Down another pound. That makes me happy. Only 0.8 pounds more and I will weigh what I weighed on January 1 this year. Big smile on my face. Visions of fireworks celebration. I am so close now.
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It's another rainy day. Does that make 5 days in a row? The areas closest to the Lake are flooding. Some roads are closed. We are 10+ miles inland. It's low land and our back yard has become a pond again. A few years ago we had geese swimming in the back yard when it flooded. See the picture in the banner above.
I used to be crazy about living near water. I dreamed of living on a houseboat. When we swam, I never wanted to come out of the water.
Then I had a horrible experience swimming in the ocean.
Just like that, my love of the water changed. Only tame pools for me now.
Fast forward a few years to the never ending struggle with flooding here. I was forever bailing water out of the house. It came in the back door, down the stairs from the patio, like a waterfall. It came up the drains. I was hauling water out by the wheelbarrow.
We replaced the patio roof and used a sealer on the steps. We have sump pumps (with back up pumps) at both ends of the house.
One year (after we had some work done on the roof of the house), we developed a horrible leaking down all four sides of the stone fireplace. I was sopping as fast as I could, worried about the hardwood floors. We got that fixed shortly after the storm.
I no longer have any desire to live near the water.
I love living in the country but there are times as I get older and yard works gets harder that I think how nice it would be to have a penthouse apartment in this building in the village. The lower floors are office space.
It's a beautiful location, the river curving around the building. Parking garage on the lowest level.
Here is another view of the same building during a different season. Oh, my!
They have never rented a single space in this building because of flooding.
The post office across the street closes because of flooding several times a year.
The main part of the village is on the other side of the river at a higher elevation.
I will stay in my damp country house and count my blessings. My ties are here. This is home.