Sometimes the best-laid plans just don't seem to happen. Lisa
and Lenny brought the kids to Oregon this weekend so Leo could experience a Duck
football game (and we could show off our adorable grandchildren). We were all going to go
down to Eugene in our motorhome for the 5:30p kickoff. Dave, Lenny, Lisa and Leo would use our four
seats in Autzen Stadium and Lucy and I would remain in the warm RV during the
way-too-loud and chilly-in-the-evening game. This was to be my sole appearance
in Eugene this football season. Food was prepared. Coolers were packed. Carpools
Just before we were set to depart, someone commented that the toilet "was not
flushing". Hmmm... Dave and I noticed our shower didn't drain very well this
morning. Dave and I checked-out our shower and it had still not drained, and
was, in fact, bubbling-up somewhat unattractive liquid. Sinks
throughout the house began gurgling. This was not looking good.
Oh, yeah. You guessed it. We are country bumpkins and we have a septic tank.
Change of plans.
Bubbe was now going to stay home with Lucy and our tailgate crowd would just
have admire the baby at a later date. I phoned frantically every emergency
septic company I could google. Most had answering services that said they would get back
to me and the fifth company I called said they could have a tech to our house in
an hour. Sold! (NOTE: not one of the other "emergency" services returned my call
all dang day!)
Come on, Bubbe, gimme dat phone!
So Lucy and I settled-in for a long day together. If we had wanted to go
anywhere, we had no car. We had to survive without running water or flushing
toilets until the service man repaired our problem. Thank goodness one of us
Meanwhile, in my beautiful motorhome...
photo by Mary
Ten minutes out from Autzen, Lenny began making his famous
it's Lipton Onion Soup Mix and sour cream
dip. Safety first, Lenny. (Lenny wouldn't even think of backing out of his driveway
without the kids being securely buckled into their car seats.)
My Knight in White Armor
Right on schedule, this truck showed up. The service man and
I discussed the problem and he checked a few things. It was determined we
needed our tank emptied (sucked up into his white tank! fun times! people do
this for a living!). Did I know exactly where the tank lid was located? Ummm.
Not really, but I could give him a 10-foot guess, and I was about 10-feet
off. He found it with a probe, dug down and then it took him over an hour to
remove the lid from the tank. Stubborn lid.
Which is why when Captain Jim & Mary's son, Dan, sent this photo of Leo
having a blast at tailgate parties...
... I sent this to the group, titled, "Baby's First Septic Clean Out"
The guy was able to get us back up and
flushing running again! It took
over six hours, most of getting the dang lid off. Also, I asked him to replace the old
lid with something a little more modern and easier to find. So happy with the
Even though we had a potentially scary situation, it was
resolved at a reasonable price and I was able to spend the entire day with
my favorite granddaughter. We played and played and played - especially with
Leo's toys because he wasn't here to say no. Lucy napped. Had dinner
(steamed butternut squash chunks, steamed broccoli tops, a few steamed
potato cubes and about a dozen strawberries. Everything organic, of course.
(Seriously, no idea where she puts it all.) Next, Lucy had a bath and went
to bed. Lucy never gave me a hint of trouble and never cried, though I think
she did not want to get out of her bath.
Meanwhile, down in Eugene, Leo and Lenny gave the "Yell-O" cheer before
heading into Autzen stadium.
Leo is wearing noise protection headphones - Autzen is super loud
The above photos were taken very early in the day, because Family and Friends
in Eugene also had a tough day. The Ducks were completely
slaughtered AT HOME - on NATIONAL TELEVISION - by the Utah Utes. 62-20. I do not think the Ducks will
remain in the top 25 next week. Ouch.
My family returned very tired, very sad and very late and fell into their
Until my next update, I remain, your unplugged correspondent.
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