Monday, August 29, 2016
Buddy: You won't guess how we spent our weekend!
Cyndi: Yes, I will. I was here.
Buddy: I wasn't talking to you. I was talking to our friends reading this.
Cyndi: Does that mean I can't tell them? I mean, you asked the question; I should get to answer.
Buddy: Oh, go ahead.
Cyndi: We spent the weekend watching Jan boil water and pour it into containers when it cooled. We have water bowls and pitchers in the fridge, on the table, and even in the bathroom so Jan can brush her teeth and take sponge baths.
Buddy: She "washed" her hair Saturday night with boiled (not boiling) water and apple cider vinegar - no shampoo. Dishwater gets a few drops of bleach and dish soap and are rinsed with boiling water poured from a teakettle.
Cyndi: So far Jan has managed to rinse the dishes and not her fingers.
Buddy: A boil water notice for this area was put out by the city Friday morning because of a leaking water main but Jan learned of it by accident on Facebook Friday night. So she boiled water and hoped our water wasn't affected since we had all been drinking it.
Cyndi: Saturday morning a boil water notice was put in her door. Soon she saw a man taking a water sample from the new fire hydrant. He said they were sending in samples hoping for a one day turn around so the boil water could be lifted Sunday afternoon. Yeah!
Buddy: But wait! Sunday morning the same line broke in a different place and was repaired.
Cyndi: It's hot and humid here. Pots of boiling water make the house hotter and more humid. This makes all of us more thirsty. Thus, Jan has to boil more water to fill our bowls.
Buddy: She's not complaining, though. Not as long as there is any potential for contaminated water that could make us ill.
Cyndi: You'd think she would build a fire in the dog pen, since there's no grass to catch fire, and boil the water outside.
Buddy: That sounds like a great idea. Let's suggest it to her!
Late Sunday night update -
Cyndi: Whoo hoo. Jan just saw on FB that the Mayor posted a message lifting the boil water notice. The bacteriological survey showed our water is safe.
Buddy: She'd do the happy dance but she's so tired she'd probably have to do it face-down on the floor.
Cyndi: That sounds like a good idea to me. She can do the happy dance on the floor. We'll take the bed.