Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Yesterday was an anxiety-ridden day, but I think I did OK. I had a kid home sick which always worries me. I was unable to make a doctor's appointment for that day so we just winged it. She is better today--throat is less sore and no headache--so back to school she went. But yesterday I was thinking strep or a sinus infection.
Then in the middle of the day the plumber appears. He was supposed to be there yesterday. Sick child was not comfortable with a man in the house so called me to come home immediately. Sigh. He was to replace the kitchen faucet. K. called again before I could leave and said plumber could not find the water shut-off! WTF??!! I went home loaded for bear, prepared to fire this incompentent plumber. Walked in to find the owner of the plumbing business in my kitchen and I basically tore him a new butt-hole. He was looking at me like I was mentally unbalanced. When I finished my tirade, he said, in the tone one would use with a rabid dog, "It's not that I can't do this. The problem is I am unable to shut off your water because the main water valve is frozen open. I will need to call the city water department and shut off your water outside, if we can find the valve AND if it still turns. I just want you to know that you could be looking at fairly major repairs before I proceed."
The pipes are 97 years old, circa 1910. My nephew, who is a plumber, told me he wouldn't touch the pipes in my house because they are so bad. So I was aware we had some issues. Oops! Sorry for the new sphincter, Eldon. I apologize.
So now I have a new kitchen faucet, new water supply lines under the sink, new shut-off valves under the sink, and a new main shut-off inside the house. And I thought a $105 kitchen faucet was expensive! Yikes. I was so naive about plumbing only a few short days ago.
Anyway, I was stuck in the house with a sick kid and a disgruntled plumber most of the afternoon. I ate a lot of pretzels. Would have liked chocolate or ice cream, but those weren't available. I think I accounted for everything on my tracker. Skipped the donut at coffee today, although they smelled heavenly. Still hoping to be down this week, even with plumbing issues.