No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you, nor have I purposely left a typo in the title.
The weather in the Hoosierland is mostly rain today. The GOOD news is that the HEAVY rain is over. The BAD news is that showers will continue into tomorrow, becoming SCATTERED in nature (like some of the brains in City Hall...lol). Might see some sun later on, too.
Temps will only manage to crawl into the upper 50s (yay), Don't shut that furnace completely off just yet...you might need it later tonight.
So, go fill that cup with your favorite morning beverage and we'll set about seeing what today has to offer.
*** First out of the grist mill is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.".
Albert Schweitzer (14 January 1875 - 4 September 1965), who was a German - later French - theologian, organist, philosopher,physician, and medical missionary in Africa, also known for his interpretive life of Jesus.
And here is his WIKI:
(Man, talk about one busy person in life...)
He received the Nobel Prize in 1952 for his philosophy of "Reverance for life".
Not only was he a music scholar and organist, but was also dedicated to the rescue, restoration and study of historic pipe organs.
Schweitzer considered his medical missionary work a call to become "fishers of men".
He was also one of colonialism's harshest critics, and was accused of being paternalistic and even racist in his views towards the Africans.
In 1960 he stated "no society can go from the primeval directly to an industrial state without losing the leavening that time and an agircultural period allow."
|No, Mark Twain and I were NOT separated at birth.|
His life is quite the study in many disciplines, and he seemed to have a firm grip on them all. It really is worth a read, especially if you were alive when he was still with us. It's good to get to know the person behind the "name", as it were.
*** I knew today would not be without problems when I went out to get the paper and discovered that although it WAS in a bag, it was SOAKED CLEAN THROUGH.
|At least OURS came in a bag (and that was soaked, too).|
So, I'm waiting for the replacement paper to arrive, as the first one is totally unable to be read.
Okay...next micro crisis?
*** It's trash AND recycle day for us, and I'm wondering two things:
1 - Will our cans be placed back where the guys found them?
2 - Will they both be COMPLETELY emptied?
Last week, I found one of the bags I placed IN our trash bin in the alley, so someone has a pretty bad aim, and it's not like the trash truck was 30 feet away. Hell, I can toss trash into the truck when they come up the alley...it's THAT simple.
|That takes the work out of such labor, right?|
I think we have a case of "in too big a hurry-itis".
Haste does make waste (and often leaves it behind in this instance)
*** The basement is doing okay for now as far as the DRAIN goes.
But, over on the other side, where the old flue vent used to be, rainwater runs down the wall and (supposedly) into a drain catch in the floor.
|Roll-O-Matic to the rescue|
Needless to say, I really need a mop to get it up, but I burned through the two mops we already have (for the other floods), and need to get to a store and get us a couple more.
The one ROLL-O-MATIC mop only needs a new head-sponge.
I am thinking about alternatives...like cementing up that damn opening and then spraying it all over with the FLEX-SEAL stuff I see advertised on TV...if you can coat a screen door in the bottom of a boat and go rowing with it, it SHOULD work on a basement wall, right?
And, I'm awaiting the utilities guy to come out to our yard for the Roto-Rooter people to proceed with their job sometime next week.
Gonna be rough to see a nice chunk of the lawn go bye-bye, but if it guarantees that NO further flooding will occur in the basement, that works for me.
Naturally, the cost will not improve the property VALUE one single dime...thanks to the city allowing this part of town to go to hell over the last 20 years.
*** Wifey and I have had problems with water ever since we moved here as a couple.
When we lived (if you could call it that) at Willow Crack...I mean CREEK Crossing Apartments, the upstairs neighbor had a problem with her plumbing and guess what? It flowed downhill (as water loves to do), right into OUR bathroom, so I had to rig a trough to catch the dripping and channel it to the toilet until the maintenance people fixed HER pipes or drains...whatever she screwed the hell up.
|Thank GOD things never got THIS bad...LOL.|
(more water, Bob?)
Yeah, when we moved into the "Fortress", we had that small leak in the basement wall where that flue pipe used to be...not a biggie (then).
Then a few years after that, we had a drip in the family room (a roofing nail popped out), so I went on that roof, tacked it back down and coated it with sealant...that lasted fine.
A couple years later, leaks developed in the GARAGE roof, and that became a real mess, covering the cars with plastic tarp to avoid ALL the damn drips coming from the loft area.
Then, not long after that, the front room (where the computers are) in the house developed a leak and that dripped whenever we got HEAVY rain, but I had a litter pan to catch the water.
THAT meant a new roof for the HOUSE...well, now we have BOTH, so I don't want another roof leak for the next 35 years (or until I take the big "dirt-nap"...lol).
But the basement DRAIN was quite another issue, starting back in 2009 and then resurfacing last year into THIS year.
So, you can see we've had OUR (unfair) share of "indioor water-features" for this property, and I for one have thought of the notion of applying for a federal GRANT to turn this immediate area into a "wetlands" refuge for wildlife...lol.
|And stay OFF the lawn!|
*** Last back to the waterworks today...being a homeowner is NOT that bad a thing, provisionally-speaking.
|I MUCH prefer my water-features to look like THIS.|
You'd have a totally waterproofed basement that would allow it to be made over into another family room with carpet (that never gets WET), and perhaps some paneling.
The paper would be delivered on the front step every day, nice and dry, and the ONLY water on or in your property would either come from a faucet, flush down the toilet, run down a drain (and not back up), or be found in the garden watering can or in the pool you placed in an ample back yard.
Life is often as FAR from "perfect" as EAST is from WEST.
That's not to say you can't enjoy what you have...you can, but you have to be mindful of whatever pitfalls find you, and hopefully they do not find you unprepared to deal with them.
I like to take my crises as I do people in life...ONE at a time.
That way, I can devote as much attention as I need to to cope with whatever comes along.
I think that's as good a way to proceed as any, right?
Stay SAFE out there, America.