|A goldfish swims in a new aquarium
2. The leak didn't start earlier in the night, which would have resulted in a wetter floor and possibly an empty tank.
3. Somehow we forgot to turn off a light in the family room on Sunday night, so John was able to see the problem. (I normally feed the fish, so I wouldn't have noticed for another hour or two otherwise.)
4. John had recently changed the water in the aquarium, so the water that was soaking into the carpet was relatively clean and not dirty fish water.
5. Someone quickly responded to my "Does anyone have an extra aquarium just lying around?" post on the neighborhood Facebook page.
6. Though she was willing to just give me the tank, I wanted to repay her kindness, and happened to have an item she couldn't refuse: an extra package of toilet paper! (Who knew that toilet paper would be the newest currency?)
Monday afternoon, I went to pick up a grocery order (curbside delivery). As I pulled up to the store, I realized my phone home button was not moving. I couldn't access my phone at all, and thus couldn't call to tell the store worker I was waiting for my order.
7. I'm thankful I wasn't the only person waiting for curbside delivery, so I could just roll down my window and call out to a worker who was loading groceries into the car next to mine. She happily helped me when she was finished.
8. I'm thankful that when I got home, I could look up on the computer how to fix the problem with the home button. Thirty seconds later, my phone was working properly again.
I decided to start working on this week's TToT post on Monday, so I wouldn't forget some of these items later in the week. As I'm writing, I realize I can get to 10 on Monday! (That could be #9 on the list, but I'm going to have that be a freebie.)
9. I'm thankful for Easter Sunday. We worshiped at home, watched a service via Zoom that my brother conducted, watched a pre-recorded talk by a member of our congregation, watched Andrea Bocelli's concert recorded at the Milan Duomo, then joined a Zoom gathering with John's side of the family.
10. I'm thankful, as always, for John, and especially thankful for his keen observation skills this week!
What are you thankful for this week? Have any aquarium near-disaster stories of your own? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
*When our oldest daughter was just a toddler--I don't think she was even 2 yet--she was swinging a wooden toy around, hit the aquarium, and put a hole right through the glass. Water was pouring out, fish were everywhere, children were "helping," and all I could think to do was grab towels. Do you know how many towels it takes to mop up 20 gallons of water? Believe me, a shop vac is the right tool for the job in the case of a gushing (or even just leaking) aquarium!
Joining the party this week:
The Prolific Pulse
A Season and a Time
the Wakefield Doctrine
Recording Life Under the Radar