Oh what a day! The day was just shaping up to be difficult when I talked to my mother on the phone. I said, with what may have been misplaced optimism, “At least it will make a good blog post!” We shall see.
The first thing to go wrong was that the coffee maker died. It had been sputtering along on its proverbial last legs for a while, but these things are always a tragedy when they finally occur. I made plans to purchase a coffee maker later this morning, but I wanted to go running first, since I did not go yesterday.
And that was when things got interesting. The toilet overflowed. Yikes! I plunged and plunged, hollering for Steven to come up and turn the water off (I can’t get that little handle to turn). At last I got all the water to go down. Steven got a mop and with the help of some dirty towels (don’t judge my laundry methods; I have enough problems today), we got the spilled water cleaned up.
This has happened to us before, most memorably on Christmas Day (I wonder if I made a blog postpost about it). What I did then was run out for a bottle of drain unclogger (we needn’t mention brands). A couple of doses, more plunging, and our holiday was saved. I had every reason to believe that would be the case today.
First I had a problem finding the right stuff to pour in. So many of them said do not use on toilets! What’s that all about? I finally found one that said to pour a quarter of the bottle in. Four doses! I felt I would soon be flush with success (see what I did there?).
It was while I was waiting 15 minutes for the second dose to work its magic that I called my parents. My father told me a useful trick: take the lid off the tank, then when you see the water is not going down, push the stopper down and the bowl will stop filling. Genius!
If I had known how many times I was going to use that trick this morning, I would not have been so sanguine when I hung up the phone. However, I kept in mind the other thing my father told me: sometimes you just have to keep plunging.
When I needed a break from plunging, I took a walk down to Collis TrueValue Hardware on Main Street in Herkimer (just to sneak in a plug for a local business) for more stuff to pour into the toilet. I tried something different this time.
More pouring, more plunging. On my forlorn last pour, while I waited the 15 minutes, I asked Google how to snake a toilet. I feared another trip to Collis was in my future.
I went upstairs, held my breath, and flushed. And the water did NOT go down! I plunged. However, this time it felt different. It took fewer plunges for the water to go down. Barely daring to hope, I flushed again.
IT WAS A NORMAL FLUSH!!!
I cannot adequately describe my relief, joy and delight. I flushed it again, just to be sure. Success!
So that is my toilet story for the day. I wonder if I can top it on Lame Post Friday. As always, I hope you’ll stay tuned.