A Day of Mystery

November 2, 2008

Home 'Improvement'

It was a mystery-solving day around here for the Sommerer Gang.  Where to start?

Well, every so often during the summer we would notice this one spot on the basement floor that would be a little wet.  It didn’t smell like cat pee, so we figured it was just condensation from all the humidity, and let the cats live. Last week I went to put some boxes away in the basement (by that spot), and noticed that they were wet, too.  Could it be ghosts?  It looked a lot like ectoplasm.  We put down some newspapers and waited.  Nothing happened all week.

Until today.

exhibit a

This time when we looked up, though, there was a drip!  (Last time there wasn’t.)

exhibit b

What the what the?   Using my visual-spatial powers, I deduced that it was coming from upstairs somewhere.  (I’m genius like that.) What did we find?


The culprit!  This leaky jug was inside the front coat closet.  No wonder the stain felt a little greasy.  Rain-x is slick!  The puddle was oozing over to a crack in the floor, but we figured it only actually went down when the puddle was big enough.  Puddle would drain, leak would stop, puddle would build up – reach the crack, then drain, etc. etc.

Other mysteries solved: (mouse over the pictures for answers)

Who ate the top of Lloyd’s last piece of pizza?

Cricket.  Maybe that’s why she has diarrhea.

Why was the sky on fire while Lloyd was mowing?
A controlled building burn a few streets down.

Why did Lloyd only smell animal poop when his feet were propped up while reading, but never when he walked around to find the source?

He stepped in something while mowing.  We cleaned the floors.

Got any mysteries?  We’ll solve ’em.

About Lauren

Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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8 Responses to “A Day of Mystery”

  1. The Crafty Cactus Lover Said on:

    You should write a book with you two as a dynamic mystery-busting duo, solving those everyday mysteries that are so neglected by other detectives! I too had a mystery wet spot in my house a while back and the cat got the blame for a while:


  2. Brad Said on:

    The real mystery is how a sturdy plastic bottle like that starts leaking. I think it must be ghosts.

    Did you use up all the Rain-X so it wouldn’t go to waste? Did you do your cats? It would really make the water bead up on them.


  3. Annette Said on:

    Note to self: Politely refuse eating leftovers at Sommerer’s


  4. Peggy Said on:

    What a dynamic duo you two make!! So how about solving the Jack the Ripper case…or why, if your stomach doesn’t produce a new layer of mucus every 2 weeks, it will digest itself.


  5. Gretchen Said on:

    That leaky rain-x reminds me of how we once scored a new refrigerator for our apartment. We had an old, pathetic fridge and a cheap landlord. We came home after a weekend away to find a big puddle on the floor in front of the fridge. I complained to the landlord, who had a repair person look at it and he finally agreed to get us a new one. The day the new fridge was to be delivered I was cleaning to make room for it and found a leaky bottle of water stashed behind the old fridge! Oops, at least we got a new refrigerator out of the deal, albeit not completely honestly…


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