Septically Yours,

I’m a saver.  I have containers for change in at least three rooms of the house.  I have an auto-deposit into Christmas and Vacation accounts.  The vacation fund usually ends up going toward my propane contract and real estate taxes… Whooowheee… We vacation on the wild side!

I am thankful for my saving-nature; especially when nature calls.  You see, we are in the process of having our septic system replaced.  Yes, some people save for jewels (I did get a crown this year … on my tooth), cruises or island vacations.  We country-folk needed a new septic system.  Ours was antique (but not in a good way) and causing problems.  Throughout the summer’s heat and drought we had a green stripe of grass flagging the problematic area.

One Sunday morning, my youngest took a shower upstairs.  It consequently drained into the downstairs kitchen sink.  Kitchen sinks are not designed to hold the amount of water used by a teenager in a shower.  Upon leaving for Sunday School, he noticed the problem.  He didn’t want to be late for Sunday School.  When pig farmer and I got home from church, we found a small pond on our kitchen floor, bordered by one bath towel and a hand full of paper towels to thwart the spread of the pond.  I was on the verge of going into septic shock.

The next morning I was on the horn early, sending out an SOS to our plumber… our back-burner project was now at emergency status (as far as I was concerned)!

This week we are in full digging/trenching/plumbing/septic mode.  I can honestly say our savings have gone to the sh!tter.  And I’m thankful.

About Marla Rose

This blog documents our farm life in central Illinois with photographs, experiences, and recipes. Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy sharing part of our lives!
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6 Responses to Septically Yours,

  1. Janie Fox says:

    Oh we had to do that a few years ago. We tend to vacation like you do. I need a crown but have a temp patch job for now. I try to not over smile so it doesn’t show. LOL

  2. lori says:

    You are so witty Marla. When bad things happen it always happens at once. Yes, we also had to sock quite a bit into our septic. We actually put in a completely different system. Well you can at least check that off of the to do list. I love taking a vacation and I know it is very hard to hear jim say well that was our vacation. So i understand why a person would try to put it off and maybe do something else with the money. Tell pig farmer hello

  3. What a pain! Country living at it’s best.

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