Water, water everywhere

It’s been quite a weekend, as well as Monday and Tuesday. Got up early Saturday and spent four hours in the garden, well it’s not really a garden, but I call it my kitchen garden. I live in a three story condo with only a small patio, so my ‘garden’ is entirely in containers. I have a ficus tree, a meyer lemon tree and a jade tree. Mostly, though, I have herbs like basil, parsley, cilantro, chives, lemon balm, sage, spearmint and common mint. I cleaned up the fountain and got the pump working. Lemon Tree2

After I finished all of that, I sat down in the new chair and had a cup of coffee. Then I took a shower and went to breakfast with a friend staying with me from Kitchen GardenNorth Carolina. We ran a few errands and returned home, intending to spend the afternoon relaxing and watching movies, planning a bbq dinner on the newly cleaned up patio.




They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions and the last few days proved it. As I carried groceries up the stairs from the ground floor garage, it felt like it was raining. I saw water dripping from the fire sprinkler and stairwell light fixture. I was sure the pipes to the sprinkler Bare Stairssystem had broken and rushed up the stairs. The carpet on the top eight steps was saturated with water, as was the carpet at the top of the stairs in the living room. Following the wet floor and walls we discovered the toilet tank in the guest room had broken somehow and with no water in it, the pipes just kept pouring water on to the floor. We rushed to turn it off, but the damage was done

Heaters and filters all over the house, are drying things out and Monday they removed sections of walls and ceilings to dry the interior spaces. I am told that it will take five to seven days for that. Then the restoration has to be done. Guest roomThe entire floor and cabinet in the bathroom and three inches up the wall will be torn out and replaced (the toilet already has been), half the ceiling in the living room as well as the entire wall of the stairwell will be torn out and replaced. The water made it all the way down the three stories into the garage so part of the wall and ceiling there will need to come out and be replaced as well. TheDSCN1431 upside is that the carpet (all of it) will be replaced and new paint will be done throughout. Unfortunately, that will take three to four weeks on top of the week for the dry out.

In the meantime I have been removed to a local Residence hotel so I can have a kitchen and Rambi (my cat), alas, Rambi has vanished amid the chaos of the tearout and dryout at the condo. I return twice daily in the hopes of finding him snoozing in a patio chair. To no avail so far, but he is eating the food I leave (at least I hope he’s the one eating it). Sigh!


Ah, well, life goes on. I will soon be starting a new free piece of fiction written by my late husband. It is called Dixieland and is a novel based on the events of April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. It may take a bit longer than I’d like but it will be here and please come by and read it, you won’t be disappointed.


"Clever, charming and affectionate"

“Clever, charming and affectionate”



Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen is still available in all formats (including trade paperback)

9 thoughts on “Water, water everywhere

  1. Sheila L. M. says:

    Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your flooding. We had flooding due to a hurricane about 30 years ago and due to the loss of electricity when water came into our basement the sump pump didn’t run so our newly finished basement with wooden paneling was soaked. Our son’s basement was flooded this past weekend and my uncle who lives in Pensacola tells us they got over 27″ of rain and many roads totally washed away with the rain they got in 1 day there. Sister & Brother in law lost all their photo albums and Christmas decorations (many hand made) from flooding 3 years ago – their totally finished basement was completely destroyed and everything had to be replaced. So good luck. Hope your cat shows up. Will look to read your posting of husband’s book.

  2. Carole in Canada says:

    Oh Sally, I too am sorry to hear you are dealing with such a mess. We have had opposite issues, with the well and pump breaking down and therefore no water. I do hope your cat shows up soon. We babysat our daughter’s cat for two weeks about a year ago. He disappeared and we thought a fox or coyote got him. One week later it’s meowing at our front door. Evidently, he goes on a walk-about to check out the new area when he is in a new place. We were just happy to see him!

    • Thanks for your thoughts. Once when I moved Rambi ran off, he appeared six weeks later when I was visiting a friend in the old neighborhood. So I have faith he will come back.

  3. Deborah says:

    I am so sorry about the flooding and ensuing mess ad will as displacement. We have had the pipes yo the shower leak inside the walls into the dining room, toilet tank keep running and flood into the living room as well ad the sump pump fail and all in the basement destroyed including all yhr paperwork we saved from our wedding….menu, flyer from the hotel, notes made about the ceremony, etc. At least the pics weren’t there.

    by far yhr most upsetting is Ramble. I truly hope he’s the one eating the food and is only hiding because of the commotion. My thoughts are with you & Ramble. I know how much our pets mean to us. They ate not our pets….they’re our companions and family.

  4. Anji says:

    So sorry to hear about your disaster, Sally. Never had a major problem like that (apart from the odd washing machine leak) so I can’t even begin to know what you’re going through. So, sending you lots of hugs and hope you’ll be back home reasonably soon. Fingers crossed Rambi is OK.

  5. Cecilia Hook says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your disaster, we had one about 3 years ago and the ceiling came down in the dining room and toliets had to be replaced. Insurance covered all so that was a good thing. Darn carpet did not get wet though wish it had for it needs to be replaced. But everything was painted on the first floor with exception of the kitchen. Thinking of you and hope when all is done you will be very happy. Take care and let me know how everything is going. Hope Rambi turns up soon. Regards, Cecilia

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