Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

I’m thankful that I did not cause any long term damage when I flooded the bathroom in my in-law’s house this weekend! In a scene straight out of ‘Meet The Parents’, after taking a shower in the second floor bathroom, I somehow managed to create a new waterfall in the center of the entry way on the first floor of their home.


So there I was spending the weekend with Ms. J at the in-laws, following Mr. C closely to make sure he did not knock anything over, or cause any damage. No wine glasses were knocked over on the carpet. No Thanksgiving turkey or cranberry sauce was ground into the carpets. No flaming hot fire irons were used to chase the dog. No valuable antiques were toppled in the search for missing Legos. Three days later and I could breath a sigh of relief, Whew, I was safe.

But then, what do I do ? I take a shower. Nothing unusual, no damage there, no water on th floor. I carefully put the towel in the laundry and cleaned up the bathroom. After taking the shower, I walk downstairs and heard the clear sound of water pouring down over the chandelier in the entry way. The entry way that is directly below the bathroom. A quick search for buckets and towels saved the table and carpet. The ceiling is another story though. By the end of the day it was covered with cracks and peels.

My In-Laws seemed only slightly concerned, really not as concerned as I had thought they would be. Apparently, this kind of thing is not rare in their over 100 year old home.

Besides that, of course I’m most thankful for these two people below. Without whom there would only be long empty uneventful days with no flooded ceilings, and that wouldn’t be any fun at all.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful — 13 Comments

  1. LOL – I did that in my mothers house, except it wasn’t from taking a shower. I left the plug in the sink and forgot I had the tap running. i’m deaf so didn’t hear the water. 2 hours later… One Big Amazing mess. To top it off, the new carpet had only just been laid the week before.

    I don’t think my mother has forgiven me yet…. although 20 years have passed, I’m not allowed to forget it!!

    • My brother did the same thing, he flooded the bathroom after leaving in the plug with the water running while giving our dog a bath in the tub! My Dad used the flooded bathroom as a reason to get it renovated.

  2. LOL…that is a great holiday disaster story! I can just imagine the water spilling out from the chandelier…sounds like a faulty shower pan (the same thing happened in my old house). Glad your in-laws were cool about it. It’s always something, ain’t it?

    • There were some magazines on the table which soaked up a good deal of the water, saving the table top. There’s always something in an old house, I do still feel guilty about it though.

  3. Indeed that is life in an old house. What a wonderful story. I remember the days when BabyGurl was that age and we had to watch her ever so carefully because everything – and I do mean everything – intrigued her. But mostly we had to watch her around her older cousin who had it in his mind that she was the enemy and did not treat her well. But that’s all in the past now. She’s all grown up and someday will have her own little one, maybe, to look after and chase. It’s all fun in the end. And the stories are even funnier.

    • It goes by so fast doesn’t it ? I guess this is one of the reasons I do the blog, to write down those stories. I was just looking at some old photos of my nephew from about seven years ago, when he was about 11. Seems like it was just yesterday, and now he’s in college!

  4. Life is what happens when we’re making other plans…we try to control things, but there’s always something that finds a way to slip through our hands…

  5. ¸.•*¨*•.♪♫♫♪May your week ahead be filled with thankful moments! .♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ♥˜”*°•.˜”*°•.˜”*°•.★★.•°*”˜.•°*”˜.•°*”˜”
    Elizabeth :-)

    • It wasn’t even mentioned again. Everyone just walked past the buckets and towels without talking about it. Turns out that it had happened at least twice before in other parts of the house. Once a pipe burst over a bookcase, destroying many shelves filled with books. I’m constantly fixing something in my house, that’s life in an old house, I guess.