Blessed Be the Sump Pump and a Snorkel for Every Cow

Blessed be the sump pump complete with hose and praise the land with a snorkel for every cow!!!

So far this spring – we are keeping our heads and furnace above the level of the incoming water. Our home, reportedly, had a dry basement for 30 years…. Then it became ours and cyclically wet.

Hmmmm….. I wonder.

Life is good. The power, despite the wind & ice & rain, is enough to keep the sump pump pumping ahead of the incoming tide. The pump is strong; it hasn’t died; a hose carries the water away. In springs past, Hiram – our barking Jack Russell protector – has bravely attacked and devoured water-belching snakes….. After his kills, the pump would still pump, but the water would rise.

Hmmmm….. I wonder.

On a sinking boat, women and children are the first in the lifeboats. The captain is usually the last to leave. Houses must be different.

One spring, at another home, we were hit hard by a storm. We (Grammy, Grampy, and two four year old grandchildren) woke to find a basement with water eight inches high and still rising. The water was pouring in much faster than the underpowered pump could …

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Tips on How to Downsize Your Home for Your Writing Career

Serious writers hoping to pursue theirĀ dreamsĀ full-time often face the dilemma of figuring out just how to survive economically until their careers are in full swing. For many, that may mean moving to a smaller, less expensive home for the sake of being able to work in a field they love. If you feel that a relocation would benefit your pursuit of happiness career-wise, consider the following tips on how to downsize your home for your writing career for a few quick suggestions on what to contemplate beforehand.

Tip #1: Consider the countryside. Rural real estate is quite often markedly lower in price than what the city has to offer. Sprawling estates, doubled square footage, and an abundance of history and ambiance are often what writers downsizing to the county can expect for their limited dollars. While such a move may not be economical if daily commutes to the city are required, writers who can do the majority of their work from home may wish to peruse what lies just outside the city limits for their next home choice.

Tip #2: Keep office placement in mind. If you are accustomed to having a large office in a secluded area of your …

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