Thursday, March 10, 2011

Drying out….a little.

I thought I’d better make a post today and update you on the flood situation so you don’t think I’ve floated away down to the Atlantic, LOL.

After a futile attempt to  mop up the water in the Garage Flood 311 (1)basement and garage, Monday and  Tuesday, I finally engaged the thinking gears in my brain and called the equipment rental place and rented a small 1.6 hp. pump that drained out the garage and laundry room in a couple of hours.  Geez, why’d it take me so long to think of that?

Rental PumpTrouble is, as soon as I disconnected the pump for the night, the water came back up through the garage floor drains and flooded it again with another 1 1/2 inches of water.  And of course the garden hose I was using to pump the water out of the garage and into the drainage ditch, FROZE overnight!    

Garage Flood 311 (3)So I called the rental place and kept the pump for another day, then headed to HD and bought a similar pump but I think I’m going to bring it back, it just doesn’t keep up with the water as well as the rental pump does.  Why? I don’t know, it’s the same type pump and the same size motor.   I haven’t checked to see if it’s made in China, but my suspicions tell me it is.

Pump from HDSo against my dad’s advice, I kept the rental pump running all night and guess what---the garage floor is starting to dry out and the laundry room only has a small puddle in one corner now.  

The melt water though is still streaming off the hill in the back and I’m pretty sure there’s going to be a sump pump in my future, unless I want to have the

Drying Out Day 4 (3)new driveway dug up and drainage pipes installed and I guess that will depend on what is the cheaper alternative.  

So I’m looking online now for wet basement contractors but what I’ve been reading about correcting these situations, so far sounds “expensive” so keep your fingers crossed for me.   

There’s more rain and WET snow headed here this week (one of the reasons why March isn’t my favorite month) and that’s not going to make the situation any better.   We have had more power outages in March than in any other month.

BTW, Did you know that there are FIVE seasons in New Hampshire?  

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and “Mud”. 


So to keep myself from obsessing about the flood in my garage and wallowing in self-pity about the likelihood of having to spend more money on repairs and berating myself about not selling  years ago when the housing market peaked and I had a good job, I’ve been working on my Vintage Memories BOM and I’m now on Block #4, but I  had a slight “set back” and cut one of my 5 & 1/4” squares 5 & 1/4” x 4 & 1/2”!  Can you guess I was “distracted.”  LOL.


I was really anxious to get out from under of the house yesterday anyway, so I drove to Bits N Pieces in Pelham to buy another FQ and Liz, wonderful, generous shop owner that she is, gave me a piece of the fabric I needed.  She’s kept all of the Moda BOM fabric in back of  the shop, even the scraps from the shop sample, just in case one of us BOM-ers made a dumb mistake, like I did and needed extra fabric.  

Is she a great shop-owner who deserves undying loyalty or what? 

Gail Smile


  1. I'm glad to hear that your basement is starting to dry out.... I laughed at your "five seasons". We only have four here: Almost Summer, Summer, Still Summer, and January.

    Your LQS owner sounds like a gem!

  2. Here in Pa, our flooding concerns are just begining. I'm really starting to wish that it would soon stop raining. Doesn't help that I live right by water. Trying to stay positive.:)
    So glad that your water and quilting worked out. Got to love that.


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