Thursday, June 24, 2010


Thanks to all of you who stopped by to leave such nice messages about my flooded basement. The news isn't good. We will have to replace all of the floor, doors, baseboards, frig., and wine cooler. My Husqvarna embroidery machine was also a loss. I probably will not be replacing it as it was expensive and no longer in the budget.

I know all of this is replaceable but I feel so badly for my husband who spent four years taking this space from a blank cement basement to a lovely place to spend time. It is also much harder to view things as replaceable when you are 70 than when you were forty or fifty. You have less income, less potential for having more income, and less physical energy to put toward a project. I don't want you to think I am whining. I am not as I know this is such a small thing compared to what other face every day. I am thankful for all the blessings I have in my life.

Such as this pair of wrens who have built a nest in a hanging basket above the table I have coffee at each morning. She takes great offense that I would sit there and scolds me ruthlessly.

Can you see the little fluffy grey balls in the bottom of the nest?

I haven't been able to water my plant and it is slowly dying. But it's worth it to see the birds so close each day. I hope I am around when the babies decide to fly.
My flowers also give me great pleasure as I greet each new day.

My goldfish rise to the surface and wait to be fed each time I sit down as well. So I have many little things that bring me pleasure and I know that eventually all of the big things will find a resolution.
Also, help! What happened to my blog. My header picture won't reduce and is so grainy. It looks like blogger may have been making changes but I can't figure out out how to fix my header. Any suggestions anyone?


Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Stella I am so sorry to hear that you lost so much in the flooded basement. I think it is a awful that a homeowner has to have a flood insurance to cover such things. I know how hard it is to lose things you have worked so hard for and especially when we are older and hoping for them to last us. My heart really goes out to you and your hard working hubby.

Star said...

I'm not so sure that Blogger have got the new designs right yet Stella. I had a dabble with it but then decided to keep with what I know. Your header looks fine to me but the background is fuzzy. Perhaps that is what needs changing. Try They are easier!
Blessings, Star

Chatty Crone said...

Oh Stella - I have been out of town - I knew your basement flooded, but I am so surprised it was so bad.

I know what you are saying that it is so much harder when you are older.

Bless you heart for all that loss and work. I am so sorry.

Wish there was something I could do something to help.


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Stella -- first thanks for filling us in. I have you on my Google Reader and wondered about you since no new post had popped up for a while. I am so sorry that your flood was even worse than it sounded. You have the right attitude -- looking at the bright side while still acknowledging the loss and hardship. I guess that part gets easier with age, but the starting over part sure doesn't.

Take care -- spend time in your garden -- hug your husband..

Dawn said...

I was hoping it wasn't as bad as it firsst seemed. I'm so, so sorry. It is such a shame, I kept thinking of your pretty, colorful drapes puddled in the flood water!

I haven't had a chance to play with the new design tab yet.

Yes, it's my dad in the photo with me. I was probably 6 or 7 in that photo and 8 in the second one because my little brother was born when I was seven.


Thanks for the visit :)
I love your attitude about the situation and so sorry that you basement flooded. I hope the insurance will more than cover fixing and replacing the items.
Love your fish pond.
Deb :)

Anonymous said...

Hello, I stopped by from Anne's blog. I know exactly how you feel. My hubby and I came home one day to find our basement completely flooded. It was a mess! We had to have industrial fans blowing night and day for two weeks before we could even start to rebuild but we eventually got through it. It was very stressful! On a more happier note your garden is beautiful.

Just Breathe said...

That is a huge loss. I know that I try to reason with things telling myself that things can always be worse but I can feel this in my heart. I would be devasted too. I wish there was something I can do to help you.

donna said...

Stella, I haven't done much in the way of reading blogs in the month of June and so I missed the news about your flooded basement. I am so very sorry that the lovely living space you and your husband created was so badly damaged.

Wrens are one of my favorite birds and I loved seeing the photos of them nesting in your hanging flower pot.

Happy 4th of July to you and may there be many good things in your future.