Saturday, December 29, 2012


Someday, i'm going to live in a house i'm not afraid to be in during the rain.

Someday, i'm going to live in a house that doesn't leak from the roof and the foundation.

Someday, but not today.

Yesterday's rain had the water coming in through a downstairs bathroom.  No leak upstairs, just through a vent downstairs.

It's the pipe at the roof, the flashing must be bad, so the water ran down the pipe and into that bathroom.  Funny, in a way, having a roof leak downstairs and not upstairs above it.

Whether there is water downstairs where the sump pump is i'm not sure yet.  It's something i don't want to check.  Besides, unless there's standing water, there's nothing i can do anyway, just let the pump do its work and mop up if there is excess.  If there is excess, i'll see it, no need to go looking.

Living in a swamp in a leaky house is not a fun thing, but it could be worse.

It could be Seattle, which is probably a nice place, but we don't get rain every single day like they do.

On a cheerier note, all the kittens we've put up for adoption became Christmas kittens for someone.

Today is:

Constitution Day -- Ireland

Enjoying ESP Day -- internet generated, and it means eating, sleeping, and partying!

Fifth Day of Christmas

Illegal Pants Day -- commemorates Emma Snodgrass' arrest in Boston in 1852 for wearing pants

Kwanzaa, Day 4, Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)

Lhosar -- Gurung People of Nepal (sometimes called the Tamu People; Losar is celebrated by the rest of Nepal in February or March)

National Chocolate Again Day -- because someone, somewhere, believes it can't be chocolate something-or-other day often enough

Paternoster Row Day -- in memoriam of the famous area destroyed by the Blitz this date and tomorrow in 1940

Pepper Pot Day -- Pepper Pot Soup was invented today in 1777 at Valley Forge for the army to have something warm to eat

Sacrifice to Zeus Horios -- Ancient Greek Calendar (sacrifice in the deme of Erichia; date approximate)

St. Gabriel's Day -- Ethiopia

St. Thomas of Canterbury's Day (Thomas a Becket, Patron of clergy, secular clergy; Exeter College, Oxford, England; Portsmouth, England)

St. Trophimus of Arles' Day (Patron of children; Arles, France; against drought)

Tick Tock Day -- end of the year is getting closer, stop putting off your dreams! sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Yodel in the Shower Day -- internet generated, and i promise not to tell if you do

Anniversaries Today:

Texas becomes the 28th US State, 1845

Birthdays Today:

Jude Law, 1972
Bryan "Dexter" Holland, 1966
Ed Autry, 1954
Ted Danson, 1947
Marianne Faithfull, 1946
Jon Voight, 1938
Mary Tyler Moore, 1936
Billy Mitchell, 1879
William Gladstone, 1809
Andrew Johnson, 1808
Charles Goodyear, 1800

Today in History:

Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church, 1170
The first nautical almanac in US published by Samuel Stearns, Boston, 1782
Gas lights are installed at White House, during the Polk administration, 1848
The first Young Men's Christian Association chapter in the US opens, in Boston, 1851
Emma Snodgrass is arrested in Boston for wearing pants, 1852
The first telegraph ticker used by a brokerage house, Groesbeck & Co, NY, 1867
The Wounded Knee Massacre takes place, 1890
Edison patents "transmission of signals electrically" (radio), 1891
Mongolia gains independence from the Qing dynasty, 1911
The first movie serial, "Adventures of Kathlyn," premieres in Chicago, 1913
Fred P Newton completes longest swim ever (1826 miles), when he swam in the Mississippi River from Ford Dam, Minn, to New Orleans, 1930
Physicist Richard Feynman gives a speech entitled "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom", which is regarded as the birth of nanotechnology, 1959
Filming began on Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey in England, 1965
Riots break-out after Hong Kong decides to forcibly repatriate Vietnamese refugees, 1989
Guatemala and leaders of Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union sign a peace accord ending a 36-year civil war, 1996
Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million lives, 1998
The last known speaker of Akkala Sami dies, rendering the language extinct, 2003


  1. Oh poor you, does it only happen if you have a LOT of rain? We can go weeks and weeks with no rain, and then BAM, we get so much that it causes flooding.
    Good news about getting all the kittens adopted, well done! Happy new year!

  2. I hear you. I have leaks around here too. They're at their worst in the spring thaw. I'm glad you hear that all your little sweet furry babies have found homes. :)

  3. Your comment is so thematic! And I'm sooo glad I live in a house that does not leak and where I don't have to be afraid of the rain.
    Seems we are having the wetest year in record. No wonders, my photography has become all about rain :-(

  4. Kay, it happens when the rain builds up, or if there's a lot. If we go several days in a row with rain, we get it in. The good news is what keeps me going!

    Hilary, i hope your next house, that you and Frank find together, doesn't leak. The adoptions are a happy thing for us, too.

    Angelika, i'm glad you do, too. With your photos, you are making the most of the situation, which is what i try to do.


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