Susan's Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

The other day I promised someone that I would post something…anything…really soon.   Of course, I had every intention of typing something up immediately after I made that promise, only I had forgotten about my dentist appointment.  (Merely the fourth one in the last couple of weeks).  As I grabbed my keys and headed out the door I promised myself that I would write a post just as soon as I was done in the torture  chamber.  Only, it took a bit longer to get home than I had planned on. 

While I was laying in the chair trying to find my Happy Place, my mind drifted off to some errands that I also needed to take care of.  It made no sense at all to return home, so I quickly darted off to the library to pick up my books that were on hold so that I would have them for my class the next  day, then headed off for my third trip to the fabric store.  I’d been working on a dress for KT to wear to the Homecoming Dance.  She was being a bit particular (I think it had something to do with wanting to knock her new boyfriend’s socks off) and I kept altering it in order to make it perfect for her.  (I had my own personal experiment going to see how many times a piece of crepe backed satin could handle being ripped out and re-sewn.  I lost count at around 87 times…pretty tough stuff!)

I finally arrived back home (traffic was really bad…I hadn’t realized that they were still doing road construction) just in time to make a light meal for Mimi who was ill and had stayed home from school.   As I was washing up, it dawned on me that the water wasn’t getting hot at all.  I figured that a cat must have knocked the setting on the water heater, so I went to investigate.  

To my horror, I found a huge puddle of water barely contained by the four inch tall protective barrier surrounding our water heater.   I grabbed a fish siphon thingy that just happened to be in the laundry room.  (Nope, I have no idea why it was there…we haven’t even had fish in about a year) and attempted to use it to empty out the water.  All I can say at this point is that I have no idea how to use a siphon and that rusty heater water does not taste good.  I finished my task using a plastic cup and old rags.

Just as I sat down to look up what you are supposed to do when your water heater goes crazy (and of course write that blog entry) the doorbell rang.  It was my neighbor Tim.  I had asked his wife earlier if they happened to have a chainsaw that I could borrow.  Our next door neighbor’s tree had fallen over and was mostly in our back yard and needed to be dealt with.  In her straight-forward way, she just asked her husband to take care of it for me. (Personally, I think she was just worried that I would sever an arm and thus be unable to feed her dogs for her this weekend)

When Tim was done, I asked him if he knew anything about water heaters.  When he said “a little”, I had him inside examining my broken one faster than he could blink.   He knows nothing. 

He did, however, tell me not to relight the pilot light without contacting the utility company. They told me not to light it until they could get someone out there the next day between 8:00 am and midnight.  Um…

Wearily I climbed upstairs, intent on blogging something.  I started forming words in my head, then found myself abruptly falling down the stairs.  I had tripped over Mimi’s crutches that she had been using to help keep the weight off of her broken ankle

I told my family they were on their own for dinner then crawled into bed and hid under the covers.  It’s been a few days now…I’m only hoping it’s truly safe for me to come out.  If not, well…guess where you can find me…


Just for fun, I decided to change the color of some of the things I’ve been meaning to blog about.  It really has been a busy time lately and you’ve been missing out on it. Sorry! I may or may not go back and write about them….but at least you know of the existence of some of them!

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24 Responses to Susan's Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

  1. Peggy says:

    When you get the water heater fixed, Mimi’s ankle heals, the road works are completed and you’ve paid the dentist bill this will all be something you can look back on and say “thank God that’s over”!

    I hate when it piles up like that and feels overwhelming. Because you’re strong you’ll survive this with a little bit of humour and the support of your friends (even ones you’ve never met).

    Hang in there darlin’!


  2. Hilary says:

    Poor you! I hope that things start to settle for you soon.

  3. Amanda D says:

    I think you are very wise to hide in bed for a couple of days. I hope you had a bar of chocolate and a good book to take with you! I hope you have hot water now, too.

  4. Susan says:

    Peggy~Thanks for the support. Now I’m just sitting here waiting to see what comes next!

    Hilary~I think maybe they have (crossing my fingers!)

    Amanda~ Chocolate! Now why didn’t I think of that? Although, much to my delight I’ve managed to lose 11 pounds. I’m going to credit my week and a half of constant pain on that one though… πŸ˜€

  5. Kristi says:

    I guess my day hasn’t been that bad after all. Good for me but still bad for you. I hope you didn’t hurt yourself too bad falling down the stairs!! Yikes!

  6. Karen says:

    Sounds like you need a vacation — or a new water heater…

  7. Becky says:

    My days seem to run that way when they start off badly. Here’s hoping that yours turns around, my friend. Sounds just terrible.

  8. Pam says:

    Wow! Hope things start to look up soon!

  9. Susan says:

    Kristi~Nah, I’m fine…although I *do* have a bruise on my shin that I have no idea where it came from…

    Karen~Got the water heater now…and it’s so fancy (and spendy!)

    Becky~I figure I got all the bad stuff out of the way for the rest of the year…just in time for the holidays!

    Pam~No way to go but up!

  10. I hate it when things pile up like that. I hope it gets better soon.

  11. Patsy says:

    Hiding in bed, again. How many times do I have to tell you, to get up and meet your day, put a smile on your face and double up your fist and go for it! And maybe soon you will realize that you need bigger as in wider tops to your steps, so get out your car keys, get the wood, hammer and nails and go for it, so I do not have to hear that you have fallen down those xoxoxo stairs again. I sure hope that only your dignity got hurt. Love ya. mom

  12. kcinnova says:

    Oh, my…well, tripping UP the stairs is preferred to tripping DOWN the stairs!! I speak from experience…
    You can find close-ups of the plates in a mid- to late-July post (bowls, too!).
    I groaned & laughed about the water heater escapade, because we had a flood from ours just a few months ago. It was one of those “never rains but it pours” weeks. The good news is, those weeks eventually END and blue sky and sunshine will abound again soon (even in Seattle!!) πŸ˜‰

  13. Lisa's Chaos says:

    That sounds like a horrible day! The icing on the cake was tripping over crutches! Did you relight your pilot or are you showering in chilly water? Or maybe you haven’t showered but are staying hidden under covers?

  14. i think your day ended on the very best note possible! (did you have some chocolate on hand??)

  15. lynne says:

    well I guess I’m chiming in a little late and can only really add my “gee, you had a horrendous day indeed” like everyone else. πŸ˜‰

    you did say you fell over something (crutches?) on the stairs, so no doubt your bruise you don’t-know-where-it-came-from is a result of that little accident.

    hope things have turned around for you now!

  16. Things do seem to pile on all at once, don’t they? I hope the hiding under the covers worked.

  17. meredith says:

    You poor woman! You have indeed written the adult’s version of the children’s classic. At least you arn’t readyt to move to Australia!

  18. mama waples says:

    i loved reading that book to my kids when they were little. it sounds as if you could write the adult version.

  19. Susan says:

    Ruth~It’s already looking better!

    Mom~You want me to build steps???

    kcinnova~Ummm…but not for months in Seattle! lol

    Lisa~we had no hot water for two days. We got just a little ripe….

    qualcosa~Sadly, no. I’m trying to keep it out of the house.

    Lynne~I’m actually thinking my bruise if from the dishwasher door. You’ld think I would learn, but I’m always walking into it when it’s being loaded.

    Jenn~Yeah, because it always does….:D

    Meridith~that’s only because I couldn’t get a flight!

    Mama~ I’ve always loved that book. Alexander is my buddy!

  20. I say that any day that has the DENTIST in it is already bad enough! But when that day also contains personal injury, 87 rip-outs of seams, traffic, and a flood–I’d say you’ve earned the right to stay in bed for a week, with no cooking needing to be done! People should wait on you hand and foot. I have a friend who calls this stuff “O.L.” for Ordinary Life–and she claims it always comes in clumps this way. There’s Health O.L. and Dentist O.L. and Car O.L., and of course, Water Heater O.L. Sounds like you got all your O.L. over with in one fell swoop. Glad things are looking up now! (And you really do write about it with such humor and grace!) Thank you!–And also thank you for coming over to visit my blog!

  21. Joy T. says:

    Good grief what a time of it!! I had to deal with the hot water heater one time. I called around and the only person I could get…to come out to the country here…couldn’t come for about 5 days. However, the one company I called said they could install a new heater the next day. Hubby was none too happy but did admit the water heater was old and probably was on it’s last legs. He didn’t say one word about the price I paid because he was supposed to look at the water heater before he left because it was making noises….and never did. I hope things are getting better. Too many days like this and we might lose you altogether.

  22. Ann says:

    Dontcha just love those days???? ug. I would have done the same thing. Sometimes to bed early and pulling those covers over your head are just what we need!!!

  23. Peace says:

    I think something was in the air last week, my week was rotten as well, even got into a wreck….I’ve never been in a wreck.

    Hope all is better this week!