Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Tuesday’s Tale

It started raining during the night and it was raining hard when I took the trash out to the road.

So, I would have walked inside, had I remembered.

I got a follow-up call from Saint Mary Mercy hospital, checking on how I was doing. I thought that was nice.

I went to Big Boy for lunch, in the rain. For a change in taste, I chose from the “Pick Any Three” menu. I picked a Caesar side salad (they make a good Caesar salad), a cup of broccoli and ham soup and a half sandwich (three cheeses with tomato, grilled on sourdough bread). Naturally, I had just taken my first bite of the sandwich when the waitress asked how I was doing. My mouth was full of hot cheese, some of which still clung to the sandwich in my hands (so I couldn’t even give a “thumbs-up”). All I could do was nod and she laughed.

Sigh… why do these things always happen to me?

From there I went to Ace Hardware and got some Draino. I missed my semi-annual drain treatment this year and now the kitchen sink is gurgling ominously.

The afternoon passed slowly, but I did remember to walk in the afternoon.

It was still drizzling when I drove home. I got in the trashcan and then got myself in the house.

I treated all the drains and changed clothes while I waited 30 minutes. I heated water on the stove and then dumped it down each drain when time was up.

Sidebar: I’m always confused with the instructions. You are supposed to wait 30 minutes and then flush it with hot water. I don’t know about your house but in mine, after 30 minutes, the first thing that comes out of the hot water tap is cold water. So, I cope.

When I got hungry, I made some penne pasta. I stirred in butter, salt and pepper. Then I topped it with a generous amount of grated parmesan cheese. Simple, but delicious!

I watched NCIS but then went to bed. I’ll let NCIS New Orleans tape…


  1. Is this drain treatment to help with your biennial root drilling or something else?

  2. Well, you are supposed to do this as routine household preventative measure. But I also hose it helps me from shelling out $200.00 for the root drilling as well.

  3. Never heard of biannual drano ......hmm
    and I have a maple tree within 10 feet of my main drain. where did you get this advice?
    My big question, how do you put dranio down thru the garbage disposal?

    watch New Orlean......really good (No spoilers)

  4. @ GPF: I saw it on some DIY show and it made sense. I mean every day you get some hairs or dirt or "something" going down your drains. This prevents the build-up of gunk tht could clog it.

    Now, this does NOT help with the tree root problem.

    I use the liquid Draino gel and just pour it down the garbage disposal. It eventually gets into the trap (the garbage disposal is just a drain, after all).