The Good News

Because I’m sure you’re wondering, the pipe to our laundry room thawed yesterday and the pipe did NOT break!

It seems that frozen pipes are running in the family. My son called yesterday to say that the pipe from the well or the well had frozen at his farmhouse in southern Oregon, which has also been hit with the freeze. As a consequence, he hasn’t had running water for a few days. They’ve been melting snow over the wood stove for cooking and drinking.

Now, here’s the bad news.

He went outside to relieve himself (no water to flush toilets, you see), startled a skunk and got sprayed. A direct hit. He put his clothes in a plastic bag and threw them in the snow, and has been melting pots of snow for ineffective bathing. His manager suggested he take a sick day so that he didn’t make everyone in the office sick. We’re calling it a stink day.