We got home late last night. Michael went out to do chores and came in doing his best not to cry.
Yes, it had given way while we were gone. :-(
Gratefully, I had prayed, when we had our first and only swim together before the rains came, that when it gave way, it would be when Michael was not in it. That prayer was answered with a yes. :) Also, the filtering system was not damaged either, so that's a plus.
But we are very sad. This has been such a blessing to us and a highlight to our days of work. We work all day long, but look forward to dipping into that cool water and relaxing as we enjoy the afternoons and evenings of rest after a long, hot, sweaty day of work.
You can see where it gave way first, right where the biggest duct-taped hole had been.
A chair blew in. Looks like someone was cooling their feet.
I hope the grass does not die. We had just superchlorinated it two days prior. You can see how far down the water carried the chlorine dispenser.
But, before all that took place...
After trying to can more here, we packed up to head to my folks' house, just as another gully washer was coming.
And I had thought we were going over to use my mom and dad's kitchen, but dad had been working on a plan.
He bought a range top at the thrift store, rewired it, put it on a base and we canned outside. Til dark. In the rain. Using the van as a prep area...
I don't think I will do it that way again. LOL But with my mom's alzheimer's, it is upsetting for her to have her kitchen messed around in. Dad says I can borrow the stove top any time. It has a broken and tilted large burner that adds a challenge, but it worked OK.
I am confused on several aspects of jelly making/canning. This has turned into quite an ordeal. Still, I am glad I am learning, and looking forward to being able to share with others what I have learned, when I get there. LOL
It was good to visit with my dad. He's always got great ideas. The rain just made it a bit tedious, and not having counter tops.
I've got jelly left to make, from the frozen berries from last year. I'm going to do small batches today, I hope. That and figure out how to clean up the pool mess.
Life remains an adventure!