Waiting for Lady Luck to happen upon us

by Katie on May 20, 2009

Last week was quite eventful around here.

Tuesday morning, I had a new post ready to go. It was just waiting on a picture of our first load of clean laundry — from our house — and the “publish” button. But I never did get to publish it. The weekend before, Brandon actually found a spare couple of hours and managed to get some pipe soldered, hoses connected, etc., and we thought we were in the laundry business, at long last.

I put my first load in the wash early that morning, and went to work. About an hour later, I went to change the load over into the dryer with a smile on my face. But I still heard water running in the washing machine. Not a good sign.

I opened the lid and the top layer of clothes was still completely dry. I glanced out into the yard at the drain hose. The surrounding area was flooded. We had a faulty machine. Brandon dropped by shortly after, and said he couldn’t fix it.

So, I loaded up the washing machine (by myself, at 4:30 in the morning) and sold it at our community yard sale for 20 bucks on Saturday.

While this was a disappointment early in the week, it soon became the least of our worries.

Brandon was baling hay Wednesday morning, and as the sun came up, he thought the stacks he made at the other end of the field the day before looked a little low. Sure enough, he got over there, and found truck and trailer tire marks from someone who stole 120 bales of hay from us during the night. Definitely a costly ordeal.

Another hay thief hit us on Friday, and took 10 bales in his pickup. He was nearly caught, but escaped with no lead because he didn’t have a license plate. So, Brandon’s parents spent the next few nights in their camper, parked right next to hay stack for us until we were able to get some cables installed over the weekend.

Oh, and the same night the big load was stolen? Someone graffiti tagged the irrigation ditch on that field.

Then, on Saturday, I must have kicked my phone out of the truck while we were out irrigating. The ditch bank is the only place I possibly could have misplaced it. Well, someone happened upon my phone and took it home with them. They answered later when I called. I’m just hoping I got the service canceled before they made a few calls to Mexico, but we’ll see.

Needless to say, we’re wishing for a better stroke of luck this week.

On a brighter note, the morning sky is full of clouds, which you never see out here. It will also be our first day below 100 degrees in two weeks — just a mere 98. And, all of our hay is off the ground for the 30% chance of precipitation they’re predicting. Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve used that word.

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