i was discussing a few of my favorite friends that i had met through my blog
to my daughters.
my oldest told me, mom , people think that's sorta weird.
like chat room weird when you say, "we met through my blog".
i'm guessing i'm preaching to the choir
but i continue to be blessed & blown away by friends
that i have made just by logging into blogger for the last few years
& the friendships i've watched bloom of others which began the same way.
the first time i ran across melanie's blog
i was completely smitten.
i was initially drawn in by her fabulous home
but continued to be drawn in by her warm spirit
& her transparent heart.
( fabulous decorating & an open book attitude-two of my favorite qualities!)
yesterday i was so tickled to meet her
live & in person
and her precious family while they drove through atlanta.
i gave them directions to, none other than , the Varsity
"an atlanta icon", i promised her hubby.
we could have talked for hours.
each feeling as if we've known each other for years!
& would you believe, she was not an ax murderer. thank goodness.
when dan was asking, now which one is melanie
i promptly listed off her stats.
you know melanie, the one whose home i covet in a healthy way
who painted the painting after pop pop passed
the one who sent me the package of bulbs
the one who made the 'reve' pillow on our bed
& the #6 pillow on our porch
the one who has a sister named leslie who loves seaside
you know, melanie!
i pray your beautiful family has a safe wonderful trip
& enjoy my favorite beach!!
i think i've probably put everyone on a septic tank in a bit of a tizzy
worrying about their own status.
for those of ya'll interested i will explain the situation.
have a fantastic valentines weekend.
i am shocked
but apparently my baby girl turns 18 monday!
hopefully i will answer all your questions~
our contract had us listed as sewer
we assumed we were paying for sewer service all these years.
we had no weird pre-crisis signs that things were going bad.
our downstairs toilet overflowed on it's own.
& if you know me,
my four daughters & hubby & golden retriever
are followed closely in importance by my hardwoods.
so the fear of water damage stressed me out.
the situation occurred on a friday night
we find out we're actually on septic saturday
& told to not use any water until the situation is resolved.
we farm out the girls.
monday the septic boys come & can't find the tank
dan drives to the health department & gets the survey
septic boys paint a very bleak potential major financial outcome
rumor has it, caroline wanted to do a little fund raiser at her school.
something along the lines of " would you like to donate to our new septic tank"
older sister told her "we don't do that"
tuesday septic tank is found under brick walkway
no big deal especially since they had predicted it's location was under our bricked in porch.
tank was pumped for the first time in 30 years.
damage was extensive to the concrete portion of the tank
we opted against the massive re-do of our entire plumbing system/trash the yard/lose our sprinkler system/be out of the house for more days/re-landscape our yard/major financial decision
& opted instead to repair the old.
i asked the guy where we fell on the continuum of 'how bad is it'
we were on the 80% severe end
due to neglect.
supposedly if you pump it every 3 years you should not have any problems.
we're out a little over $3,000
but now we know
& yes, we will follow up with our water service
and the agent that sold me ( i was single when i bought) the house
so yes ma'am
we're all repaired
& i will never take the luxury of peeing in my own home for granted again.
owner of the world's smallest bladder