Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Drip, Drip

I was so good at posting here at the beginning of January, but now it's been almost a month again without a post. I gotta blame the leaks. 

I discovered the first leak one rainy night down in our basement garage in the space under the front steps. Water pouring down both interior walls of the wedge-shaped space. Water soaking the scrap wood and pooling in the sleds we stored there. Water dripping from the boards above onto my head where I stood peering around with my headlamp on. Water seeping into the garage.

And, on the other side of the basement, there was the mysterious flood on the laundry room floor.  The rag rug I had placed in front of the washer was soaked through and the bands of sand on the newly painted green concrete marked the water's path down the slightly sloped floor toward the front wall where it just seeped out through the foundation into the yard.  That leak, it turns out, was from a blocked sewer drain that backed up into the laundry drain and resulted in a visit from a water restoration company to deal with the sewage contamination. Our local plumber sized up the situation and recommended a new sewer lateral to replace the 80-some year clay pipe sewer.  (Did I mention that it took two of these mysterious floods before we realized it was sewage and took proper precautions?)

And then last Friday night, just as friends were arriving to share a drink before whisking Abe off to the opening of a new baseball facility, I found a puddle on the kitchen floor.  The new hardwood kitchen floor.  I opened the cabinet under the sink to find the cabinet and all its contents soaked.  The new faucet is apparently leaking quite a bit.  I wonder how long that's been going on?

I didn't write much about it here, but we moved out of our house (the dilapidated castle) for two months this fall to renovate.  The house looks so much better -- we finally tiled in the shower walls and added a fan in the bathroom to help with condensation and mold on the bedroom windows.  We replaced the pink sink and pink ceramic tile floor in the kitchen and added a soothing green granite counter top.  We painted the entire house inside and out and refinished the hardwood floors.  We planed the interior doors so they actually close, we fixed a leak in the roof, we replaced the insulation in the attic, and swapped out light fixtures.

We took care of ten years of deferred maintenance -- all the projects we should have been taking care of all along but were so busy tending to Oscar's needs (and the other two kids of course) that we just let it all go.

And now we are leaking again.

I'd probably would have been better able to cope with all of this if I wasn't already dealing with my own leaky gut.  I was diagnosed late fall (hello anxiety and sleep problems and digestion issues and headaches) and have been following a rather restrictive diet. No gluten, no dairy, no yeast or any fermented food, no sugar, no potatoes or berries or eggplant or eggs or cinnamon or mace or mint or bananas.  There's more but I can't remember it all.  I'm spending a lot of time grocery shopping and cooking and there's just so little time left for everything else.

So, it's been a month of leaks.  Meanwhile I have a lot of posts stored up in my brain. Perhaps they too will leak out onto my blog in the near future!


  1. Oh, Mary. All of that disruption to remodel, and now this.
    We, too, have a leaky basement. We had some work done around the foundation and that has helped enormously, but I can so relate to what you described in your posting. And we're on a septic system with a drainfield way up the hill above our house, so we have had some septic issues, as well. You have my sympathies, and your great good nature has my admiration!
    BTW, two of my dear friends have candida. One is on a diet nearly as restrictive as yours, and she has a very good blog about food issues. It might be fun for you to peruse it: http://nocandidaallowed.blogspot.com/
    Blessings to you as you navigate this "leaky" time! I do hope those posts will "leak" their way onto your blog when the time is right.
    P.S. - my book was published last week! I thought you'd want to know.

  2. No! That stinks!! What a complete drag. Hope the leaks stop up (and that you get to eat something yummy) soon!

  3. oh theres nothing worse... we've had a leaky kitchen roof and have spent thousands and its STILL leaking! But your diet sounds harder - but if it makes you feel better then its worth it (our daughter was recenty diagnosed as ccoeliac and since her new GF dit she is a differnt child, so sometimes it can be worth it. Good luck with those leaks!

  4. All this leaking...sounds like Chinese water tortue! Hope you find some peace and feel better too!

  5. Hang in there, Mary! There’s always a solution to every problem. You just have to stay calm, learn to prioritize, and budget for your needs. You just have to ask for another opinion from a new plumber if, after all the repairs and the replacements done, nothing changed. Hope you feel better now!

    Darryl Iorio