A Watershed Moment – Literally

I had a good feeling about 2012. In December I was more than happy to say goodbye to 2011 and felt nothing but good vibes for the new year. Half a month in  and those good vibes are fleeting.

Not that I’m giving up on 2012 already. I refuse to fall into that negative thinking trap. But I am being tested in a most aquatic way. Let me ‘splain.

Almost 2 weeks ago I decided to bring home a puppy. A tiny, floppy-eared Yorkie-Poo that is too adorable for words and more affectionate than any animal I’ve ever met. However, puppies are amazingly like new babies, something I’d forgotten. So my focus has been pulled from revisions to constant puppy-potty watch.

But I am nothing if not determined. I devised a plan to print out the MS and attack with a red pen, inserting the changes on the computer every chapter or so. Bought the red pen, printed the pages, then woke Thursday morning to my water heater spewing water into my living room.


Nothing was broken, but the draining faucet was somehow turned on during the night. The plumber is skeptical. I have assured him my child would not get up in the middle of the night, turn on this faucet, and go back to bed. The only thing I can think is that one of the cats rubbed across it and the great flooding was on.

I’m happy to not have to replace a major appliance in my house, but there’s this issue of waterlogged carpet and nowhere to move the furniture (which is fine, thank goodness.) I called the insurance company but deductibles are a sticky thing, ya know? Anyway, I’m treading this problem on my own and my back is screaming from all the heavy lifting, tugging, and general stress.

But I am determined! Red penned about five pages while watching football yesterday. Fans are blowing, dehumidifier is sucking moisture out of the air (my living room was turning into a rain forrest!), and the pooch is locked in my bedroom for the day. We’ll see if I have a bedroom left when I get home.

Or a carpet. Or a stitch of sanity. Is it any wonder I had to color the gray hair last night? (And yes, these pics are my living room. Though the furniture is moved to the dry concrete and the carpet is pulled back further now.)

8 thoughts on “A Watershed Moment – Literally”

  1. Stephanie J says:

    Well isn’t that an adventure?! Geesh, what a cruddy thing to deal with but I’m glad you have that humidifier! I need to get my butt in gear with editing/revisions as well. However, I kind of want to bang my head against the wall every time I think of it! Ha!
    I send hugs and a virtual drink your way!

  2. You poor thing! That sounds horrendous. I’d hate to have to deal with something like that. Maybe it makes the revisions seems less awful? (Trying to find a silver lining in there. #probablynotworking)

  3. Terri Osburn says:

    I was seriously dreading revisions too, Steph, but then I printed them and started reading and realized it’s not the worst thing in the world. Very helpful for motivation! LOL! And I have an agent waiting on a full request. It’s as if the Universe has tried throwing every dang thing in my way to keep me from finishing. Even a household disaster!
    She’s just trying to test my mettle (sp?). I will not fail this test! LOL!

  4. Terri Osburn says:

    Donna – It’s ironic I was just blogging about the flow of ch’i in my house. Things definitely got flowing! Now the entire place is in shambles. Maybe the real test is to make sure I can keep working in chaos. Since I’ll get a contract soon and Universe wants to make sure I’m serious.
    Huh. That’s a motivating way to look at things.

  5. I’m glad your puppy is doing well. Mine didn’t make it. 🙁
    What’s his/her name?
    Ref: carpet
    Bummer on the carpet. That just has to come out, otherwise you’ll invite mold. Good luck with the insurance.

  6. Terri Osburn says:

    I’m sorry, Maria. That had to be tough. I know I’d be a mess.
    My pup is named Macie. I’ve never had a dog this small so it’s a change. But she’s adjusting pretty well. Still a few accidents, but not bad over all.
    Yeah, I’ll have to buy a carpet cutter this week and start cutting it into sections to roll up and get out of the house. Then I’m hoping to put down some hardwood looking laminate with tax money to match what’s already in the front entry and kitchen.

  7. Maybe the problem was you increased the level of ‘flow’ in your house…
    Sorry, bad pun all things considered…

  8. Terri Osburn says:

    Everyone’s a comedian!

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