Tomi, when we built our house, we went with 9 foot basement walls. The intent was to sink the basement 7 feet, with 2 foot of basement showing below the house. They hit the water table at 5 foot depth and had to stop digging. If we were smart we would have made our basement a walk-out, but instead, we had dumptruck after dumptruck load of dirt brought in by the county from an excavation job they did to build up the yard around the house to hide the basement walls. This was a TON of work b/c the soil they brought in was left over from digging out the ditches around some major roads, so the soil was very rocky. Had to rake the rocks out before we could seed the dirt and start our lawn. We ended up putting in farm tile around the base of the basement walls to channel the water, which dumps directly into our sump pit. Supposedly, the geologist that was consulted said over a period of years the water table will adjust and drop as a result of our constantly pumping it off and our sump pump will get a break... we've been here 5 years and our sump runs even in dry conditions. Last year we had a drought and that thing ran daily! We're on our 3rd sump pump if that tells you how often it runs. lol We got "mechanical failure" insurance on our appliances to cover any possible flood damage that occurs as a result of a failed sump pump, since two have failed and our basement has flooded as a result. Pumping that water into rain barrels will provide me with plenty of fresh, clean ground water for the garden.
I have successfully NOT used my scale since starting the Whole30 5 days ago. I got my starting weight and walked away. I haven't noticed any difference in how I feel yet - just feel less bloated.
I wish I was at home so I could be as productive as you!!