My story of rolling with the punches this patrol.
There is always that saying that a deployment looms over head and either right before the person leaving leaves or right after, the whole world falls apart… Or so it seems. We refer to it as Murphy’s law, there is a direct connection between the packing of a sea bag and Murphy’s law, or if you are lucky enough to get past the packing of the sea bag then you will most likely notice it once the mooring lines have been thrown or the tires from the plane have left the ground or the bus has pulled away.
The point is that as long as you don’t fall apart along with the world around you, then you have survived and learned from the multitude of mishaps and you have a better chance of beating it, or at least facing it head on and standing tall with a screw driver in one hand and an insurance policy in the other, the next time Murphy’s law comes into play.
So we knew it was coming, the patrol is by no means a surprise, there was gearing up for months and then the other crew came in and dumped what resembled a boat into the laps of our crew. The boat was fixed and spit shined in ground breaking time and before we knew it… it was time to go. The sea bag is pulled out ~ we first had to locate it for it hadn’t been used in almost four years… Actually it’s kind of scary it was a little less than a month that would make it four years between the last time that sea bag was unpacked to packing it again. ~ and the supplies to be packed in it are laid out on the bed, and then the inevitable happens…
At this time we had been in the house for a little over 6 months, but houses tend to learn the ways of life pretty fast especially when it’s a rental and military families have come and gone before you, this house totally knew it was time for the world to turn upside down. This is a very grumpy old house – but we love it with all our hearts – and we had a few problems here or there and most of them had gotten fixed with some love and care. But what happened here was so unexpected…
I turned the garbage disposal on and didn’t think much of washing the dishes… that is until I found out that my laundry room had exploded with bits of food and backed up water. It was a disaster! I mean it, there was standing water around the floor drain and bits of food on the walls. The laundry room is directly below the kitchen and the kitchen sink flows directly in to the floor drain, luckily it doesn’t connect to the washer drain (I had something like this happen before and it was a pain to clean the washer hoses out after it was all said and done). So we rushed around to fix it, but it took 3 days to get those drains un-clogged and it all cleaned up. This happened just a few days before the boat set sail into the deep blue sea. Murphy’s law, let me tell you this, I’ve got a drain snake and drano and I’m not afraid to use it again.
Once the boat left the heater wouldn’t turn on, our heater is an ancient oil furnace.. one time I looked it up online to figure out how to go about fixing an earlier problem, and the first website that popped up was the museum of history….. NO LIE! With that said I’ve been told this thing will probably out live me. So anyways, we have had some issues with it before, the previous renters tried to run the furnace off the bare minimum amount of oil possible so it sucked up a lot of sludge in the lines and it’s been one of our problems since the day we turned it on. The owner has been out a few times and it’s been running really good, of course that is until after the mooring lines were thrown! So the heater wouldn’t turn on, when I realized this I went downstairs and pulled off the cover located the reset switch and crossed my fingers. I’ve been told that when I hit the reset switch I should have the door open and the breaker panel visible… should anything go wrong…. So I hit the reset switch and the furnace moans and groans and starts sounding like an old diesel truck and it billows smoke into the house… At which point I wonder if this is on the list of “should anything go wrong” ~ the list is a little vague. But just when I was going to beeline it to the breaker panel the furnace quieted down and stopped pouring the black smoke into the house and started running normally. Since that one it’s happened twice more… But Murphy’s law I’ll have you know, I know where that reset button is and where that breaker panel is so don’t make me use it (oh and the owner’s phone number incase anything worse goes wrong.. lol)!
If it wouldn’t have turned on I could have always turned to my other form of heat… wood. But it was cold outside and the last thing you want to do is to chop wood when you already can’t feel your hands. I was prepared to do so just incase. Our old house has a wood stove and an open fireplace that work wonders when you have all your wood chopped and ready to go. We have a wood pile… but we don’t have any kindling (totally on our summer project list now), so in order to start a fire I have to either go out and spend an arm and a leg on a teeny tiny bundle of kindling at the local store or I have to go outside and chop a piece of wood up to make kindling . Luckily I haven’t had to do this so far on this patrol, but I am warning Murphy’s law that I am prepared… so don’t worry about testing me, I will pass! ;-P
So after the heating issues, I thought.. well there can’t be much more to this. Then I got rear ended!
Yep, I was on an off ramp with my Mom and kids in the car and I pulled up to the light behind a car. That car went so I pulled up a little more so I could make sure it was clear for me to go and the person behind me thought I went… and rear ended me. Luckily besides the concerned and scared cries from the kids, there was no damage done to my van. Here’s why… When we moved here we towed my antique VW behind the van all the way across the states, when we finally signed our lease on our house and unpacked the van we thought of removing the hitch but decided to do it at a later time. We left the house, turned onto the main street and had to stop at a cross walk and got rear ended! But, because we left the hitch on we had no damage to our van, the other car had damage. So since then we decided just to leave the hitch on. And the hitch once again saved us from any damage this time! So I exchanged info with the man who rear ended me and we went our separate ways. (See I was prepared, facing Murphy’s Law with a hitch… lol)
So that had to be it right? No, not so lucky, in-fact I get a double whammy.
March came around, and the great state of WA has got dumped on with rain. 10+ feet between March 1st and 15th here in our area (the average for the whole month of February was 4 feet). As a result to all that rain, my basement sprung a leak.. well multiple leaks. My laundry Room (with a clear floor drain I might add; points for me! ), canning room (this is a storage area between a bedroom and laundry room that has our water filtration system in it and shelves, so I use it to put my home canned goods and our home-brewed beer supplies in), and my oldest son’s bedroom were all soaked by the time I realized what was happening. I promptly ran outside and opened the well overflow spicket, so it could flow/drain freely then I ran back in and called the owners. In three hours the owner arrived and started cleaning up the water. He did a few temp fixes and was to come back in two days to finish the job (his wife had surgery and had a doctor’s apt. the next day). So the next day I fought the incoming water with two wet dry vac.s, two blower fans, and one dehumidifer. When the owner returned he finished patching up where the water was coming in at and took out the wet carpet, and now everything is sitting under fans to dry the repairs and the hall carpet that got wet in the process. Yes, Murphy’s law I see you tried to break me here and make me panic… well no luck on your part, I survived and now have learned what more I could do in the initial response incase you decide to throw this at me again!
But… while this was happening we got paid, but the paycheck wasn’t right… $360 less than what I was expecting. So any prepared wife would log in to the pay system and find out what was wrong. However shortly after those lines were thrown and the boat set sail I had accidentally locked my self out of the website (Murphy was that you?). I was fine though, I wasn’t going to let this bother me, after all if it’s a mistake it can be fixed when my husband returns. Come to find out with some helpful people, I found what the issue was and was able to let my husband know. So Mr. Murphy and your silly little law, you can try as you like but you won’t scare me, my bases are covered and I can handle what ever you want to throw at me.
So at this time, that is all that Murphy had thrown at me and soon this patrol will be over with and I will look back on all of this and be proud of all I’ve gotten through on my own. I encourage others to not let Murphy’s Law get the best of you. Just know it will be there and you can choose to face it and overcome all the silly little things that go wrong or you could let it bother you. It is possible to come out on top! Use your resources, count on your friends, and know there is nothing wrong in asking for help!