Saturday, August 7, 2010

Disaster Diverted

July 27th I came back to the office from an errand and Elder Dew and Elder Gulbransen were running around gathering all the waste baskets up and running to the back of the office. I followed them and saw water raining from the light fixtures in the Assistants' office. The Elders were unplugging the computers and printers and moving them out, and I started gathering up books and papers. We then proceeded to rescue the President's office as the water rained down. The carpenters upstairs had broken a water pipe and didn't know how to turn it off. Water started running down the walls and we moved pictures to the front office. We emptied many garbage cans and saved all of our electronic equipment and furniture from water damage.
The 8 light fixtures omniously sat there full of water once the water upstairs had been turned off. It was surprising how heavy those garbage bags became when the light fixtures yielded up their water.

The Office Team - with a deserved moment of rest the day of the disaster and a banana cream pie the day after. I almost created a mini-disaster holding the pie the Elders had made for me, slanting it for the picture. But good communication and quick-thinking quickly righted the pie. It was delicious!
And we have new-found respect for each other - as The Office Team.


  1. That is good training for those boys when someday they have their own homes and disasters happen! Mom, I wouldn't have been surprised if you had dumped that pie in your lap. You are too funny!

  2. It's amazing to see what adrenalin can help accomplish. Nice work saving everything! I'd hate to be that carpenter. : )