Monday, December 24, 2007

What a Christmas Eve!

So on the evening of December 23rd, we went to visit Mrs SudsMuffin's mother. It was a lovely evening of socializing with family and friends. The weather was very mild and by the time we left her house around 11pm, we noticed a delightful crackling coming from the snow as it was melting all around us. When we arrived home, we noticed a large, deep puddle in our driveway, right where the front tires of the car sit. We could hear water running and thought it was run-off from the snowbanks running down to our driveway from the adjacent lawns. I told Mrs SudsMuffin that I would go in and change into my boots and come back out and cut a trench through the snow to allow the excess water to drain out to the back yard.

Well, when I went back outside (now close to midnight), I quickly saw that this was no thawing snowbanks. There was water bubbling up from the ground, under my car and it was making a very muddy river down the driveway to the back of our yard. I immediately called the city water department, who came out to take a look within the hour. He was pretty sure we had a water main break and that it would destroy our yard and others in the neighbourhood if it wasn't taken care of right away. So he turned off the water for the street and called in the city works crew. By 4am on Christmas Eve, there was a backhoe, many dumptrucks and men digging a large hole right in our driveway. Those trucks dug and beeped all through the night, fixing the broken main. By 9am, they were in the process of filling it all back in. We are in awe at how quickly they responded and took care of the problem, even on Christmas Eve.

Here's the only picture I took of the mess before it was all done. For now, we are still parking on the street because they didn't have the right kind of gravel to top it all off with due to the time of year, and the driveway is very high and uneven at the moment. They will be coming back in the Spring and fixing the whole thing.



I'm just thankful that it wasn't worse. It turned out to be a city owned water-main and not our private service line, so that was a good sort of reverse Christmas gift I guess.

Hope you all have a great and wonderful Christmas and that Santa finds you all with SudsMuffin stuff under your trees!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

So BUSY!!!!!!!!

First let me say I am sorry to have kept all you Sudsmuffinites in the dark! It has been some time since my last post. We have been more than busy. We have had two major shows and a couple of smaller shows all in the time between my last post and now. To top it off, those Super Kids from the Hampton JA are giving this old soapmaker a run for his money. They are selling a whole bunch of their pamper kits. The more they sell, the more they purchase. The more they purchase, the more I need to make. What a terrific dilemma to be in! On top of all this deliciously wonderful chaos, Mrs Sudsmuffin and I have taken to planning a very special invitation only newsletter for a members only night just in time for Valentines, so keep your eyes peeled for that email!

Today we are spending time with family and friends and hope that all of you who are out there celebrating Christmas or even their own personal holiday, enjoys good times and peace on this Christmas day. Happy Holidays to you all and we hope to see you and hear from you all in the New Year.