Saturday, August 11, 2018

Finally Friday

I woke up later than usual on Friday. This was probably the result of getting up to shit almost every hour on the hour all night long.

Sidebar: I will say it again. I would much rather be woken up having to poop rather than the alternative. Sleeping through it would be messy!

I made two Eggo waffles for breakfast. After my second cup of coffee, I got dressed for town. I didn't go to town, just down to the little market on Joy and Beech Daly (it's called FreshValue). I bought more Italian dressing. Then I made two impulse buys. They had the small flour tortillas on sale, so I bought a bag of those.

Then I did a really bad thing (and I know better). I bought  bottle of Faygo Red Pop. I don't know why. I just saw it and thought, "I used to love that stuff!"

When I got home, I added more dressing to the pasta salad. Then I cracked open the Red Pop. The funny thing is that it didn't taste nearly as good as I remembered.

I put new line on the trimmer. First I trimmed the patio (it really needed it). I blew off the resultant mess. Then I went out front and did most of the south side of the driveway. The battery on the trimmer gave out just before my back did.

Sidebar: The trimmer is a lot lighter than, say, a gas trimmer, but it is not light.

I put the battery on the charger and ate some pasta for lunch. They I laid on the bed, waiting for my back to recover. It never really did.

The plumbers (there were two of them) showed up around 3:30 p.m. I explained the problem and they got to work.

Then they stopped work and came to tell me my flange was broke!

Sidebar: The flange is the pipe in the floor that the wax ring hooks into.

Since my crawl space is so short, they said all they could do was to cut out the old one and lead in a new one. They said they might have the correct one and some lead on the truck.

They checked and they did (thank God). They brought in the old one to show me the damage. It had rusted through (it was probably the original from when the house was built in the '50s). I could have tightened the toilet forever and never got it to quit rocking

So, they continued to work while I continued to worry about just how much all this was going to cost me...

They finished up just before 5:30 p.m. and the one guy went out to the truck to write up my bill. I almost kissed him when he got back and said it would be $217.28!!!

Sidebar: I thought it would be at least $500 - $700.00.

I have to use the downstairs bath until 24 hours have passed to let the caulk dry. No problem!!!
After they left, I shut the bathroom door and made a sign so I didn't forget during the night.

I couldn't handle more pasta salad for dinner but I had nothing planned, so I had to improvise. I diced up half of a sweet onion and set it aside. I opened a can of refried beans and warmed them up in the microwave. Then I charred a couple of flour tortillas on the gas stove grates (takes about 10 seconds and you really have to watch them).

I put the beans on one side and topped them with some onions. I added splashes of Frank's Red Hot Sauce. Then I folded it over and ate it. Very messy at first (you bite one end and it squishes out the other) but I soon got the hang of it. I ended up eating five of them!

I cleaned up the minimal mess and then watched TV until bedtime.

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