The Weekend Starts
With our plans having to change, early Friday morning my wife The Wisconsin Snowbunny informed me a contingent of the Northwoods Angels decided to come down and visit. Well, that settled it for Lorie, she was going to stay home. So I was able to leave after work instead of midnight. So, after work I did some shopping for groceries, packed up, and left.
After an uneventful drive I arrived at the cabin to find the fireplace cranking out heat, the pizza just out of the oven, and the place lit up and ready for the weekend. Oh yeah, except for some water lines frozen solid, still some of the lines were fine, namely bathroom sink’s line. So we have our pizza and visit with my brother and his girlfriend and then go to bed.
The Weekend and A Brief Thought of First Chairs
At about 4:30 am I stir and hear water running, I would like to say I thought it was my brother being fired up to get to Brule early for first chairs but I recognized quickly the running water was not the shower, I was only certain I did not like it one bit. I popped out of bed, hustled down the spiral staircase, and stepped into the wading pool that was currently the main level of our cabin. The water was probably 2″-3″ (5-7.5 cm) deep. I sang a song of joy while scrambling to find the leak and I reached for the shutoff valves under the kitchen sink but I could not get my hands on them so I quickly ran downstairs to shut off the main valve. The water downstairs was a bit deeper, probably about 3″-4″ (7.5 to 10 cm) deep. I got to the main valve turned that off and then returned upstairs to shut off the kitchen sink valves. By this time my brother and his girlfriend were awake and wading with me.
Well, we then sprung into action and got our wet-dry vacuum out and started vacuuming up water on the main level. Before too much longer we had done about all we were going to do and went back to bed. When we woke up quite a bit of both the main level and the basement were dry. We did some more vacuuming removed wet carpeting from their usual locations and went skiing.