Friday, May 1, 2015

WILLY-NILLY FRIDAY FIVE

One of my photos I turned into a 'painting', taken on a walk at one of the prettiest gardens, Meadowlark.  


And now for Willy-Nilly Friday Five, in the order that they happened.

1) Gregg spent a few days with his family down south.  I stayed home but my week was busy and it went quickly.  It was a fun week for Gregg and a fun week for me (except for No. 4), but I am always happy to see him after being gone even for a little while.  

2) There was a spontaneous call from son to make sure I wasn't out or going out, and as he had the day off mid-week he came over for a few hours.  You know how much I love that.  No breakfast this time as we had both eaten early but he stopped off at my favorite coffee shop and brought me a latte.  It was a lovely visit.

3)  I met up with friends and enjoyed catching up.  Nothing much more to say other than that I feel blessed to know such lovely people, and be able to laugh and let my hair down with them.


4)  This is a long one.  I was running water to fill the sink for washing dishes. I put the tap on, popped in another room for a minute, got distracted as I had also been watching a show on the Home Garden Channel about fixing up old homes. The original foundations hadn't been laid correctly, and they couldn't lay that beautiful wooden flooring down until the problem was fixed.  I was curious as to how they were going to do that so when I heard this, I sat down and promptly forgot I hadn't turned the water off.  Ironic, watching that show about the flooring while all this other stuff was going on.  Half an hour later - yes half an hour - my cell phone rang and I couldn't find it.  I followed the sound back to the kitchen and saw my phone on the countertop slowly being surrounded by water.  It was about an inch away from becoming toast.  I had flooded the kitchen, and no I did not hear the water running, Gregg asked me that later.  Let's just say I have a very clean floor now. I am grateful for a whole closet-full of nice, absorbant towels and very thankful I didn't throw the old ones out. A mop wouldn't have helped with that cascade.  I ran around that kitchen at light speed.  The person on the phone?  It was Gregg telling me he was on his way home (from his few days down south), but had been held up because of traffic.  I didn't tell him I was mopping up the floor with one foot swirling a towel around, while turning off the water tap with my left hand, holding the phone with my right hand, feeling it prudent not to unload that snippet while he was trying to get home. The water by the way, had caused waterfalls through the floor and the basement carpet was wet too.  Fortunately when I ran downstairs it was only coming through in one area, moreorless, and I promptly placed several pots under the waterfalls coming through the ceiling.  One very large soup pot was a major save.  I knew that gigantic pot would have its uses.  And after all that I realize it could have been much worse. Gregg saved the day by calling.  Goodness knows how it would have been if not for the call.  I told him that after I explained to him what had happened.  I had mopped everything up before he walked in the door.  There's not too much damage downstairs.  A small part of the ceiling has to be replastered and a lot of still damp carpet is drying out as I type.  We were planning on ripping up that carpet eventually, as it has needed to be replaced for quite a while now.  Having had a few floods down there over the years - no not my fault, this is a first - we will not be replacing the carpet and will put down whatever will fare better.  It will dry out and be on the home improvement list that we've been adding to for a while now.  I've been hooked on these self-improvement for the home programs for some time, so I have a pretty good idea what has to be done.   Gregg's ears may be burning.

5) I am sitting cross-legged and meditating to bring my blood pressure down after No. 4, my mantra sings "You will never leave the room while a tap is running anywhere in the house ever again." 



Today I am linking up with Willy-Nilly Friday Five.
This is a fun meme and thanks Tanya for hosting.  You can click on the button below to visit other participants.

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25 comments:

  1. Denise, you are not alone in the water in the sink incident, this happened to me once years ago. I purchased an electric kettle that shuts off by itself when it is boiled because I felt it was safer and a couple of months before I bought this auto-shut-off kettle, someone had started a kitchen fire in an apartment block a few streets away from me. I figured that it could happen to anyone, which is why I have this kettle. As you said, though, your floors are clean! :)

    All in all, taking away the sink incident it sounds like you had a pretty good week! I am very happy about this, and your photo is amazing. :)

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  2. Oh my gosh, you sound just like me! But I tend to drop things and leave the stove burner on. Rice was a great idea. And you must have worked so fast to get it all up before he got home! This reminds me of I Love Lucy! With you as Lucy of course! And now you will be able to do a bit of house fixing up, too. All for the best! I finally made your Greek Frappe today!! It was DELICIOUS!!! Foamy, and the foam lasted very long, a whole head of it!! I will be making it at least once a week! And serving it to my friend. I told her about it tonight. The coffee amount was too much, so I will cut in in half from now on. THE best coffee recipe I have ever seen. Now I will have a cold coffee for summer.

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  3. Oops! For just a minute, I thought I was on another blog. Hence the frappe remark. It is late and I am sleepy. Still loved your story and forgot to mention I love your picture!

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  4. WOW! A flood dearie me that was awful. Bet that won't happen again!!!

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  5. Oh dear, Denise! Easily done.
    Thankfully your mobile phone was functioning and Gregg's call(unknowingly) saved the day! I hope you both have a relaxing weekend!

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  6. Thank goodness it isn't only me that forgets running taps. Mine was also a kitchen flood, with water filling all the sink and the sink drawers (four), even rotting the base of them.... cheap rubbish installed by previous owners which we hadn't got round to replacing. Mats were dripping, slippers soaked, and my brain in a flood of its own. Yes I had forgotten the tap was turned on!!! I am still living it down but honestly where do you start at times like this?

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  7. Ah, the queen of multitasking. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  8. Oh goodness me Denise, what an experience with the water! So very easily done though.
    Love your meditation pic - peace and calm :D)

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  9. Wow how lucky the phone rang, it would have been an even bigger disaster otherwise. Hope all the drying and clearing up goes well Diane

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  10. Good Morning, Denise.. I love your photo/painting.. It is beautiful. Sorry about the flood..thankfully your Gregg called...We have had the washer flood a few times..It is messy to clean up! Have a happy weekend!

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  11. oh no! so glad he called when he did...so ironic you were watching a home fix it show! now i'm sure you can laugh about it, i hope! your son is so thoughtful! thanks for linking and have a great weekend, love the "painting"!

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  12. It comes to us all eventually Denise.{:))

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  13. oh, that could have been very bad. i'm sure it was plenty bad enough! :)

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  14. Ah. oh dear. Something I'm always very paranoid about doing, flooding the bathroom!

    For some reason you have triggered my memory of seeing my mother endlessly watching "This Ole House with Steve and Norm" on Discover H and L. Always laughed that plumbers became "Water Consulatants" and electricians "Power Systems Operatives" and similar!

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  15. this is to funny, i had a post on auto today about this same thing, water running in the dog bowl in the sink, i pulled it and it will run later. we have both at separate times left the water running but not over and onto anything, no damage. with the TV on we can't hear the water... glad you had fun with your son and i love your painting. so glad G called before major damage was done.

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  16. Denise, don't you wonder how your mind can be so distracted? Hope it all works out okay. We had friends whose washer broke and sent water all over the house....on wood floors! Insurance came through, but they had a lot of work to do, and of course the deductible.

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  17. and water gets everywhere......nice your son popped by for a visit, just because.

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  18. A phone call averts what could have been much worse! Beautiful work on the shot.

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  19. Oh my word. What a disaster. Boyfriend left the sink water running the other day. He could hear it but thought it was the dishwasher, which was also running. Luckily, the drain stopper was out so no disaster, but oh, the bill when it comes in!!

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  20. Oh my, that was just horrible. Glad your entire house wasn't flooded.

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  21. Leaving the tap running? Been there done that and have the ruined ceiling to prove it. I will never say never again....


    Sons are great. Meditation is good, if I could just cross my legs like that. Working on it. Namaste!

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  22. Oh, Denise...I have come so close to doing this #4. Not fun at all. The thing is, time seems to fly by now, and even though I remember I have something on the stove, what seems like a minute is in fact 3 or 4 minutes. I have burned more stuff in the past couple years than probably all my other married life combined.

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  23. Oh my! So many good things in your week, and thank goodness the water debacle wasn't worse! I love the spring flowers and your Header!

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  24. Oh no! Glad you had such a great week (and Gregg did too) but heck what a way for it to wrap up!! I am so sorry this happened but glad there wasn't any more damage. I keep walking away from stuff I put in the oven, like cheese toast and bacon (yes, I cook my bacon in the oven....SOOO much easier!)that doesn't have a specific time I could set the timer for...and then I end up burning the stuff, mostly because I am on the computer! :-) I am trying not to do that. Hope things go well this week! :-)

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  25. I'm so glad it wasn't worse Denise, water is a terrible thing when it's in the wrong place!

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