Apparently when I took my shower that evening one of the pipes leading to the shower finally gage out and sprung a leak. They are iron (not copper) pipes and are now 25 years old. Some time back the water heater, also dating from the construction of the house in 1979, also rusted out and began leaking. That was expensive too.
Stuff like this always happens on one of the rare days at work when I am supposed to be in charge, so I could not simply call off sick. I had to go to work as usual at 3AM, make sure everything was up and running OK, and that there were enough people for me to leave, and then go home on sick leave, even though it is the house itself that is sick in this case. Due to my personnel records at work still being screwed up after a full year, I currently show -10 hours of regular vacation available, so I couldn't use that.
Between the time Roz gets up and leaves to go to work I'll go up in what passes for an attic in this place and see where the leak is. I'll just have to get it patched for now but the next major home improvement is apparently going to be a copper repipe job, and that costs thousands.
On the bright side, there were some things that were going to wait for Thursday that I will probably be able to do today while waiting for the plumber.
And have a look at webcomics.rozgibson.com which I spent pretty much all of yesterday setting up before the flood started.