Monday, September 1, 2008

Some happenings to our family

So on Friday, the water company came out to install our new water meter, hooray!!! NOT. They turned off our water for about an hour, then turned it back on. When they did this, I heard water running & thought, wow what are they doing?? Rinsing down the whole street?? Then a knock on my door, the worker, we'll call him Jim, said my house was leaking.... What??? So I followed him to the front yard & sure enough (you have to try to imagine this) gallons of water were coming straight up from the roof. If you're looking at the house, the roof was wet with water running down it. I looked up in the sky for one of those Eeyore rain clouds to be over just my house. But no rain. I asked what they did wrong & they looked at me like I was the idiot. 
I ran quickly through the house & into the garage. Quick note, we had just cleaned our garage. Everything was stacked neatly to one side. So of course, that's the spot all the water was coming down. I opened the garage door & yelled at them to turn the water back off. Everything was soaked. I started pulling things down & dumping water off of them. Car seats, containers of clothes, the runner, chairs, arm's reach crib, you name it, it was wet. I pulled some towels that had just finished being dried from the dryer & started moping it all up. Then my hormones kicked in. I started bawling my eyes out. I called Jared, told him to come home. Then called my landlord who could barely understand what I was saying through my hysterics. The workers & Jim had these looks on their faces as if to say, "this lady is a nutter!" They couldn't do anything for me, so they left. 

Of course this happens on a Friday of a 3 day weekend. Just like last time when our sliding glass door shattered the day before the 4th of July weekend. Who wants to work then?? Luckily my landlord is quick & got the water company & a plumber out in a couple of hours. I had been stressing about where we were going to stay if we had no water. The plumber was wonderful! He's an Astle (Astle plumbing, I recommend them), for any of you who live in Sac & go to my church, there are hundreds of them. So it was comforting knowing we had an intelligent, honest person working for us. He fixed our problem, the water company had turned the water back on incorrectly, flipped a spring switch that sent water to old unused pipes in the roof for a previous solar heater. Therefore sending water so pressured that it went through the roof. 

It has taken a couple of days airing everything out, getting the smell to go away, & trying to figure out why our water tastes funny now. But it's over, & I lived. 

On a lighter note, we went out to dinner tonight. I was ordering what to eat & Grant was saying Mommy, Mommy, Mommy etc. You know how it goes. I was ignoring him then this is what I hear. Jennifer, Jennifer. What? I tried so hard not to laugh while explaining that he needs to call me mommy. Then 10 minutes later, Jared does something silly (imagine that) & Grant says, "Jaarreedddd" sounding just like me when I'm rolling my eyes at my husband. He getting big so fast. 


Michelle said...

Wow, what a horrible experience! I glad you made it through ok.

: )

Carrie said...

wow, that's so not cool. don't you just love the water company?

cherchristensen said...

I hope nothing got ruined! That stinks! The night we got home from the hospital after having Callie, we figured out the Gas company had incorrectly shut off our gas, and we were left on a Friday night, in Utah in winter, without any heat in our house with a brand new baby! It takes experiences like these to really make you appreciate functioning (correctly :) utilities! I guess you learned you shouldn't clean your garage :) haha

TJ and Ayumi said...

Oh my goodness...that's crazy. I feel so bad you had to go through that!! I would totally freak out too and probably start yelling in Japanese and give them a karate chop!
Good thing you got an awesome help.
I love when you share stories of your kids, they are so darn funny.

We are Martin said...

Sorry, I was laughing while I read it. I really wish you'd gotten a picture of your "leaking house."
Maybe it wouldn't be funny if it happened to me.
So is the water company going to reimburse for the plumber? Or at least say sorry?

The JNJ Hasleton's said...

I did take pics, nothing exciting, so I didn't post them. My landlord loves me cause I'm always taking pics of stuff so she can use for proof later. The water company took care of the bill!!

JB and Kirsti Meyer Family said...

I can't believe that the water company acted as though the water shooting out of the roof and their shoddy workmanship were unrelated. What a bunch of stinky guys, but hooray for the hero Astles.

I miss you, I hope you're well and the boys are kind to their prego momma. If they're not, threaten to send them as indentured servants to their Uncle JB. Bee work is great punishment for any errant child or adult (latter as benefit for Jared's use).

Amanda said...

That stinks!! The water leaking and being put on meters.

We were just put on meters too. I don't look forward to seeing that bill!

The Shaffers said...

that does not sound like fun!! Im glad things got worked out quickly, so you could have water!!