My own little lake

Rain again this past weekend. When I say it rained, I don’t mean we had a shower. No, we had a deluge. AGAIN. For all those people in Texas who need rain…believe me, I would send you days of the stuff if I could.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I have a small lake in my basement. This isn’t a new thing. The house was built in 1920 and has been remodeled over the years, so this problem has been addressed before, by others. But never fixed, apparently. When we have heavy rain, we get seeping ground water that comes up through fine cracks in the concrete floor. Not really a problem, doesn’t seem to do any harm. But I’m tired of sweeping out the lake on a regular basis, and I keep wondering what would happen if we had a potential buyer checking us out on a day that the basement floor is liquid. Not an easy thing, I’m thinking, to reassure someone that the water only rises to a certain point and then recedes.
Saturday we had a contractor come over to give us ideas about effective treatment. Install a sump pump, redirect one of the downspouts behind the house, put a drain in the basement floor with a collection box…oh, all can be done for the small sum of about $2,000. And it is a small sum, as these types of repairs go. But you never know WHAT you may run into when you begin these things, so we are to understand that $2,000 is the least we’re looking at. Could be higher. Much higher.
I’m thinking these days of how I can turn anything and everything to income. Maybe I can write about the perils of owning a house that’s almost 100 years old. Maybe I can give advice to other basement/lake owners. Maybe I can become an expert on sump pumps. I don’t know. All I know is that I’m coming to a cliff in a few months, one that I’m willingly walking toward, and I’m jumping off without reliable income. AND I have this little basement issue. What to do, what to do!
Fortunately Rob will pay for the basement. In our universe, he usually covers these types of things. The bigger bills don’t typically come my way. But it does make me think a bit.
Really, I expect to be ok. I’m having fun learning about portable and alternative income sources. I’ve already committed to relief work at the hospital, and I’m thinking about entrepreneurial options, everything from baking to editing to whatever else I stumble on. I’m excited to try my wings, and if I grow them on the way down, as the saying goes, that just makes it all the more fun.
So this week, I’m going to become an expert on basement drainage. I think the contractor’s coming over tomorrow to get started, and if you see a post or two about the intricacies of pipes, collection boxes and drains, you’ll know why. At least my lake should soon be gone.

2 thoughts on “My own little lake

  1. Ugh! Water anywhere always creates an uneasy feeling in me … and I understand your reticence to spend the $$$ to “maybe” fix it. I’d spend it happily if I knew for sure it would be fixed.

    on the income thing, I have a feeling you’re going to get really creative & have some fun with it. I’m looking forward to following along.

    Our oldest has been the “garage sale” king long before it was popular and he buys & sells on Craigslist (free) all the time. He “flips” cars – he knows enough about them to recognize a deal and can buy a $500 car and sell it for $700 … he knows what to fix, what to clean, and how to sell. Look around your house .. there just might be something that you don’t use that someone else would love! List it there – with pictures – and have fun. I bought a used treadmill for $75, used it for 2 years, cleaned, took pictures & sold it for $125 – and the happy people buying it picked it up. Hubbs said “it’ll never sell” and it did.

    Sorry for the long rambling comment but I just had to give you some encouragement LOL MJ


    • Hey, thank you for the supportive words! I’m excitted to jump out of the nest (my traditional 40 hr week job) and see where I land. And hopefully it won’t be on my face! I’m really interested in putting together some part time commitments that are flexible, and ideally, home based. For the first time in my life, I’m looking at using a very dusty degree in journalism to try to earn income. Better late than never?! At that, I’m not looking for traditional jobs in that field, but looking at online writing possibilities.

      And the basement! Well, we have to do something about it, and I would just as soon have it fixed while we are living in the house as to pay to have it fixed to sell it. At least I should get some benefit out of the dollars spent!

      I would love to be savvy enough to do the flip thing on Craigslist or ebay, or houses…whatever…but I’m the person who buys high and sells low!
      I think I buy with my heart and not my head. So I should probably not go that route! But thanks for the suggestion…who knows what I may get into eventually? I’ll keep you posted!



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