Cabin Fever


Today was the first day that I saw beyond my own driveway in literally two weeks. Those of you who follow me on Facebook know that a while back we had some major rainstorms that flooded many areas, including our driveway. As a result of the rushing, rising waters, the bridge along our driveway was badly damaged.

The flooding was so bad that a big tree was uprooted from the creek bank and fell over the bridge.

damaged bridge and tree

When the rain finally stopped, my husband and my dad grabbed their chainsaws and went to work clearing the tree away. They had just finished up and were walking from the bridge back to their trucks when the ground began crumbling behind their steps and a huge sink hole appeared!

damaged bridge 3

Man, they were lucky nobody fell in! The ground cracked and sank several feet in front of the bridge. My dad drove his tractor down to  scrape some dirt back in to fill the holes.

The concrete retaining walls on either side of the bridge are badly cracked. It’s not pretty. And it’s gonna be very expensive to fix. So, for now, we just have to do the best we can with what we have.

Every day the bridge is sinking a little. We used to be able to drive along the driveway straight across the bridge to the other side. Now, there is a 2-3 ft. drop from the driveway to the bridge. The slope is so steep that our truck bumper is scraping every time my husband drives across.

And this is why I’ve been stuck here for two weeks. My van cannot make the steep drop to cross the bridge… not without losing a bumper. And with the bridge sinking, and even slightly twisted at an angle, I’m not so sure how safe it is to be driving across.

But today, we all loaded up in the truck and I finally got to see civilization again as we went out visiting family. You would think that one might begin to go crazy after being stuck in the home for so long! But not me. There is too much to do here to even think about it! And it’s a good thing I don’t mind being here… ’cause I have no idea how long it will be before I can leave on my own again!!


Kendra
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

11 Comments

  1. Kendra – I say this all the time, but you really are my hero. Cliff and I were just talking about this the other day, and admiring how self-sufficient you and Jerry have become. I was contemplating what my mental state would be after being cooped up in the house for 2 weeks, and it ain’t pretty! Then again – staying as busy as you do would probably help a great deal!

    Anyway. You guys inspire us. I think we may even try a geeky hand at gardening this year. Shocking, right? Talk to you soon!

  2. I, too, have been home two weeks. But it’s not the snow/ice that’s done it – I was making the Shabbat meal three Saturdays ago and went to move the boiling pan of water from the burner to make mashed potatoes, and it sploshed over the side and onto my sock. Which is worse than it sploshing directly on a foot, as the sock holds the burning water there. As a result, I sustained a third degree burn on my foot. It looks like I’ve been shot with a 12-gauge up close, and feels about the same.

    Then people told me the ‘natural’ cure was to put honey on it. So I did, and it hurt SO BADLY that I thought I was going to go crazy. After trying vinegar, bagbalm, and antibiotic ointment, I finally called the doctor, and luckily had silvadene on hand from a previous surgery prescription. But by then all the other goops caused infection, and my foot swelled up and turned purple on top of the burn issue. All this with a newborn and four little ones, besides!

    Be careful on that bridge. It’d be just awful if something happened to you all!

    • anna-

      Oh my goodness, that’s terrible!!! I am so sorry to hear that. I can’t even imagine how painful and frustrating that must be! I would have done the same thing, trying natural cures first. So sorry it made it worse! I sure hope it is able to heal up quickly!

  3. We’re expecting a snow storm here today and tomorrow. It’ll be fun to not have to go anywhere…but two weeks. Phew! You’re a trooper!

  4. Thank the Lord, no one was injured. You must have a long driveway.

    Our driveway is .1 mile all uphill. In the winter it can be quite dangerous. One night after church I attempted to drive up. We’d had a little snow and it was warm, which made it all pack down. There was sand, but guess there was just enough snow cover. My car got wedged sideways. Mr. D tried to chain on and pull me out but the car just headed more towards the snowbank and we have deep ditches on either side of the driveway. He actually got the car to slide sideways down the driveway.
    We knew when we bought the land that the driveway would be a very steep, but the Lord has kept us safe through 3 winters so far. This winter has been mild in comparison to others. Very low snowfall and not a lot of rain either. We have had some cold which is hard on the pipes. The water going to the chicken coop froze long ago and we’ve been carrying water all winter.
    It’s just the way of life we’ve chosen… out in the middle of nowhere. 🙂

    Keep warm and busy!
    Mrs. D

  5. Wow! I had the same kind of problem last winter when one of our dirt/culvert bridges collapsed into flood waters. Husband sold his prized mustang to pay for the repairs, but at least it didn’t prevent us from getting in and out.

    I hope a solution can be afforded soon! But I am so happy that you all are okay and don’t mind being at home for extended periods of time!

    (I am off from nursing school AGAIN due to new snow falling. I may never get this semester finished!)

  6. I sure hope you can get that bridge fixed quickly. This winter has been so brutal. Hopefully things will calm down soon and the bridge can be repaired. In the meantime, stay safe!

  7. I actually have prayed for snow storms so we could stay home for days on end. Then I could get some stuff done! And we could cozy up to the fireplace and read books together as a family for hours!

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