How’s your week going? Better than mine, I hope!
Only 43 more hours, until my husband is home again… Not that I’m counting or anything! 😉
I had such great plans for this week, to celebrate the feast of St. Agnes, have a Tea for Our Lady of Altagracia, finally move on to D week, catch up the laundry, organize the school room and do a little planning for the second half of our school year which begins next week, and finish up some blog post drafts, but that was not to be…
It has been a rough week around here!
Monday I had an appointment with the allergist to try and figure out what it was that made my throat swell right before Christmas (I’ve had other facial swelling before, but never my throat) and then again shortly after. I opened the paperwork just before leaving and realized that the appointment could last from 1-3 hours depending on the testing and results. They weren’t kidding and I was very thankful I took Twinkle Toes along to help with Bud.
I had suspected an allergy to our outdoor cat, who loves to sneak in the house to
scare me warm up, so I was tested for that along with a whole panel of other things and everything came back negative. So I no longer have a good excuse to get rid of the cat we get to keep the cat! (Twinkle Toes was thrilled! And, I admit, was somewhat relieved too, just because our kiddos love Ferdinand so much…) The diagnosis ended up being the same one I was given years ago: idiopathic neurotic angioedema. The two most common triggers of this happen to be stress and infection. I had a sinus infection at the time my throat swelled, though I didn’t know it at the time, so it all makes a little more sense now. It was just very scary! The good news is that angioedema is very controllable with Zyrtec and I just need to recommit to carrying it with me all the time. (I’ve gotten bad about that over the years.) This type of condition rarely requires the need of an EpiPen, though I do have a prescription for something a little stronger, should I ever have a more serious episode. Thankfully the sinus infection is gone, and as for the stress, I don’t have much of that in my life, right? lol
After the doctors appointment we went to get something to eat and to run a few errands. I somehow managed to bend a prong on my wedding ring so I dropped that off at the jewelers to be repaired, spent my Gymbucks at Gymboree, and picked up some groceries at Trader Joes. We then headed to Costco to stock up on more groceries since it had been weeks since a trip to town. What a job, but the kids were thrilled to finally have some more food in the house.
I was hoping that Tuesday would be a calm day, but no such luck. We woke up to trash all over the yard (thank you raccoons) and no water (thank you freezing cold weather). Of course the first priority was to make some coffee so I headed out to the well house to see if I could thaw the pipes with my hair dryer. Hours later I gave up and melted some ice from the freezer. Anything for a cup of coffee!
In the meantime, as we continued to try and troubleshoot the lack of water, despite it warming up outside, my Dad (an electrician) walked me through taking apart the control box so I could text him a picture.
He wasn’t happy with the results – I guess those copper heads shouldn’t have been touching and something had tripped the breaker – so he headed up and brought along some water with him! Yay!
After reseting the breaker and testing the electrical wires the pumps still wouldn’t run and we also found out the holding tank was empty – which means the pump was most likely not working for quite some time, especially considering I hadn’t been using much water on Sunday or Monday. It was then time to call the pump guys!
Around 3:30 they arrived, along with my sister to take the girls to their Irish Dance Class, since I needed to stay home. They finally discovered that the pipes coming up from the deep well were the ones that had frozen, and once they got the ice thawed and opened up the restrictor we finally had water running back into the holding tank. It also ended up being a very good thing that the breaker had tripped, preventing the deep well pump from burning out. That would have ended up being much more expensive… Anyways, by 5:30 we finally had running water in the house! Hooray!!
Today wasn’t as challenging and I finally have had some time to start cleaning house from the past couple days, get ready for the tutor tomorrow, and clean out the detached garage in the rain. Yep… the garage was definitely not on the list for today!
Of course, after weeks of cold but dry weather, it finally started to rain this afternoon right when I had the glass company scheduled to replace the cracked windshield on Sean’s car. Thankfully, with the boys help, we made enough room to fit most of the car inside and the windshield is fixed!
Sigh... I think I need a nap. And a Zyrtec! 😉