I awoke to my son loudly walking up and down the stairs. This is his signal that he wants me to wake up and answer the ever burning question "Can I go to my girlfriends house now?" This entails him borrowing my car. This would be simple matter for most, but we all know how I drive and how I worry. It's windy and snowy and cold outside. I confirmed this by sticking my pinky out from under the blankets. I snuggled deeper under my pile of blankets and cats.
TROMP TROMP TROMP, SLAM, BANG, CREAAAAK> siiggghhhh. I won't be sleeping any longer, he has positioned himself in front of the computer. This means he is about to play a rousing (translated as loud) computer game. I get up.
The boy had the courtesy to act surprised before he said "OH! you're awake?"
I rolled my eyes and got out of bed, and yes he borrowed the car.
Then THIS happened
I met him at the door, full of motherly concern. He looked incredibly guilty. His first statement "It's not that bad"
I respond with "You are clearly okay, that's all I care about, the car must be okay, you drove it here ...What happened?"
He hit a phone pole. He slid off the road in 2 wheel drive and hit a phone pole. The car door opens and closes fine, and the worst of it is the mirror on the side was taken off. Meh, okay. I test drive the car, explain how to drive in hazardous conditions and he is back on his way to his girlfriends house...in the dented, mirror-less car.
Pick yourselves up of the floor. I know it is shocking that I let him go back out again. I am fully aware of how deeply my paranoia and cars runs. That is exactly why I let him go back out. I don't want my fears to control my child's life. I had to learn to drive in this stuff in a two-wheel drive El Camino. He can do it in a 4 wheel drive mini SUV.
Time to tackle the rest of the day. As if the morning was not pleasant enough, there is more. There is always more here on Windy Hill.
The Horses in the back pasture were telling me that they were out of water. Hmmm, that is curious, because said speedy teenager watered the horses just yesterday. Still, they are looking at me quite plaintively. FINE. I will go check the water...I am sure it's fine.
The water is NOT fine. Not only is it incredibly low...but it's frozen solid. Now, that is also interesting because I distinctly see the water heater in the trough. The frozen trough. Why is it frozen??
I follow the cord belonging to the water heater to... NOWHERE! It's not even plugged in!! Who does this? Who has a water heater in a trough in order to keep the water from freezing, and does NOT plug it in?
I have my suspicions. I find the extension cord, and plug it in. NOW I see why it was unplugged.
|floating extension cord|
* If you want something done right, do it yourself!!*
Okay, cord taken care of - now for the water.
FINE! I shall open the basement doors, run the hoses down to the basement and attache to the hot water heater as I have in the past.
That would have been fine except...
FIRST - I couldn't get the pad lock off of the cellar doors.
The real question here is... how did I get it ON the doors if it won't come off? I presume it was a sunny summer day, and I could easily manipulate the doors, allowing for the latch to be less close to the pad lock ..thingy. Not so today! With some gentle coaxing (translated as hammer) I removed the pad lock.
NEXT - Somehow I cut my finger in the process. Of course I did, we all know that you can't do something on Windy Hill without gloves and just get away scott-free with no hand injuries!
AND THEN - I tried to open the cellar doors. Note the use of the word "tried" that is indicative of the next few words... "and failed" Thaaat's right... they are frozen shut. That freeze/thaw ...freeze/thaw thing...it does that to metal doors.
Hot water to the rescue again! NOT! (again) But it does make for a nice skating rink between the porch and the house if you are interested in such things.
The horses at this point are now lined up at the fence mentally cheering me on. I remind myself to find my joy...and quickly ~ before things go down hill even more. As I had this thought, I slipped and fell on the aforementioned ice-skating rink, the hand holding the hammer hit the ground first, the hammer bounced off of the ice and ...yes, it hit me in the head.
I half-wished it had hit me hard enough to knock me out, except I would have gotten hypothermia, and I would have become coyote food...(Hey, that's not too bad, circle of life and all)
However, I was not knocked out, just frustrated. I formulated a new plan. If you live on a farm in the middle of no-where it pays to have a back up to your back up. I seriously considered just putting a nice hole in my shiny new tile that leads directly to the hot water heater spigot. I begrudgingly chose not to do so...but I did glare at the tile on the way by...holding two 5 gallon buckets ~ one in each hand ~
Now, for the cats... every.single.bowl. is frozen solid. of-course they are!! They are each plugged in, correctly, happily, and heated. Apparently they can't with stand sub zero temps (wimpy heated bowls) I thaw out each bowl, re-fill with water and then tuck each bowl into it's own little cubby (made out of totes) That should do it.
By now my gloves are soaking wet, my toes are... do I even have toes anymore??!! and I am having a very hard time finding my joy!
I decided it was time to come into the house, and take a nice break and warm up. I even decided to turn the central heat as opposed to just the gas fireplace. (big ~ I know) I walked merrily over to thermostat repeating to myself "find your joy, you have a warm home to enter, you have heat and..." I stopped my joyous litany in my head when my heat refused to turn on.
This HAS to be some kind of cosmic joke right? hardy har har.
Before I burst into tears again, I decided to just re-group and meditate and pray. I spent some time breathing deeply and making a running list of amazing things in my life, and reminding myself that anger is a wasted emotion, and that all we have is each moment. The moment I was in, was not that bad. The horses and cats had water, my car runs, my son is fine (Thank you Jesus) and we are both well fed and have a home and the fireplace works just fine. Hmmm, put that way, I actually have a lot of Blessings in my life, the list is much longer, but you get the idea.
Did the heat ever turn on? Did I find my toes? Will the lump on my head ever go down? Did I remember to bring the hammer back inside the house? Will I fill the water trough all winter long by hand, listening to my ex-husband in my head chide me for my foolishness?
Stay tuned for the rest of the story on Windy Hill....