Saturday, January 14, 2012

And a new year begins

This is the first day of the New Year -- on the Old Calendar. This gives an opportunity for those of us that have messed up the first two weeks of the year, according to the new calendar, to have a fresh start. Sometimes we just don't get it quite right the first time we try it!

For me, my year hasn't started out that well. I was hoping that all my bad luck was over now, and I can look forward to a better year. Just not working out that way.

I had quite a horrible week at work this past week, I even missed an important appointment. Because I was so fed up with all the craziness, when the end of the day came, I just went home! It wasn't until 20 to midnight that I remembered my appointment!! It was a full moon, you know. Oh,well, nothing I could do about it now.

On Friday (another bad day at work with just too many crazies still running around loose), I was on the way home, and could see flashing red lights in front of my building. Not again!! And then I see that a police wagon has blocked off the street to all traffic. Would I be able to get closer to my building and see what the trouble was?

But the sidewalk was clear, and as I got closer to my building, I see that the fire trucks are parked oddly on the street. There is a little riverlet running down the gutter on the street. And there, right in front of the building, is a little bubbling gurgling spring! I guess the water main has sprouted a leak and was causing some flooding. Just great! The temperature is set to drop to a very cold -20 on Sunday; I've always wanted a skating rink outside my front door!

I got home, made supper, and then noticed that the water was running really weakly. There was no pressure at all. By about 11, there was no water at all. By morning, there still was no water. Normally, I wouldn't care too much, but I had to go out early that morning to meet some people, and I would have liked to at least have a shower! Oh, well.

I got home about 3:30 in the afternoon -- still no water. The water crews were out there digging a big hole in the recently paved street. But now there are some tanks outside our building with drinking water. We can go and fill up bottles and buckets, and pots and pans for our use. Not a big help, but it's something. Still can't have a shower, and can't flush the toilet. I warmed up some supper of leftovers from Friday night, and I was alright.

And about 10 at night, the water came on again. What a nice surprise!! I guess they finally got the break repaired and we are okay. I imagine they will need to flush the pipes to get any grit out of the lines, but I'll leave that to the rest of the building.

I was thinking today that I am having a really hard time trying to find anything good about living in this building. As hard as I try, I am having almost nothing going on the positive side of sheet of paper! The only thing I can say that is good is that I am close to work that I can walk over in less than 15 minutes. I can run home at noon, if I have to, grab a bite to eat and make it back to work in time. I sure would hate to lose that! But I can't face moving right now. I just can't take it.

So on the start of this great and wonderful New Year (for second chances), I want to wish all of you a very healthy and prosperous year. New year is the time to forget every bad memory of the past year and start your life afresh. Each moment in a day has its own value: Morning brings HOPE, Afternoon brings FAITH, Evening brings LOVE, Night brings REST. I hope you will have all of them everyday. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012

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