I really hope today isn’t an indication of how the week is going. The dog wanted up at 0430. Then I couldn’t get back to sleep. Of course, part of that is because the carpet went SQUISH as I walked barefoot down the hallway. Now, any pet owner knows the feeling, literal and figurative, when that happens. You don’t know whether you want to turn on the lights to see what you stepped in or continue on in ignorance.

Well, I already had a pretty good idea. No, it had nothing to do with the animals and everything to do with the new HVAC. Twice before, pre-new installation — we’ve had this before when the overflow pipe clogged. Still, I had to check. Yep, the carpet is soaked through in a couple of places in front of the intakes and in my bedroom. Oh joy.

At least the AC guys can be out sometime today.

Oh, but that’s not the end of the morning’s problems. A look out the front window shows a leak in my sprinkler system. So, in a short time, I’ll be out there digging up my front yard, trying to figure out what happened overnight. With my luck, it won’t be anything simple like a crack in the line. Noooo, it will be the fargging valve — which means a call to a repairman for that because that valve box is lost. More than 25 years of soil shifting, overgrowth, etc., has buried it and I can’t find it. I know because I’ve looked for it before (even using the plat the installers gave us, the plat I know to be wrong because the heads aren’t where the plat shows them.)

So I’m pushing coffee until I’m awake enough to deal with at least one emergency and afraid to look around too closely for fear I might see something else requiring immediate attention.

Oh, and a new story idea hit me over the weekend that will probably start taking shape while I’m working on the sprinklers. My muse uses times like that to take over my consciousness and get the creative juices flowing. The fact it’s something I hadn’t planned only makes it more interesting to Myrtle the Evil Muse. Add in the fact that my writing for the rest of this year and the beginning of next is already planned out and she will just take it as a challenge to see if she can get me sidetracked.

Sigh.

Please, don’t let the rest of the week continue as it has started.