Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bad things come in threes

We've all heard the old adage, "bad things come in threes."  Here were the three that came in rapid-fire succession just three weeks after I'd moved into my house. 

1. I went to the emergency room.  As a generally healthy person whose idea of a medical issue is needing a band-aid, this was a definite bad thing, though everything's been resolved and I feel fine.  I had a wonderful co-worker take me to the ER and then wait with me until my mom could drive the two hours to get there.  When I was released at 10:30, we headed home but didn't end up going to sleep until about 1am, so I took the next day off work to recoup. 

2. I woke up and saw a puddle of water on the bedroom floor.  The baseboard heat was leaking water, 1/2 cup every 15 minutes.  After calling 4 companies, I finally found someone who could come fix it that afternoon.  The others were going to put me off 4 or 5 days! He was able to tighten up a clamp to temporarily fix the leak but recommended replacing 10 feet of the baseboard heat unit to create a permanent fix. 

3. While waiting for the heat repairman, I decided to take a shower.  As I was finishing the shower, I heard Mom running up the stairs yelling, "Turn off the water!  Turn off the water!"  I did, and quickly dried off and got dressed.  I went to find out what was happening.  Water was backing up out of the drain for the washing machine.  I called Roto Rooter who came and cleaned the main drain to the house.  While doing that, he found that the clean-out pipe wasn't actually attached to the sewer line and had to come back the next day to fix that! 

Let's just hope the threes don't repeat too often!