Tuesday, December 06, 2016
As you can see Miss Karma is still quite relaxed.
Ears and tummy still looking good...thank goodness!
The big event Friday (right after we chatted last) was waking up to a soaked carpet in my bedroom! Wet inside the closet all the way over to my bed! What a shock!!
I had to quickly pull out the awkward, huge paper boxes from under my bed...and almost cried with relief that the water had not gotten to them. Pulled out everything from my closet floor...which had gotten wet. Kept calling every 15-20 minutes trying to catch Nazar in his office. (Yes, the maintenance man called him Nazar--so I have learned the wrong name and so, apparently, have others here.) No answer--didn't leave a message. I had to jump in the shower because Caroline was doing my monthly grocery shopping for me that day. And she calls several times while she's there with questions for me...which she did. (I told her wait till she saw what was going on in my apartment and asked her if she could help move some things.)
As soon as she was heading for the checkout I called AGAIN and left a message that time about the water--and that I was worried about the lady next door to me, too.
Caroline arrived and I showed her the little lake in my bedroom. She felt under the dresser (dry--so not from next door?) but said the closet floor was soaked in the back but not the front. There was obviously a dip in the cement floor where it was pooling. But where was it coming from?!
Why didn't I walk over to the next building to find Nazar, The Lazy? Truth. Stress and IBS become instant friends. I didn't feel safe to walk that far. Caroline knows my issues. I told her about calling and said I could just picture him in my mind sitting right there at his desk and not answering the phone or picking up when someone is leaving a message. For some reason I thought he was right there in his office.
Caroline went down there...and, yes, he was just sitting there. Caroline told him of her client's mystery water and he said that he'd put in a call to maintenance and they wouldn't be here till the afternoon. She said--"well, a call back would have been nice"--and walked out. She came back and told me--yes, he had gotten the message and was just calm and uninterested in the whole thing. Typical of him.
Note: Nazar could have been sitting there at his desk next to the phone...not picking up...never returning calls. When I was finally able to walk down late that afternoon to pay my rent he was sitting calmly at his desk writing and there were two lights blinking on his phone. While I was there the phone started to ring--he pressed a button and ignored it.
Anyways...the maintenance man knew right away what it was. The beginning of the week the same thing happened to a lady on second floor in my building. It was the person who lived below her that called about a leaking ceiling! When they installed the washer somebody hand-tightened the gasket/bolt or whatever it is on the hose that goes to the washing machine instead of using a wrench. Over time it had loosened up...and started to drip. Rapidly.
It was one of the hoses on the left hand side.
This one on the right was dripping like crazy. He tightened it up and later cut part of the sheetrock away to get some air in there to dry the walls out.
The wall next to the washer there on the left is the back wall of my bedroom closet.
So it went down the wall in the bathroom and seeped into my closet and across the carpeting. But there was no water on the floor of the bathroom. Weird.
Anyways, the maintenance guy brought in this huge wet vac and vacuumed up water for a long time. Did his thing to the wall behind the washer and then went back and vacuumed for a long time again.
I have been running a floor fan in the bedroom ever since. Plan to leave things alone for a good month.
I don't want mold!
Caroline stacked the heavy paper boxes on top of my tall dresser for me.
They are filled with all my large paper. The good stuff! Watercolor, mixed media, drawing, calligrpahy, and large printed paper that I use for wall art, bookbinding, and journal making. I can't tell you how relieved I was that my floor is uneven in the bedroom--LOL! I had been up at 4am and it was dry there. By 9 am it splashed when I stepped on the carpet.
My table leaves lie flat on the bedroom closet floor and were wet. I just stuck them in the hallway temporarily...laid them flat after the maintenance man left...and then smashed into the metal sticking out of the side with a toe. Of course. It's all black and blue. Limping a bit.
So I moved them to behind the chairs in the living room.
When Leah came for crafts last night she moved them under the bed for me since that had been dry.
Whew! It was exhausting and my back has been loudly complaining ever since. Quieter each day, but has never shut up about lifting all the heavy stuff--LOL!
Meanwhile, the snow had pretty much melted again--but it has been really cold out. I told you the sparrows have flocked together.
They come in bigger groups than I have seen all summer.
This month I ordered toys for Ian for Christmas!
Leah buys Ian Green Toys (recycled).
Ian has always loved vehicles of all kinds--but especially trucks, of course. Now he will have some new ones...and even one for the bathtub!
Last night Leah brought the remote thingies for the lights. These aren't actually extension cords so we still need one for the living room--LOL! But then they will be done and installed. With this little remote I can turn up to three things on and off (I have an extra one--got the set of three). And with the bottom buttons I can do all at once!
This is like The Jetsons!
I can sit at the kitchen table and turn both the lights on or off at once! The patio door lights...
...and the new lights around the studio window--tada!
I absolutely love my remote!!! :) :)
I did finish McFamily's tree skirt. Didn't get done until 6:30pm last night...but Leah got to take it home with her. :)
I forgot to get a picture. Leah sent me a picture on the cell phone and I listened to all her instructions on how to get it to OneDrive. Sure, I apparently got them there..but I can't open them. I just spent half an hour trying to figure this out--no picture for you--but many blank, unopenable ones are now in my computer. Sorry. Technology makes me feel SO stupid sometimes. I refilled paper in the new printer today and can't get it back together. Spent a good 20 minutes on that, too...it sits in pieces...can't use it. Not my day, I guess.
We're having a bit of snow today.
The sparrows are grateful for the feeder whenever the wind dies down a little (which hasn't been often) they come to grab something to eat. The wind is gradually blowing seed down into the snow and they come poking about in the snow for morsels. The grouse know how to dig with their feet, so I know they will get some. Makes me happy to be helping.
At least I can do something right--LOL!
Anyways, that's the latest from a frozen, white, windy Fargo today.
"All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well...for there is a Force of love moving through the universe that holds us fast and will never let us go."
Julian of Norwich