Thursday, February 12, 2009

Perhaps I should be building an ark

I've decided that I need to update more often, even if I'm not actually doing new things. (Sorry, I blame work.) Let me tell you about my day - or at least the portion that happened before my alarm went off.

I don't believe I've ever talked about this, but I have no problems washing dishes. I don't dry them - I stack them in the drainboard, and they stay there until a) I have to kill some time in the kitchen, or b) I need to use them again.

So it's winter, and naturally there is snow outside. We didn't get our usual January thaw, but yesterday it started raining.

This morning at 4 a.m. (exactly) I heard rattling in the drainboard. I was very puzzled. And sleepy, let's not forget that.

I got up, and asked my sister what on earth she was doing. She told me that the basement was leaking.

I went downstairs. There was water on the floor - not over the whole basement, but enough to get my feet wet as I walked around.

I helped Wanda get all of her stuff off the floor. (One would think that perhaps that the floor wouldn't be the best place to store stuff, but apparently Wanda disagrees.) While she finished up, I went upstairs and made up another bed for her.

I don't know what happened exactly. My theory is that the rain plus the melting snow caused water to leak in the windows. It rained all day today, and everything is dry now.

I still don't know how rattling dishes was supposed to help.


  1. We've lived in our house for 16 years. It was dry for 12 of them.

    Four years ago, one month before we were scheduled to host my SILs wedding reception, the basement started leaking along one wall. We had drain tiles and a sump pump installed on the wet area, and it's been good since then.

  2. I love doing the dishes. I didn't do the dishes under I was like, 24 years old...but these days few things make me as happy and content as all the dishes done.

  3. Kathy, I'm sure it's fixable - one of the things the house inspector pointed out was that the window wells weren't done properly, so that will definitely be the first thing. (That was 9 years ago, and it's been fine so far.)

    Sydney, there is something very satisfying about doing dishes. I completely understand. It's the putting away part I don't like. :)

  4. I cannot stand doing the dishes. I was so glad when we moved into an apartment with a dishwasher!