I came home Wednesday to water running out of our house on the porch. Well let's see, it hasn't rained lately, this water is flowing, this can't be good. I grabbed the water key and ran to the meter at the street and turned the water off. Water was 2-3" deep in the bedrooms and bathrooms and was starting a small fish pond in the formal living room. Great. I had fever and chills all week, stuffy head and working every day. All I wanted was a hot shower, pajamas and to curl up in bed. Not to be. DH came home, we got the shop vac and proceeded to clean up. Threw out mattresses and other soaked items. The ceiling caved in and drenched everything in 1 bedroom. We opened windows, turned on fans and griped a lot. OK, we griped a WHOLE lot. I stayed home from work the next day to clean up more mess and call insurance, plumber, etc. The insurance adjuster will come Mon or Tues, the plumber is coming Monday to replumb the entire house starting at the meter at the street to the last faucet outside with PEX plumbing. We have patched and patched on our 40 year old rusty galvanized pipes, this ain't happin' no more! Merry Christmas to me for the next 10 years. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ In the meantime, we are experiencing the joys of no water. No shower. No flush toilet. No cooking (maybe that's not so bad). Subway coupon sandwiches (I want to cook now, please). We are hauling water to flush the toilet, bathe in a bowl with a wash cloth, water the dogs, cat, chickens....... I have enough oil in my hair to fry fish. Going to my Mom's today for a real shower, after all, it IS Saturday! I finally washed dishes, using those 5 gallon jugs of purchased drinking water. What were we thinking? Still using real dishes? I came to my senses and got paper plates and cups but not before making a mountain of dirty dishes in both sinks. I heated water on the stove and washed and rinsed. Not to be wasteful, I dipped out the soapy water and poured in the toilet to give it a clean flush. Now it is full of Palmolive suds. I have a plastic garbage can under the roof valley in case it rains, none in the forecast though. I used up the rainwater I had in the toilet. My DH looked in the bucket I set in the bathroom and said, that water is DIRTY! DUH! And what is in the toilet is clean??? The unwritten rule of the house is to make as many "donations" as possible at work. As I write this, I am enjoying a tasty breakfast/lunch of dry crackers and bottled water. Yum yum. I really need to get off my dead tired butt, get dressed and drive to our 16 acres and feed my horses and go to Mom's for that wonderful shower. At this point, if it rained, I would be standing under the roof line with a bar of soap. We should have an empty bank account and running water by Wednesday. Insurance only covers damage done by water, not replacing pipes. Well, gotta go. Ya'll go flush your toilets for me, ya' heah?