This morning I woke up a little before 5. I always look at the pictures from the cameras to see if we had anything interesting during the night. Thankfully, our pictures these days are mostly cats and possums. I couldn’t access the pictures . . no internet. The dogs were still quiet and I knew once I got up, both Oscar and Rita would want to go out and they’d make all kinds of noise as soon as they know I’m up. It’s like they think I’ve forgotten about them and have to be sure that doesn’t happen. Whichever one goes out first, the other is sure they’ve been abandoned forever and they sing a very loud and sad song til I get back inside and switch dogs and take the other one out. About 5:30 I finally got up, took the dogs out, fed them both and sat down to write a blog post. Nope – internet was still out. We can’t even use our phones without wifi. No blog post this morning.
I needed to get Friday’s milk pasteurized but knew I couldn’t make that much noise without waking Vince so I waited til he woke up a little after 7. Then I went up and started working on the milk.
Vince called about the internet and MediaCom had a recording on that a major fiberoptic line had been cut. Vince said “That could mean we’re without internet for a long time.” I wasn’t sure if “a long time” meant all day or a week or an hour but I figured it was off til it was on.
Yesterday Vince had picked up a pickup load of packaged Peat Moss and it was still in the truck so he went out and unloaded that. By the time he came in, the milk was almost ready to be cooled so just as I finished scrubbing the sink and spraying everything down with sanitizer, our water went from full force to a tiny trickle! No! I needed a sink full of cold water to quickly cool down that milk; my jars would need to be washed and sanitized again.
Yesterday evening when we were watering, we were both using hoses, which happens every evening, and we had plenty of water and then after a while, the water slowed way down. It wasn’t a trickle but it wasn’t our usual full pressure. Vince commented on it and then a few hours later, we both took showers at the same time, which has never been a problem but I hardly had any water and was afraid I was actually going to run out of water. This morning all seemed fine til it wasn’t.
Without internet, I couldn’t even get the number for the utilities division of the little town that provides our water. It was 103 outside and with the sun shining on the back deck, it felt even hotter. I could make calls out there but I couldn’t use the internet. I had my neighbor’s number in my phone so I called her and instead of saying “Hello”, she said “So, your water is out too?” Knowing it wasn’t just our water made me feel better. She asked if I had called and I had not because I couldn’t get the number without internet. She said she would call.
Vince said “What are the chances of having the internet and water off at the same time? I told him . . the way things are going, just be thankful the electricity is working.
Vince came in and tried to take a shower but didn’t have enough water so it was basically a sponge bath. I had enough hot water left in the sous vide bath that I was able to use that to wash the jars, then used three gallon jugs of water to put water in the sink. I had two large bottles of ice had frozen so that was good. I did turn the ice maker off in case we ended up with a boil advisory – I didn’t want contaminated ice in the ice bin. As soon as the milk was cold, I poured it back in jars, stuck it in the fridge and we left to go to town.
On the way out of town, we saw the city workers working on the water lines. We stopped and I said “Thanks for working on the water! I’ll thank you a lot more once I have water.” The guy said “We have a “BIG” leak back there” (pointing back towards town). He did say our water should be back on in a few minutes but we were headed back to town. I called the neighbor to see if she had already called about the water and she had not because she couldn’t get the number either without internet. I told her what we had found out from the guys working on the road and we went on to town.
When we got home, we had water and internet! Everything is good . . for now .. except this heat!!
Do I need to say again that I detest summer?? According to Accuweather, today is our last 100+ degree day til August 6. Then we have four days that are over 100 but barely. Then . . well, I’m afraid to look any farther. I think I heard that today was our 16th or 17th day above 100. Still way, way less than they’re having in Texas so I should be thankful for that. I guess I am!