Water, Water Everywhere~

And not a drop to drink. I can relate to The Ancient Mariner.

The Holler flooded with nice cold drinking water while we were away visiting the baby grand-twins. A faulty refrigerator filter was the culprit. There are 84 industrial fans and scores of dehumidifiers running our electrical bill through the roof. We do, thankfully, have insurance.

The damage is legion,

causing me to dream at night of waves,

and sea creatures.

When the dream waves became violent,

and the creatures creepy,

I knew it was time for a change of scenery. (We are thankful for family members willing to stay and monitor The Holler).

So now we are in the desert, where the temperatures are hovering around 105F which is cool for summer in the desert and thunderstorms are in the forecast. I love the desert in the summer, and in all the years I have been coming here, I have never seen a summer desert thunderstorm. The clouds are forming and I can’t wait! So, bring on the water….

Cheers to you from the soon to be sodden desert~

272 thoughts on “Water, Water Everywhere~

  1. I hope things are drying nicely Cindy. I saw the first photograph and thought they were all pet carriers and I wondered ‘Just how many cats does she have?’.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  2. On this level you are dealing with a nasty situation most elegantly. Such beautiful ocean shots! I hope all will be back to normal on your return.

  3. I’m so sorry, Cindy. Hopefully it is all cleaned up. I love that you’ve made lemonade out of lemons conjuring up your beautiful water images. 🙂

  4. Oh dear! All the best wishes for the repair works! But, well, I was “only” fresh water after all: Reminds me of the shock I got when I once opened my office doors in the morning to find half of the floor covered with – raw sewage. Those are not memories I am very fond of … But that’s history now, as your misfortune soon will be, too.

    1. Exactly! Our toilets didn’t overflow.
      I don’t want to even imagine what that was like. So sorry you had to experience it.
      And you are right, if I over reacted to this, I wouldn’t be able to handle all the truly tough stuff in life.

  5. So sorry to hear you had to come home to this Cindy and it sounds as if you’re in good hands with all the help you’re getting. Here’s wishing the Holler and you a swift recovery and enjoy your time in the desert 🤗💖🍀

  6. Cindy, So sorry about your home flooding. Good that you decided to get away in the dessert while your home is drying out. You seem to still be able to keep a sence of humor through all this!

  7. littleblackdomicile

    Been there and have two things to say. The fans do work and you have a great attitude about this!

    1. I hope so. There is a dried pond where we are staying and of course there are the flood control channels. I would love to see the monsoon and the plants and animal reactions <3

  8. Oh Lord! I can only imagine! Water damage can be just as bad as fire; ironically. I hope it didn’t wick up into the home’s framing. And thank Goodness it is Summer. You said you go to the desert vs. where your house was flooded out? Hopefully where the water damage is that it is not humid. We now live in the middle of a delta; humid Summers. But we are moving to Arizona next year; dry – but Summer is their monsoon season; when it rains…it pours.

    Well…it looks like you did all the things to take care of the flooding, but I feel bad you went through that; unexpected and shocking.

    Thanks for still finding time to let us see the trial; and the beauty of nature, too – though there are awful hardship.

    Blessing and peace to you…Glad you’re in a good place.

    1. What thoughtful and touching comments Ian, very comforting too. Thank you. The water did wick up the walls so the lower walls and insulation are all removed, cabinetry is gone in many rooms. The tile flooring which is extensive is okay, but all the carpet is of course shot. The drying process has been going on for a week now, 5% remains stubborn. Our concrete slab foundation did not help matters. Blessings and peace back to you Ian and thank you for your sensitivity.

    1. Thank you Darnell. It is remarkable how much damage water does to our modern houses. It goes everywhere and damage is more severe because our house is on a concrete slab.

    1. We have some rain, but it evaporates as soon as it hits the ground. The skies are threatening and T-storms are in the forecast so I am hopeful. It is still 105F even with the rain and clouds.

  9. Those floods are not fun. We’ve had two. One when the furnace fuse blew in the middle of a very cold winter and the pipes froze. We were away at the time. The other time the water heater went. It was less of a problem. We survived but it wasn’t easy.

  10. Timelesslady

    Water running into the house is a horrifying sight. We’ve only had it happen a few times, but it is such a feeling of helplessness when you have water in the house where it doesn’t belong. I hope it dries out really soon.

  11. Anonymous

    I understand what the poet thought when he said, “water, water, everywhere, not a drop to drink.”
    Your pictures make sense. 🙂

  12. Ouch, that hurts. I hope the memories are safe. Someone’s bathtub overflowed once and ruined all my photo albums. I can’t imagine an actual flood.
    Here’s to better days!
    – Jen

  13. Uch about the damage the faulty filter caused. We have a water filter in our fridge. It makes me nervous as our fridge ages. However, I won’t buy water in plastic bottles, and I do like the cold water and ice cubes.
    Perhaps I’ll switch to another system. I don’t like Brita because I throw too, many filters in the trash. It’s almost as bad as plastic bottles. I used to take my filters in, and they would refurbish them. That place is gone. I’m keeping all the filters until I can find another place.

    The crazy thing is, if we hadn’t made such a polluted mess of our planet, we wouldn’t need to filter our water and then throw filters away.

    1. “The crazy thing is, if we hadn’t made such a polluted mess of our planet, we wouldn’t need to filter our water and then throw filters away.”
      You are Canadian, I always thought your water was clean, like your country, you know an example for Americans about how to protect North America.
      In San Diego and environs, our water comes through aqueducts through all of California, before it gets to us, over the aqueduct, out of LA. San Diego has such bad water that the state government sends us annual reports clarifying it is super safe to drink. Since it tastes so awful, they need to assure us, that it isn’t killing us to drink it. And since it is a scarce commodity in SoCal, they charge us a lot to drink it. Hence, the need for water filters…..
      It is a conundrum, isn’t it, no plastic water bottles, no refrigerator filters, no ability to drink clean water, even in Toronto.
      We humans have done such a good job on this planet, haven’t we…

  14. Oh, dear. A friend of mine had a similar thing happen and her insurance asked all kinds of questions. “When did you have your refrigerator last serviced?” “Have you had any problems before this?” “How old is your refrigerator?” It turned out that since it was 12 years old, 2 years past when they thought it should have been replaced, they didn’t cover the damages, even though this was the first issue they had ever had. I hope yours has a happier ending.

    1. Oh, that is so awful and so predictable.
      Who knew insurance companies care about profit, not us?
      Basically everyone.
      Immediately, I want to sic myself on your friends insurance company.
      I am a nice person generally, except when people do this to other people.

  15. The inconvenience is surely heavy but I hope the monetary damages are minimal. Take care and no anxiety — please — even though I could surely understand how anxious one can get when things go astray.

      1. I think that we were meant to be bugged by these things. Memory serves several purposes (as you well know), but, one of the main purposes (in my opinion) is to avoid future dangers. A clogged water filter surely is not a man-eating tiger creeping up behind you but look at the anguish it has caused. Probably the first question you will ask yourself before the next trip is “When was the last time the filter on the fridge replaced?”

  16. Oh my, Cindy, what a drag!! We went to Mexico for three weeks four years ago and the hot water line in our newly constructed master broke causing a hot underwater lake under the house. Steam rose from the vents. My daughter lived with us at the time but didn’t know. We have PG&E for heat so both that and the water bill were quite high! Luckily the contractor fixed everything free. What a mess for you, but sounds like you are enjoying the desert thunderstorms. Take care!

  17. YIKES!! This is when courage is tested. You have used your frustration to build a wonderful visual story. I love this post. Even in the most difficult circumstances, your enthusiasm for life shines through. Hugs!

  18. Egads, what a mess! All because of one refrigerator? I hope your house gets back to normal soon.

    I lived for two decades in Reno where summer thunderstorms are common in that high desert region. Many of the storms were extremely violent and caused us to seek shelter indoors. Sometimes we would get electrical storms without rain that were quite unnerving, but the ones with strong winds and heavy precipitation were most scary.

  19. Gosh, Cindy, what a nightmare for you and your family! I’m so sorry for the damages – they look truly ominous. Hopefully, things will get back to normal before too long.
    Thankfully, you have the desert.Try to enjoy. Take marvelous pictures.
    Thinking of you.
    BTW, how are the twin grandbabies?

  20. Ugh…sorry to hear about the fridge filter accident. 🙁 The same thing happened to us once when we took for a 6 week trip. Your ocean photos are gorgeous and calming though! x

    1. I have never seen a storm in the desert in the summer. It dropped the temp from 106F to a balmy 89F. The rain moved in sheets on the really high mountains. We watched it fascinated. I took photos, but I don’t know how they will turn out. The desert in the summer is subtle, still, quiet, pastels. The storm turned it grey. I watched two palm trees that were about twenty feet apart in the same area for a good while. One was being whipped about like in a hurricane. The other barely moved. I have no idea why.

      1. I love just this description Cindy. Thank you! I am lucky, I have been “to” a dessert, walked it in 119 temps. I loved it. Was so surprised at how beautiful it was. You are very descriptive.

        1. That is so synchronistic. My kids and I were just talking about how we hiked The Calcite Mine Trail when it was 119F one summer. 119F gets your serious attention, the same way -50F does. Hiking that trail was a surreal experience. We only did a portion of it. A patrolling deputy saw us driving to the trail and drove back to check on us, to make sure we came out. I still remember how nice and concerned he was. It is remarkable we both walked in this exact temp. I don’t think too many people have….

          1. I don’t think so either. And that the hikes made an impression on us. My husband had just donated his kidney for his brother. We could not fly home for 2 weeks due to the surgery required. We couldn’t do anything ‘strenuous’. Neither of us felt the 119 degree hike was strenuous.

            THe deputy you speak of is top notch!

        1. The storm came. The thunder was so impressive, but everything was grey on grey, so I don’t know how the photos will be. But it was amazing to watch the sheets of rain move over the steep hot rocky mountains. Big fat droplets of rain evaporated seconds after they hit the ground. It was 112F even with the clouds and rain. Loved seeing this.

  21. I’m so sorry this happened to you. What a mess! I have a friend who just experienced this. And we experienced a bit of it a few years ago although without a lot of damage. That is the reason we purchased our new refrigerator without water or ice dispensers in the door. Our children think we are very old-fashioned, but I’d rather avoid a future problem.

    1. We are not connecting that water line to our frig ever again! I have now developed a major phobia about refrigerator water filters. I was actually the one to walk in and see the nice cold water burbling happily out of the refrigerator. I think the insurance company needs to cover my mental health treatment, preferably with a very nice therapist in Alaska. They don’t need water filters in Alaska and the water is already refrigerated.

      1. I think the insurance company should cover your mental health treatment, too! Even though our children think we’re absolutely backwards and back woods, we don’t need a water filter here. We’re on a well that is very deep, and the water is known as “blue rock” mountain water. Very cold and fresh.

  22. That would give me tidal wave nightmares too. I was worried about my hot water heater buried behind my closet. I’d never know it was leaking until my son found a monitor to hook up to it that would let me know before the floor was saturated. I don’t have one on the fridge line though. Chewing fingernails now.;/ Scary. And so you go to the desert and bring water there too. 😉 You have the touch. Come here for a visit. We can use the rain. 😉

    1. Laughing….It is important to put monitors on everything, except of course ourselves. God forbid if anyone monitored me! I am now thinking about our water bill…..Insurance says they will cover our electrical excesses. They think the electrical company will send out a monitor to find out why we have suddenly used enough electricity to supply a small city. But the water!!! Oh, no! I didn’t ask to have the water overage covered! And the water district monitor will probably come! In California they take water overuse very seriously. In our case the monitor will probably come out and imprison Jim. I will explain it was his fault, not mine. I wouldn’t do well in jail.

      1. I like how you look at things, Cindy. I do know how serious they are about water out there. I’m giggling here at the thought of you pointing the guilty finger at Jim. That’s what you keep them around for, right? 🙂

  23. Wow. I never imagined that a refrigerator filter could malfunction and cause flooding! Glad that your insurance will cover the damage but too bad that you have to deal with it at all. And the humor in your blog shows you are handling it well! Good luck getting everything back to normal quickly!

  24. So sorry to hear your news, Cindy. I hope that everything gets sorted out smoothly. Meanwhile, funny to read your mention of thunderstorms. I am typing this at 04:49 in the morning, being kept awake by an almighty summer storm of thunder, lightening and huge downfalls. But it’s all good – I love dramatic weather! X

    1. I love drama in movies and weather, but not my personal life. It IS thunderstorming here too. Imagine that, you and I experiencing the exact same weather at the exact same time, me in the Sonoran Desert and you in Scotland! Global warming is really something!

      1. Incredible! And isn’t it great to be able to communicate instantly so that we can even know what we are sharing! Sending many hugs across the crackly airwaves 😀⛈

    1. Thank you Adele. The restoration will take months and we will be returning soon. It will be an interesting couple of months. I appreciate your kindness my friend <3

  25. Oh my gosh! We had similar some year ago. A whole house was flooded through a dripping faucet. It was in winter and as we visited the house there was nothing than ice, overall. I feel with you. Best wishes, Michael

    1. I am so sorry you had to go through this. It is disorienting isn’t it. So much ruined and everything packed up on an emergency basis so there is no access to your things. I have no access to my calendar which is one of the most difficult things. I have no idea what commitments I am missing. Once again very sorry you went through this. I can’t even imagine the trauma of finding your house full of ice.

  26. Cindy, I’m so sorry your beautiful Holler got flooded, but I’m glad it’s being mended. And how fortuitous, having a place to escape to AND having friends to supervise the repairs. Hang in there, my friend!

  27. Oh no! What a terrible, terrible mess. We’ve known people with similar damage. That water is pervasive, quickly followed by mold. I’m sorry. I’m happy to hear you have help and insurance, but oh what a drag.

    I love that dolphin photo! Sending light and love your way.

  28. What a shock that must have been (to come home to), Cindy.

    Thank goodness you have insurance, but insurance in no way would have replaced your photos if you’d lost those. Hopefully your home will be back to normal very soon.

  29. Well shucks. Not a very welcoming homecoming for you all. I’m gad you’re getting things dried and sorted out. Bless your hearts. I hope the repairs will go swiftly.
    Your ocean photos are breathtaking.

  30. Wow sorry to read of your water damage, Cindy. I’m glad to read that you are insured, and hopefully things will be back to as before soon. On the upside, even in that state I can see you have a lovely and spacious kitchen, haha! I like the design of your window shutters as well, with the hinges at the top. The seascapes are gorgeous! Cheers!

  31. What a sad, sorrowful situation, Cindy. Had to laugh, as you fled the water to an opposite extreme (the desert). 😄 Hope all will be well for you soon. Hugs Cuz 🐳

  32. Oh no! I don’t know what is worse…the flooding or the thought of all that precious water gone to waste! I hope everything will be better soon.

              1. Oh my goodness… that’s much worse than I imagined. Some things are probably not safe anymore and have to be replaced… So so sorry 🙁

  33. I’m so sorry you are going through this Cindy. I always worry about water damage when we go away. Thank goodness though for insurance. Enjoy those babies and things will get better.

  34. Wow, what a mess, Cindy! So glad ya’ll have insurance, but still! And from a filter no less! Like your interspersed oceans images! Thought for a minute you’d landed in Galveston 🙂 Hope ya’ll recover soon; gonna go to your desert post now, looks tempting 😊

      1. And looks like the summer heat here is just right for you! 😊 It’ll actually probably feel humid to you, coming from the desert, but when we moved here from Galveston, we had to use creams on our skin the first few years, lol! 🙂

  35. I’ve have problems with flooding in a flat before, someone two floors above was having a new shower room fitted and the plumber hadn’t turned off the water, they flooded out the three flats shower rooms below before he realised.

  36. So sorry about the deluge. 🙁 We’ve been in your situation too. It is such a pain. But I hope your insurance comes through and you can rebuild/renovate.

  37. Cindy, unfortunately, I can relate to this one all too well. My electric bill sent shock waves through me.

    I’m glad you had some time with those twins. That must have been delightful as I can feel the beam from your smile over here… xx

  38. It must have been extra stressing not being able to be straight at the place of chaos.

    Hopefully now after some days of drying it shows the damage was not too bad.

    Concerning the clean drinkable water we should all be aware that this is going to be a serious problem in the near future. It is high time we do something against the global warming, waste and pollution.

    Love and enjoy your beautiful surroundings and thank you very much for sharing those lovely places and creatures of nature with the rest of the world.


    1. I couldn’t agree with you more Marcus. Thank you. Too many powerful humans are utterly irresponsible stewards of our planet. It is past the time for us to stop them.

    1. So wonderful to hear from you! The rebuilding process is pretty laborious and time consuming, but it could always be worse. Hope everything is going well with you & thank you for stopping by & saying hi!

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