Some curve balls are great and I hit them out of the park! Like the other day when I had something planned for the evening, like maybe resting or sewing, and my oldest son had time to go to the home improvement store to look at things to create the backyard garden we were talking about. Of course, I was going to drop what I planned to go with him so that I could spend some time with him. As a mom, this is what you do right? If someone needs something or has the gumption to get into a conversation you switch gears and are going to live in the present and grab the moment.
Then there are those other curve balls. (Big Sigh) Oh, they come fast and hard. This barage started this last Saturday on my birthday. I told my son that I wanted him to install my new microwave and dishwasher as my birthday gift from him. I also wanted him to stay home with his younger brother so the hubs and I could go do a few things that I was wanting to do for my birthday.
During our time out we were on a tour of a local Victorian home. I got a call from my oldest. I didn't take the call and told him I was on a tour and to text. He texted that it was an emergency. I stepped away quickly from the tour and called. He frantically told me that he had broken a pipe when he was installing the dishwasher and he couldn't get the water to stop. Long story short we now have water damage in our kitchen.
The weekend entailed two nights in a hotel so that we could use the shower (thank goodness the hubs had reward points from all of his travels and we got to stay for free). We had to leave the water main shut due to the broken pipe. There was no plumbers available to come out on a weekend, even the ones that had 24-hour emergency service. When at home I couldn't leave all the dirty dishes unattended. I ended up washing dishes by boiling water on the stove and pouring it into a dishpan and rinsing the dishes with gallon jugs of bottled water. It was inconvenient to not have water, but it wasn't tragic.
The pipe got fixed on Monday. Today I had a restoration service come out and assess the damage and also check the attic and crawl space for mold. Over the weekend I discovered that a neighbor had a pipe leak and didn't know about it until her house was showing signs of moister and she ended up with a lot of mold. Today I found out that there is mold all throughout the attic. This will had to be cleaned up and then alterations to the attic so that it will have the ventilation it needed in the first place.
By the end of the day today the restoration company sent three workers to get started on the water damage clean up from the pipe breaking. They told me that they were going to have to take out most all of my lower kitchen cabinets, countertop, and sink. They will wall off the kitchen with plastic and leave a zipper so that we can get in and out. I will be left without a kitchen to use for a while. No kitchen really throws a monkey wrench into life.
The funny thing is that I have been working on a 5-6 week master meal plan and had high hopes of eating healthier and working on food prep for the days that I will be busy and need to have an easy dinner. Ha! Ha! That is right were this curve ball hit! It seems like when I try to get it together that is when things fall apart.
Tonight I have been pulling things out of my kitchen in prep for the demo tomorrow. I have plans to set up a makeshift kitchen in the living room. I already have an electric hot plate, electric skillet, toaster oven, crock pot, and microwave so there will be multiple ways to cook. We will move the coffee pot, blender, and toaster in there too so that we will have minimal need to use the kitchen. I'm planning on getting a few plastic storage tubs so that I can do the dishes in the bathtub. I will learn how to cook "fly by the seat of the pants" style. Maybe I should make the adventure into a Youtube channel!
When I was in fourth grade our teacher read to us when we came in from lunch. I remember a book that I particularly was fascinated with called "The Box Car Children". I remember there being four children that were orphaned and they took up residence in a boxcar. They did all kinds of makeshift sort of things to live. I was facinated with how they would always find ways to make things work. Now I get to live like the boxcar children!
Lesson of the last few days: Not having one thing you rely on changes everything. If one is creative you can find new ways of doing things. You gotta be flexable when life throws you curve balls. Try and catch them and throw them back!