Monday, July 5, 2010

Recovering From 4th of July

I've been through a lot of 4th's but yesterday's is one to write home about.

We always have many people over to celebrate the 4th and it is always a good time of friends enjoying a celebration. The 4th was always a big day in our family because it also happened to be my fathers birthday, he would have been 82.

Everyone began arriving about 2pm. People trickled in for quite a while. The day was cloudy and there were a couple very light minor sprinkles but not enough to even get wet, but that was soon to change.

About 8 the sky's opened up and the wind blew. Our canopy was blowing and about to lift off. The monsoon began, the weatherman said we got about 2". Rain was blowing in sideways. 6 of us held down the tent. We were soaked to the bone. Many people left and the rest went indoors. It rained hard for 2 hours. About one hour into the storm the electricity went out. We could see the candles and flashlights in the house, of course it was hot so no air conditioning either. Then the emergency call came from the house for me to get inside quickly. The toilet was overflowing and no one knew what was happening in the bathroom in the dark. Water was coming out into the hall before someone noticed and closed the valve under the tank.

So here I am, soaked all the through to the skin. There is no power in the house. The rain is still coming down and under the tent where we were holding down there is now a big mud puddle from so much rain. I am trying to find a plunger because mom moved it out of the bathroom because of "company" coming over. Can't find the plunger in the dark. The side yard became the makeshift bathroom, because everyone knows as soon as the toilet is out of order you have to pee.

You know from now on this 4th will be forever recalled as; you remember the year when...........

13 comments:

Gledwood said...

I'm very sad for all that's happened, really I am.

I once celebrated Thanksgiving with Americans in London ~ that was pretty amazing.

I know on July 4 you have fireworks... did you see any decent displays... :-)

VJ said...

I last posted that I would have loved to be at your 4th of July celebration but I am so happy I missed it! :) Maybe next year.

Cindy said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
But, do tell, how was the party after that?

Barbara said...

Boring 4th huh? I hope next year something happens to liven it up a bit.

I have to admit I laughed a bit, sorry! I know it was probably not funny especially the part about the toilet! :)

Anna said...

At least it is over! Take care,
Anna

Jan said...

Isn't awesome to have a holiday when the only issue is the toilet overflowing? Instead of emotional or violent outbursts, or a flood of tears or powerlessness over the situation rather than no power in the house?
What a great 4th!!! :-)

Syd said...

Wow. It seems that the old maxim of "what can go wrong will go wrong" was in full force. Glad you survived!

Bristolvol said...

Very funny, I moved the plunger out of my bathroom too, however it was not needed thankfully. Must be a woman thing.

Annette said...

Mom moving the plunger because of "company" coming did make me laugh out loud. That is just what us mom's do! My gosh...I am sorry your day was so filled with yuk, but hopefully there was some laughter too.

Thanks for the birthday wishes too. And of course Grover Hot Springs is a wonderful place!! :o)

Bobby said...

Well it will be a 4th you will never forget. The great thing is that you were with friends when all this happened. It also probably means you will have a great 4th next year because it has little possibility of being as bad as this years.

Heather's Mom said...

Oh my gosh! What an adventure! Those are the greatest memories *years later* - after the toilet is fixed and the ground has dried... Who wouldda thunk???
God bless.

~Tracey~ said...

Wow, like a bad dream. Hope all is well now. ~T~

A Mom's Serious Blunder said...

You really know how to throw a party Ron...just saying.