Well. This hasn't been exactly the greeting card Christmas Eve of our imaginations.
We were in bed last night, when suddenly we heard a fountain. Fountains are nice. But not one in your bathroom, as this one was. And so we investigate. A water supply line, that hot water line to the bathroom sink, had blown off the faucet connector. And there is an inch of water on the floor already, and rising. What made it worse is that there is NO dedicated shutoff for that line. Upshot was that I had to get dressed, grab a flashlight, and trudge through the snow outside, gain access to the crawl space, and turn off ALL the water coming into our little hovel After turning off the power to the electrical water heater for the place. Tried our best to sop up as much of the water as we could, set up a fan and a small electric heater in an attempt to dry things up. Finally got to sleep around 03:00. Up this morning in a house with NO running water because the main was shut off. So, we made a rough breakfast out of leftovers. And investigated things further. The supply line is made of PEX, a cross-link polymer (yes, my decades as a plastics engineer show) which is relatively cheap and takes the heat of hot water in a residence. The line fit over a connector and was crimped in place with a small crimped-on clamp, which clamp had broken. The hose clamp I begged of the nephew next door just wasn't strong enough to deform the PEX and hold the line in place, resulting in another fountain. So, off to the Big Box Hardware store. Which will remain nameless, but whose initials are "LOWES", if you want to guess. A horrid experience. Picked up a couple things, but en route home discovered that they must be used with a crimped-on clamp, using a tool we don't have, and can't afford ( $60). A series of phone calls directed us to a locally-owned hardware store on the state line. They fixed us up, for not much money. Back home, I crawled back under the sink, installed the connector, reconnected everything, turned on the water. Seems to be holding so far. So I turned the water heater back on.
Wife is back on the recliner having taken her meds, I made her something to eat and heated up some leftovers for me. We'll take turns in the shower in a bit, we could both use one.
Great life we lead, isn't it? Yes, we have some bumps along the way. But some people were wonderfully kind to us and made a financial gift recently, which made possible the expenditure for the parts and the gasoline to get there. Otherwise, it would have been truly grim. We seem to have gotten through. God is good, even when the circumstances aren't. Always.
The Old Testament reading today is the book of Zephaniah, all three chapters.
The New Testament passage is chapter 15 from the Revelation.