Last night, just as I was getting into the shower, a loud alarm went off. I went all over the apartment looking for the source. This went on for about thirty minutes.
Finally I figured out it was in the closet where my AC and water heater is. But I couldn’t figure out what to do to stop it.
If it had been a smoke alarm making that much noise, I would have whacked it with my broom.
I called emergency maintenance. But I could barely hear him talk it was so loud.
He asked me to look down at the floor, which had water everywhere, and turn over this white plastic thing. I did and it stopped. Thank goodness.
My AC that is indoors in a closet is setting on a piece of wood above my water heater. It has been shored up in the past, I noticed, with pieces of wood. The wood holding up the air conditioner was dripping water.
He said it was a stoppage in a drain and fixed it.
A Water Leak From Upstairs:
A few days ago Ivy noticed something in the doorway between the dining space and the kitchen.
I finally went over to look and water from the above apartment was slowly dripping down the doorway.
When the maintenance man came, he said he’d go check upstairs to check, because obviously that was the source. I never heard another word from him, but I guess it’s fixed.
It left a yellowish-brown spot on my carpet that I cleaned.
So, to make an everlastingly long story short, what Ivy and I heard was a water sensor alarm.
What Is A Water Sensor Alarm?
What is a water sensor/detector? I’d never heard of it before. A water detector is a special electronic device that sets off an alarm when its sensor detects the presence of water.
Apparently with a water alarm you can find out about a slow leak in a slab, a water heater or a pipe.
Before all this I was outside with my plants deadheading and cutting back long spindly petunias.
And thinking how very happy my plants make me. If my plants were animals I’d probably be petting the leaves.
Putting Things In Perspective:
But all this is rather minor when you think of other sad events going on in the world. There are wars and people dying.
People lose their homes due to natural disasters and end up with nothing.
Lone gunmen walk into stores and churches and schools and randomly shoot innocent people.
Maybe they are mad at someone or just the world. Perhaps they feel marginalized for whatever reason.
But somehow they seem to think shooting people will make things better. Or maybe it’s just their final act of defiance and hatred.
We’ll probably never know why. Because more often than not, they do not live to tell the tale.
My Place Of Serenity
I snipped chives for my mashed potatoes last night. It added a nice little zinger to them.
I pulled sad blooms off the impatiens to encourage more blooms. And then I pulled the long hose down from the other end, attached my water hose/sprayer to it, and watered my plants.
I love listening to the fountain while I gaze at my plants. Can you believe I’m using pink instead of red this year?
I did it because Ron and Pat switched from red to pink hibiscus topiary plants this year. And I wanted things to look cohesive.
Pink, I’ve found, is actually growing on me. I rather like the color now.
I like to sit outside and look at what the neighbors have planted in their yards. And watch the pink petunias wave at me in the breeze.