Cowart's Common Room
What can I kick?

If it wasn't bad enough that Mr Fox has eaten three of my lovely ducks, there was more disaster here this morning.
My poor hard-working husband has been working his little socks off installing our new bathroom. We've had problem after problem, but yesterday it looked like we were on the home run. The bath was in, with the toilet and wash basin poised at the door.
Overnight a pipe burst. Not one of Brian's joints - an old one, by the so-called plumber who installed the previous bathroom.
Result? My brand new cork tiled floor turned to mush. It was one of the hot water pipes and the ensuing flood just melted the tiles and their adhesive. It also got the (horrid) carpet in the utility room too (every cloud has a silver lining etc).
We're a bit stressed now. We were already tired as Hannah has a bad cold and had a panic in the middle of the night about not being able to breathe. (I missed the party tending to her last night - it looked like fun!)
So... I need something to kick. My number one candidate would be the plonker at HM Revenue and Customs who put THOSE data discs in the post. I'm putting on my biggest boots... off I go....!!! Arrow

Posted at 4th Dec 2007 - 10:58AM   Posted by Preseli Mags   What can I kick? Comments: 16

Ivy's Avatar OMG that really sounds like you poor thing are on a disaster lane.
Can't think of anyone or anything to kick that would not hurt your foot..... But we had a burst pipe after a new bathroom was installed and yes it was one of the old ones that didn't like the movement- at least that was what we were told.... flooding our newly restored holiday cabin for days until a neighbour wanted to pop a bill for something into the letterbox and saw the water coming out of the house.... charming that was.... hope your insurance pays the new tiles. big purple hug from someone who knows the feeling... how are the ducks I mean the remaining ones?

Posted by: Ivy on 4th Dec 2007 at 11:13AM

Faith's Avatar Oh you poor thing - life is not fair sometimes.

Posted by: Faith on 4th Dec 2007 at 11:31AM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Ok big breath and think insurance claim, new carpet for utility room new floor for bathroom. We once had very spectacular floor when Jacko put bath on for me and went to take Eldest to school when youngest was a toddler. He forgot to mention he had done it adn the first thing i knew was wehen youngest said mummy look its raining inside. That was just before the celing fell in!!

Tell insurance straight away hey will send men with dehumidifiers.

Now you can go and kick something. Mind you I alwasy find throwing china far more theraputic or a trip to the bottle bank all that smashing!!

Poor poor you!Crying or Very sad

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 4th Dec 2007 at 11:33AM

What a pain for you PM-can just imagine the damage.
Ditto UPL advice above-hope you can get sorted.

Am very sorry to hear about the ducks.

You just sound off here whenever and focus all that negative energy on a task you have been putting off doing!


Posted by: Country Craft Angel on 4th Dec 2007 at 12:04PM

ChrisH's Avatar UPL is right (ah, how many times have we written those words about that wise woman?!). Deep breath and carry on... think we will have to make our pre Christmas coffee a New Year coffee instead as the madness starts next week for us.

Posted by: ChrisH on 4th Dec 2007 at 12:16PM

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Thought this might make you laugh!!

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 4th Dec 2007 at 12:18PM

Fennie's Avatar Oh. Sounds horrid and makes you want to cry. Have a hug. Have another hug! Perhaps the insurance will cover it. I guess we all have these horror stories - my own is when the hot water tank burst on Christmas Eve and hot water cascaded down the wall (fortunately stone) of the sitting room and no hot water for a week or so!

Posted by: Fennie on 4th Dec 2007 at 12:50PM

Peterwf's Avatar My sympathies to your OH who has obviously worked very hard, I know what it is like to finish up for the day, only to hear a faint hissing noise and you know that it is going to be a long night.
Where I used to live Mr Fox would make regular visits to my neighbours chickens and my ducks, sometimes I would win, sometimes the fox, very distressing to find the results.

Posted by: Peterwf on 4th Dec 2007 at 12:52PM

Ivy's Avatar I pm'd you hope it is not too late

Posted by: Ivy on 4th Dec 2007 at 01:58PM

Preseli Mags's Avatar Thanks Blossom, that really made me laugh! Laughing Perhaps I won't kick anything after all! ChrisH - a New Year coffee sounds just the ticket!

The insurance will cover the floor, fortunately, and the horrid carpet Very Happy. The claim form is on its way. Brian and I had a conference in the bathroom and both admitted how much we'd hated the new floor anyway!

I decided to take the easy route today. Both girls were too ill to go to school. Then Grandad turned up at lunchtime with a big box of Lego for Rosie's birthday present. He entertained the girls while I made lunch. Grandma came too, so it's been quite a fun day!

Brian meanwhile has sorted out the problem with the bath overflow and fixed the leaking radiator and the naughty pipe.

I was a little bit cross first thing, but as soon as we admitted how much we hated the floor, it suddenly didn't seem so bad! It's delayed the new bathroom, but c'est la vie!

I'll just string fairy lights on the bathroom bits that are currently residing in the living room, perhaps a bauble or two on the new loo. Not traditional, perhaps, but still festive.

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 4th Dec 2007 at 03:06PM

Milla's Avatar Glad good has turned into bad (your last comment) - was otherwise thinking that you had surely had your 3 bad things and was due a bit of luck instead. Most excellent to look on the bright side.

Posted by: Milla on 4th Dec 2007 at 04:07PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Oh I have someone I could lend you, you could kick this person for both of us . . .Twisted Evil

Good always follows - so it will be your turn now.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 4th Dec 2007 at 09:25PM

Elizabethm's Avatar Glad that having come here so late I find you are feeling better and have had a good day after all.

Posted by: Elizabethm on 4th Dec 2007 at 09:32PM

Camilla's Avatar Oh naughty Fox eating your three lovely ducks, hope he wont be back again. Glad to know that you were able to sort out an insurance claim re burst pipes Preseli Mags.

We viewed a property to rent a while ago, glad we did not decide to rent it, as found out later that the entire pipes in the house had burst and caused serious flooding.


Posted by: Camilla on 4th Dec 2007 at 11:10PM

Frances's Avatar Preseli, I am sending this along long after you will have been (I do hope) sleeping soundly.

Just reading through the transitions of your message, comments and replies is once again showing me that real life, not idealized life that we all might see portrayed in media, is tough. Full of unexpected bits. Sometimes big unexpected bits!

And, I am again reminded of the wisdom, and compassion to be found on this site. What a support system.

Finally, I really do like that this mishap has shown you all the floor was not all that swell.

About the fox. Well, that is nature, and a much more difficult question!


Posted by: Frances on 5th Dec 2007 at 02:32AM

KittyB's Avatar Poor old ducks, and poor old you - however, a chink of light if you didn't like the floors after all. May I recommend Armstrong Rhino floor? We had it laid in the bathrooms after realising we couldn't afford marble tiles (sob), and it's fab - warm, comfy on bare feet, easy to mop and dry, and cheap!

Posted by: KittyB on 5th Dec 2007 at 09:49AM

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