Hi, I'm Cyndi and I elected myself newscaster for today.
We spent yesterday without water. Another problem at the city water plant and in heat and humidity equivalent to mid-July, the city water was shut off. Jan called the water department about 1 pm and they assured her she did not need to buy any water. It would be back within 4 to 5 hours. She left after 3 to run errands and returned to a forwarded email from the city manager stating that water should be back on after 5 pm and residents should boil it for the first 24 hours.
This was not looking good. It was time to buy some drinking water. But before she could get her wallet to walk the 2 1/2 blocks to Ingles, the phone rang.
"Do you have any water?" Jan was asked.
"I'm on my way to Ingles now"
"I'm just leaving the Ingles parking lot. I'll share what I have with you." Well, the generous lady fibbed. When she pulled up, she started to open a package of 24 bottles, but gave the whole thing to Jan instead. "I think I have 1/2 a pack at home and we have a well." And she refused to accept payment. "You need water for your 'babies' too."
Whoopee, our water bowls were nearly empty and so was Jan's water cup. Thank you so much! (We don't want to embarrass her so we won't use her name.)
Jan made a few calls and a couple of stops to pass along the latest information to the neighbors who didn't have email. About 6:30 she called the water department again and asked if the rumor was true the water wouldn't be on until 5 pm today. "No, that's not true! You'll have water in about an hour." He was emphatic.
Finally,about 11 pm, we had water spitting, whistling and swearing it's way through the pipes. What a welcome sound.
We'd like to share a story with you about two pit bulls dubbed Brains and Brawn. Brains led and encouraged Brawn, an exhausted, emaciated 30-pound dog dragging a 20-pound chain, through the city until they were picked up and taken to a shelter in West Palm Beach, Florida. We sure hope they will be adopted -- together. You can read their story here.
Have a purring and tail wagging day.