The Nasty Thing in the Wood Shed

I didn’t mean to drop a zinger and then leave you hanging. Well, maybe I did. I am a writer after all, and we writers like to leave you wanting more.

Besides, I only learned the truth about the nasty thing in the wooden shed a couple of days ago. To be honest, I didn’t think the capped pipe was anything at all. I was simply being mysterious for the sake of the story. What spooked me (a bit) was the way the contractor kept staring at the sewer pipe and saying, “Anything could be in there.”

He didn’t tell me until afterward that he wondered if it might be a pipe bomb, and he hadn’t wanted to worry me.

As it turns out, nothing was in the tube, though the pipe wasn’t as innocuous as I thought it was. It was a makeshift hydroponic contraption for growing marijuana. There were several holes drilled along the length of the pipe, one for each seedling. After the plants were in place, the pipe was then filled with water. Drains were attached to the capped ends to remove or change the water without disturbing the growing plants.

Since the pipe was empty, it was easy enough to dispose of — it went into the dumpster.

There haven’t been any other discoveries. A winter storm put the work on hold, but also that same winter storm helped ease my sinus condition. Apparently, I am allergic to the ornamental pear trees that are prevalent in the neighborhood. They truly are beautiful, with those bright white blossoms, but the beauty is not worth the pain. (Though it will have to be. This is a neighbor’s tree, not mine, so I’m stuck with the sinus problem.)

Next week, perhaps, the gas company will come and move the gas line so we can finally get the porch foundation poured. After that, they will put in the subfloor so we can get at the basement.

I wonder what we will find when we start moving things around down there? Dust of course. Lots of dust. And dirt because the basement is bordered on two sides by an open crawl space. But other than that, who knows? Anything can be buried in a 90-year-old basement.


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.

5 Responses to “The Nasty Thing in the Wood Shed”

  1. Judy Galyon Says:

    Good grief, you just keep coming up with more and more interesting things in your house. Hopefully there won’t be any serious problems. Spring doesn’t last all that long, so maybe you can make do with some sinus meds.

  2. rami ungar the writer Says:

    Well, at least it was innocuous. I would be rather worried if I found a sealed pipe full of something dangerous in my shed. I’d wondered if someone had it out for me (more than usual, anyway).

  3. snakesinthegrass2014 Says:

    Well, you had us in suspense for a day or so. 🙂 – Marty

  4. Wanda Hughes Says:

    That pipe could have been to grow strawberries as well…other plants as well. Not only pot does well in that kind of a planting situation. Love the picture of that blooming tree. We’re surrounded by bloomers right now and we’re all paying the price in sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, etc. So glad you’re settling in nicely. You need a metal detector for that basement.

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