Saturday, November 03, 2012
So handyguy Joe comes to repair toilets,, we inspect both stools and discover that gaskets are shot, things are leaking, etc,, after that, I decide it is easier and cheaper to purchase two new thrones with the works, have him install them and be gone. I also asked him to draw a new bead of silicone around the tub and floor tiles in main bathroom and new spout and bathtub handles. Okay, no big deal. (Think Linda's Law)
I ask him if he wants to make a list of supplies needed before we leave, hoses, bolts,etc..Nope, he says, nothing else needed.
Off we go to Menards because Linda has a $190.00 store rebate check to use there. After perusing the aisles, many different thrones, I select a white round bowl, slightly middle of the line throne for my bathroom. I start thinking of my health future and possibly having to use a high rise on the throne in the years to come, so suggest an elongated bowl(In bisque that matches tub and floor tiles). Joe agrees, we get the silicone, use the big check to offset credit card purchase and off we go to home.
Later on, he discovers that I need a new water line, so he tells me 3/8 output, 12 inch, off I go to testosterone land.
DD and I discover that we have not eaten since yesterday, so I decide to use a big birthday coupon mailed to me by Hungry Howies. Dough guy there puts me on hold for four minutes, totally unacceptable(one minute is the max), I hang up and he asks me to go on hold, I tell him, NO, I was on hold way too long.. He says, give me one minute, I am here alone,, okay, two minutes later he takes y order, ,, twenty minutes,, I am feeling sick to my stomach form no food today..
Meanwhile, Joe calls to me that the water hose is the wrong one, so I write down correct numbers, back to Menards to get credit for wrong and buy new one,, back to house, DD is just walking out door for food pick up, I toss her the water hose to give to Joe, off we go to pick up food.
get back, eat very good antipasto,, finish eating, mosey on in to my bathroom, look at toilet and ask why it does not look white and why it looks elongated.. Turn and walk around to other bathroom, ask why THAT toilet is white and NOT elongated...
Sheepish Joe says OOPS! Tee-riff-ick!
Life is short, I am going to retire in five years, not worth stroking out for,, tell Joe to leave thrones just the way they are, that they look beautiful. Joe sighs in relief..
All that is left to do is caulk tub and replace bathtub faucet. caulk done,check,,
I hear an Uh-Oh from bathroom,, then OH-NO, then "Linda, you should not have asked me to replace this faucet!"
Joe walks out into living room old mangled faucet with about three inches of twisted copper pipe hanging from it. I walk into bathroom and see a big hole where faucet used to be one minute ago.
Now I need a plumber!! I tell Joe if O could afford a licensed plumber to do what he did over the course of 7 hours, I would not have called him! The guilt card works, he calls his plumber cousin that actually did work on a Moen faucet in my kitchen a few years back,, Moen junk, I should say,,
I call Bob the plumber, he is coming over tomorrow to work on my tub, Joe very nicely cut a huge chunk of wall out so Bob can just get to work tomorrow morning.. after the plumbing is fixed, Joe has to return to repair wall behind tub.
When I woke up this morning, I had one working toilet and a working shower/tub. Now I have one working toilet ,no working tub or shower. Joe felt so bad he hardly charged me at all, told me to name a price,, it was very cheap...
Another weekend spent with a man, no movie, flowers or chocolates, no kiss at the door, but new stuff, bonding at home improvement stores and watching a guy sweat in 40 degree weather,, he was very nervous that I would lose my cool!!!
Kind of scared of the visit from the HVAC guy Tuesday!!
tomorrow was GOING to be a day of selecting paint color for a bathroom, and going over voting things, we make our checklist and take it to the booth with us, all of our elects written down and ready to go.. Now we will have plenty of time since Bob will be here bonding with us.
The positive part of this is :I have indoor plumbing,, that will eventually work..
Friday, November 02, 2012
I feel so free having two days off this weekend and having all of my errands finished. Now we can concentrate on getting our plumbing repaired.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
Today was errand running day again.. After work DD and I did mom's banking, we took her personal things to the home. I dropped DD off to her Doc appointment, went shopping for things again for parents house, ,, batteries, flashlights, mouse baits and traps,etc.
We stopped at drugstore for her Rx's but Walgreens has the longest wait in the world, so we ate dinner and came home,DD will pick her Rx's up tomorrow.
Doing laundry, double duty with dishes, recycling and on hold for power company that messed my payment up..
Another incompetent person at the other end,, credited my bill with somebody else's payment!!!
I need a vacation from life..
I just got off phone with Consumers Power co. After being on hold for 55 minutes for two different people, the chick had the nads to tell me that their hours are only 8-6 M-F!! I was on hold from 5:30- 6:20 pm!!!!!!!!! I was not shy about informing her of that either..
The Peter Principle...
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The high winds finally stopped, but it is still raining here,, misting.. still cold though. We never lost power, but I know there are still about 6.8 million left waiting to get theirs restored.
God Bless those people in Queens,,, losing work time, cancelling a trip are not emergencies in my mind. Losing your home, getting sick and being unable to get medical help, losing your home or a loved one, those are emergencies.
NO matter what happened, it could have been much worse for us. As an article here on Sparks stated,, preparedness is the key to making it in this thing. There were many warnings, man lists of things to have on hand.. just needed to listen, not pooh-pooh the suggestions. Praying for all emergency workers, those who are still needing help and families of those who lost a loved one.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
It could always be worse: we only have e50mph winds, rain, sleet and snow. If it holds steady outside, I can keep things semi-dry indoors. I pushed my elbow joint pipe on the lavatory drainpipe for a bandaid fix until Saturday, only wash our hands and brush our teeth in that sink anyway.
DD and I went to parental unit after work and put energy saving light bulbs in some fixtures, checked the temp of the interior, picked up some toiletries to bring to mother later in the week.
Kind of funny, kind of sad: my dad was a self-made millionaire,, but if you saw him on the street, you would want to offer him a hot meal and a set of new clothes. He would give anybody his clothes if they asked too.
I am used to how cheap he was, as I am almost that "thrifty" myself. DD and i started going through their home and checking out what we needed to replace. My dad could recycle buffalo poop if he thought it would save him a nickel.. I AM DEAD SERIOUS. Some of the lamps we attempted to put bulbs in, had been jury-rigged to turn on only if the wall switch was turned, the bulbs were 40 watt(these are ceiling lights!) and we could barely see the fixture to replace the bulb. dad saved old paint cans and put nails in them,, after this many years, I pry open a paint can thinking I will see dried paint,, 1,000 rusty nails gummed to the bottom of a can!
I know it reads funny, but I feel sad that dad s=did these things to save a penny, wasted nails that were new when they were put in the can.. He never bought a new vehicle, never bought a new lawn mower or part!! Even his clothes came form the free clothing store, donated. My mom worked there and they took some things home for him to wear.. i feel sad that dad never used the money to have fun, to enjoy himself with others, as mom did not want to do anything with him, just drink and gamble..\
When I get to heaven, I know the $$ will be a moot point, but I am only happy for him now, because I know that he is living his reward forever.
Does anybody else have a story like that? Am I being too sensitive or childish? I loved my dad with all my being, but feel bad because I used to tell him to spend some of that money, travel(he loved to, but mom did not) buy a poor person something they needed.. all fell on deaf ears....
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