From Floods to Fairies and Future Possibilities

Thursday dawned with good intentions. I was going to explore the area a little more in search of a coffee shop/book store that looked ideal for my needs. I was going to do a little job searching and take advantage of that coffee shop internet. At home, I was going to work on strengthening my resumes and perhaps unpacking some more or painting Sarah’s room.

Then came the deluge.

It had been raining much of the night, but it seemed to come down harder in the early morning hours. Just before Sarah set off for school, I suggested to Nathan that we might want to check the basement for water since our landlords had warned us of the possibility of minor flooding.

After soggy Sarah climbed onto the bus, Nathan went down to check.  “Oh, I see a little water,” he called up. “I’m going to vacuum it up!”

A few minutes pass. “CALL THE LANDLORDS! I CAN’T STOP IT!”

I call the landlords, and as I do, I glance out the back door toward the deck, to see water pouring downhill toward us in three glorious (though small) cascades.

Our personal waterfalls

Then I headed downstairs to find water spread across the entire lower level, reaching up to my ankles. Nathan was desperately moving boxes onto plastic tubs to protect them. The garage that contained most of the boxes still waiting for unpacking, although not completely covered had several large puddles. You could see where the water was pouring in through various cracks and it was incredible.

We managed to get all the boxes up. Most of them contain the books that I can’t unpack without more shelves. Thank goodness we brought extra plastic tubs.

Then we began using a wet vac to suck the water out. The vacuum held 9 gallons at a time, and before our landlords got there with a sump pump I’m sure we had sucked out well over 100 gallons, with little to show for it. Sump pump in, we kept sucking, and the landlords went and bought a second sump pump. Eventually Nathan had to get to work, but we kept plugging. The rain stop and the sun made an effort to come out. Finally, about 4 hours later, we left the dehumidifier to battle whatever moisture remained on the floor and called it good.

After that adventure I lost any enthusiasm, ability, or even focus to allow me to concentrate on achieving the goals I had set out. I wasn’t going to look for the coffee shop with road had puddles up to the bottom of my car. The boxes looked overwhelming, and my resumes are intimidating. So what did I do?

I painted.

Before we left Colorado I had a sudden urge to oil paint. I’ve never oil painted in my life, and never had any training with oils. I painted two pictures, well one and a half. The first I call “The Dream Home”, and while I don’t love how the tree came out in it, I think it was a pretty good first shot.

I’ll have to add a picture of it later as I forgot to take one and load it onto my computer.

The half painting was something I was calling “Fairy Home” and I had only gotten so far before I got intimidated and stopped. When we unpacked art, we found this painting, and Sarah said, “I like that Mommy. When it is done can I hang it in my room?”

So I decided to finish it. Please be kind:

Finally I closed Thursday down to crawl into bed exhausted and unsure after what seems like another in a series of chaotic events in my life.

But Friday began a new day, with a dry basement, internet access at a good coffee shop, and plans to go to a huge antique sale for the afternoon. Of course, first we had to deal with the bureaucracy of registering our car and getting our driver’s licenses. I won’t dwell on that, however, as I am sure we have all had our horror stories–and this one was comparatively benign although annoying at the time.

As I waded through 130+ e-mails and realized I could not catch up on all the blogging friends and other business, I found a miracle. A potential job teaching kids acting classes on Saturday mornings at a professional theater in Boston area. I jumped on it, quickly wrote a cover letter and sent off my resume. Who knows what will happen, but it was a positive step. Then I embarrassed myself by e-mailing something to a fellow blogger that was purely the fiction of my own mind, but I won’t go into that either.

Today I registered Sarah for dance class and was talking to the owner of the studio. As I did, I decided to take a leap, and told her about myself to see if she might be interested in using me in some capacity. Another miracle, she said “Yes!” It is all tentative and talk right now, but at least I put myself out there.

So, through floods and fairies I finally feel like I may be moving forward.

Care to join me in a ROAR of VICTORY?!

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19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. DesiValentine
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 10:10:37

    ROAR!!!! Your painting is so sweet and pure – lovely! And best of luck with the new home and the new job (!!!!). I think things do happen for a reason :)


  2. Mrs Skinner
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 10:16:10

    Roooooaaaaaarrrrr!I’m so glad it all sorted itself out. Didn’t think it would half-way through. Will the landlord do something about stopping the water next time?

    Let meknow how things go so that I can uncross my fingers! Go Girl!


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Sep 12, 2011 @ 11:20:00

      They are looking into how to deal with the problem. We shall see. Uncross your fingers so they don’t get cramped. I’ll let you know if I need them crossed again. :)


  3. Julia Skinner
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 10:17:37

    Apologies for the formal ‘Mrs’ on my last comment. I’m commenting on children’s post & forgot to change identities!


  4. Lenore Diane
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 10:47:08

    Excellent, Lisa! Cheers to you! The painting is lovely. Very sweet.
    i hope the rain stays away for awhile, and I hope the sun continues to shine. Here’s too good news coming soon regarding the seeds you planted.


    Sep 10, 2011 @ 12:15:30

    Great that you are telling people about your skills and just going for it! Probably a good idea to keep things in plastic bins for awhile until you have a feel for the weather ,,,a few extra bins is a good idea too. Hope little Sarah is off to a good start at school. Enjoy the settling time but it is so good to hear that work is coming your way.


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Sep 12, 2011 @ 11:19:01

      I don’t know that work is coming my way yet, but at least I am actively seeking it out. Sarah seems content with school, and everything lives in bins for now.


  6. nrhatch
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 18:00:52

    Woot!!! :D


  7. Barbarann Ayars
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 18:04:20

    Since my brother lives next to the Sesquahanna River in northern Pennsylvania, and his hose is mostly under water, I can only be thankful you merely needed to pump a basement.but I can say hallelujah SISTER! For your miracles. The talking stage is very encouraging. And I will anxiously wait forvyou to say you’re hired. Small steps, deep breathing. Good girl!

    It’s aLeahs good to hear good news.


  8. Barbarann Ayars
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 18:06:19

    Hate this IPad…ALWAYS good news was what I typed. Heh, it converts my name, Barbarann to Barbarian. I always have to fix it.


  9. kelworthfiles
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 05:51:17

    Victory! Congratulations on the tale of your epic victory over the flood!


  10. thepetalpusher
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 06:25:52

    Wow! I really got caught up in the energy of this post. What an experience! It’s good that you found something therapeutic to do after. The Saturday class sounds exciting–lots of luck–it may open other doors.


  11. Kathryn McCullough
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 15:26:39

    Wow–what a deluge of everything, Lisa! Something has got to be wrong if your basement is flooding to that degree, I’m afraid. Sounds insane. Be sure to take photos of the water in the basement in case you need to document that for any reason.

    The job possibilities are great! Good for you, my friend!

    Happy Sunday!



  12. jeanne
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 16:05:52



  13. madelinelaughs
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 17:53:33

    ROAR!!!!! Fabulous that you went from drowning in rain to art!!


  14. LittleMissVix
    Sep 12, 2011 @ 04:55:06

    Excellent! This sounds really positive, good luck!


  15. Tori Nelson
    Sep 12, 2011 @ 10:07:13

    This is me… ROARINGGGGG! They say when it rains it pours… but the downpour isn’t always a bad thing :)


  16. TheIdiotSpeaketh
    Sep 12, 2011 @ 10:51:18

    ROOOOAAARRRRRRR………. and I like the painting! ….. :)


  17. Christine Grote
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 19:24:26

    I love fairies. lovely painting. Your creativity is blossoming in your new home.


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