Stifling Heat, Laundry Flood, and Twitter Fun

Three-day weekends always throw me for a loop, because I keep forgetting what day it actually is.  Today happens to be the last Tuesday of May – can’t believe this year is already closing in on the halfway point.

Anyone do any cookouts yesterday for Memorial Day?  We limited ourselves to just – fast and easy since it was too stinkin’ hot outside to spend any time outdoors.  It was so bad, we had an “ Alert” for yesterday – which actually said:  “THE EFFECTS OF AIR POLLUTION CAN BE MINIMIZED BY AVOIDING STRENUOUS ACTIVITY OR EXERCISE OUTDOORS.” 

It was directed at children, elderly people, and pretty much everyone.  Which just proves my point that the is stifling.  It sucked that the kids couldn’t go outside to burn off some energy and give me a break from referee mode.

Reason 1,496,675 why our next house will have central air:  When it’s 89 degrees outside and the kitchen gets all the glorious afternoon sun causing the temperature to compete with the outside , cooking in said kitchen (thereby raising the temperature exponentially) is not a fun thing to do.  Thank goodness we at least put window air conditioners in the bedrooms upstairs (since it’s even hotter upstairs) or I’d get even less sleep than I’m getting now.  I can’t sleep when it’s too warm.

Of course the upstairs bathroom – where we brilliantly relocated our to – is the second hottest room in the house during the hot/ in a sauna atmosphere is not my idea of fun.  Of course laundry as a whole is not my idea of fun, but you know what I mean.

Speaking of laundry on the second floor – some of you may have seen my status update about our cat who was trying valiantly to see if she could see the birds that are nesting in the tree outside the upstairs bedroom closet wall (did you follow that?  You can hear them, but of course you can’t see them… hello, wall?) 

At any rate, since we moved the washer and dryer upstairs, we cut a hole in the back of the closet to inset them into the wall from the other side…here, I’ll just show you a picture so you can see what I’m talking about (actually this is our first washer which died last year, but it was successfully recessed):

When we had to replace it last year, the new one didn’t fit flush in the wall of the bathroom, the outside dimensions were about an eighth of an inch off.  So it protrudes into the bathroom by about six-inches (which you really can’t see from this shot):

Since we haven’t cut the hole in the wall bigger (yet) to fully recess it, we also haven’t replaced the cover we made to protect the hoses and whatnot at the back of the washing machine.  Which didn’t used to be an issue, because the closet belongs to the guest room (also known as my impromptu storage room where 2-leggers and 4-leggers alike weren’t allowed), but we moved Princess Nagger in there when Little Dude made his arrival and took over her old room – so now it’s an issue.

Why, you ask?  Because our cat Zelda likes to sleep in Princess Nagger’s room at night.  Partly because she likes to cuddle with her, and partly because there’s a pet dove in a cage in Princess Nagger’s room.  So Zelda likes to keep an eye on the bird at night.  Just in case it might get out.  And provide a tasty snack.

Now that I’ve totally gone off tangent, let’s get back to the bats in the belfry… I mean the birds in the nest outside the bedroom closet wall.  Zelda has been camping out in the closet hoping to catch said birds just because she’s sure they’re fair game with all their chirping and fluttering you can hear clear as day.  She apparently decided to jump up higher against that wall in an effort to see if maybe they were hiding on the shelf above, only she didn’t make it and apparently took the waste water hose down with her.

See where I’m (finally) going with this?

You guessed it.  I didn’t know the hose wasn’t still connected and started a load of the hubby and Little Dude’s laundry before we headed out to the Parent/Teacher conference we had Friday morning.  Since the hose wasn’t connected to any outgoing port, the water simply drained into the closet.  And the entire bathroom on the other side of the wall.  And the entire kitchen downstairs.

Big ugly wet mess.

So now we have some repair to do on the ceiling in the kitchen – luckily it mostly kept to the middle of the room and didn’t hose down our kitchen appliances on the counters (though it was quite disconcerting to reach for some spices in my spice cupboard and find the lazy susan trays full of water). 

The previous owners put a drywall drop-ceiling in the kitchen (since our ceilings are 10 feet throughout the house) bringing it down to about 8 feet – so there’s 2-feet of nothing above our ceiling so now is as good a time as any to take a sledgehammer to it.  I’ll keep you posted.

At least one good thing came from all the hotter-than-the-hinges-of-hell heat we’ve been having – everything dried out in no time.  This comic posted on Facebook about the heat definitely gave me a giggle:

Speaking of Facebook, this wedding cake is the coolest – and totally should have been what the hubby and I had when we got married – since he’s the chocoholic and I’m, well…not:

Speaking of cool things, I mentioned in my music post yesterday that I was tickled to discover that three cool artists whose songs I love started following little old me on :

Pretty cool, no?  I suppose I should start sending witty Tweets at some point, I usually don’t hang out on there.  I better send my wits out to be sharpened first, though.

That’s a wrap for this week – feel free to link up and hop around to all the other awesome randomizers – they’re always so entertaining. Talk To Me Tuesday friends, you’re welcome to link up, too – that way I’ll be sure not to forget to stop by and scope you out. You know what I mean.

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Keeping the random alive in Keely’s stead – feel free to snag a badge and play along – one for my wino friends:

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Once again I’m hopping aboard this fun friendly train – if you’re traveling on the train, be sure to leave your link so I can follow you back!

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I’m also linking up with two stellar ladies, Shawn and Impulsive, the lovely hosts of . There are no rules so link away.

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36 thoughts on “Stifling Heat, Laundry Flood, and Twitter Fun

  1. Another lovely topic you have shared Stacy and I love the cake and your laundry machine. Thank you for sharing another wonderful topic from your blog.

  2. OMG!! That was definitely a wet mess!! Higher ceilings?? How fun!
    But a lot of work…good luck!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  3. The humidity is the worst! ugh. We have it bad here too.

    And gosh I love love love that cake!

    That bums about the water in the ceiling. I hope son you’ll get everything sorted out.

  4. Cats! Gotta love them!
    We’ve been able to make it so far without turning on the AC. We are under tree cover, with little direct sun, so fans for a short time will usually do the job! Mom and Tara can battle it out today if she (Tara) gets too hot, I’ll be at work, in the AC!
    It’s fun when celebrities follow us on Twitter, I’m not better than Tara! I was honored when Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys retweeted not one, but two of my tweets about memorial day and my brother this weekend!
    Have a great day, I’m counting on those storms this afternoon to cool things down!

  5. No Central A/C? We would melt into individual puddles down here without that. You are a brave woman!

  6. Eek, that mess sounds none to fun. And very cool those folks followed you on twitter, especially JT; he’s dreamy!

  7. Oh so sorry about that mess! That does not sound fun at all. Why did they put lower ceilings in the kitchen? I love big tall ceilings.

  8. I just gave a huge groan of sympathy when you described Zelda knocking off the hose and the house flooding – and it made me quite glad we cannot have cats (I’m allergic).

    LOVE the cake!

  9. Ugg! Laundry floods are no fun. The clean up from cleaning up is never fun.
    Hope the heat abates soon. We sure could have used some of it here.

  10. The mess sounds awful. We had the same thing with a bathtub in our kitchen. We still need to repair the ceiling.

  11. We haven’t turned our air on yet but we have been really close.
    Sounds really hot, sorry about that. So sorry about your leak.
    My friend last year had a leak, machine never stopped filling and has wooden floors now. Our son lives in a condo and there was a leak 2 floors up, they are getting all new flooring. It is such a pain in the neck! Hope it cools down and you have a great week.

  12. That cake looks INCREDIBLE…ohhh it’s so beautiful!!

    Doesn’t it just give you a little thrill when you realize famous people are following you?! I only have one or two…and my tweets are few and far between, and definitely not witty…but I try! lol!

  13. I feel for you. We don’t have AC either. I’m thinking of serving fruit and veggies for the next 4 months.

    That sucks about the water!!

  14. I’m on vacation so I can barely remember what day it is already. Ugh, what a mess in the laundry room! Sometimes I think those studies that say pet owners have less stress are from people who don’t actually own pets!

  15. Oh my gosh on the kitty mess! I can’t even imagine! 🙁 Well, it makes for a great excuse to do the improvement projects? I want an outdoor kitchen when we move, I figure they used to have it in the old days in the south for a reason – why make the air conditioning work any harder than it needs to? 😉

    That cake looks divine!

  16. We cooked out too but we’re crazy and cook in 91 degree heat. It’s like the storm before the 110* weather. Swimming was refreshing though.

    I totally saw that post on fb. You poor thing. It sounds like a mess of a situation.

    That cake is amazing! I wish I wasn’t craving sweet treats lately. I may could eat that whole thing myself. I’m not even joking.

    Ok, so now you know why I couldn’t taste test your wine, right? I kept saying that I was waiting for an occasion. We opened one bottle and I tasted it (YUMMM!) but the other two are all mine and will have to hold out until the beginning of December. Nobody gets to drink them except me!!! 😉

  17. I totally love that cake.
    mmmmmm JT Hodges. Those eyes are to die for. My daughter went to a concert last Thursday and got to meet him, Craig Campbell AND Hunter Hayes! They all 3 keep tweeting her now. She called me crying *star struck much* after she got a hug from JT. I still don’t know how the girls managed to pull off getting so buddy buddy with all 3 at the meet n greet… but they got to hang out for a while with them.

  18. They are actually putting the laundry rooms upstairs now in new houses. If you were to build a new house, you’d have both central air and a laundry room upstairs. Seriously though, I grew up without central air and wow, I know your pain.

    Have a great day Stacy!

  19. No, no, no…the heat AND that laundry disaster!? Too much! I feel like Get Well Soon tidings are practically in order!

  20. Random Tuesday…what a fab idea! Just how a mum’s brain works (all over the place) and spat out onto a piece of paper. How therapeutic! I shall remember this for next week 🙂

  21. That looks like an amazing cake!!!!
    I send a tweet to Twitter at the same time I send a Facebook Status.
    Same with photos. Some people follow my tweets and some are just Facebook Friends.

  22. Great post. I particularly enjoyed the cartoon at the end with the corn. It is SO HOT and humid where I live….

  23. That does sound like a horrible wet, mess. Poor you! Watch for mold. With the weather conditions you’re having, it may grow fast.

    How exciting to be followed your favorite musicians! I really slacked on the music blog hop yesterday. I need to go visit all the posts now. I’m blaming it on the holiday weekend. 😉

  24. My twitter timeline is a mixed bag. I follow several accounts that I find interesting like news, food, humor, a few celebrities and such. I have a number of actual friends (some real life, some online) that I have added to a private list. This helps me see what they are tweeting about without having to wade through the other stuff. Doing it this way gives me the best of both worlds.

  25. Lovely post all the way, Stacy! 🙂 I really impressed to see the wedding cake. It looks amazing and delicious as always. I agree more if you share another way how to make wedding cake. Thanks! 😉

  26. Man, this reminds me of how lucky we are to have no humidity out here. It’s been in the 70’s lately, kind of blissful. I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have told you. The laundry mess? ARGH. Nothing worse than coming home to find disaster. Congrats on being followed by your faves, but I am a little disturbed by the “I pee in the shower with the lil mermaids” thing! HA.

  27. great washing machine, i think your parent did a good job during the memorial day or maybe it’s you who designed these pictures to look good. lol. and of course this year is already close as it left only 206 days before December. keep doing your things well before the end of this year.