we dodge the water bullet

Couple of Emergency Alerts about flooding and possible flooding, make for nervous sleep.  I’m sure others got slammed, but this go-round we got nothing in the basement; in fact we didn’t get water near the house.  Now around the house is another story, as you can see from these pictures.  The river is flowing so swiftly it makes a loud whooshing noise; so far no bloated cows.IMG_4740 IMG_4734IMG_4735 IMG_4738 IMG_4741

$10 Lifetime Senior Pass ends tomorrow

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This is the Federal Parks (actually six departments participate) Pass that get you into the more than 2,000 Federal Recreation Sites for free and now you can buy a LIFETIME Senior Pass – through August 27th – for only $10!  Order it online and you pay a $10 processing fee.  You can download the application and mail it before 8/28 with your $10 payment and the same $10 processing fee or go to a Parks place that issues them without the processing fee.

Provides entrance or access to pass owner and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle at Federal operated recreation sites across the country.  May provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services.

On August 28 the price will jump to $20 for the annual pass and $80 for the Lifetime Pass, so don’t put it off.

my big Big Lots shopping…

unnamed (7)Used to stop at the Big Lots on Ogden in Naperville a few times a year; they don’t take coupons, but often they’d carry funky brands of jams and biscuits.  The one by me closed years ago (I think it had been closed a year before I noticed!), but decided to check out another one.  Large and sad and tired-looking.  I wouldn’t be buying stock in this company unless you’re trading up from Kmart, if you get my meaning, if you catch my drift.  Things like old-label Pantene for $2.50 or L’Oreal hair color I’ve seen at DT selling here for $4.50.

Forced myself to buy this as Suzy Qs was the only Hostess product I liked and it was the last one to return to the line-up. $2.50 feeds my personal nutritional hell…

I’m losing my lake

unnamed (13)For months now I’ve had a very nice front yard pond.  It’s a hollow, so there’s always a mini-pond after storms, but this one never dried up.  Ducks moved in and I was waiting for small mouth bass – a new side hustle.

Since draining didn’t work (kept filling up until they turned off the water to the block), the big guns were called in (lots of trucks and equipment); they determined it was a service pipe which needed replacing (pipe was connected to city water in the late 80s, before that a well).

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The cherry picker cut down large branches and other city workers did things involving tools and mud.  lots and lots of oozy mud.  the kind of mud that sucks your boots off!

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Turns out they don’t cut water off completely, because that would require a boil order when reconnected.  This hole has already been drained four times!  About 15 years my neighbor had leak issues and the department didn’t cut the water first.  A worker cracked a seal or something and water shut up so far and fast it was almost like the guy was flying up the ladder.  Who says government employees don’t move fast?  Told this story and about how the neighbors laughed and laughed; turns out the guy in the hole today was the one from 15 years ago.  He didn’t laugh.

Another hour or two and I’ll have water again.  The foreman is being kind enough to bring in replacement prairie seeds since this isn’t just overgrown lawn grass.  Unfortunately it takes years for the grasses to develop those deep root systems, but life goes on.