I Can’t Complain One Bit.

Chicagoland got about five inches of rain overnight Wednesday night.  Before I went to bed, I was putting laundry in the dryer and saw a bit of seepage in one corner and didn’t think much of it.

Many moons ago I had a job that required me to be at work at 7:00 a.m.  Tony ended up building me a closet in the basement so I could get dressed with lights on and not disturb him while he was sleeping.  I have a long pole that has all of my hanging stuff, then a dresser and some plastic shelving for all my workout clothes, pants etc.

So I went downstairs to get ready for work, when I hit the basement floor and water was up past the middle of my leg!  Freezing cold water!  I turned the light on, and sure enough, we had between 6-8 inches of standing water throughout our whole basement.

You can’t tell it in this picture, but the water is just below my rain boots.

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The only good thing is that our basement floor is cement, and the walls are cinder block.  Still I lost some Christmas stuff, and more than half my clothes are soaking wet.  And I can’t open the bottom three drawers of my dresser because they are swelled shut. Sad smile  And it’s only water, no sewage!

I have to give Tony props though.  He always jokes and calls himself the maintenance man, but it’s true he is one of the handiest people I know.  He quickly got one sump pump working again, and fixed another pump, so that within a couple hours, all the waiter was pumped out of the basement.

I can’t complain though.  With all the shit that’s going on in the world, one Boston Marathon suspect shot and killed, the explosion in Texas.  Thousands of people are still without power in Chicagoland – three expressways were even completely closed!


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I took today off to shop vac the remaining water, throw out stuff that isn’t salvageable, and do lots of laundry! 

I was in such a rush yesterday morning that I only had time to put together stuff for breakfast – an egg white sammie with cuties on the side.

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I had to pick up some kitchen stuff for our office so me and my co-worker went to Mariano’s to pick up lunch too.  I had stuff to make a sandwich back at the office, but I wanted some soup on the side.  My camera battery was dead, so my iPhone stepped in.  The roast beef sandwich was fine, but the soup?  SO SALTY!  I ate like four bites and had to throw the rest away.

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We call our backyard Lake Bizzy!  This is what it looked like yesterday morning:

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When I got home from work yesterday, we saw that our neighbors across the channel have sandbagged their back door – what you can’t see is the about 15 feet of back yard that is completely flooded.

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It’s been windy and we lost another branch from one of our trees:

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I ended up making burgers for a quick dinner last night.  I remembered that I had bought blue cheese the week before and didn’t use any of it yet.  I puffy heart blue cheese, but can say that I don’t think I ever even tried it before meeting Tony!

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And in case inquiring minds want to know, that’s hot sauce all over my baked fries. Open-mouthed smile

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Since I was late getting to work yesterday because of the basement, I didn’t work out.  I have a feeling I’ll have plenty of exercise cleaning today though!

So I am thankful for my handy and loving husband, the health to clean up the basement, and blue cheese. 

What are you thankful for today? 

I’ll be posting my homemade pasta recipe tomorrow – hope you give it a try! Make it a great day!


51 thoughts on “I Can’t Complain One Bit.

  1. So glad you are posting the pasta recipe – I’m thinking of putting it on the rotation for next week!

    Thankful for my healthy boys. They are at such a great stage right now and make me smile so much.

    Rain rain go AWAY!

  2. WOW, now that’s water. We have snow. You think we are special or something. We are really truly lucky and I thank you Biz for reminding that. I’m glad it was “just” water in your basement though I do know the mess it makes.
    Take care and do what you can and relax a bit since you’re home. My unexpected day home is a bit of working, fluffing and I think maybe, just maybe a sit down nap this afternoon.
    Blessings Biz.

  3. Oh no! What a pain. Hope you are dried out soon. You are right though, gotta keep it all in perspective – keeps ya sane at least. Hope the weekend doesn’t bring any more rain and everyone gets a chance to dry out and chill.

  4. Wow. I can’t believe I’m saying this that I’m grateful for the 6+ inches of snow and not flooding. (Well, at least it’s not flooded yet. Who knows what will happen when it melts.) I hope Chicagoland gets cleaned up soon! Thinking of you. C

  5. Oh dear! So glad it wasn’t worse. We had less rain than you and our basement, thank goodness, is dry. The neighbor behind us is on lower ground and when there’s heavy rain, it becomes a lake. Yesterday afternoon, there were two mallards swimming in their lake!!


  6. Wow, that is crazy water, lady! Those pictures are nuts. My mom has the same type of set up at my parents house as her “closet” and it’s been flooded before too. Such a pain, but like you said it’s not a big deal compared to all the goings on this week. Hope you have a great weekend!!!!!

  7. Wow, you guys have gotten some crazy rain! I can’t believe the flooding! I’m thankful for the time I got to spend with Whit these past almost two weeks before I head away for my next job!

  8. Oh No Biz! I hope you are able to get it all dried out and save your clothes! So much water everywhere. The country is a mess this week. I am thankful for friends, family, and health, because that is the most important things!TGIF!

  9. Ughhhh! Hang in there. You definitely have a positive view, I’d be cursing the world ;). Hope you get everything cleaned up quick. There is way too much going on in the world right now.

  10. You’re such an optimist, Biz…I just adore you!

    • Yep, Tony and I are polar opposites – I ALWAYS see the positive and he ALWAYS looks for the negative – and somehow together we make it even out! 😀

  11. Yikes! That’s a LOT of rain for one night! So sorry to hear about the flooded basement. 😦 Nice to see you keeping in good spirits though, that’s inspiring! I’m thankful for my family. 🙂

  12. findingradiance

    It sure has been a crazy and awful week. Thankfully it was only water and not sewage in your basement. Hope you didn’t lose too much stuff.

    • I lost some snowmen. 😦 And you know what? Turns out I had a lot of shit in my basement that wasn’t worth keeping anyway, so it was God’s way of telling me “clean your basement!!”

  13. Glad that you didn’t lose too much and that you could take a day off to clean it. The weather has just been crazy all over! After the ice storm I was thankful to have power and even though limbs were down nothing was damaged by it (car, house, etc.). I’m also thankful to be able to clean up the mess! Have a wonderful weekend Biz!!

  14. crazy picture of gene and judes…thanks for sharing for all us out of towners who know the area. I am sorry about your basement….water is the greatest force of nature did you know that. Thank god for a handy dandy husband! Enjoy the weekend Biz!

    • While we live across the street to the channel of the Fox River, I never knew that we could get so much water in our basement at one time in such a short amount of time. Yes, I appreciate my husbands handy man skillz every day!

  15. I’m thankful for so much – a house without a basement (yes, this is the ONLY time I’m glad we don’t have a basement, it’s so weird….I know….but glad we don’t have to deal with water like all us Iowans and Illini are facing), a healthy family, my job, my blog, my cooking abilities, my faith…..I could just go on and on today!

  16. myjourneytofit

    Holy crap, Biz – that’s awful! And yet, I know…be grateful that it’s not worse, or that you weren’t in Boston, or in West, Texas (only 90 miles from us – we’ve driven by that town so many times in the last 8 years). But still…enough is enough!

  17. ugh. sorry you are having to deal with this. I saw some of my fb friend up north got SNOW and a lot of it! hope clean up goes swiftly for you! Stay warm and dry this weekend Biz!

    • Yeah, could be worse – one of my former co-workers had SEWAGE back up in their basement – you need professionals to clean that shit up – pun intended!

  18. Great attitude about the flooding . . . glad it wasn’t too bad for you. I ordered soup once from Mariano’s and also thought it was way too salty! Too bad.

    That cheese has me craving some now . . . maybe with some wine tonight . . . sounds like a great way to end the week. 🙂

    • Tony said I should complain, and maybe I will – it was $3 bucks basically down the drain. (and I thought my soup tastes better too!). Have a great weekend with Shazam – hopefully you’ll be able to get him out for a walk tomorrow!

  19. Weighting For 50

    Wow….hope the cleanup is done soon, that the rains stop and spring arrives in your neck of the woods. Hang in there Vat. Hugs. (PS: love the boots though!)

    • They are Hannah’s boots, she left them when she moved out, so I have kept them – they have come in handy! Keep posting your spring pictures – I’ll live vicariously through you Roz!

  20. Eeek, sorry to hear about the flooding!!!!!
    Today I am grateful for my amazing family and boyfriend.

  21. Oh Biz, that’s brutal! Just as I was reading this, they were showing the flooding on the news. Glad you were able to get the water out right away, and hopefully you can salvage most of your stuff.

  22. The blue cheese blobs on the burger look so good! I also heart blue cheese 🙂

  23. That is crazy about all the water! I’m glad you are ok; sorry you lost some stuff though!

  24. ::momentarily mesmorized by your boots:: Boot envy.

    Ahem, okay. I am SO freaking sorry this happened to you, but great attitude on your part, as always. And glad Tony was around to sump pump. GIFT! And let’s look at the even brighter side – you can always claim the clothing damage on your homeowners and go shopping for a whole new wardrobe! WOOT baby, baby. And if you don’t want to claim it, at least thrift store shopping would be da’ awesomes. Call me. We’ll go. ::wink::

    That rain is insane. I knew y’all were windy and snowy, but really? FLOODS? I promise to keep you in my prayers – I haven’t forgotten about you, promise – we are just in the process of moving our home in less than 14 days [go us] and just a wee bit busy. I knew I had to stop in on this post tho’ and tell you how much I love you guys and how proud I am of you for having such a great attitude.

    Pooldad got Subway for dinner [you think I’m cooking with this deadline. um. . .no.] and I have blue cheese crumbles in the fridge. Again you inspire me. I am putting those puppies on my cold cut sub. YUM. hee

    Love you girlie. If you don’t hear from me it’s only because I was accidently packed [to shut me up] or I have gone and had a nervous breakdown in our storage unit. giggle

    xo Skip

  25. Aw Biz I’m so sorry to hear about this. It’s really been a gloomy week all around. I admire your attitude. I’m sure it will be no easy task to clean everything up. Sending thoughts and prayers to all those affected in your area by the flooding. Crazy crazy weather!

  26. I really love your attitude, though I’m sure it was difficult to maintain while dealing with the aftermath. Being thankful really does help get you through hard times though, doesn’t it. Good for you! I’m so sorry you had that happen, regardless. Bet you’re sore now!

  27. After this crazy week I am so thankful they got both of the suspects in Boston. My sister is going to MA this week and I was getting paranoid. Glad you got your basement dried out with minimal loss. We don’t have basements out here in the desert.

  28. Holy cow you have gotten some serious rain Biz. Glad that Tony could fix it fast.

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