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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

About 2:00 a.m. this morning, my son came in my room and woke me up saying he didn't want to go to camp today. Where that came from, I'll never know, but I told him he was going to camp in the morning and rolled over and somehow fell asleep again. At 5:00 a.m., I woke up to find that I had about an inch of my king size bed to sleep on and my son was fast asleep next to me hogging up the bed, kneeing me in his sleep, etc. I layed there staring at the ceiling not being able to get back to sleep. At 6:00 a.m., I decided to make some coffee and lay down on the sofa and watch TV until I had to get in the shower at 7:00 a.m.

I let the cats out and made cofffee and minutes later a deluge of rain fell in sheets outside. I got the soaked cats in (all 3 of them!) and dried them down and fed them. Then I remembered that I never put the chicken we got at the market 2 days ago in the freezer. So I freezer wrapped them and brought them down the basement. I looked down at the carpet in front of the freezer door and noticed it looked a bit darker than the rest of the carpet. I felt it and it was wet.

I went to the unfinished side of the basement & saw a puddle of water just sitting in the middle fo the floor. I have no idea where it came from. The ceiling was dry, the walls were dry & yet this huge puddle of water was there. I had a flood in the basement last year that leaked into the finished side and ruined the carpet and as a disaster preventative measure, since that time I always leave the dirty towels on the floor instead of in the hamper so they can soak up water if this happened again. Well, this must have been a HUGE leak (the source of which is still a mystery to me) because all of the towels were so soaked that the water still edged itself into the finished side of the basement.

Wait, I'm not done, it gets better (worse?).

So I started a hot wash with bleach & dumped 1/2 of the towels in. In the mean time, I got some clean dry towels and tried my best to dry up the relatively small section of carpet on the finished side of the basement. Now get this....I was in the basement, with the washer going loudly into a spin cycle and thru all of this I heard a loud & constant banging on my front door upstairs at the front of the house!

I went running upstairs and the pounding was really loud & urgent. I peaked out the window & there were 2 police officers there pounding on my door, one of them had his hand on his holster at the ready!! I opened the door and peeked my head out & they asked me if someone in the house called 911. I said no & opened the door wide open so they could see in. I asked if they'd like to come in out of the rain & they asked "Are you sure nobody called? Do you have any kids?" I told them my son was 12 and they asked if he was playing on the phone & called them. I told him that Marty was sound asleep & again invited them in to check.

I told them I had a flood down the basement & was cleaning it up when they "knocked" on the door. At this point they relaxed completely & said "Oh, that explains it, sometimes a flood will set the phone wires screwy & a 911 call goes out." and they turned and left!

Really? I have an VOIP phone system (runs over the cable system) not a regular wired phone. I called out to them and said "Wait a minute....This is "Main" DRIVE, there is a Main ROAD also in the same town & I get their visitors all the time. Perhaps it is that house?" and they said "No, this GPS system exactly pinpoints the phone & house that dialed into the 911 system and it's your address." and they drove off.

I was left scratching my head in confusion. Then I looked at the clock and it was 8:05. Five minutes after I usually am in the car driving my son to camp. I hadn't even showered yet, was still in p.j.'s and no makeup or hair done. So I told my son he got his wish, no camp today. I looked for my iPod so I can do my indoor walk at work during lunchtime and it was missing from my bureau. Went in the kitchen and found a huge earwig running on my counter (UGH!!) and decided to get showered, get dressed and get the heck out of Dodge today!!!

But you know what? Despite all of this craziness, I didn't turn to food. My nerves were shot, I was in a rush, stressed, I was all harried up, and I didn't turn to food. The realization of that "accomplishment" turned an ugly morning into a proud event. I didn't turn to food!! Food would not have changed the flooded basement, the cops at my door, my son disturbing my sleep, in fact it would have added to the stress of the day with guilt and regret.

So, all in all, I guess it wasn't such a bad morning after all!!! hahahahahaha

And how was YOUR day????

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    I loved it Lizz. Reading this blog was like watching an episode of a TV show. Only no commercials. And you were the hero! Good job juggling all of that and not turning to food! Atta girl! I'm proud of you!

    2896 days ago
    WOW! Sounds like you handled all the different situations in a very calm and professional manner!

    Cops at the door, that would have scared the crap out of me!

    Hope you find out where the water is coming from.
    2897 days ago
    What a day indeed. I hate to share this notion but, I know my son had this problem with floowing and actually, the water table in the area he lives has risen to the point that the water is coming up thru the cement floor. I kid you not. They had to put in some sort of drainage system to deter it from seeping UP into the basement. Hope this isn't the case but it might shed some light on the mystery of where the water is coming from.

    Congrats no not letting this send you to the food pantry to console yourself. You did well and have much to be proud of!!!
    2897 days ago
    Wow girl, when it rains it pours! Literally for you!!! Sorry you had such a bad start to the day, but WOW, what an accomplishment to find the good and realize that food was not the answer! You completely rock...earwig and all! emoticon emoticon
    2897 days ago
    Good for you!!! I think I would have asked the cops to take me with them!!!
    2897 days ago
    Geez, Loise. What a morning!! Congrats on not turning to food and you're right, it would have just added to the stress. Besides, you were too busy to eat!! LOL
    2897 days ago
    You win! My day was totally uneventful compared to that! Keep up the good work and hope you day chills out a bit! :0)

    2897 days ago
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