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j_camargo6
05-15-2010, 06:44 AM
Really, it is!
So, thursday night we get a phone call from a neighbor, who says she's been asked to pass the word that our city water supply is contaminated and there's a "boil water order" in effect at least until Sunday night. WHAT???

Apparently, there have been mass amounts of people with intestinal/stomach illnesses and the only commonality they can find between them, is the area that they/we live in. So they are testing the water, but won't know until Sunday if it is the water supply that is the source of the problem.

In the meantime, we have to boil any water that we use for drinking, teeth-brushing, or dish-washing, and let it cool before using it. Considering the amount of bottled water, paper plates/products that we are using, the landfills are going to take a real hit.

Not only that, but my email was down all week! So I'm starved for contact with the outside world, LOL, AND my microwave blew up yesterday....does that mean I've gone through three things and it's going to calm down yet? LOL

It's given me the opportunity to assess whether we have enough water storage (our ecclesiastical leaders encourage us to store food and water)...we definitely HAD enough drinking water for several days, so I am happy about that, but I AM SO SPOILED!!!! How did people used to live before bottled water and microwaves??

Do you store food and water for emergencies? What would be the "modern convenience" that you would miss most if we were suddenly living in the mid 1800's????

(Thanks for letting me blather on....I'm starved for adult conversation, LOL)

HollyS
05-15-2010, 08:29 AM
Oh my....what a lovely week you've had!!!!!!!!!!! So sorry to hear of your troubles and hope that things get back to normal very soon girl!

britnkaysmemaw2
05-15-2010, 10:07 AM
Wow, you really have had quite the week Jenn. Hope it is going much better now.

It would have to be the internet I would miss the most. I have come to realize I am an internet junkie! Is that wrong? LOL

ATWIGO
05-15-2010, 12:40 PM
Wow, you really have had quite the week Jenn. Hope it is going much better now.

It would have to be the internet I would miss the most. I have come to realize I am an internet junkie! Is that wrong? LOL

I would say my cell phone. I can get the internet on it. :twitcy:

Hope your week coming up is better.

britnkaysmemaw2
05-15-2010, 12:44 PM
I would say my cell phone. I can get the internet on it. :twitcy:

Hope your week coming up is better.

Yep Nancy....my iPhone would have to be with me then I could get the internet too, ROFL.

agarzaldynrd
05-15-2010, 01:34 PM
WOW Jenn!! Hope things start to look better for you. I think for me it would have to be my cell phone. That is how I can make sure everyone I love is safe and where they are supposed to be. Oh I hope never to be without it!! How did I survive before cell phones?

j_camargo6
05-15-2010, 01:36 PM
If it's wrong, Cathy, I don't wanna be right, LOL


Wow, you really have had quite the week Jenn. Hope it is going much better now.

It would have to be the internet I would miss the most. I have come to realize I am an internet junkie! Is that wrong? LOL

Scrappinsass
05-15-2010, 02:54 PM
I had an EX-husband (and I stress EX for eccentric) who insisted we have enough water and food stored for 2 years!!!! .. He had us all get water beds and put in water sterilizing stuff so no algae would grow so we could use it to reconstitute our dried food goods! You should have seen my basement!!!! I do believe in having emergency supplies but 2 years worth? sheee.. He also had us store sleeping bags for the entire family and guns, ammo and fishing gear behind the seats in the truck and water sterilizing stuff, in case we should get *cut off from civilization* ie: earthquake or other natural disaster. I think he had his heart in the right place, but I also think it was a bit of overkill.

californiateri
05-15-2010, 02:56 PM
The thing I would miss most is indoor plumbing. Having to run outside to an outhouse in the middle of the night would be horrible and not to mention - YUCK!!!

donakat
05-15-2010, 03:30 PM
I'd miss electricity--nothing else would work without that! Sorry you've had so much trouble, Jenn.

triciacurtis
05-15-2010, 06:31 PM
So sorry Jen, hope things get better soon!

j_camargo6
05-16-2010, 08:17 AM
Yay!
Boil order has been lifted, as they have determined that the water supply wasn't the culprit after all, LOL.
Better safe than sorry, for sure!

Teri, I'm with you....outdoor plumbing would be a problem for me. There have been moments when I've thought that the simpler life of the 1800's would be kinda nice, but yeah....indoor plumbing would be a necessity for me, LOL

briarwoodpups
05-16-2010, 08:24 AM
Good golly , girl!! Just now seeing this thread. sorry you've had such a week! glad that your water is back up and running. i'd miss water the most, and my washing machine right there with it. my washing machine was down for 3 days when mice ate the wires and i had to shop for a new one, and wow... that was a horrible, horrible 3 days.

On the other hand, I misplaced my cell phone on Friday and haven't missed it enough to go looking for it - LOL

SparkysGirl
05-16-2010, 10:43 AM
I'd miss ELECTRICITY ... because it powers:

Hot Water ... for my SHOWER
Refrigerator/Freezer
Sump Pump (without which ... the basement floods)
Lights (since I am vertically challenged ... lights are important)
My Computer (without which ... I have no contact with my virtual friends!)

We are in the process of creating a supply of water and food for a crisis. We have a generator (thank you Hurricane Isabel for pointing out the need!). We feel driven to be prepared for an emergency or crisis so that we maintain self-sufficiency and have the ability to care for those who did not have the vision to make preparations. You sort of have to "think outside the box" about what a potential crisis may be. For instance, the recent grounding of airplanes due to the volcanic activity in Iceland gave me pause ... if ALL airplanes were grounded for some reason, pharmaceutical supplies may not be delivered in a timely fashion. I have an autoimmune disease that requires daily medication ... without which ... I would likely become quite ill, and possibly not survive. I decided to speak with my physician about the 3 month prescriptions versus the month to month. Seems silly, I guess, but I feel a bit more at peace knowing that my family is prepared and will be cared for in an emergency situation.

I'm glad things are looking up, Jenn! Cool topic!

britaneejean
05-16-2010, 07:11 PM
as much as i hated the boil order, it did make me grateful for my dishwasher & the fact of giving my daughter a bath (we went to my parents house since she drinks the water up). we had plenty of drinking water but the fact of having to boil the water for dish-washing was not my favorite thing. i need to find an emergency essential dishwasher :)
we think my husband & daughter are sick from it (since she threw up AT church today) but we don't really know. guess we'll never know unless it gets worse.

sounds like you had a worse week though with the microwave & everything else. hope it gets better, especially since you've had the 3 in a row :)