Tuesday, December 16, 2003

I think we may be... waterfront!

The weather was so warm here in Jersey today that it melted all of the snow. Which then flooded my basement.  There is also a rather large brook across the street from us in the park. It's not close enough for us to hear it babbling, but it's apparently close enough for us to wade in it from time to time.  Without even leaving the house.  Ray was already at work when I discovered the flood.  Oh lucky him.  My son was busy building the porch and I wanted him to take advantage of the nice weather.  I guess it could have been worse.  Luckily, the many cardboard boxes that I had recently placed down there soaked up a lot of it.  All I had to do was empty them all out, dry off my stuff, transfer that stuff to new, dry boxes and then move the boxes to a higher and drier location.  Not everything was water damaged or ruined.  I can't tell you the relief I felt when I found that most of Ray's stuff was still dry.  His old bowling ball (he hasn't bowled in 10 years), his brand new, unused Marlboro sleeping bag (he has NEVER been camping), a plastic container with 3 old, stiff paint brushes stuck to the sides, one old boot from his last motorcycle accident, assorted automobile parts, and the poster sized wedding portrait of him and his ex-wife.  Oh how would I have told him if these items had been destroyed forever?  There was too much water to just mop it up so I had to run to Home Depot to but a wet/dry vac to suck it up.  I wasn't planning on this little expense.  Oh well.  To think I was wondering what I could get Ray for Christmas as a suprise.  It's a little early, but I'm sure he's gonna love it.  I bet he won't even mind that I had to open and use it before him either.  I had to hurry because I also had to get ready to go to work.  The walls keep leaking.  They are just oozing water.  It was pretty dark down there, but I could tell that it had leaked before.  There was an unmistakable smell of mildew.  I think there was black mold growing on the walls in some areas.  Probably toxic mold.  Fatal no doubt.  If I die before that porch is finished... Ray better bury me on the lawn NEXT to the porch.  And he better NOT ask Todd for a permit from the Zoning Department before he does it...

5 comments:

jjfgiuffre said...

You are welcome.. Happy Holidays. John G.

somenuttychic said...

What a mess! Smart thinking getting a wet/dry vac though. On the one hand, I'm sorry to hear about your ordeal, but on the other hand, it's a well written tale (as always).

karynetaylor said...

tell me the "the poster sized wedding portrait of him and his ex-wife" was completely ruined, soaking wet and falling apart and just HAD to be thrown out and then I'll say it was all worthwhile!

oooh I'm having BAD FEELINGS about Ex'es today, does it show??

~ Karyn

lotzamoe said...

Time for a sump pump or Todd held upside down by his ankles making a fish lipped sucking sound. The wet/dry vac is good but only if it's your neighbor's. Never use your own for dirty work.

onmiownnow2 said...

We already have a sump pump but it's located in the corner of the basement which is actually another room now. The water has to travel a long way before it reaches the sump pump. I DO like the idea of using Todd though... especially the fish lips sucking sounds! LOL! Lisa AKA: The Occupant