Wow…just wow, and I do not mean walk on water!! While Heather and I were enjoying ourselves in Telford at a sci-fi convention, and meeting the lovely Bruce Boxleitner, Jeff was having a different kind of adventure!
He’d taken the kids’ bikes out of the garage for a ride in the park, when Asher happened to notice water on the concrete floor. Jeff investigated and he found not just a large puddle of water, but a substantial leak in the far corner of the ceiling, still dripping. As he pulled more and more stuff away from the water, he found all our empty packing boxes – TV boxes and what was leftover from my move, filled with water, and ruined! So, he started pulling out everything possibly affected. Fortunately, it was mostly my boxes from Canada and a lot of them were plastic bins, or plastic file boxes.
Bless his heart, Jeff brought most of those into the house, where they’re currently stacked at the far end of the living room! He also rescued two boxes of books sitting in the puddle, and sadly many of those books have water damage and mold, leading us to believe the leak from the apartment over the garage has been going on for some time.
As soon as we got home (around 9:30), I checked the books over in the now open boxes, which Jeff had thoughtfully had turned over and cut off the wet bottoms. I’m drying as many as I think, and hope, are salvageable on paper towels over tin foil. (Looked up online what to do). Once they are almost dry, I’m going to try spraying the mold with tea tree oil, or washing off the mold with bleach water. I don’t think I’ll be able to do much about the warped covers, though!
Tomorrow, Heather and I will be emptying out the garage to hopefully safely retrieve my china. That box is also waterlogged but we don’t dare move the box itself. We’ll have to carefully empty the box, and repack the contents into the new boxes the moving company is conveniently dropping off tomorrow!
You might say we’ll be getting an earlier than expected start on our packing. Things certainly have a way of working out for the best. If we hadn’t had to move, we might not have noticed this for months and the damage would have been irreparable. As it is, within two weeks, we’ll be in a new house, with a dry garage and much more room than we have now.
God is good. All. The. Time.🤗