Didja ever open your eyes in the morning and and decide to just write off the day.
Yup, that was the idea when I woke up. A couple of weeks of packing and moving and driving and unpacking and searching for the other half of whatever I needed made a day off sound pretty good.
A day off what, you ask? I am retired from a 'real job' and all I do to make a living is write…..and we all know how easy that is. But today was MY day. To putter in the garden, maybe even to take a ride to see the fantastic fall color in Mountain View AR today.
I managed to eat breakfast by about 10 am and the phone rang. It was the company that provides water to this part of the world. In this little town, the water company calls when they think you have used more water than usual. She asked me if maybe I had left a hose on. That's how much excess water I used and my bill reflected that. And that was the end of my day off.
First run around the house to check all possible places water could be leaking. Silence everywhere. OK, now off to turn off the water to the whole house and see if the meter was still running. The meter is about 200' from the house near the road. Meter was still running. I could see a Ditch Witch in my future. A huge yellow monster in my yard making a long hole and costing hundreds upon hundreds of dollars.
Checked the house again. This time I opened up the closet that the water heater is in. I heard some sort of hissing sound. Huh? Felt for water up, down and all around. No water. Opened the relief valve. The hissing sound stopped. The meter stopped running. Shut the relief valve off. Meter was stopped. Go figure.
And so went my day off.
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