Monday, December 21, 2009

Some days are diamonds...

But not lately. This is the least relaxing vacation EVER. The plan was to go to my mother-in-law's house for a week. The plan is still to go there. However, we found out just before leaving that she is in the hospital. So yesterday morning as we were loading up the car, we were already in a more subdued mood than you would expect. We set off, the hubby, the dad-in-law, the two kids, the dog and I, towards the interstate the back way. I'm not sure why, except that it is shorter. However, the back way is usually not such a good idea when you've just gotten over 2 feet of snow the day before, especially in a state like Virginia where the Department of Transportation, despite their best efforts, is not prepared for snow in that magnitude. Not 8 miles from home, we got stuck, and stuck GOOD. Eventually, we got out, but not before blowing a tire. So now, we can drive, but we have to find a place in the road not covered in snow and ice to change the tire. The kids, the dog and I just started walking home. We needed to do something - the kids were very well-behaved, but I knew that just standing around outside the car wasn't going to be a good idea. We sang Christmas carols to keep our minds off the fact that our feet were freezing in our sneakers. About a mile or so later, the hubby and dad-in-law showed up with the spare on the vehicle, and we set off again, first stopping by a service station to make sure the spare had sufficient air.

It felt like such an accomplishment to make it onto the highway, but only until we actually got on the highway. It looked more like a parking lot for tractor trailer trucks. Four and a half hours after leaving home, we made it to the next town 30 miles away. We stopped to eat because the kids (and I) were starving. At that point, we made an executive decision to head back home and try again another day. Seven hours after leaving home, we made it back, having traveled a whopping 60 miles.

If that were the end of it, I wouldn't complain. However, when we got home, we had no water. Not much you can do on a Sunday night. This morning, I started calling around, and finally found someone who could come today. Of course, I thought he meant today during the day. He arrived at 8 PM. In the meantime, we all loaded into the car to go to the gym at the University where my husband and I work to take showers and brush our teeth. And I melted snow. Melted snow to wash dishes. Melted snow to flush toilets. Melted snow for the dog and the cats. Melted snow to brush our teeth. At this rate, there won't be much snow left out there.

So, the water pump guy is still here. No, not working on my water pump - he needs a new control box, which he didn't have on his truck. He'll have to come back in the morning for that. No, he's still here because he managed to drive his truck into a snowbank, and then over an embankment and into my neighbor's yard. It is 10:15 PM and we are waiting for the wrecker to come pull him out.

I am so tense that my shoulders ache. I keep wondering what else could go wrong. I'm probably looking at this the wrong way. There is so much I should be thankful for. We have heat and electricity and food, and a way to make the water we need. My kids are in great moods because I have let them watch all theTV they want today. And this unexpected time at home has given me some unexpected time in my quilt studio. I thought I'd whip up a quick placemat that I found online earlier this year.


Oh boy, so quick and easy, I made FOUR. I am currently sewing down the binding - photos when I am done. But first, I am dragging my tired and slightly defeated butt off to bed. Last night I told myself that tomorrow had to be better, but I seemed to have jinxed myself. Tomorrow will be what it will be.

9 comments:

Shirleymac said...

Oh my goodness. Sounds like you could use a nice relaxing bubble bath. Hope you get the wate fixed. At least your adventure will make this a Christmas to remember.

Sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. Hope she's okay.

Riet said...

Oh my goodness Erin, sometimes these things happen and there is nothing you can do about it. Just try to stay positive, don't wait for negative things for then they will happen.
I love your placemat. LOvely colours.
Merry Christmas

Molly said...

Bless your heart Erin, it has really been a rough day for everybody. But thank heavens nobody got hurt. One of these days you will all look back at this and laugh.....a few years down the road. Stay warm and your placemats look superb girl. Take care and good thoughts for your mother-in-law.

Becky said...

I agree with Molly....we had a similar experience in an ice storm driving from Tennessee to W. Va. with a 6 year old and a 4 year old. It is hilarious to us now.....but sure sucked while it was going on. Hope your future tale ends soon!!! :)

cozy quilter said...

Keep smilng. The kids are still happy. You got a bonus sewing day. The story of your day will get passed along throughout the generations. Our family has had similar moments on vacations and now we laugh and retell the stories over and over again. I hope your MIL is better soon.

quiltfool said...

Good thoughts for your MIL. Wow! Caroling and showering adventures and drinking snow instead of tap water. Even your days that don't work out sound fun. Hang in there. I think we're all having our own little adventures this holiday season. I hope yours comes to a happy ending soon. Lane

Nancy said...

hope things are getting better by now. Maybe you are on thr road again by now?? I made another of Alma's table runners Sunday and 4 napkins to go with it for son and DIL, and 5 gift bags for the grands. I'll try to post pix soon. I'm sewing down the binding on the runner niw in the car. Hope your MIL is doing better now. And that your holiday gets better soon! Quilty hugs!!

Donna said...

My momma told me there were going to be days like this! And how true it is...but she also said....this too shall pass! Here's hoping that you have water for Christmas. Merry Christmas!

Nancy-Rose said...

ugh...sorry all that crappy stuff happened.

Have you got a link for that placemat pattern? Looks like a real stashbuster!