Here’s the scene: My teen-aged son is in the shower in my bathroom. Well, it’s my husband’s bathroom, too, but I think if it as MINE. My husband is sitting at his computer in our bedroom talking to me about politics. He is a political junkie. To me this is what it sounds like, “Blah, Blah, Blah, Obama, Blah, Blah, Blah, somebody else’s name I never heard of, Blah, Blah, Blah.” (Can you tell that my husband doesn’t read this blog!) Then my son yells out, “Why did the water just go off?!” Oh no! The first thing I think of is, “How am I going to have my tea tonight?!”, then, and more importantly, “How am I going to shower in the morning BEFORE MY DENTIST APPOINTMENT! I have to see people tomorrow morning without a shower? Ack! How am I going to brush my teeth? AHHHHH!” This was all within one second. Then I ask my son, “Did you get a chance to rinse off?” Yes.
My husband is an electrician and is very knowledgeable in many things so he went to the basement to check and test things out. His conclusion, the well pump is bad. There will be no shower for my daughter tonight, no shower for me in the morning. My daughter and I whine and complain, like it’s my husband’s fault! My freshly showered teen-aged son can’t believe we are whining. Hah! Sure, he’s clean! My husband manages to get about 3 or 4 cups of water out of the well tank for us to use for tooth-brushing, and tea. He asks incredulously, “Don’t you have any water bottles?” My reply? “No, you didn’t want us buying any water bottles. We went GREEN! We have stainless steel bottles that I fill from the tap each night for the kids to bring to school the next day!” My teen-aged son’s comment was, “You know, you’re always supposed to have some water stored in case of any kind of emergency.” Yeah, thanks for the advice.
Well, my daughter and I managed to go through our day unshowered. It was gross but we survived. My handy, strong husband pulled 160 feet of hose, pipe, whatever it’s called out of the well hole. The pump is attached to the bottom of it. The hose is filled with 160 feet of very heavy water which apparently can’t be emptied to make it lighter, until it is totally above ground. That’s helpful. We spent a ridiculous amount of money on a junky pump because that was the only one we could get within one day. We will spend a much more ridiculous amount of money on a good pump this summer and repeat the replacement process because my husband doesn’t trust the junky pump. The junky pump will become a backup, just in case pump.
What I learned from this:
- Even if you’ve gone green, buy a few gallon bottles of water to store, just in case
- It’s easy for a husband and teen-aged son to say it’s no big deal that there’s no water when they’ve already had their showers
- It’s a good thing that dental hygienists wear a mask
- My daughter and I whine when we are in need of a shower and can’t have one
- My youngest son would probably be happy if he showered once a month
- In the old days, people must not have smelled very good, and their hair must have looked pretty bad
- You can’t wash clothes or run the dishwasher when there’s no water
- When you replace a well pump and finally have water, it’s not the color of any water you would want to drink. It’s brown.
- I get really thirsty for water when there’s no water
- I love water
I’m going to go have some tea now!