Teh Squeaky Wheel
I’m quite impressed -- and a bit envious -- you’ve gotten such a long service life from your printer!
Also lurve teh thread pic. It was funny yesterday reading some of the angst-y comments from residents of NYC re the opening of the first Chik-Fil-A there. The conflict between their “virtue signaling” and their inability to resist the siren lure of teh wonderful chicken sammiches was, erm, delicious.
And speaking of sammiches:
I’m sensing a theme here. 🙂
I mean, mornin’ greetin’s.
Yesterday we went over to TMP to service the pool. Of course, I can’t stand idly by, so I started some yard work. I ended up with two full lawn bags of clippings plus half a loose load of branches in my truck. At the front of the house, there is a half
brick wall with a wrought iron middle section. I have been wanting to remove the bushes in front of the wrought iron forever. Finally, I did it. BW was really pleased with the result. You can see through the entire house to the back fence now.
The view is through the courtyard to the floor to ceiling plate glass in the dining room. Then it crosses the edge of the dining room, across the tiled floor to the brick indoor planter. Through the wall of plate glass at the back of the counter to the covered patio. The patio goes right to the edge of the pool. Across the pool, to the grass strip before you hit the back wooden fence. The front courtyard is not roofed, but there is a tree that keeps it shadowed. We had it trimmed back above the roofline. The formal living room faces the walkway (to the front door) in the courtyard, also a floor to ceiling plate glass wall. And there are two kitchen windows in the corner overlooking the courtyard. So this really brings in the light, now.
I am resisting the urge to go back over there today and start trimming bushes on the sides of the house. We had everything trimmed & the flowerbeds cleaned out and darned if they didn’t just grow back seemingly overnight! Yuck!
Oh well, if that is the worst problem I face today, then I’m doing pretty good!
Have a Jerrielicious day, ’cause you just know that he will.
Er, I meant “‘planter” not “counter”. The planter is abount a foot tall & runs the length of the wall from the arched den doorway to the wall that joins the entry wall to the master bedroom. As you stand at the front door, the formal living room is off to the right. The dining room is to the left, with a wrought iron half wall surrounding it. The walkway from the front door around the dining room to the den has the original “Spanish” tile floor. One wing of the house has the formal living room and the master bedroom. On the other side of the dining room is the den, kitchen, utility room & garage. Then between the kitchen & den is the hallway that has a bathroom with the other 2 bedrooms at each end. A good design for a house with kids, but too big for two little old ladies. One of which HATES that part of town. Ha!
My typo correction turned into a slow-type fest. Maybe I can apply to the NYT for their correction dept.
See ya later!
The NYT corrections? Could you even keep up with that? You might need a river.
We had rain…in our front bathroom…at 1:00 AM. Mac was NOT amused.
The house has poly water lines, which I hate. On one of the fittings in the attic the metal crimping ring just broke and water was spraying out. I was lucky there was an AC vent nearby so the water mostly ran through the hole and into the bathroom instead of flooding a larger area of the ceiling. It was a hot water line so I could shut the water off at the heater instead of to the house. I can live with cold water but flushing toilets are not optional. Got to sleep at 3 and got up at 7 to call a plumber. He should be here between 1 and 3 this afternoon. Hope it is a good outfit, it is well reviewed so I am hopeful. At least this is after our appraisal, unlike the AC failure on Friday night before our Tuesday appraisal.
Might be an interesting day.
In spite of my whining I still think we have been quite lucky. All the things could have been much worse and I would not trade my issues with many others, including some gentle Gerbils. Things are actually going quite well for us and I can’t really complain.
Hi RabBeet and Mac!
All of that light will be a good thing when prospective buyers look at TMP. (Hope it sells soon!)
Glad your leak wasn’t worse.
Poly water lines suck. We have to deal with them on occasion when they were installed for plumbing roof drainage through mansards surrounding flat roofs. We generally replace them with ABS.
May your plumbers be good ones.
Happy Tuesday, Gerbil Nation!
Hai, RabBiT, Mac, and Fatwa!
RabBiT -- y’all have been working long and hard on TMP -- I hope it pays off for you, soon!
Mac -- that’s teh suckage. I hope you don’t have much ceiling damage to contend with (along with insulation to haul out and replace). Isn’t your AC a little new to fail?
Paddy, Eight years now and the AC is used pretty much 24/7 so I can’t complain about needing a compressor fan. I know some neighbors that have had to replace their main units and/or their compressors. That is the big bucks and the big hassles. I just didn’t appreciate the timing but I was lucky to find a tech that would work on it at 10:00 PM on Friday night. I called about 8 or 8:30 to see if he could come Saturday and he said “how about tonight?”. He was just finishing another job not far away so he and his assistant came out and fixed it with me holding flashlights. They had a new fan motor and the two capacitors in his truck. It really has been mostly trouble free.
The plumbers had a cancellation so they just left. I have hot water. I sure hope that is the last trouble like that I have. Just under $300.00 but it was two guys for about 45 minutes so that seems more reasonable. I was thinking 15 minutes or so for one. They replaced the tee fitting so it meant prepping and crimping three lines. It seems high but not out of line for this area. There is a lot of new construction going on and it is always hard to find good tradesmen. The good ones get good money. The bad ones sometimes do as well.
These guys did a nice job, they rewrapped the insulation and cleaned up well. Could have been so much worse.
One of them showed me a better shutoff to the house that I thought was for the sprinkler system. I would have been in trouble last night if I had needed to turn off the water to the house. I will still get a meter key but the closer shutoff has a ball valve so no key needed there. I have been meaning to sort this out for eight years. Every home I had in CA had a convenient shutoff above ground. That is not good here as it freezes but this is in a below surface box so it works.
I’m glad you got things taken care of so quickly, Mac. I must say I’m surprised that your shut-off is a ball valve and not the typical prone-to-failure gate valve.
I do plan to test it to make sure it is the shutoff to the home and not part of the sprinkler system. But not today.
The shutoff to the water heater is a ball valve too.
Paddy, luckily the nearby AC duct let it run out rather than flooding a large area. There is a large wet area but we will see what it looks like after it dries. It would have been impossible to fix this before the appraisal so I am glad it waited. This is just an inconvenience instead of a disaster or crisis.
Thankfully Mr. X knows one or two. I have the sinking feeling we’re going to be re-piping the house sooner rather than later. We disagree on whether the problem is plumbing or A/C. Either one’s going to lead to mission creep.
I managed to stave off the project earlier this year because Mr. X’s work truck needed a tranny rebuild. I won’t have that excuse anymore.
I. do. not. want. to. write. that. check.
Goooood Morning EveryGerbillyBody from the feels-like-Fall Central SE Texas prairie!
I’m willing to entertain the thread pic as proof of who’s starting all the grass fires we’ve been having around here the last couple of days. Makes about as much sense as anything else.
Other than that, we’re just spooling up for the annual VFD fundraiser, and as usual, it’s like herding cats. At some point, I expect to have a day or so to put the finishing touches on my afghan(i), but the weeks are starting to look crowded.
Meanwhile, I’m going to be late for a massage if I don’t git. So, I’ll git!