(Almost) all systems have returned to normal, as of about 6pm yesterday. The Great Flood of 2010 wreaked havoc in Riverotterland- you may know that we own and maintain an eight-family apartment building and four other duplexes besides the one that we live in, and had a total of three basement sewer backups 7/22. We're finally all clean and sanitized with the currently necessary appliances and hot water heaters running. I have a lot of people to thank for assistance and gifts and time and food and etc. So, in something like chronological order:
Kathy, for food, cleaning assist, extra gloves, hot shower, and gin-and-tonics.
Char and John, for emotional support, food, wet vac, dehumidifier, extra cleaning supplies, and cleaning help.
My mom, for understanding, a huge bag of rags and towels, bleach, dinner, and a box fan.
My boss, who gave me the week off. I didn't even have to ask.
Brain's workplace, who gave him the week off and sent "four womens, ready to work!" They did, too. Awesome.
Kreuter, for tireless work and good company.
My dad, for a dehumidifier and a box fan.
Mr Sebald, for - yes- a dehumidifier.
Pabst Blue Ribbon, for making the situation tolerable.
FEMA, for making a dramatic appearance two doors down with Scott Walker and news cameras, and allowing me to tell them ALL about the turds in the basement. With photos. Which I won't show you here. Here's a monarch butterfly instead.
We now have monarch caterpillars on that plant, fattening up and enjoying life, waiting to metamorphose into their next stage: metaphorically, I am as well, even if it's just back to normal.