I am so clever. In my defence, it was a genuine mistake, but it still wasn't good seeing water gushing out under the back door, or squelching through the hall at 11 p.m. last night.
How did I do it? Well, it was a simple case of laundry gone awry. And no, the machine didn't overflow.
Here's what went wrong.
The dog (16 weeks old) likes to 'eat' the dirty laundry, if she can reach it. She also likes to pull the clean stuff off the line. As she can get to the top of the dryer, I put the next load in the laundry basin, ready to load up after Load 1 was finished.
What I didn't realise was that the machine drains into the basin proper, not down the little drainhole the last 4 houses I have lived in have had. So all was good, until it started to drain, then the water went everywhere. And I mean EVERYWHERE. It was coming down the back step in a waterfall, the entire hallway, the laundry and part of the main bedroom were soaked.
It took all the house towels, all of our towels, wrung out and air dried several times and it was STILL squelching in places at 11 p.m. This was all helped by the fact that a hail storm blew in mid afternoon.
So of course, instead of the 2 loads I had planned, I had 5 to do. One of them was our sheets, which I needed dry for last night. And guess what was on the line when the hailstorm hit?!
My son and his partner thought it was all very funny.......... no matter that their bedroom was squelchinng, they were laughing so hard they were crying at one stage. Me, not so much. I was so embarrassed, I wanted to cry..... my sons response was to hand me a teabag and say, with a straight face no less:
"Mum! Go have a cup of tea, and calm the **** down!"