Thursday, January 24, 2013

you romantics you...

The Maple Valley Farm basement...
From my Facebook post last evening:

For all of you endearing romantics that want to live on a 40 acre farm in the middle of nowhere, on a dirt road, use oil lights and live off-the-grid... With a passel of children…  Tonight is YOUR night... Currently this 1885 farmhouse has 100% frozen pipes, the temperature is below zero, we are all sleeping on the main floor (looks like a scene from the original Willy Wonka house) the laundry and dishes are mounting and we are feeling like our stomachs are getting that one throw up feeling... xo Good night - HomemakerAng and Co.”

We went out of town for a funeral but even with the pipes drained we came home to where the water enters the farm house to frozen romantic pipes…

I wrote that last evening at approximately 8:30 pm with the wind whipping and whipping around.  We all slept on the main floor as the upstairs was 22 degrees and outside with the temperatures in the negative numbers wind chill wise…  We set our alarms last evening to wake us up to load the stoves…  But before bed I asked our son, whom I was standing by, to grab a few saltine crackers for my queasy stomach and when he opened the box, a little mouse jumped out and I screamed… LOUDLY… and the word was not real, lets say, r o m a n t i c . . . that word I said. . .

And now to the alarms…  They were set for

11 pm

1:30 am

3:30 am – no alarm, but a ball of blonde hair woke me up she was snuggling closer (like she could get any closer) saying, “Get in the nest Mom”…  So I loaded the stove…

7:00 am up and at those stoves again, both of them… 

And I have spent most of the day going around to borrow a heater here and there but to no avail… Pipes have not budged…

Earlier today,  I was getting very frustrated at about dinner time… it’s the truth… getting mad…  We hauled water in from the barn to heat up the 3 kettles on the stove to do dishes and get cleaned up.  I am so thankful we do have water in the barn…

Buddy spent time crawling around in the “crawl space” and does not like the room in this house called “The crawl space…”  You see, this 1885 basement is well, kinda, SCARY!  He found some cool stuff though, but not cool enough to keep him wanting to go back in…

Instead of letting the frustration consume me I decided to go with the water problems…  I mean, there truly is not to many other options, really..

The blonde haired bundled came out with a taffeta Christmas dress on because this is what is clean…  This made me smile.  She was so happy she could wear the dress and I was thinking how funny it was she was wearing this due to laundry backing up and this was all that was clean but she was happy, she IS peaceful…  all because of frozen pipes

As I write this, the children are playing Legos together on this, “Snow day”… Together…  The frozen pipes, the snow and cold has brought us closer t o g e t h e r . . .

While I cannot say what will happen yet due to these frozen pipes (so far so good – we are praying for zero damages) so far, this disturbance on the farm has kind of come together a little more “romantically” than I had thought it could have…

Xo

HomemakerAng and Co.




7 comments:

Tina Leigh said...

Dog gone global warming again!!
I sure hope y'all get a break soon. There is one thing about it....y'all are making some good memories!

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Sounds like "romantic" is all in the eyes of the beholder. While your circumstances were, let's say, FAR from romantic....making the best of it and seeing the positive side has most certainly led to seeing it thru "romantic eyes of love". Stay warm, dear friend.

Kim said...

I'm so sorry for you!
We used to live in a mobile home and we used electric heat tapes to wrap our water lines with to keep them from freezing. Is there a possibility of running a line from your laundry room to the pipes to keep them from freezing?
Just a thought.
Will be praying for warmer weather for you.
By Grace Alone,
KIm

April said...

My fathers family home has a large stone basement as well. When he was a kid, after they added running water into the house, they put an old wood stove in the basement to help keep the pipes from freezing.

Wishful Acres Farm said...

Oh boy, we had a week like this one last week...

We take one vacation each year, in the dead of winter, because that's when farmers have free time. So, we left for a 3-day weekend. We also head with a woodstove as our primary heat, but luckily we do have a regular propane furnace as backup.

So, on our only vacation of the year, we all come down with full-blown influenza. Starting with my youngest son on our very first night on vacation. The rest of us on the last day. My 3 sons were passing the puke bucket around on our drive home from Wisconsin.

We arrived home, all of us very sick, to an unheated house. The country winds out here were over 50 mph while we were gone, and blew open a balcony door on the upper floor of our farmhouse. At some point, as it got colder in here & the furnace couldn't keep up, the furnace went kaput. So, it was 35 degrees on the main floor, and I'd guess in the lower 20s upstairs.

I have no idea how, probably because it had been relatively warm most of the time we were gone (that was the weekend 2 weeks ago where it hit the low 40s), but our pipes weren't frozen.

No, the pipes in our main bathroom froze 3 days ago. As did our laundry room pipes. Our laundry room pipes always freeze once it gets around 0. We had -10 below zero two mornings ago, windchill about -30 below zero.

And even with the furnace running at night when the woodstove can't keep up, our pipes still froze.

The main portion of our farmhouse was built in 1880. These houses just weren't designed for such fantastic things as indoor plumbing & central heating!

Hang in there, our bathroom pipe finally thawed yesterday after I had a space heater running in there for 2 days. Laundry room pipes not yet thawed.

But let's look forward to something... although it's only in the single digits here today (IL/WI border), it's supposed to be in the 40s here next Tuesday, not sure about you. We can enjoy 1 day of warmth, and we'll probably both spend it doing 20 loads of laundry!

-Penny

jean said...

Ah yes, the "simple" life. Some day, you'll remember these with fondness. And, your children will tell their children. Yeah, those will be the days.

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

Reading this in a sweltering summer with quite a few days going over the 100 degree mark! I will no longer complain about sweating in the humidity or the enormous python in the chicken house! Never mind we have major flooding rains predicted for the weekend and just to think 2 weeks ago we had talked about leaving early which is our bushfire survival plan. Yes, Australia is not that romantic either! Spring is coming Ang and I can't wait for autumn!

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