Sunday, June 28, 2015

Diggy Diggy Hole

I am beginning to appreciate the adventures that Life always seems to enjoy dishing out to us. It is what adds so much flavor and memory to our days, right?

After years and months and finally days of intense studying, Jeffrey passed his last test for school on June 11th!

The week before that, we got a call from our renters telling us that the kitchen faucet was leaking really bad, and it was dripping into the cabinet beneath the sink. Rather than bother Jeffrey who was crazy stressed out studying night and day for his test, losing sleep over the anxiety of the pressure, knowing this was it and if he didn't pass, he wouldn't be graduating, I called my dad and he and I went up and fixed it without even telling Jeffrey about the problem. We fixed it the day before he took his test. While my dad and I were there fixing the sink, we noticed there was a leak in the water meter, and so I called the City to let them know so they could fix it, so the girls wouldn't have a huge water bill. That was on a Wednesday. The test was a Thursday. Friday, when he got home from work, he went down to his office, got on his computer, and checked his email to see the results of this life altering test.

He passed with room to spare!

We were so excited!

We piled the kids in the van and decided to go out and celebrate! The kids played at my parent's house, and Jeffrey and I went to Cafe Rio and had a date without the pressure of school for the first time of our married lives, and it was glorious!

And then half way through that date we got a phone call from the renters.

The water main was still leaking. So I had to call the city again.

Saturday they came out, and left a notice on the door of the girl's house saying there was a leak in the meter, 3 inches too far on our side, making it our problem, and we had 15 days to fix it or the city would shut off the water to the house.

Herein we really see the mettle of Jeffrey and my personalities. Jeffrey immediately began grumbling about another crisis happening, immediately happening. The moment we pass through one thing, something else happens. He had about an hour of peace between graduating school and the next crisis. I, on the other hand had to keep reminding him how lucky we are that the leak happened when it did and not a day sooner! It is such a good thing it didn't happen before he was through with school, because that really would have put us in a pickle, for sure!

He is a glass half empty kind of guy, I am a glass half full kind of gal.

I really wonder how this is messing up our kids.

Needless to say, we had a week full of lots of calling around to plumbers, excavators and the like, comparing prices and trying to figure out all the semantics of everything that would go in to fixing the water meter, specifically how long the girls would have to be without water. And here we see another blessing. We have so many friends and family with so many different skills in particular professions, which helped us so much. My friend Shaun and I were chatting and he offered to come and help, despite having surgery on his knee the week before. I remembered he had helped me out with some plumbing problems previously, so I accepted his help. It was a good thing we did. He seriously saved us. He lays pipe for Rocky Mountain Power, and we had to figure out how to get some pipe under the sidewalk. He knew exactly what to do, how to do it, and he saved us so much time, heartache, and stress.  I really don't think he understands just how grateful we are for all his help. We would probably still be over our heads in that hole right now were it not for him.

Saturday morning we dropped the children off with Jeffrey's parents, and went up to the house and began digging a hole.

When the excavator we rented arrived, 2 giant six year olds looked like a giant claw machine was the only thing they could ever had asked for and some odd 30 years of playing video games had finally paid off as Jeffrey and his brother giddily climbed into the machine and began digging up the earth with the giant shovel.

And while one dug, the other would play Foreman and shout out directions to the other, laughing whenever a mistake was made. Soon, a 5 foot hole was dug, and we got to pull out our shovels, and I laughed as they looked like a couple of dwarves, their Norwegian ancestry really coming through in that moment. Jeffrey later told me that a truly epic song which he discovered on youtube was stuck in his head all day.

Diggy Diggy Hole

Brothers of the mine rejoice!
Swing, swing, swing with me
Raise your pick and raise your voice!
Sing, sing, sing with me.
Down and down into the deep,
Who knows what we'll find beneath?
Diamond, rubies, gold and more
Hidden in the mountain store.

Born underground, suckled from a teat of stone.
Raised in the dark, the safety of our mountain home.
Skin made of iron, steel in our bones,
To dig and dig makes us free!
Come on brothers sing with me!

I am a dwarf and I'm digging a hole
Diggy diggy hole, diggy diggy hole.
I am a dwarf and I'm digging a hole
Diggy diggy hole, digging a hole!

The sunlight will not reach this low
Deep, deep in the mine
Never seen the blue moon glow
Dwarves won't fly so high
Fill a glass and down some mead!
Stuff your bellies at the feast!
Stumble home and fall asleep
Dreaming in our mountain keep

Born underground, grown inside a rocky womb
The earth is our cradle; the mountain shall become our tomb
Face us on the battlefield; you will meet your doom
We do not fear what lies beneath
We can never dig too deep

I am a dwarf and I'm digging a hole
Diggy diggy hole, diggy diggy hole.
I am a dwarf and I'm digging a hole
Diggy diggy hole, digging a hole!

Born underground, suckled from a teat of stone
Raised in the dark, the safety of our mountain home
Skin made of iron, steel in our bones
To dig and dig makes us free
Come on brothers sing with me!

I am a dwarf and I'm digging a hole
Diggy diggy hole, diggy diggy hole.
I am a dwarf and I'm digging a hole
Diggy diggy hole, digging a hole!

And that song, basically sums up our Saturday.

We did finish late on Saturday night, with a huge thanks to all the people who helped! Jeffrey's brother, his father in law, my dad, and our friend Shaun.

And then Jeffrey was a super hero and helped me all that night and the next morning finish things up for primary.  Because he is amazing like that. Gosh I love that hole digging, school finishing, problem solving, paper for primary cutting man!


Toastburner said...

Faye tried to tell me about the Diggy Hole song, but I didn't quite know what she was talking about. Now I do. Good stuff.

Susan Anderson said...

Yes, you are definitely a cup half full kind of person!