Elizabeth Melton Parsons

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Monday Morning Woes and More Pink Blue Bird Eggs

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Saturday morning I was sipping coffee and watching the sun rise when I noticed a puddle of water next to the foundation in front of the house. My first thought was that perhaps my hubby had dumped something there. But he’d never done anything like that so I kind of nixed that idea. I knew it wasn’t from rain. It’s been exceedingly dry this summer with only a light shower here and there, but mostly just sprinkles. And there had not even been that for several days. Once the sun had lightened the sky enough to see better, I went down to investigate and saw water bubbling up from underground. I thought, UH OH, this is not good. My hubby was at work so my son dug it out. This procedure only took FOUR hours. He had to tunnel trough 40 inches of heavy clay, large boulders, tree roots… and he had to work around a large gutter drain pipe in order to find the water main line.

Big Hole

Big Hole

And of course it was the original 80-year-old metal line. The line had a nice little hole that didn’t look too bad so when my husband got home he went out and purchased a couple of clamps made especially to seal these off without having to replace the entire line from meter to house. Unfortunately they didn’t work. When he put the first clamp on another hole developed right next to the first. When trying to cover both holes the pipe began to split. I believe it might be beyond fixing and needs to be replaced. We called the plumber. He wasn’t there so we left a message. It’s Monday morning and we still hadn’t heard back. My husband called a few minutes ago to tell me he’d called the plumber again and he’s supposed to be here sometime this afternoon. We’ve had no running water in the house since Saturday morning. Not the first time I’ve had to carry water from the spring, but a pain in the butt anyway. The spring is privately owned and not more than a couple of blocks away. It’s tested regularly to be sure it’s safe for drinking and it’s free for any who wants it. Also my next door neighbor said we could use his outside spigot whenever we need water. Bless his heart. We have plenty of access to water. Thank goodness. I really don’t mind standing in the tub pouring cold buckets of water over my head. No really…I don’t mind. o_O  Actually I don’t do this. I heat some water first and pour it in with the cold. But my husband uses it cold. Burrrrr….

I have no clue what something like this will cost, but I bet it won’t be cheap. May even wipe out my little bit of savings, which means my new front porch and my bathtub refinishing may be put on hold. My biggest worry aside from cost is my huge sugar maple tree. They will have to trench right next to it. Which means they’ll probably destroy some major roots and it may die. 😦

Sugar Maple on Right

Sugar Maple on Right

For some brighter news. My bluebird pair is nesting again. This is the third time this summer. Same pale pink eggs. My husband snapped a photo of them this time. There were three eggs/babies each of the previous times. This time so far, there are five little pink eggs in there. They look more white in this picture, but they are a true delicate pink shade in person.

Pink Bluebird Eggs

Pink Bluebird Eggs

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Author: Elizabeth Melton Parsons

I'm a novelist, poet, and artist. I love books, nature, art, and gardening. I'm a rock hound and there's a photo of me with a cool fossil rock on my about page, I take a lot of nature pictures. The background here is one of mine. Unfortunately I recently lost my wonderful husband, but I'm grateful to have the blessing of two beautiful sons. elizabethmeltonparsons.wordpress.com is © Elizabeth Melton Parsons 2007-2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Elizabeth Melton Parsons with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

38 thoughts on “Monday Morning Woes and More Pink Blue Bird Eggs

  1. Crickey I hope the repair work doesn’t cause further upsets….such a pretty tree! Love the way you bring each detail into our lives….always enjoy my time spent here xxxx

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  2. So sorry for your water pipe problems. I hate wasting money on things you can’t see and that aren’t beautiful! Perhaps if you express your concern about the tree they will be more careful? (maybe that’s wishful thinking!)

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  3. The blues come in all shapes and forms, eh?
    We had that – but with the pipes running from the well. We had visitors that very day for lunch.
    We got a backhoe to dig out the old one, then we bought new pipes and conduits, then used the same trench to lay the new pipes (doubles) in the conduit to the well, then the plumber came and attached it, and the backhoe guy covered it, and our friends showed up two hours later, without a clue of the disaster we had just averted.

    It was a wonderful lunch, BTW. Hope it works out as well for you, Elizabeth.

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  4. Despite having no running water, your house looks so cozy and inviting, Elizabeth. That tree is gorgeous. I hope it’s okay after the repairs are done

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  5. So happy that you were able to find the flip side of this news and harken the arrival of new baby birds! I hope the pipe repair isn’t too onerous..

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  6. I hope your water pipe gets sorted out with the minimum of damage, fuss and money, it’s great about the eggs though, nature always attempts a balance.

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  7. I hope everything works out well with the plumber and his visit doesn’t see the need for further disasters. It would be wonderful if all 5 eggs hatched and all 5 babies survived. No doubt the last clutch of the Summer.
    xxx Sending Hugs Galore Elizabeth xxx

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  8. Oh well ! Time you had a cold shower anyway my friend 😉 ❤ xox

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    • M,y darlin friend, so sweet of you to come and kindly offer such words of wisdom. 😛 I definitely am in need of a cold shower at times and I can remember a few occasions over at Bluefish Way when you might have benefited from one too. 😀 Seriously though, thank you for coming to visit me. ❤

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  9. Your home looks lovely, Elizabeth. Worry not about your Sugar Maple. It’s hearty hand has been through much more than a (possible) nearby trenching. Holding good intentions for a favorable outcome, even if it redirects some of your near-term plans. The new life, as represented by the bird eggs, is telling. 🙂

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  10. oh no hope nothing happens to the tree, it is so beautiful

    we had a similar thing here in my house but my brother is
    in construction and he got us a good deal
    maybe someone, a friend can help

    take care

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  11. It will come right, it usually does. Take good care, Elizabeth

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  12. Sorry to hear the news and hope that they have been able to fix it by now – hope the tree is not destroyed in the process. Thank goodness for wonderful neighbors.

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    • Thanks, Mary. We opted for the patch job, since they seemed to be sure the tree would have to go and they estimated it would cost over a thousand dollars to run new pipe. Patching it up was under 200 dollars. Now if the patch job holds and we don’t get another hole, we’re good to go. 🙂

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  13. Crossing my fingers that the repairs aren’t too costly. That is a beautiful tree – I would sure hate to see it die, too. This makes my crappy Monday/Tuesday seem pretty darn good 🙂

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  14. I hate to “like” a post like this one–but I’ve been there, and I get the worries about the trees. I have two 100+ year old Sycamores in front of my house, about 5-6 diameter at the trunk. You may want to consult a plumbing contractor about replacing that pipe–I’ve seen a thing where they can cut into the line and insert a new line inside the old one to prevent a big dig. No idea about the costs, though….

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  15. Buuu…on the water-pipe issue.
    Hopefully the issue sounds more expensive that it really is.

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  16. Oh I hope your pipe patch is holding and you don’t need to do anything more major. 🙂

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  17. Loving your blue bird eggs, but praying your water pipe is fixed by now. SOOO hoping your tree is saved!

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