Monday, May 30, 2011

Damp Dungeon

On the Forest level of Donkey Kong Country Returns, there is a world called Damp Dungeon where there is moisture, plenty of unusual creatures and spiders galore. Of course, being my favorite level, I've conquered that world, but cannot for the life of me conquer the real life dampness in my real life basement. This is where I've spent the majority of my three day weekend off--scrubbing, disinfecting, killing spiders (and centipedes), repacking damp boxes and routinely emptying the two dehumidifiers that are working as hard as me to rid the basement of moisture. Today I had a reprieve, but only because Rachel is here and someone has to keep an eye on her. It helped that for the first time in about two weeks, we had a day with no rain.

While I fully recognize that compared to thousands of others, I got off easy, I'm still feeling whiny and exhausted, and not a little sad at the layout of cash earmarked for other things. There will be no summer vacation this year, because instead, we will be providing one for the professionals who will waterproof the basement.

The weather was hot today, and while humid, it didn't rain. Tomorrow's forecast is the same, with I think a chance of evening showers. We've jumped straight from the crappiest spring on recent records right into the depths of summer. Seeing that it was now or never, I planted wildflower seeds, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, herbs and squash. Ironically, I watered the new plants, but hope they won't need more for awhile. The soil was balking at the sprinkle of water I did provide--there truly is nowhere for it to go.

I'm ready to go back to work tomorrow. I need a break. I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day. As soon as I get back from taking Stinkerbell home, I think I'm going to put my feet up, knit a little, and watch Band of Brothers.


Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

i already have my feet up and i'm watching the food network! hope that basement dries out soon, i sure have had that problem before. just not in a condo now thank goodness!

smiles, bee

The Bug said...

This is one time of year that I'm glad we don't have a basement. Our garage offers all the storage we need & it's dry as a bone thank goodness.

Our neighbors had to cancel their summer trip too because of the hail damage the other day. We were SO lucky not to have a lot of damage.

SkippyMom said...

Sorry Rudee - wet basements suck. It is the smell that gets me.

Hopefully the waterproofing will dry it up.

Keep your feet up and maybe a little glass of wine to ease of out the weekend my friend. :)


Brenda said...

I feel for you Rudee. Our basement needs lots of work also. We dread having to haul all the junk out to replace the flooring. Where does one find that kind of time. Do you have a sump pump? Those help a lot.

Gail said...

Except for my adventure with weed cutting, I have had a lazy two days off. The house was full, now less full and a lot messier!

Believe it or not, our soil is now cracking with dryness and the temps are soaring.

Finding Pam said...

The weather has been crazy this year. We skipped Spring and are now in the nineties. It is going to be 98 degrees by the end of the week. Argh! That makes me grumpy.

I hope you get some dry days so you can plant your garden. Sorry about the basement. You are lucky to have it though given all of these storms.

Stephanie V said...

Oh, I know what you mean. We have two sump pumps for our dungeon. Mostly, they work. You've sure had a weird spring this year. I guess we all have, really. Weird is better than some folks have had so probably we should be feeling blessed.

I second the glass of wine.