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March 8, 2010

and the weekend started off so well…

Filed under: Gardening,Plumbing — cec @ 9:24 am

It started off as a good weekend.  I swear it did.  I was up late Friday (technically, early Saturday) talking to a friend from high school, catching up on this and that.  Woke up late, played a bit with the dogs and went out to Celebrity Dairy‘s open house.  I got to pet the baby goats [note: need to add pictures here] and look around the inn.  When I left, I had 3 logs of goat cheese, a pint of blueberry preserves and a half pint of hot pepper jelly.

After leaving the dairy, I went to pick K up from the airport.  We got home, took the dogs out for a long while, then had a nice simple spaghetti dinner.  Sunday I (finally) put some seeds in the garden beds for spring veggies.  The usually: spinach, arugula, mesclun, peas, onions and swiss chard.  That’s when things started to go wrong.

I turned the sprinkler on the plants and things looked fine.  I went back into the house to clean up and noticed the water pressure dropping.  Yep.  It seemed like the water pump was off again.  The breaker this time.  I checked the easy places – no obvious signs of a short, so the problem is likely underground.  Hopefully the plumber can fix it this afternoon when he comes by.  He’ll probably have to replace the whole wire set… all 300′ of it.

So we didn’t get to clean up dinner dishes.  Getting the polenta off of the pot is not going to be fun.  Then I couldn’t sleep last night.  When I did fall asleep, I was troubled by some very disturbing dreams that, uncharacteristically, I remembered when I woke up.  Then to top it all off… no shower this morning.  *bleh*


  1. …and now you know why plumbers can charge as much as they do.
    Hopefully things will get sorted out quickly and you have running water again.

    Comment by Steve — March 8, 2010 @ 9:39 am

  2. oh, and this is about the 3rd thing that we’ve had to do w/ the well pump: we had the pump itself replaced several years ago. more recently, we had them splice-repair some of the wiring. now this.

    but then, i’m not messing with anything that involves both water *and* electricity.

    Comment by cec — March 8, 2010 @ 9:51 am

  3. Maybe not what you want to hear but ….. Have you thought about moving?

    Comment by Seth Vidal — March 8, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

  4. Seth – as if it would help! This is our 3rd place – the first two were on Durham city water. In the first, we had 3 occasions where the piping broke underground (but on our side of the meter). After the 3rd, instead of patching it, we dug a trench and put in copper piping. In the 2nd house, we were checking it out when we saw that the pipes under the house were leaking. We made ’em fix that before we moved in. But then we had another couple of cases where the plumbing underground broke, so we replaced that with copper.

    Basically, I’m cursed wrt water.

    Comment by cec — March 8, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

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