In my previous post, I wrote about choosing joy and enjoying the gifts of the present day. Today, my choice of the joyous path has been tested. I haven’t been found wanting but it has been hard work keeping a smile on my face, and merriness in my mind, BECAUSE, today, a piece of the upstairs shower plumbing sprung a leak and caused mayhem. For me, mayhem meant flooded carpets upstairs, a flooded upstairs bathroom floor as well as a wet ceiling in our downstairs bedroom. It also meant a frantic call to the plumber and a less frantic, but more protracted, call to the insurance company, plus the releasing of an excess payment to said insurance company.
Thanks to Sven, the plumber, the leak has been isolated and contained . Thanks to Johan, the carpet technician, the carpet has been suctioned and is now in the process of being dried by three large driers. The next step is to await a visit from the insurance assessor, hopefully before the end of the week. And, then, sometime, in never never land, the upstairs shower will be usable again.
I am not optimistic about a completion date for the repair work because most of the tradespeople are fully occupied with earthquake reconstruction. For example, I have been waiting almost six months for some other work to be done in the house. And my fence, which broke in the February 2011 earthquake, remains broken although the assessor did come to look at it about six months back. Mostly, we have to shrug and smile as rebuilding and repairing priority is rightly given to those with seriously damaged homes or no home at all.
So, hooray, hooray, what a happy day, I sing to myself as I set to my next task which is to fill out the census forms. Today, amongst other things, is census day.