I’d like to say thank you to all of my readers who have reached out to me with an outpouring of love during this very stressful week. Your prayers, emails, tweets, messages, and comments have meant the world to Kevin and I.
Before I get back to work with some new recipes for you, I’d like to quickly share a few photos from our apartment flood this week.
One day after the coldest day Baltimore has seen in decades (3 degrees F, wind chill -16 degrees F), the pipes in our ceiling froze.
The next day, as the sun warmed up around 2pm – the pipes burst and flooded our apartment. We were forced to pack up our lives with water dripping everywhere, no electricity, and no heat within a few hours and move.
Below, you can see the water coming up the walls (on the bottom to the right of the door) and down the wall above the ledge into our kitchen (top left).
I don’t have it pictured, but our large kitchen light filled with water and exploded onto the ground, all over the counter and splashing water into the bottom cabinets.
That’s our carpet on the lawn and the bottom of the photo is our couch on the sidewalk.
The apartment leasing office was extremely prompt and helpful. They told us we could either stay in a hotel or we could transfer apartments that night. I work from home and we have a 120 lb dog; a hotel room wasn’t an option. They showed us an optional new apartment and we signed a new lease.
It’s quite one thing to move, but quite another to move without notice. Kevin called his friends and they came quickly to help us move our furniture and all of our belongings. No time to pack, just throw things together and walk them down the sidewalk and up the stairs to the new home, which is about 200 feet away.
They turned the electricity off in our apartment, so we had no light or heat when we moved. Overnight, restoration contractors came with flood pumpers to suck out all of the water. They tore out the drywall and ceiling.
This is the kitchen today.
This was our kitchen. As tiny as it was, I loved it. I wrote my cookbook here.
During situations like this, I always think to myself… worse things happen to better people.
There is a silver lining. A few, actually.
- We are safe and sound.
- We have renter’s insurance.
- We had a new apartment within an hour.
Our new apartment finally has running water, the internet is up and running, and my mom drove down to help us get organized yesterday.
I have some baking to do for a friend’s engagement party today. Fingers crossed for a similar oven.
Thanks again for all your thoughts and prayers.