Today was “one of those days” that happen every so often. After supper, I commented to Paul that I should write about all of the things that happened because it is nearly unbelievable. Please note: This is not a list of complaints, just a list of events!
This morning while the diapers were in the washing machine, we ran out of water. We have a reserve water tank and a pump so that we can pump water from the reserve to the tanks on the top of our house. The pump ran for about 20 minutes and then shut off. Apparently it overheated. I filled some buckets with water directly from the reserve tank and filled the washing machine by hand to finish the diapers.
In the mid-afternoon we lost electricity (not unusual). I was making baked sweet potatoes as part of our supper. I got them in the oven and after they cooked for about 15 minutes I heard a strange sound. That sound was the gas going out in the oven. It’s difficult to bake sweet potatoes with no cooking gas! I then tried to call Paul at work to see if he could come and change the gas tanks and my call would not go through. In fact, I was unable to make or receive any calls at all. With no electricity, little water, no cooking gas, no phone access, I decided to gather the kids and go for a walk. We walked to GILLBT to share our list of events with Paul. By this time, it was 5 pm anyway and he was soon packing up.
When we came home, Paul switched the gas tanks, I continued to cook the potatoes but was working on dinner Plan B since potatoes take awhile to cook. As he was pulling out the generator to start it up, electricity came back on. He started up the water pump again and then my phone started to work as well. I know about the phone working because I received a text message that Paul had sent to me just before 4 pm. Although the potatoes didn’t finish in time for supper, everything else fell right back in line. We had salad and sandwiches for supper and I ate a sweet potato after the kids went to bed as a reward for not having a melt down. I can tell that I have adjusted to life here because it just didn’t surprise me that all of these things happened at once.
Although I wasn’t surprised at all of these events, you better believe I was praising God as each item began to function again!