So things got a little crazy and I didn’t finish the post I had intended for this week. It all started out as a typical Innkeepers summer week in Vermont…
…quiet walks down to the pond.
We squeezed in a celebration of my cousin’s marriage. We take cousin get together’s very seriously.
It was upon our return chaos broke out. This is the window well to the basement. All that dark brown you can see is water. We went from, ‘Oh cool, a nice thunder and lightening storm’ to ‘Oh no, the lodge is flooding’ in less than five minutes.
Next thing we know there was torrential down pour and this window well completely filled with water that gushed into the basement…
…and we had quilters!!! In the three years we have worked here we have never had this serious of a leaking issue. We said, ‘Ah! The quilters!’ and raced around to create a sheet mountain to keep the water from flowing into the conference room with all their quilting machines.
Chris ran outside to dig a trench (this picture is from the next day) and furiously bailed out the window.
I kept mopping as fast as I could and meanwhile upstairs, our other team member Megan kept cleaning up and setting the table for breakfast.
Chris was so soaked he might as well had not even been wearing rain gear.
In the morning we walked down our canyon of pathway to see how the grounds looked.
Down at the pond, we found the boats like this!
Thank gosh they didn’t go over!
We keep four boats on shore and those two just got carried away as the water rose. Take a look at how full and sinking some of those boats were at the docks.
And just when we thought calmness would descend upon us, Adam, who along with team member Kathryn who spent nearly all day cleaning and bailing boats, sat down and this stool randomly broke right under him. Luckily, he did not fall, but we realized the chaos was not over.
Although this stool, now with only three legs, did stand, out to the burn pile it went.
Just like that, we are back to chirping birds and blue skies. As my high school English teacher used to say, “Out of chaos comes order.” Perhaps every once in a while we need a little dumping of chaos to restore order to life. Perhaps not. Either way, life, with all it’s ups and downs will continue to happen around all of us. So we might as well prepare ourselves to be ready to handle whatever it throws our way. And if that means having a massive pile of sheets on hand for any cause, then we are ready to go.