Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year?

We were out at friends until just after midnight, so I didn't crawl out of bed until almost 8 am.  I had a lot to accomplish today since Elder Son announced that he and some friends were going to go skiing Wed and Thursday at a mountain about an hour north of us.  He wanted to bring his friends home Wed. night to sleep so they didn't have to spend money on hotel rooms.  Being an accommodating mom, I said of course they could come.  I then realized that meant I had to change the sheets in the bedrooms since Elder Son hadn't stripped his bed when he left after Christmas.  And of course, the upstairs bathroom needed a good cleaning and I needed to get some vacuuming done.  So I started in on my chores about 9 am after a couple of cups of coffee.  Stripped the beds, got 2 loads of laundry done, and got the living room dusted and vacuumed.  My husband went out to do a few errands and chores, and I headed up to the bathroom.  That's when the day started going downhill!  As I was scrubbing the toilet bowl, I heard something drop, and next thing I knew the water tank leaned forward and water started leaking out of both sides of the tank!  I grabbed the wastebasket to try to catch the water, and realized I needed at least 2 more pairs of hands.  The tank was threatening to fall, water was pouring out of the tank, and I couldn't reach the valve shut off.  To make a long story short, the water tank eventually drained, I managed to contain about 1/3 of the water into a wastebasket, and the rest of the water . . .. leaked through the ceiling into the family room below, soaking a chair.  However, it narrowly missed a bag of yarn, so I took some joy in that!    So now we have a broken toilet in the upstairs bathroom.  That means that until the plumber can fix our problem, I'll be trekking downstairs at 2 am for my usual bathroom sleep interruption!  And of course, tomorrow is the first day back to school!    I emailed my son to let him know that he and his guests will be sharing the downstairs bathroom with us.

But wait!  That's not all.  I had decided to wash my shower curtain, and I carefully double checked the washing instructions.  When I took the curtain out of the washer, the fabric backing had shredded!  I can still use it; because it's a fabric curtain, I do have a vinyl lining under it, but it doesn't hang right.  I'm really annoyed with that because it took me a long time to find a curtain that worked with my color scheme and my taste.   I will have to buy another curtain, but since we'll be moving later this year, I really don't need the expense! Our new bathrooms will not need shower curtains!  Oh well.

I'm not a good housekeeper.  I hate cleaning, and my standards are not high.  But occasionally, (like when there will be guests), I do get motivated.  And I WAS motivated today.  But somehow I feel I got the message that I should have left well enough alone!


Panhandle Jane said...

Oh, my! I know exactly what you mean about the curtain. We went without a microwave for 2 months because I knew one was coming with the new house.

I hope the rest of the new year is much, much better for you.

Amy+ said...