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10/10/15 A Minor Mishap with the Hot Tub

So, Mom has had the dream of the tiki bar ever since Dad popped and bought the portable, inflatable bubble spa (PureSpa by Intex) over the summer. Dad said, “In the winter, we should put this in the basement,” and thus the dream began to take on reality.

The tiki bar is finished as you all know. Now, on the other side of the tiki bar, the partially-inflated spa has been sitting. Until today. Mom rallied the troops after Dad came home from work, and off they went to Menard’s to get a special outlet, and some more little pieces of hardware. I wasn’t in the crate very long, so the shopping trip was not a big one.

Dad bolstered the shelves and the bottom of the bar. Mom constructed a wooden table that she got on clearance for $17. She put the vintage-style phonograph player on it. I watched everyone closely, in my supervisory position (as usual). Jamie helped out where needed.

Dad refilled the spa with air and hooked it up. Everything seemed to be going fine. They cracked open a basement window and Jamie fed a flexible hose through it and into the hot tub. Soon the water was filling! Everyone was very excited.

Mom was baking dinner in the kitchen and the upstairs of the house smelled wonderful. Dad and Jamie went upstairs to wash before dinner, and Mom double-checked the filling of the spa. The water was just a little bit over the filter, and so far, so good.

We all had dinner and then Dad went down to relax with some coffee. Jamie followed him and took a seat at the tiki bar. Mom had noticed some leftover grass in the spa, and came down with the strainer net to clean it out. The spa was nearly filled. That’s when she noticed the leak.

“Why don’t you come over here and relax?” called Dad. “Because we’ve got water! You’d better come over here!” was Mom’s anxious answer. Dad knelt down next to the controls of the spa. I sauntered over, stuck my head under his elbow, and enthusiastically licked his face. Dad pushed me away absently, saying, “Not now, Maggie.” I knew I was going to be in the way, so I hid on the rug behind the tiki bar. I didn’t want to get my paws all wet! And the water was coming out!

Dad, Jamie, and Mom tried like heck to get the leak to stop. Mom noticed the water was still rising in the spa, and realized the hose was still on. Dad screamed at the top of his lungs (because he is terrified of water, and absolutely hates getting wet). Jamie dashed out in the dark and ran to the side of the house. He made sure the water was off, but disconnected the hose anyway.

Downstairs, Dad was extremely wet and very angry. But they all worked together, and with a lot of silicone tape and pool n’ spa lube, the leak was finally stopped.

Then Mom shooed everyone upstairs and took care of the water on the floor. It wasn’t really a big deal to her, since the last time the sump pump failed, the entire basement flooded and she and Jamie had to clean it all up. “This was a puddle in comparison,” she said. “Plus, now the floor is nice and clean!” I guess there always is a silver lining!

Mom says this tiki bar/spa thing is a dream of hers, and she’s willing to work hard for her dream. Even if it means getting soaked in the process!

Woof! Your damp friend, Maggie

8/7/15 Da Crew

And today’s wrecking  cleaning crew is…


No, the humans weren’t going scuba diving. They were hacking up tack strips in the basement.


Evil, nail-y tack strips.

The sump pump failed a while back, and Dad, Mom, and Jamie worked to remove the wet carpet. The tack strips, which apparently had been installed as if they were a permanent fixture, had to come up. Mom said she just knew someone was going to step on one. Jamie agreed, and said someone was going to end up with tetanus. So, Jamie and Mom suited up and got to work.


There were so many tack strips! With the “studs” driven directly into the concrete, it was a difficult job. Mom said she felt her hand getting stress fractures, like she had been boxing. (Don’t ask how Mom knows about boxing). Jamie was grateful for the goggles since a nail popped up and hit him in the eye, but he was protected.

I knew to keep my distance, probably because Mom kept hollering about me getting a nail in my paw. I wanted to stay with the humans, though, for moral support and encouragement.


After all the strips were up, everything had to be swept, vacuumed, and dusted. There was a lot of dust in the air. Jamie and Mom had their faces masked so as not to choke, and Jamie set up a fan as a vacuum for the air. I ran upstairs for a while at the sound of the shop-vac. Then, after everything noisy was over, I crept back downstairs and found a soft spot to lie down.


Jamie and Mom put everything back into place. The whole ordeal was hard work and took a long time, but in the end, it was worth it.

Woof! Love, Maggie

9/8/13 The Basement


(Oh, boy!  Dad’s taking Mom out to dinner!  Woof!)

My people spent the day cleaning out the basement today.  The clutter, boxes, and discarded stuff from all the people who used to live here was monumental.  The worst was the huge, 200 pound TV that had to be brought up the stairs.  It was ridiculous!  Dad and Mom loaded it onto a dolly and Dad hoisted it up the stairs while Mom lifted from the bottom.  I was trapped in the stairwell behind them, watching them sweat and heave and mess up the door while I stood on the landing, tail between legs, whining.

Once the TV was dealt with, multiple…about 150…trips up and down the stairs were necessary to haul out all the junk.  I helped by running between everyone’s legs while their arms were full.  I also found a pen, some plastic toys, an old cassette tape, and a discarded tennis ball, to chew and shred while everyone else was occupied.  I left the little, tiny pieces of chewed material on the carpet for Mom to find.  I think Mom was wishing she had that Kirby, but I can’t be sure, because she was mumbling and flicking away beads of sweat.

Anyway, they did such a nice job that they are going out to dinner!  Wonder if they’ll bring home a doggie bag!  Yum!

Woof!  Love, Maggie