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was supposed to be an uneventful day.
It was supposed to be a day of reading and maybe watching a TV show, doing laundry and avoiding my craft room.

And the phone rang.

It was Dan…..and he had just gotten a call from the water company at the lake.
We had used NINETY SEVEN THOUSAND GALLONS of water and was something wrong………

I’ll say that again.

So, he took the day off and we flew up to the lake. We were nervous. And here’s what we saw.








I would say there is water damage to 90% of the house. We don’t really know what happened….and we are in shock.
Our American Family Insurance Agent, George Hall, here in Blair, was a great help. We called and made a claim and the ball started rolling. After a lunch, Dan and I heard from an adjustor who will meet with us in a few days, a disaster clean up company, and a construction guy. The furnace guys also came out.

We were so cold all day. Walking around in the sloshy carpet, and we could see our breath in the house.

This was all late on a Friday afternoon…with the temperatures plummeting to around 5 BELOW zero.





These people came in riding white horses and wearing white hats and took over. They knew just what to do, just what to say, just where to start. They started right in sucking up NINETY SEVEN THOUSAND GALLONS OF WATER and then ripping up the carpet.

And those towels? (My mom will get a kick out of THIS picture). Those towels I won’t let anybody use because they were expensive and I can’t find any more to buy? The towels I LOVED so much?


Tonight, they are outside. Freezing in a bag. So they won’t get moldy.

And then, we went for a quick bite to eat before heading home. And we counted our blessings.
Nobody Died.
Nothing of any value was lost.
It’s all just stuff.
And there were people there working.

We are so lucky.

And then we headed to the plane, (it’s after 9 p.m.) and the temps and wind chill were now well into the TEENS BELOW ZERO.


So we jumped back in the jeep and went to WalMart to get a Looooooooong extension cord and we plugged that plane in to get warmed up and we sat inside the little pilot lounge place and watched TV. And counted some more blessings. And after 1 hour and 40 minutes,

And we flew home.

And we are very cold.

And we are STILL counting our blessings.

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  1. Tee

    Oh wow. I am so sorry. They say everything happens for a reason, but it’s hard to understand sometimes, isn’t it? You have such a good attitude. Not many people would be counting blessings at a time like this, so I admire you!! I don’t know what else to say. Wow.

  2. Nora Myres (Steve's Mom)

    Richard sent the pictures and your site to me. So sorry to see that mess…about 20 years ago, a friend of mine and her family were away on a ski trip and while gone, we had some really frigid weather for us in Texas; 10 days below 20 and nights near 0. On the day they were to come back, a neighbor noticed water cascading down their front steps. She had a key, got in and discovered the very same scene that I saw depicted in your photos. They had pipes in two locations burst, laundry room and their master bath; both on outside walls. It took about 6 months to get back in. About 6 months later, they had to have the laundry room, breakfast room and their master bath walls ripped out again because the wood studs had not properly dried out and mold had grown and caused real health problems for her…..there is some sort of a meter device that can tell if wood is wet. I am sure the company helping you has the knowledge to detect and repair the damage. Nolene and her husband had their general contracter do the work and he did not. We’ll be thinking of you…hope things go smoothly.

  3. OMG! I am so sorry… what a horrible thing… you are right… nobody died… nothing of value lost…. but arrrggghhh! I am so sorry.

  4. Carol

    OH NO! Your beautiful lake house! Oh well, now you have a new project for spring.

  5. kathy

    I am so sorry! Last February on the coldest day of the year, I came home after working all day at Jake’s to a broken pipe and water running for what I imagine was hours. You feel helpless but not because you can always count on your friends. Community theatre Dick and Carol came and fixed my pipe and on the next day there were people here taking care of water and ripping out cabinets and drywall (thanks again to George!). Now everything is new and replaced but still problems with cold air getting in! We will figure it out! I said an extra prayer for you Friday and will again!

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