Thursday, September 13, 2012
I have to chuckle. After all the trouble I went to with my sprinkler system, and finally getting it fixed yesterday, I was most dismayed this morning when I went outside and discovered that my expensive sprinkler system had not gone on in the middle of the night as it was supposed to. In fact, I was mad.
But, when I looked at the controls, I discovered that they guy who had fixed everything had failed to tell the system that it was supposed to go on at 3 A.M. Thursday morning. So it didn't go on. I growled a little bit, then set it up to go on Friday instead of Thursday.
So what happened this afternoon? It rained. And rained. Quite a lot, actually. And now at 10:30 P.M. it is raining more and more. So, if it works properly, the rain sensor will sense rain, and the system won't go on at all. And because of the repairman's mistake, I will end up saving money on my water bill. :-)
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Some time ago, I wanted to help out my nephew, who was a struggling contractor. I asked him to put in a sprinkler system, since I had a little money to spend on home improvement. And, here in south Texas, yes, if one wants one's house to not collapse in on itself, one must water said house. More specifically, one must water the foundation of one's house unless a miracle occurs and it rains quite a lot. It really never does. I mean, it might rain hard for a day here or there...but never, and I do mean never, regularly and consistently all summer long. So, you have to water your house.
Now watering the house just isn't something I was ever willing to go out there and do consistently. And did I mention that we are almost always living under water restrictions, which means we can only use sprinklers on certain days and at certain hours? So, as I say, when I had a little money, I decided to get a sprinkler system.
I can't list all the problems and issues there were with my nephew and his 'crew,' most of whom were unreliable at best, and in general all did shoddy work. In the end, I didn't pay him the amount we had agreed on, because the system wasn't finished up to city code. Over and over he promised he would get it up to code, because he had this licensed plumber working for him. Well, the licensed plumber didn't come through...over and over.
Eventually, I got a different company to come and finish the job...to the tune of about another $1000 on top of what I had already paid. But even then it only worked as it was supposed to for a short time.
This summer it stopped working totally. I got some repair people out, and they found a whole bunch of things wrong, most of which were a result of shoddy workmanship and materials when the system was installed. $675 later, the system is finally set up and working properly. Sigh. But it is worth it to me to keep the foundation from needing a $15,000 repair.
And since this is after all south Texas, I am guaranteed to be using it for at least two more months before it gets cool enough to turn it off.
Saturday, September 08, 2012
I was way overoptimistic in my last blog in hoping that my cold wouldn't get worse. It did. Much worse. I still feel as though my head was hit by a hammer, probably partly because I had three nights in a row of bad sleep. For some odd reason, it is hard to sleep well when you can't breathe well. ;-)
I think I am finally on the mend, but I am still aching, coughing, and lacking energy. It will be much better tomorrow, I am sure. I am looking forward to at least being able to do a little exercise.
Thursday, September 06, 2012
I admit that there are days I wish I had stayed in bed...yesterday started out really well, but by the end of the day...well, it was one of THOSE days.
I had arranged to meet my ex-husband and get my child support and give him our son for the evening. En route, on a major highway, I got a flat tire, which became much worse because I thought the nasty noises were coming from the engine, not the tire. Luckily my son said, "Mom, I think it's the tire," in time to avoid damage to the rim. But the tire was in ribbons, and of course it was on the driver's side, right next to traffic going 70.
I would never normally have called my ex-husband, but since we were supposed to be meeting, I had to. He was so kind. He came to where we were, changed the tire, using his jack and tools because mine were badly rusted, and didn't make one nasty comment.
However, in the process of the tire change, I found out that my spare had been sitting in a pool of water, and the rim was terribly rusted. I did know that rain gets in the trunk of that car because it is warped or something (this is a 1994 car with over 200,000 miles on it)...what I hadn't known was that it was pooling around the tire and tools, all of which were rusted. :-(
In addition, the spare was quite low on air. So today I had to take the car in, replace the ruined tire, replace the other front tire, which was in bad shape, and replace the spare. Fun, fun...but you do what you have to.
Now that that's all done, hey, things are already looking up. I didn't get any exercise yesterday, but unless my cold gets much worse, I am going to at least do a little lawn mowing this evening.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Today I had one of my periodic appointments to check my weight and measurements for the research study I am participating in. I appreciate these, because the scale I have at home weighs at least ten pounds low. Knowing that, I can see how my weight is trending, but not an exact number.
I was very pleased to see that I have lost a pound since the last weigh-in (a month ago). Very pleased, because I had gained at least five pounds while I was driving all over the country taking kids to college and eating very irregularly. Since getting home, I have been working hard to lose that weight and maybe a bit more. Today's weigh-in tells me I have been succeeding, and that's enough to make anyone feel good - even if I have only lost one pound overall. :-)
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