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 thoughts on “10/10/15 A Minor Mishap with the Hot Tub

  1. hitandrun1964

    Your dad is terrified of water and doesn’t like getting wet? Okay, I know that’s NOT the point of the story, Maggie but WHAT? Your mom is awesome and tough. I know she is strong because you have her back. I hope things work out from here on in Maggie. How is your dad going to go in the Hot Tub…there’s water in it, or is he just terrified of water that is wild and free..unbound hose water:) I’m going to be smiling about that for the rest of the day.

    1. maggie0019 Post author

      Ok, this is probably worse than you thought, so you’ll be grinning for a couple of days. Dad is absolutely terrified of water, even in the shower. I’m so surprised he doesn’t wear a raincoat and plastic face mask when he has to take one…he is worse than a wet cat if he gets his face wet! (He even uses an electric shaver so as not to have to splash water on his face.) His brother is the EXACT same way, he told Dad, “We McM—- men don’t like to get our faces wet” and Dad agreed. Now, he WILL venture into the hot tub IF Mom is with him, if a towel and robe are nearby, and IF the water level is such that it doesn’t splash his face. He howled for years that we couldn’t have a pool because “Jamie might drown in it” but the kids quite like the water, it’s Dad who won’t step a toe in the pool unless the water is over 90 degrees. Ha!!! Woof Woof Woof!

      1. hitandrun1964

        I hardly know what to say…LOLOLOLOL Has to be a past life, definitely. He and his brother were together when something horrifying happened and he carried it to this lifetime. I honestly never heard of anyone with a water phobia for showers. You lead an interesting life Liz. OMG 🙂

  2. Deziz World

    MeeeeeOW Maggie dat sounds like quite da adventure. Weez glad da lak has stopped and now yous peeps can enjoy sum floatin’ and relaxin’ time. And who knows, maybe yous will get in on da fun too.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi


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