(of crafters and writers)
… gang aft agley.
Remember on Friday when I said that my plans for my weekend home alone involved rearranging some stuff in my craft room? (I believe the phrase I used was “editing my living space.”)
A plot was outlined. The characters (myself, the dogs, and an absent roommate) were developed. The scene (a craft room that looked like an episode of Hoarders) was set.
In short, plans were made.
The gods laughed so hard they had hiccups.
Cue inciting incident on Saturday morning in the form of the panicked voice of my not-done-packing-yet roommate yelling, “Paula! The washer’s overflowing!”
Sure enough. Apparently the washer had decided that “full” wasn’t “full enough” and kept on filling… and filling… and filling…
There was about half an inch of water covering roughly half the (carpeted) floor in my craft room.
So, instead of just moving the buffet table and the bins of yarn, I spent the weekend running the shop vac and moving over half the contents of my craft room into the back half of the basement and then back to where they belong.
I really didn’t lose anything to water damage because most of the stuff on floor level was in plastic tubs. (I learned that lesson a few years ago when the hot water tank declared war on the carpet.)
Epilogue to the weekend:
The carpet is a lot cleaner than it used to be.
The new washer comes on Wednesday.
My craft room is still a disaster but there is more room in it now. Not because there is appreciably less stuff, but because it’s better organized. (I “tightened the writing,” so to speak.)
There is still a lot to do.
The carpet is still slightly damp. (I think water is leeching back up to the surface.)
There is still a lot of unsorted stuff in boxes. But at least the mad rush on it is done, although I do need to still make more room by Wednesday. (Mostly I just need to move some stuff that is rather precariously stacked so it doesn’t get knocked over by the guys bringing the new washer.)
And the sink needs cleaned out – I was emptying the shop vac into it and it’s kind of full of sludge.
Let round two of the edits begin…