A Tiny Red Light – Gratitude Rant #9

The view from our well. Can you see the little red light?

Will you humor me for a second?

Imagine, if you will, that you just woke up for the morning. You’re tired. Your eyelids are still feeling kinda heavy. You slowly make your way to the bathroom, step into the shower, turn the handle on the faucet… and NOTHING happens!

No Water.

Not. A. Drop.

For the first 27 years of my life, this sort of situation was simply unfathomable. I mean, the water system just worked. Period. If you turned on the faucet, water came out! Simple as that.

But then we moved to the One Acre Lott…

Within a month of living here, the water stopped running, and we were forcefully introduced to the finicky world of maintaining a private well!

(And did I mention it was right in the dead of winter?!)

I won’t bore you with all the little details, but in a nutshell, we ended up totally redesigning the entire infrastructure of our water system — because, let’s face it, when you’re getting ready to take a shower, you want the water to work!

I’ll be upfront and honest with you though… even with our nifty redesign, the whole system is WAY more complicated than I’d like it to be — with a couple of different water pumps, a thousand-gallon storage tank, float gauges, pressure switches, and a whole box full of electrical fuses and relays and junk like that. It’s got a lot of moving parts (which means there are a lot of things that could go wrong) — but the real hinge pin of the whole operation is a big, expensive, fancy-pants radio system. Virtually everything depends on it.

At the end of the day, if the radio’s working, we’ve got water.

If the radio isn’t working… well… Houston, we have a problem!

(And you better not be trying to flush the toilet any time soon.)

Fortunately, you can pretty much tell at a glance whether the radio is up and running — thanks to a little red lightbulb, located near the top of the antenna.

When you see that red light, you know that everything is A-Okay!

And so, with that being said, hopefully you’ll excuse me for driving so slow every time we go past our well… I’m just making sure that tiny red light is shining!

A close-up of the antenna.

I tell ya, that little red light is a beautiful thing!

I sure am grateful whenever I see it!


One thought on “A Tiny Red Light – Gratitude Rant #9

  1. It’s funny the things we take for granted. I always just expected there to be hot water, until we moved in with Randy and Darcy. The pilot light on their water heater would always blow out for reasons I still don’t really understand. So I was obsessively checking to make sure the pilot light was lit. And was an expert on lighting it. It’s so nice to not have to worry about that here.


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