Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Practice makes perfect and we've still got a long ways to go

I am bound and determined to photograph the perfect long-eared silhouette. This is not it.

I kept telling Lucy last night that she must stand exactly north-south so that her butt would not appear disproportionately large, but did she listen? No. The clouds were perfectly wispy, the sun was in just the right spot, but there's Lucy's butt, larger than life. And would she pick her head up and stop grazing for one second? No such luck. Maybe next time.

Me: George, you're not helping here.

It was about then that I stood up and realized how filthy dirty I was. No big deal...under normal circumstances. Alas, I still have no water. The well guy came out Tuesday morning, ran some diagnostics on the control box at the top of the well and determined that the problem was with the pump at the bottom of the well. There went my pack rat theory. So today, another well guy–this time driving the big rig–will come out to pull the pump and fix or replace it. Such is life when one lives in the middle of nowhere. But I wouldn't have it any other way.

p.s. If anyone was wondering what ever happened to my 12-week fitness challenge ... those jeans in the picture above? Last time I wore them was 2005. And now they're baggy. Yes, I'm a happy girl...will be even happier as soon as I can take a shower.


  1. I'm sure one day Lucy will co-operate, but maybe George thinks he should be the one for the silhouette picture even though his ears aren't quite as long.

    Good luck with the well pump ... been there/done that ... and congrats on wearing those old jeans. Woo hoo!!!

  2. Ah, yes baggy jeans feel better than any olde wet shower eh? ;-)
    BTW models who know they are beautiful are always difficult to work with :p

  3. It sucks not having water. I was without for over a week a few months ago.

    That sky in the first photo is gorgeous. I love the cloud formations.

  4. Crap. Sorry to hear about the pump. We live away from city water too so would be in the same boat if ours went kapoot. It's what we do in order to not live elbow to elbow in the city.

  5. Can't help you with the problem with your 'models' not standing for the perfect picture. Sometimes they have minds of their own. :)

    The lack of water, when my well has gone out, has made me realize just how precious the stuff is. You are certainly learning that lesson. :( I hope the well guys bring a new pump, so you don't have to wait another day for one to be delivered and installed.

    Congrats on the weight loss!

  6. Those are indeed perfect wispy clouds, they look like a painting! Congratulations on your success with your weight loss goal.

  7. Congrats again on losing weight. Did you stop baking that bread? I swear me & Mike gained 10 lbs after you first posted that recipe!

  8. Oh dear. Well, you'll certainly have the longest best shower ever when you get your water finally fixed.
    Hang in there,

  9. oh dang, I was hoping your well would be fixed by now. That does not sound good!!!
    You'll have to share those diet secrets soon. I need to lose another 10 lbs at least.

  10. YES!! My packrat pals have been vindicated. *grin*

    Sorry to hear the water issue is becoming a bigger problem though. Congratulations on your weight loss. That's awesome! Wish I could say the same thing...

  11. Oh, gosh darn it! I had hoped the well would be an easy (and cheap) fix. So sorry!
    Isn't it fun to play in the dirt and not give a flip about it?!

  12. Bummer about the pump!!!!
    When we first came here to the US, the well guy came out, dug the well and left... When the plumber came out to connect it to the house, there was no pump in the well! Geehz! Another 3 weeks wait for the well guy, who said: Well, you should have told me you wanted a pump!
    How should I know.... I came from Germany and water came out of the FAUCET!!!! :D

    Petra Christensen
    Parelli 2Star Junior Instructor
    Parelli Central

  13. Hopefully your water woes will be gone by later today. Sometimes we (I'm first in line)never really appreciate some things until they are gone and then it's crisis mode.

    Glad you had neighbors with a water tank to get you though the drought at 7MSN. Now off to drink a glass of water...this post makes me thirsty!

  14. Don't be too hasty throwing away the term "pack rat".
    Those jeans are 6 years old!

  15. I'm sorry to hear about the pump having to be fixed. Yikes !!!

    Glad you can wear your old jeans again. Love that feeling !!!

  16. Why, yes, I *was* just wondering about your fitness challenge this morning while I was walking the dog, working on my daily 10,000 steps. Thanks for the update and congratulations on your success!

  17. Just logged back in and saw your tweet---HOORAY for water!!

  18. Estella from Co.4/20/11, 5:50 PM

    Tonight's shower is going to be THE BEST, I'm sure. Glad things are all put together again. Hugs and kisses to the kids

  19. Congrats on your old jeans! Not on your pump. But after reading Twitter, congrats on finally getting a working pump & motor & water!!!

  20. I love the first photo big butt and all. Better than what I could have done.

  21. Carol in Colo4/20/11, 10:24 PM

    Linda, awesome job on getting into the 5 year old jeans. Not so good on the pump but now you have water. I bet you enjoyed that shower.

    The photos are top notch as usual. I just want to scratch donkey butts.