NO one to be mad at by myself.
This morning I put Heath on the bus and came back in. I could barely keep my eyes open so I laid back down till 9.
Then I got BettyBlue hooked to the trailer, loaded up Delilah and backed into the front yard.
I heard a thump and could not for the life of me imagine what I had hit. I got out and found water spaying out from under the well pump. Dammit.
I turned the pump off, told Emily we had no water, and went to fixing it.
At first I thought I had only damaged three connectors. I made a trip to Ace and got them. Back home I realized the pipe that feeds to the house had broken off and was a half inch too short now. I went back to Ace and got another piece to fix it.
Back home I put it in and could not get the last fitting to go in. I needed more hands. I called Emily out and she helped. We got it together and I sent her back to turn the pump on.
I could hear water, but none was coming out.
The day before Heath was born I had to put a new well pump in. While I was doing that Steph was on bed rest and was yelling out the window that she needed to come help. I nearly had to go strap her down. While I was working on it I decided to put a safety wire on it. I had to fish the pump out once before when the top fitting broke. My well is 565 feet deep and has 520 feet of water. It wasn't fun.
When I looked at the safety wire it had no slack in it.
So I got the Gertrude and used the bucket, and a rope I found in the Protege I scrapped this week, and lifted it up. Sure enough it was dangling.
I used two pipe wrenches to hold it up so I could work on it.
I went to Ace and they didn't have the fitting. I went to the Ace in Lincolnton. They didn't have one. I went to Lowe's and couldn't find one. I asked an employee and he found one. I asked if he had another one so I had a spare if it happened again, he scanned the number and said that according to the computer they didn't even have that one.
I headed back home and put thing back together. Emily had to come out and raise and lower the bucket till I got things lined back up right.
Then I showed Emily how to operate the tractor and let her drive it around the yard.
Steph got home while I was finishing up. She just shook her head at my calamity.
Finally I could leave to do what I started out to do several hours earlier.
I mowed Grady's shop and then went to his house. Both were this tall.
When I finished at his house his wife came out and helped me wrestle his dead mower up on the trailer. He was at work.
I got back home at 7. The 242 assisted in unloading dutys
I put Delilah to bed and called it a day.
All in all it wasn't a wasted day just one I could have done better.