Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday the 13th--Our Septic Nightmare Continues-and SUSHI

It's Friday the 13th. I love numbers and  Friday the 13th has never been a day that I think is different than any other day. With that said, if you do believe that Friday the 13th is a day to have apprehension about, then you might think that today is a scary-look over your shoulder-kind of day-especially after hearing about our septic nightmare. Either way it's a day and we will each do the best we can to get through it.

Our day started off with septic issues. I do not like to use the word hate often, but today--I HATE BEING ON SEPTIC!  Since moving into this house we have had to have it pumped out 3 times. Maybe this is normal--I don't know. We are doing everything in our power to not replace our septic system.  For those that don't know the price tag on that adventure-about $15000.00.. YES-that's three zeros.

We just went through a huge issue with our well and pump system--that is still not fixed and we just learned that we need to spend another $2500.00 today on that.  OUCH! Total price tag for the well will be around $8000.00

Homeownership has a high price tag some years.

The silver lining in this whole process, for me, is that, we get it fixed and then we are set for the next 20 years (my fingers are crossed). I love my house and I love owning my house but the constant need to upgrade, repair, and invest can sometimes be overwhelming and expensive.

Last night when we saw sand in the bathtub and toilet downstairs, we knew immediately that our septic was full.  Normally we have spillage everywhere but this time we were fortunate to see the sand first. The last time it was full the bathroom flooded with sewage 4 inches deep.  Its Friday and we can only hope that they can come pump it before the weekend.  We can't use the water to flush--I have kids, this really sucks, especially with a three year old that refuses to use the potty if anything is in the toilet. On the bright side, we are having to once again evaluate our water usage. We are a large family and our water needs get out of hand with showers, baths, and laundry. I don't think this is a bad thing to try and conserve water.

Other things we are looking at, are changing all of our cleaning supplies to natural alternatives. I do this most of the time but on occasion we have used things with bleach. Bleach is not good for a septic system. ALSO--this is a big deal--toilet paper and plastic tablets (like laundry and dishwasher tabs) don't work great in a septic system. We will be switching back to all liquid products. The toilet paper we use is suppose to be septic safe. I'm thinking we need to do some more research.

I went to bed feeling overwhelmed and a bit stressed. Laying in bed I thought to myself, why am I letting this affect me.  It's something that happened. It needs to be fixed.  We have the means. Just fix it. I felt much better once I let go of the anxiety of the situation.

Today I woke up in a better place with the whole septic nightmare. It is what it is and I will not let it affect my happiness or mood.

Last night we made sushi for the family. This is a great way for my kids to help in the kitchen. They can individualize their rolls too. I like that.  Sushi doesn't have to involve fish.  We make ours with veggies and fruits. We use sauces to add spice and flavor.

Veggies we like are: cucumber, asparagus, sweet potato, carrots, avocado, green onions
Fruits: mango, pineapple, strawberries,
Flavors: ginger, jalapeno, lemon grass, sesame seeds, soy sauce, Sriarcha, mayonnaise

I use Nori sheets and sushi rice.

Special tools: a sushi mat, rice maker

There are a lot of youtube videos that will walk you through the process of assembling your rolls. My friend Nami at Just One Cook has amazing Japanese tutorials.

Well, lets hope the weekend is awesome and amazing.  The sun is shining so I know that we are off to a good start.


UPDATE:  They were able to pump it out today. The size of the toilet paper bomb that he found was one of the largest he has seen in a while.  Basically, we had a Moby Dick sized toilet paper whale clogging the the exit to our drain field.  Small miracles were heard today.  This means that we may not have to replace the whole septic this year.  We definitely need to evaluate our toilet paper usage and the type we are using. I am not believing all toilet paper is septic safe even though most of them say this on the labels.  I am off to do my research.

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