For Most People It's Good News
Their grass and plants are getting watered
For me, it might be a different story
We have a low water table
Even though our house is almost on top of a hill
Almost every Spring we get water down my cellar
It becomes more than a hassle
A problem that doesn't seem to correct itself
Usually, the winter snow defrosts and heavy rains come in April
Both are a combination for disaster
This year looked like it was going to be different
We had little snow
So when the snow melted and we had little rain
One of the driest Springs
My cellar stayed dry
I was very happy
I recently added loam
To build up around the house foundation
So if we do have any rain it will run off
Down my cellar is still dry
Now we are expecting four hours of rain
I put white buckets out to help with the excess water
All I can do is wait
I have some pretty hosta plants that grow
All around our yard
Later in the year, they get pretty big
They can absorb lots of water
We have eight trees that help
The funny thing is when I was growing up
I loved the rain
I have mixed feelings today
When I get unexpected water and it becomes a problem
It turns into a real pain
An internal conflict I haven't been able to solve
In the past, I have added stone to help with drainage
I already have french drains underground around the house
A pump in the cellar also helps keep the water away
I thought I covered all the basis
I am going to back to bed
I can hear the water beating on the windows and the roof
I drift back and time
I picture in my mind
I am an early settler out in the wilderness
The noise I hear
Are little war drums beating before an Indian attack
I want to live and raise a family
The Indians were here long before us
They want to keep what is rightfully theirs
We both butt heads and can't seem to agree
We both want to live and be free
DREAM ON (author) on May 02, 2021:
John Hansen I have been looking at my water situation differently. Maybe I can come up with a new solution that other people haven't thought of. So this idea might help other people before they get water too. I have to put my thinking cap on for this one. I think I have been looking at it all wrong. Fix the problem and move on. Where I should be saying solve the mystery and create a better way for many people in the future. This is how ideas are created. Little problems or big problems solved by a little extra out-of-the-box thinking. We have to go the extra mile. Well worth it in the end. I think you helped me see it in a different light. Hard work always pays off. Just in ways, we didn't expect. It's like walking. It is good for our body and our mind. Some people rather drive and say I get there faster. A time benefit not a health benefit. I try to get where I want to go and then spend the extra time walking around there. I get the best of both worlds. Exercise and save time. I am glad you don't have a problem with water. It's strangely funny that the people with water don't want it and in other places, they would do anything for more water. Thank you so much for all your support and help. Have a wonderful day.
DREAM ON (author) on May 02, 2021:
BRENDA ARLEDGE I checked yesterday and today the cellar is dry as a bone. I couldn't be happier. Your prayers worked. I started putting things in the cellar up high so if we do get water again it won't harm anything. The water goes away in a few weeks. Then I am good for the rest of the year. On the good side, my plants and yard don't have to be watered that often because of all the water. I know so many people have it worse. I pray for them. Do you ever have a water problem where you live? I am still trying to find other ways to use the water as an advantage instead of a disadvantage. Thank you for all your thoughts and tips. Today I am up early to get a good jump start. I hope your day goes well. Happy writing.
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2021:
I hope all your work pays off and your cellar no longer gets flooded, Dream On. We don't have that problem unless there is a flood but our house is quite high. Thank you for sharing.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 30, 2021:
I am saying a prayer for you.
I remember reading last year about all the damage you had...I'm hoping for the best outcome for you & your cellar.
We had pouring rains the other day and the streets were flooded.
Sometimes we can't win...but the battle is good.
I think this time things will go better.