Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Flood (Annie Gallup)

When I got home from work last night about 7 p.m. (after stopping by the food co-op to pick up my order), as soon as I walked in the door I heard the sound of water rushing (almost like a running toilet) - I went around the house, trying to isolate the noise, but couldn't (meaning it was either under the house or behind the walls). Fortunately, I know how to turn off the water to the house, which I did, and the sound stopped - unfortunately, my husband's out of town (something major... appliance/car/home... always breaks when he's gone!).

I called the plumber at 7 this morning, and they made me first appointment of the day (somewhere between 8:30 and 9 a.m.) - he showed up right on time, and isolated the problem to be in the hot water system. He turned off the hot water heater, so at least we can use the water now (as opposed to last night when I had to turn everything off) - they can't do anything to fix it until they know exactly where the leak is... so he recommended a leak detection company.

I called and they can come out tomorrow (Wednesday) between 10 and noon - once they locate the leak, it gets turned back over to the plumber and they will have to go in through the walls or under the floor to repair or reroute the pipes.

I am sick to my stomach over the potential extent and expense of the problem - all I can visualize is jackhammers demolishing my floors/walls!

Think positive thoughts, please - in the meantime, I'll be showering in the pool or the jacuzzi... :-)

BOOK: The Plumber's Troubleshooting Guide by R. Dodge Woodson

POEM: blessing the boats by Lucille Clifton

(at St. Mary's)

may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back may you
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that

QUOTE: "You could write the story of man's growth in terms of his epic concerns with water." ~ Bernard Frank


  1. )=

    I'm sorry, Susan. You can always take this time to vacay in Pittsburgh. (;

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your plumbing woes. I understand how disheartening that could be. Your positive attitude is amazing! I too am thinking positively about the situation, I hope today goes well with the leak detection company. Have fun showering in the pool or jacuzzi, that sounds like a party :)

    The poem you chose for this situation is so perfect! As usual :)

    Take care, and thank you so much for your kind words on my blog, they mean so very much to me.

    Been listening to the new Todd?

  3. Hey, Amy -

    No vacay for me any time soon, unfortunately (although thanks for the sweet offer) - I'm walking that fine line of "this is all going to turn out just fine" to "how can we cut back on purchases to be able to afford this repair".

    I'm trying not to allow myself to go to the dark place until it's warranted - all will unfold in the next few hours... and my purple candles are burning overtime!

  4. Hey, Maggie Ann. ~

    Thanks for your additional positivity on the situation - I need all I can get right now Jacuzzi-ing under the full moon last night was lovely - I'm still worried... but a bit more relaxed!

    You are an amazing writer, kiddo - thanks for sharing yourself so freely and articulately... <3

    Yes, loving the new Todd - I ordered the actual CD as well (I'm a liner note addict), but have enjoyed the downloaded version non-stop from home to church to home to work to home to errands, etc. I've told quite a few people not to be lulled by the instrumental (track 7) - he does that cool spoken word piece toward the end...

    Incredible piece of work - he continually surprises me with his brilliance...