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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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Location: Out of Philly, Pennsylvania, United States

"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Things a Grizzly Mama Has To Do

Apparently, it's called, 'Priming the Pump.' We lost power last night due to the horrifying winds. According to the guys down the corner store, a tree fell over onto a power line and started afire. We were without power for about 4 hours. So - old Grizzly Mama had to climb down into that hole there once the power came back on.

The water pump needs electricity, and if the electric goes out that old water pump won't just start up again on its own. Oh no. Grizzly Mama has to climb down that there ladder and turn a switch or two and maybe hit it to get it going again.


Blogger tweetey30 said...

I have to say glad its you and not me..I hate ladders even if I am not going up very far.

18 December, 2007 10:24  
Blogger MonicaR said...

I don't like going down into that hole one bit, Tweetey! Most of the time I am here alone with the girlies, and if we don't have running water then it's got to be done. I almost packed us up to go to Mom-mom's. lol.

18 December, 2007 13:59  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Little did we know that the gross stuff doesn't end when the kids get out of diapers. ;)
Why doesn't that stuff happen when our men are around?

18 December, 2007 16:03  
Blogger Abouna said...

Lawdy what a life. Priming pumps, no electricity. Makes one really appreciate our modern marvels.

I don't envy your having to do that.

You strike me as one who has enough pioneering spirit left in you that you can still make it if we are ever hit with a real disaster that knocks us back to the 1800's or earlier. I would want you on my team.

18 December, 2007 23:27  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Tshsmom - I know! I can't believe I had to climb down into that frigging hole. In my pajamas, no less. My Mennonite neighbors must think I'm a fright. Maybe they didn't see me... Although the bright yellow flannel p.j.'s with the huge penguins would be hard to miss. lol.

Thank you Abouna. I think I would survive but I would whine so terribly... Every time I take a long, hot shower I thank God that I live in modern day America, y'know? Maybe it was that training with the Army in the Mohave desert that one time, where we had NO running water, and when the water was finally delivered and the bladders were filled, we would rush to get a desperate quick shower - freezing cold - before the water ran out again.

I would hate to go back, yes. But I think we would all do what we had to do to survive. It wouldn't be fun, for real! We have been busy putting things together to aid us if we suffer a prolonged blackout. We've got some oil lamps, a bunch of flashlights, we're getting a propane backup heating thing, and gallons and gallons of water. Plenty of food in the cupboard, and ammo, too.

19 December, 2007 00:24  
Blogger Mr. Grey Ghost said...

Grizzly Mama to the rescue!!!

20 December, 2007 18:18  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

With my interest in do-it-yourself stuff I can easily see that whole hole-ladder thing becoming a pretty significant home improvement gig this summer, with steps, a handrail, lights and stuff...maybe a second entrance tunnelled-through to avoid the Neighbors...

20 December, 2007 18:36  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Mr. GG - it's the story of most every Mama's life!

DC - I would love a tunnel from the main house out to the hole in the ground. lol. I am thankful that this happened, as it taught me that I need to keep that huge iron lid cleared of snow and ice, along with the walkway. Can you just imagine having to chip ice away to get in there to start the pump?

21 December, 2007 12:33  
Blogger J C said...

"Why doesn't that stuff happen when our men are around?"

Sorry. Men don't do water pump priming hole ladders. That's women stuff; kinda like dishes. We're more into technical stuff like computers and televisions, checking defrag jobs, Word, reboots, blog postings, etc. and Pro Football game program channel color checking and coordinating! Oh, and refrigerator cold-keeping and fruit and veggie freshness insuring.
But, thanks anyhow and, Monicar and friends, the Merriest of Christmases to you and yours!

22 December, 2007 10:39  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thanks, JC. lol! I hope that you and yours have a beautful Christmas! Grizzly Mama's got the water pump covered!

22 December, 2007 12:13  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

if the electric goes out that old water pump won't just start up again on its own

Been there, done that.

But my father always kept the pump house well maintained.

Still, I had to watch out for spiders and snakes down in that shaft.


Merry Christmas to you and your family, Monica!

23 December, 2007 09:42  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thanks, AOW! We are preppin' for a wonderful day!

23 December, 2007 18:29  
Blogger Donald Douglas said...

Wishing you the best - and dry - Christmas!

Take care, Grizzly Mama!

23 December, 2007 23:18  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thank you so much Donald, and we wish you a beautiful Christmas!

23 December, 2007 23:32  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Somehow I imagine that hole was left off the tour when you were looking at the house!

It looks like the one Saddam Hussein was hiding in. You didn't see any moonbats down there I hope.

24 December, 2007 17:43  

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