We’ve got WATER!


Getting heat and electricity in the house were exciting I’ll admit.  But without water, we still could not move any of the animals to the farm.  Yesterday was a beautiful day.  Lots of sun, and temperatures warm enough to un-freeze anything that was froze, and prevent freezing of the pipes if we actually got water into them.

"old pump house"

The old pump house. The big lid comes completely off the top. It's full of holes and water had been leaking into it for years.

We got the big heavy lid off the well house and then fumbled around with the jumbled mess of wires and wet insulation inside the house and sort of figured out where most everything went, or didn’t go.

Then I got to be the well watcher while CG went inside the house and flipped the breaker.

Nothing.

Notta.

No click, no noise, no water gushing through pipes.  Not a thing.  Which was a good thing because the valves to the washing machine were open.

CG got excited and turned on the hot water heater.

But, there wasn’t any water in it yet.

Sometimes things do need to be done in a certain order….

He flipped the breaker off and on, off and on.  Nothing, nothing, nothing.  We turned it back off, and turned off the hot water heater too.

We played with the wires, noting what a bad job the previous electrician had done, wires were going everywhere.

We put it all back together and were just about to look up a water pump specialist when CG decided to fool with the switch one more time…I didn’t know what he was doing, but as I was standing beside the well I heard a click and then the  sound of water running!

It took another hour but eventually we figured out how to get water into the house.  Once the hot water tank filled up we turned that back on….and  waited a while.  CG figured the element had burned up, but nope, we’ve got hot water now too!  The water was  filled with black goop, brown sand, bug fragments, etc. but it’s WATER and it’s IN THE HOUSE!.  What more could we ask for at this point?    We’ve got a leak in the bathroom , under the sink,  and there is blue water puddling beside  the toilet, but it’s water.  And we’re happy. And we’re really happy it didn’t freeze last night because we still need to insulate more pipes.

But, for the first time ever I didn’t have to go out into the woods to use the bathroom!

It was truly a momentous day on the new Shantara Acres Farm.

After that we went grocery shopping.  CG had no idea how much groceries cost these days, especially since I only know how to cook a few things like ribs and pot roast.  So, because I refuse to cook ramen noodles every night, and tomatoes now cost $3 dollars a piece, we’ve decided to really tighten our garden and home meat-raising ideas down.

I might even have him talked into cutting off chicken heads so we can pack our freezer full of chickens.

We’ll see how that idea pans out.

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