Late Night Flood

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 052023

A couple of nights ago Terry and I were awakened about 3 AM by a strange sound that was somewhere between a hissing and liquid. Our first thought was what had our dog gotten into. But Alli is not the kind of dog to get into mischief or tear up the garbage or things like that. Besides, she was sleeping on her doggy bed on the floor right next to our bed.

Getting up to investigate, I realized the sound was coming from our bathroom, and when I went in, my feet got wet. Really wet. Turning on the light, the area around our toilet was saturated. I quickly turned off the water valve leading to the toilet and then we started looking for where the water was coming from. It didn’t take long to figure that out. The plastic fitting on the water line that goes to the bottom of the toilet tank had broken, emptying both the water in the tank itself and spewing out more water from the supply line.

The shut-off valve seemed to not close all the way, still allowing a trickle of water through. Terry has some big clamps that she uses in her weaving, so we kinked the water line and put a clamp on it, then began the cleanup. The toilet sits in a little alcove in the bathroom, and the water was at least a half-inch deep there. The rug in the alcove and also the one in the main part of the bathroom were both soaked, so we threw them in the bathtub and then started drying things out.

It was not the best way to spend a night, if you ask me. But it could have been worse. We know many people who use white noise machines or something like that to mask outside sounds when they sleep, and if we had had one of those on, or worse yet, been out of town, it could have been a total disaster.

The next day we went to Lowe’s and picked up a replacement stainless steel braided hose. You all know that Terry is the handyman in our house and I’m just the eye candy. Back at home she replaced the leaking hose with the new one, and while she was at it, she also used a rebuild kit for the tank mechanism that we had picked up at Lowe’s to do that, too.

By then she was on a roll, so she also installed a bidet fixture and a new seat on the toilet. We had the bidets at our house in Florida, and though I was skeptical at first, I came to appreciate just how great they really are.

But Terry wasn’t done yet. She had also bought a shut-off valve for the shower, and a metal collar that goes on the wall where the shower pipe comes out, since we were missing one. There’s nothing that girl can’t do.

And to prove it, once all of that was done, she made two delicious pizzas from scratch for dinner, one with just pepperoni for me and one loaded with veggies and pepperoni for herself. I sure hit the jackpot when I found her, didn’t I?

Congratulations Michael Dancer, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of The Last Call, the first book in my dear friend George Wier’s Bill Travis mystery series.  We lost Bill a while back, but his amazing talent lives on through his great stories. I only have a few of his audiobook codes left, and once they are gone there won’t be any more.

We had 31 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books and audiobooks to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. This sounds like a kinky place to me. Does anyone have the address?

Thought For The Day Sometimes I like to flirt just to see if I’ve still got it. I don’t.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  2 Responses to “Late Night Flood”

  1. Been there, done that! For a month or so I kept accusing my poor husband of missing the toilet and peeing on the bathroom floor because I would go in and the floor would be wet. Not soaked, just wet around the back and side of the toilet. He kept protesting his innocence, but what else could it be? Then he was away on an overnight trip and guess what, the floor was wet! I just couldn’t figure it out. The next day when I came home from work the bathroom floor was flooded and the bedroom carpet soaked. It was the same thing, but I didn’t get to it in time like you and Terri did. Unlike your Miss Terri, I am a dunce when it comes to things like that. My brother lives three doors down and I called him in a panic and he came over and shut off the water. It was the same fitting that had broken and he replaced it, then we spent hours mopping up and drying out the carpet in the bedroom. He said he suspected the break started as a hairline crake that let water seep through and cause the wet floor I blamed on my hubby until it finally let go all the way. I did a lot of apologizing to him over that one!

  2. I keep forgetting to recommend to you a tv series from Austria about a detective force that uses the help of a German Shepherd. Inspector Rex. You stream it through MHZChoice, which offers many European series and films. Subtitles really easy to read. Very cheap and they have a free period for checking it out. Inspector Red is a great series with many seasons.

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