Sunday Post 86: Another Leak But Otherwise Quiet

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It’s been a relatively quiet week, which is good after all the moving we did last weekend. We just had one little hiccup.

Vertical living has its pluses and minuses like many things in life. And one very annoying minus is that the builders put many water related objects in the attic and on the 3rd floor – the water heater & condenser are in the attic and the washer and dryer plus two full bathrooms are on the 3rd floor. This means that whenever something begins collecting water and the water spills over or if a pipe connection starts leaking or the shower needs recaulking, etc… the water ends up on the ceiling of our kitchen which is on the 2nd floor. Our poor kitchen ceiling has so many tales to tell right now.

This latest leak was from the hot water heater. It was a simple leak that had a relatively simple fix. We did have to call in the plumber just to be on the safe side, so,we had that fun and excitement. I don’t know what we are going to do if the hot water heater develops a serious leak. That would be very bad. Our house in Charlotte (we moved further out into the suburbs of Charlotte to Davidson 6-ish years ago) had the hot water heater in the garage, and we are not sure why it’s not in the garage here. That is a much safer place to develop a leak.

So, as I write this I am happy to report that the leak is fixed, and now we are just waiting for the ceiling to thoroughly dry before we decide if we want to paint yet or just wait because chances are we will have more leaks.

How was your week?

Random House sent me a few mystery/thriller widgets this week and I joined a blog tour for a holiday book that isn’t until the end of October.

When Sky Terran returns to the village of Middledip after losing the job she loves, she anticipates a quiet Christmas getting used to her new life. However, the annual street decoration competition is coming up and this year, the residents of Winter Street are determined to win. As she is pulled into the preparations, Sky quickly grows to love the quirky, tight-knit community she is now part of. Including the extremely handsome Daz, who soon becomes more than just a friendly neighbour. But when Daz’s ex turns up determined to win him back and it seems he might not be the man Sky thought he was, she remembers how much allowing people into her life – and heart – can hurt. As the snow falls, will she and Daz find a way through – and help win a Christmas victory for Winter Street?
June 1940. France has fallen to the Nazis, and Britain may be next—but to many Americans, the war is something happening “over there.” Veronica Grace has just graduated from college; she and her mother, Violet, are looking for a fresh start in sunny Los Angeles. After a blunder cost her a prestigious career opportunity in New York, Veronica is relieved to take a typing job in L.A.—only to realize that she’s working for one of the area’s most vicious propagandists. Overnight, Veronica is exposed to the dark underbelly of her new home, where German Nazis are recruiting Americans for their devastating campaign. After the FBI dismisses the Graces’ concerns, Veronica and Violet decide to call on an old friend, who introduces them to L.A.’s anti-Nazi spymaster. At once, the women go undercover to gather enough information about the California Reich to take to the authorities. But as the news of Pearl Harbor ripples through the United States, and President Roosevelt declares war, the Grace women realize that the plots they’re investigating are far more sinister than they feared—and even a single misstep could cost them everything. Inspired by the real mother-daughter spy duo who foiled Nazi plots in Los Angeles during WWII, Mother Daughter Traitor Spy is a powerful portrait of family, duty, and deception that raises timeless questions about America—and what it means to have courage in the face of terror.
She’s an outsider desperate to belong, but the cost of entry might be her darkest secret in this intoxicating debut of literary suspense following a clique of dangerously ambitious students at the University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh, Scotland: a moody city of labyrinthine alleyways, oppressive fog, and buried history; the ultimate destination for someone with something to hide. Perfect for Clare, then, who arrives utterly alone and yearning to reinvent herself. And what better place to conceal the secrets of her past than at the university in the heart of the fabled, cobblestoned Old Town? When Clare meets Tabitha, a charismatic, beautiful, and intimidatingly rich girl from her art history class, she knows she’s destined to become friends with her and her exclusive circle: raffish Samuel, shrewd Ava, and pragmatic Imogen. Clare is immediately drawn into their libertine world of sophisticated dinner parties and summers in France. The new life she always envisioned for herself has seemingly begun. Then Tabitha reveals a little project she’s been working on, one that she needs Clare’s help with. Even though it goes against everything Clare has tried to repent for. Even though their intimacy begins to darken into codependence. But as Clare starts to realize just what her friends are capable of, it’s already too late. Because they’ve taken the plunge. They’re so close to attaining everything they want. And there’s no going back. How much is an extraordinary life worth if others have to pay? Reimagining the classic themes of obsession and ambition with an original and sinister edge, The Things We Do to Our Friends is a seductive thriller about the toxic battle between those who have, and those who covet—between the desire to truly belong, and the danger of being truly known.
A rich, eccentric family. A time-honored tradition. Or a lethal game of survival? One woman is about to find out if she has what it takes to join her husband’s family in this riveting, must-read thriller from the author of Something in the Water, Mr. Nobody, and The Disappearing Act. THE RULES 1. Listen carefully 2. Do your research 3. Trust no one 4. Run for your life Harriet Reed, a novelist on the brink of literary stardom, is newly engaged to Edward Holbeck, the heir of an extremely powerful family. And even though Edward has long tried to severe ties with them, news of the couple’s marital bliss has the Holbecks inching back into their lives. As Harriet is drawn into their lavish world, the family seems perfectly welcoming. So when Edward’s father, Robert, hands Harriet a tape of a book he’s been working on, she is desperate to listen. But as she presses play, it’s clear that this isn’t just a novel. It’s a confession. A confession to a grisly crime. A murder. And, suddenly, the game is in motion. Feeling isolated and confused, Harriet must work out if this is part of a plan to test her loyalty. Or something far darker. What is it that Robert sees in her? Why give her the power to destroy everything? This might be a game to the Holbeck family—but losing might still prove deadly. READY OR NOT, HERE THEY COME . . .

After much debate, we decided to watch No Time To Die (James Bond movie) which came out last fall on Prime.

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52 Replies to “Sunday Post 86: Another Leak But Otherwise Quiet”

    1. Me too! My husband is amazing at finding out where the leaks are coming from. I usually have no clue where to even look or what I need to look for other than the obvious.

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  1. I bet the house builder was British. We often have water tanks in the loft or upper floors, though not washing machines etc.
    Enjoy the winter themed book – I’m not sure I can read out of season to that extent 😂

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    1. I won’t be reading it until October, so that’s not too bad. I didn’t know that about water heaters in the UK. The bedrooms are on the 3rd floor, so having the washer & dryer up there is convenient for doing the wash but really challenging if there’s an issue.

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  2. It’s good your leak is fixed! My week has been good, I just got They Both Die At The End from my local library so I’m excited to read that at some point! Have you read it?

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  3. Glad that the leak is fixed. What a lot of floors you have!

    I saw that Christmas book on Netgalley. I have a lot of books though and I don’t really understand how Netgalley works (I’ve just sorted out my profile and requested a book)

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
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    1. NetGalley basically connects publishers and book people of various sorts. They provide an ARC and expect a review in return. It can be quite a fun rabbit hole to go down :). Good luck with it!

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      1. A bit like a Blog Tour then. It is quite a confusing website although I have been setting it up via my phone… I have done a bio and requested a book so we shall see what happens!

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    1. We enjoyed it a lot. It’s quite touching at the end. The only hard part was remembering the specifics of Spectre since it came out so long ago. This movie is sort of like a continuation of Spectre.

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  4. Fingers crossed there are no more leaks! However, it won’t hurt to give it a little while before re-painting just in case 🙂 People rarely look up when they visit anyway!
    Hope you have a lovely week! My Sunday Post

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  5. Oh my goodness, Tessa. I don’t think I could live in a house with the water heater etc. overhead. Mine are in the basement, but when I get my new house built (don’t hold your breath) I want them all on the main floor. I am building a ranch style house. I enjoy Sue Moorcroft’s books and that one looks inviting. Enjoy all your present and upcoming reads, Tessa.

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    1. I ‘m not a big fan of everything being so high up. There’s lots of issues you never even think about – like how difficult it is to find places that will replace large items that many floors up! And I don’t even know how you get a water heater up the little pull down attic stairs.

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    1. I completely agree! My husband is always quick to hunt out the leaks whenever we see the telltale signs. Having everything on the first floor was so much easier.

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  6. Oh water problems… On the bright side, it does provide us with stories to tell.

    Once again, some great reads coming up for you!!

    Oh, No Time to Die… Good hey!

    Have a good week Tessa and happy reading.

    Elza Reads

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    1. No Time to Die was very good. Long but good. We didn’t finish it until 1am, so it was way too late to worry about updating the post. Lol.

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  7. Yup, a water heater on the third floor sounds a little risky, but I’m glad yours is fixed now and painting the kitchen ceiling is all that’s left. Enjoy Bond, and thanks for the line up of books. My kindle is currently on a diet until I catch up a bit. 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful week with no unexpected excitement. 🙂

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    1. I’m being very careful with how much I take and when it’s coming out. These aren’t out for many many months. So far I’m sticking to my plan to only take widgets offered and I’m keeping it to no more than two reviews per week. I’m hoping just working off of widgets will prevent me from dealing with the too many books situation that I’m dealing with now.

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  8. I’m glad you got your hot-water fixed, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable about a water-heater in the attic, either. I hope you’re able to get your kitchen ceiling all fixed up.

    Mother Daughter Traitor Spy sounds fascinating! I liked MacNeal’s Maggie Hope series, but lost track of it several books in. I should check out this new book (which I realize isn’t in the series) as well as go back and catch up on the series.

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    1. That book does sound intriguing. I can’t wait to delve in.

      We were wondering if it would be possible to relocate the water heater to the garage and how much $ it would take to do it. That would make me feel so much better. It seems absolutely insane to me to put them in the attic ever!

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  9. Oh, how I hate these kind of plumbing issues. We had to replace ours a few years ago and it turned into a nightmare. Won’t bore you with the drama but the solutions never seem to be easy. Glad it wasn’t a major catastrophe.

    All but one of your books are new to me so I’m really interested in your feedback about them.

    Have a great week, Tessa💜

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    1. I have no idea how they would ever replace the water heater given where it is. The thought of people trying to drag it up those pull down steps to the attic is both comical and horrifying. I want it relocated to the garage but the chances of that being easy are very slim I bet.

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        1. Aahhh… I wondered if we would have to do something like that when this tank needs replacing. We also thought about seeing if it’s possible to have it hooked up in the garage. I can’t imagine what that expense would be but I know tankless is not cheap either.

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  10. I just read a post yesterday by a guy who has a water heater in the attic and there was a leak and everything he and his wife had to go through to get the water to the house shut off because it was the weekend and no plumber would come until Monday. The incident made him write that post about what it is like to get older and start becoming helpless because you no longer have the strength it takes to do stuff like turn off water with a wrench and climb up and down attic stairs. Scary, since I am single with no kids and not getting any younger myself (but also nowhere near “old” yet). But at least our water heater is in an closet between the kitchen and livingroom I guess. That being said, I do NOT know where our main water shut off is, nor do I know if we have a wrench to turn it off with. Like I said…scary! But I also think I could call the fire department and they would run over and shut the water off???? I know they will put new batteries in your smoke detector. lol Our fire department doesn’t have much to do other than help old people up off the floor and replace batteries and host 4th of July pancake breakfasts, but we love them.

    Anyway, I am GLAD your leak got fixed and maybe see about investing in the water detector thingies I read about on ANOTHER blog. You put them near (or on?) your appliances and toilets and stuff and if they detect water you get an alert on your phone!

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    1. You know, it did make me think about that something to keep in mind when we start looking for a home for those retirement years is where all those behind the scenes things are located and the accessibility to them. That’s something I would guess most people never think about.

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  11. I’m glad your leak is fixed. 😀 Having the hot water heater on the third floor does sound like poor planning. My parents’ ceiling cave in do to a leak from snow melting on the roof. They had no idea it was happening until it was too late. I hope this doesn’t happen to your ceiling. *fingers crossed* I also hope you have a better week.

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    1. That’s exactly what I think about when I think of the possible problems with everything being at the top instead of the bottom. Scary!

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  12. Your book hauls have the most beautiful covers. Especially The Things We Do to Our Friends.
    Gosh, happy to hear the leak has been fixed! Have a great week ahead!

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  13. I’m so glad you got your leaks fixed. The Sue Moorecraft book looks really good. I hope you enjoy all your books.

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  14. Yep, the garage is a much better place for a water heater – glad ours is out there. The only leak we’ve had was the toilet in the bonus room over the garage leaking, but it was a easy fix. I’m such a sucker for a pretty Christmas cover, and this one is adorable. Have a great week, Tessa!

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    1. I agree about the cover. Love it 😍. And yeah, a water heater in the attic, especially when there are better options is just ridiculous.

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  15. I like quiet week and I’m having those weeks. In fact, I can’t do much these days and I only have time to read 1 book a week, it’s the reason I’m not writing weekly posts. putting everything water related in upper floors sounds troublesome and foolish. We keep them on the ground floor here in India unless we are living in flats and as all our houses are cement built we rarely have that ceiling telling stories issue.

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