Tuesday, December 12, 2006


I live in a small 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom house that was
built in the 1920s.  It has old electrical and plumbing.
I've been here for about 4 years, and I've been to the
basement once.  A friend carried me down so I could
have a look.  I use the basement for storage only, and
when I need something, which is seldom,  I have to ask
a friend to get it for me.  The breaker box is down there
though as is the water shut off.

Every winter I forget to ask someone to turn off the
water connection to the garden.  One day last year
I went out my back door and discovered pipes had
burst and there was water gushing out and flooding
my backyard.  As much as I would love to have a
swimming pool in my backyard, this wasn't what I 
had dreamed of.  I didn't want to call a plumber or a
friend and sit around and wait for them to show up
to turn off the water in the basement, so I went to a
neighbor's house.  I couldn't knock on their front door
because all my neighbors have steps leading to their
doors.  Luckily, my daughter was with me and she
knocked on doors for me.  At the 4th house we tried,
we finally found someone home.  They came over, 
went to my basement, and turned off the water for me.

Once I get an iBOT, I should be able to do this sort of
thing by myself.  Yippee!  I'll also be able to get things 
out of storage by myself.  Maybe someday after I get
my iBOT, I'll go down there and have a cup of tea, 
just because I can.  :D   

My iBOT will come in handy in instances like this.  Yay
for the iBOT!  


stephanie said...

It hasn't been as long as you, but I haven't been in my basement in almost 2 years. We built an addition when I came home from rehab, and I have only seen the new sections of the basement in pictures! I had actually never considered the water shutoffs and the circuit breaker box. My kids are a little older and could handle that for me, but they aren't always home either. What always gets me is the router for the computer. we have been having problems with it, and every once in a while it has to be reset. When that happens I have no internet until someone comes home!

Wheelchair Revolution! said...

No internet! What a terrifying thought! :D

My daughter could go to the basement, but it's not a finished basement and she is too scared to go there by herself. I have to say, I can't blame her.