's an award waiting for you over at Jacaranda Cottage. Hope all is well there now!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Karen said...

So that explains it! Our bad luck is from the tree that's still up. Who knew?!

I know what frozen pipes are like. I grew up in a 100 year old house and we had drips going on everywhere. Hope things warm up and turn around for you.

Michelle said...


You poor thing~I hope all goes well for the rest of the year! Maybe you got it out of the way early :)


Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Murphy seems to have been working overtime in your part of Georgia. Sorry for your terrible start to 2008, but the 68 degree temps expected this week should help.

Meggie said...

Oh Rhonda! Frozen pipes...I feel your pain. Burst ones, too...been there....not a pretty site. I'm sending positive vibes your way with Penny. Things have to get better.

Hope said...

Hey Rhonda,

I have an award for you over on my blog. Come pick it up when you can.

Love and Hugs,

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Goodness! Well your photography is still top-notch :)

BittersweetPunkin said...

Oh Sorry Rhonda!! We had frozen pipes once or twice before...not fun...and I'm sorry about your ham!!
I have never heard of the Good Luck New Years dinner seems a lot of bloggers have had it...but then again...I don't believe in luck...LOL
I hope you have a great day with no problems!!

Kirstin said...

Oh, Rhonda what alot of mishaps! Hope you made some "lemonade" with all those lemons! We had a similar day last wednesday and my oldest daughter was out of sorts. I told her, well, when you're given lemons just make lemonade...she looked at me like I'd lost my mind. But what else can you do?