I promise there will be no shining stars, no magic healing, and no ghosts of Christmas past...nor will I rely on family feuds as a source for Christmas disorder...oh no...my Christmas disasters are on a whole other level.
It all began with a gentle snowfall that soon melted into rain. Shortly after that the sun shone through the clouds and a gentle stream trickled down our street.
That's quite a snowmelt, I'd thought to myself as I watched the water flow. I'd noticed it a couple of days before Christmas after the big snow storm. I'd even made a mental note to be wary of the water as night fell - it was sure to be a river of ice.
But it never did freeze.
Burst water-mains don't freeze...they just pump out water - hour after hour, day after day.
Because I am an alert observer of all things around me, I noticed the water flow at once.
Because I am an idiot, it never occurred to me to look for the origin of the water which happened to be a crack in the pavement right in front of my cabin.
I discovered my error early Christmas morning when there "arose such a clatter"...no tiny reindeer...just a large grumpy elf with a jack-hammer and three of his surly elf-friends.
|You can see the spray of water over the edge of the truck - 10 feet in the air!|
Just getting it out of the pan was a nightmare. Knives were useless so I employed a combination of chiseling and water.
|It took me 3 hours to dissolve and scrape my way to the bottom of the pan.|
To his credit, Dave stopped short of advising me to take it out to help the men PATCH the leak...he's well-aware that domestic violence increases around the holidays - no doubt due to cooking commentary from unthinking husbands.
I baked up another batch being careful to extract the oatmeal toffee right after it came out of the oven this time. Sadly, by the time it was done, the elves had completed their task and headed for home.
|Yummy on round two!|
|Looks yummy enough...|
|I was trying to cool it enough to refrigerate...maybe I'd had too many Christmas cocktails...|
|This time I called the city myself...|