Goodness, it’s been an interesting few days, but I’m going to be kind and spare you the Dickens-esque details. We spent the weekend battling frozen pipes, and Jonny worked hard to repair those that burst. I mopped up puddles and did my best to be an encouraging voice. I know that with the cold we have been experiencing, we are far from being alone in our plumbing disasters. We found ourselves with plenty of good company on the plumbing aisle at our local hardware store.
Monday morning, with water restored and temperatures finally starting to climb out of the frigid zone, we hoped and prayed that we were in the clear. I took my five youngest children downstairs to my studio for our new “Morning Time” school routine. I’ve been in the process of doing some very necessary restructuring in our homeschool days, and it’s an incredible blessing that after more than a decade of homeschooling I now have a dedicated space for it.
Remember when we didn’t have water in our kitchen for an extended period toward the end of last year? (Plumbing issues seem to be a recurring theme in our new house.) Well, I keep waiting to share that whole story because it resulted in my basement studio and homeschool room getting a makeover, and it’s not quite finished. I’m starting to think it never will be…
The morning went as well as can be expected with a very busy baby and two little boys that I can’t convince to sit still to save my life. My high schoolers were upstairs working independently and all was well in my little homeschooling world. After completing our new routine, we broke for lunch and headed upstairs. A few minutes later Seth came shouting that there was water spraying from the ceiling in my studio. I’d done such a good job of warming it up that morning with a little space heater, that a pipe in the wall that we didn’t realize was frozen to begin with thawed and was evidently busted. It was a wild mess. Water and screaming children everywhere. The tragedy for me was that many of our school books got wet. The tragedy for Beatrix was that her math books weren’t amongst them.
Today, we have water again. There are no more frozen pipes that we are aware of. We do have a bit of a mess to clean up and a half dozen or more holes in the drywall to patch. Morning Time may run a little late….
p.s. More about that snowy nature walk in this Instagram post.