Thursday, September 20, 2012

Plumbing Emergencies

Have you ever had a plumbing emergency?

Major disasters made headlines on the news, but sometimes disasters happen to us on an individual basis.  Plumbing is one of those things that can quickly turn into a disaster.  Have you ever had a pipe break that flooded your house?  Have you had a faucet refuse to turn off so water kept pouring out?  Have you ever tried to fix some of your plumbing and just had things get worse.  Plumbing problems can be one of the most discouraging things to happen in your life.  Plumbers earn a lot of money for their skills and time.  If you hire a plumber for your plumbing problem, it can get fixed rather quickly; but it will cost you significant amount.  If you try to fix your own plumbing, you might end up causing something else to break and you may end up paying for a plumber any way.  

When you write your story write about any disasters you may have encountered in your life.  Just a few days ago, one of my outside faucets wouldn't shut off after I finished watering outside.  I laid the hose next to a watermelon plant and let the water soak deep into the soil as I tried to figure out what to do with the problem.  The handle just spun around without shutting off the water.  I thought about using a cap on the hose or on the faucet itself to stop the water, but I didn't have a cap or a plug the right size.  It was almost dark on a Saturday night.  Both of the hardware stores in our town were closed.  I knew calling a plumber out on a weekend and at night would really cost a lot.  So I decided to have the water turned off.  I had to have it turned off at the meter because I hadn't been able to get into the shut off on my side.  

I lived for two and a half days without running water. Fortunately I had several bottles of water on hand which I could use. I had to wait to call the plumber on a week day and he couldn't come until the next day to even look at my problem.  My bishop found out about my problem and came over to look at it Monday evening.  Within an hour he had capped off the pipe and got it ready for me to have the water turned back on.  I couldn't believe how kind he had been.  I was truly blessed to have him just jump in and fix the problem.  

Running water is a wonderful thing.  Showers, washing dishes, washing clothes, washing hands, flushing toilets are marvelous things when you've lived for a while without them.  Sharing your experiences about little disasters in your life may help others to appreciate the blessings they have.  You may be able to share lessons you learned from your experience and maybe even be able to be of help to them when they experience a similar disaster.  Write down your experiences with your disasters whether large or small.


Monday, September 3, 2012

Favorite Season

What is your favorite season of the year?  You may live where there are four seasons or you may live where the weather doesn't change much year round.  Throughout your life you may have lived in different climates.  Describing the season you like best can add a lot to your story.

I think I have always liked fall.  There are good things about the other seasons, but fall has the most enjoyable things for me.  In the fall the weather starts to cool down.  The evenings get cooler and sleep gets easier.  Gardens and fruit trees are producing fresh produce.  If you want a tomato or a peach you can pick one fresh to eat.  The price of produce is cheaper in the fall and there is a large selection of produce available.  Leaves start to change color adding much beauty to the world.  I've always loved the golden color of cottonwood tree leaves against a clear blue sky.

I like fall because of the fun holidays.  Columbus Day, Halloween, Veteran's Day, and Thanksgiving all are celebrated in the fall.  School always started for me towards the end of summer and I always associated the start of school with fall. 

There are good things about other seasons of the year such as beautiful sparkly snow, springtime blossoms and summer vacations.  Adding what you like about the seasons of the year and your experiences during each season can add a lot to your story.