Oh Mother Of Joyous Days

As far as the title goes, X holds an MS, that’s Master of Sarcasm.

I went into the front bathroom to take a leak, and my sock foot stepped onto the rug and went “squish”.

What followed from my lips was a series of expletives that would make a sailor blush.

You may recall my adventure in water heater replacement approximately a year ago. Could it be a leaky water heater? Could be, but doubtful.

Could it be leaking from  under the bathroom sink? Could be but no water standing inside that cabinet.

That leaves the water heater closet and connections.

The new heater was slightly taller than the old one. I made no alterations to accommodate the height, and just forced it in as I was tires of messing with it (X has a very low frustration tolerance, and it gets him into trouble…from time to time).

The inlet on the right is higher than the one on the left due to the length of the down tube. The flexible tubing didn’t flex enough causing a lot of stress on the T connection behind the wall, where it is leaking.

The water inlet side is elevated to the point where I think the connection behind the wall may be cracked.

One of the main bitches to this whole situation is the fact that the water will not shut off completely. It will trickle even with all known valves shut off. Water inlet valve, outside valve, and valve from water softener in pump house.

If the inlet pipe is cracked  at the elbow, then it will be excruciatingly difficult to repair with water running through it.

I guess I could shut off the main pump and drain the air from the holding tank, but I would be dealing with something completely new and possible beyond my ability to reason.

Good thing my dishes are done.

After cutting away the wall, which was soggy by the way, I was able to see the connection where the water is leaking…it looks like the glue broke loose from the torque applied by the twisted down tube.

Sheeut. I just might have a new tee out in the irrigation supply bucket.

I had to go to town anyway as I was out of glue, or rather it evaporated. I use the two stage glue; primer then glue.

I was right. When I cut the T out, the water came out like a sombitch. I had to work fast; measuring cutting gluing sanding priming. I made a mess. It leaked into the bathroom and all over the floor behind the wall, leaking into the water heater closet.

I am finished now, but I will have to go back in and put one more turn on the elbow assy after the inlet valve as it drips a little. I wondered about that, but one doesn’t want to break something that one does not have a replacement for, doesn’t one?

I still have cookies to bake and caramels to cut. My son texted he needed his goodies by Friday.

Sigh. The things we do for our children.

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Project Day One

All righty then. We have made the decision to sell the ranch and begin the long arduous task of packing and moving.

Since my wife is going to drive up for the Christmas holidays, I have begun packing up her freshly bought apple pottery. It’s so fresh that I still have the boxes they were packed in. I will also pack up her China. All of these so she can haul it back when she returns to McAllen early next year (very early).

Side note:

I made sourdough rolls yesterday. The odd thing about them is that they do not brown in the oven. They were very good, I did sample one as it is the cook’s privilege.

I was cooking bacon yesterday and was thinking as I watched the bacon sizzle in the grease, seems a waste to throw out the grease. What else can I do with it?

Spanish rice. The best way (and least healthy) is to brown the rice in hot bacon grease. I had about a quarter cup of hot grease, and I added to that 1 1/2 C white rice and browned it. Then I added about 1/4 C orange bell pepper (all I had) equal amount of chopped onion, and equal amount of thinly sliced baby carrots. Also at same time I added 1 small can tomato sauce along with 2 tsp cumin, 1/2 sp black pepper. Stir well and add that to a sauce pan with 3 C boiling salted water and cook for 15 minutes after reducing heat to simmer.

That with the refried beans and enchiladas…a  veritible Mexican feast.

I also made and canned a batch of apple butter. It’s sure a lot easier with a food  mill. It made 5  half pint jars and a little extra for sampling.

I was going to make a double batch of banana bread to day. I laid out some bananas I have frozen and they thawed nicely. The butter, however I forgot about, and that will take some time to get soft…has to be softened; not melted. There is a difference, so that may have to wait until tomorrow as I do not run the heater and inside the house temp is mid sixties.

I did get my FoodSaver to work, and sliced and froze the rest of the brisket, the cinnamon rolls, and one pan of the sourdough rolls.

The wife left it up to me what to do with the pantry/larder. Sure hate to haul all that shit back, but there is the cost of replacing it. Remember a while back when I dumped out every canned item over a year old? It’s much smaller now…

My neighbors across the street are leaving. They sold their house (at full asking price) and have had people offer to buy as it since from  California.

My neighbor told me that because of the fires in Calif that many folks are leaving with a pocket full of cast to start over; many are looking here in central Texas.

I hate to take advantage of folk’s misfortunes, yet that would be food for us trying to get max profit from our ranch.

My neighbor’s place is half the acreage as ours, and he sold his for almost $200,000 more than we paid for ours.

It would be nice to make a killing here, pay off the mortgage and pay a lot of our debt down in McAllen.

I have failed. I have failed to improve our overall status of being ‘safe’.

Something tells me that my blog is going to get really boring in the very near future.

Will You Be Stumped by This Quiz?

 

Something for seniors to do to keep those “aging” grey cells active! And for you younger ones, to get them growing!!
 
1. Johnny’s mother had three children.  The first child was named April. The second child was named May.  What was the third child’s name? 
 
2. There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall and he wears size 13 sneakers.  What does he weigh? 
 
3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world? 
 
4. How much dirt is there in a hole… that measures two feet by three feet by four feet? 
 
5. What word in the English Language… is always spelled incorrectly? 
 
6. Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer.  How is this possible? 
 
7. In California, you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg.  Why not? 
 
8. What was the President’s Name…in 1975? 
 
9. If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now? 
 
10. Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg are white” or “The yolk of the egg is white”? 
 
11. If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field, how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in another field? 
 
  
 
 
Here are the Answers: (No peeking!) 
 
1. Johnny’s mother had three children.  The first child was named April.  The second child was named May.  What was the third child’s name? 
 
Answer: Johnny, of course. 
 
2. There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall, and he wears size 13 sneakers.  What does he weigh? 
 
Answer: Meat. 
 
3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world? 
 
Answer: Mt. Everest; it just wasn’t discovered yet.
 
4… How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet? 
 
Answer: There is no dirt in a hole. 
 
5. What word in the English Language is always spelled incorrectly? 
 
Answer: Incorrectly 
 
6. Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer.  How is this possible?
 
Answer: Billy lives in the Southern Hemisphere. 
 
7. In California, you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg.  Why not? 
 
Answer: You can’t take pictures with a wooden leg.  You need a camera to take pictures. 
 
8. What was the President’s Name in 1975? 
 
Answer: Same as is it now – Donald Trump
 
9. If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now? 
 
Answer: You would be in 2nd.  Well, you passed the person in second place, not first. 
 
10. Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg are white” or “The yolk of the egg is white”? 
 
Answer: Neither, the yolk of the egg is yellow
 
11. If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field, how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in another field? 
 
Answer: One.  If he combines all of his haystacks, they all become one big one. 
 
IMPOSSIBILITIES IN THE WORLD 
 
1) You can’t count your hair. 
2) You can’t wash your eyes with soap. 
3) You can’t breathe through your nose when your tongue is out. 
 
Put your tongue back in your mouth, you silly person. 
 
 
Ten (10) Things I know about you. 
 
1) You are reading this. 
 
2) You are human. 
 
3) You can’t say the letter ”P” without separating your lips. 
 
4) You just attempted to do it. 
 
6) You are laughing at yourself. 
 
7) You have a smile on your face and you skipped No. 5. 
 
8) You just checked to see if there is a No. 5. 
 
9) You laugh at this because you are a fun loving person & everyone does it too. 
 
10) You are probably going to send this to see who else falls for it. 

TO ALL MY INTELLIGENT FRIENDS
 
Keep that brain working; try to figure this one out….
 
See if you can figure out what these seven words all have in common?
1. Banana
2. Dresser
3. Grammar
4. Potato
5. Revive
6. Uneven
7. Assess
 
 
Give it another try……
Look at each word carefully.  You’ll kick yourself when you discover the Answer.  This is so cool…..
 

 
No, it is not that they all have at least 2 double letters….
Answer is below!
 
 
Answer:
 
In all of the words listed, if you take the first letter, place it at the end of the word, and then spell the word backwards, it will be the same word.
 

How did you do?

 

 

 

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X’s Big Project

Today, we had snow…well last night, and it’s supposed to move south to where the wife is tonight. Good thing it’s a weekend, ’cause folks down there can’t drive in the dry weather. Icy roads will cause a proportional increase in accidents.

As most of you know, my wife has been ill. What you don’t know is that she started getting sick last year; almost to the day when we signed the papers to buy the ranch.

She made a routine doctor visit at that time (early May) and was referred to a OB/GYN, and had two surgeries. Insurance require certain requirements are met for a hysterectomy, and this meant an “exploratory surgery” before the complete hysterectomy could be done.

Her first one was in May, just before school got out, and the second in July, with her returning to work in August.

She managed to squeeze in a visit to an endocrinologist in Ft Worth in there somewhere as her primary care physician in McAllen is an incompetent quack; as are most doctors in the RGV from my experience.

Back to the story; her new thyroid specialist put her on a set amount of Synthroid (her thyroid has been irradiated twice) and she has been free of the trials and tribulations of the fluctuating thyroid chemicals in her system since. That’s good, right? Yes.

She began having problems with her shoulder, and ended up going to a new clinic called Neighbors Emergency Care; kinda like a private emergency room.

They ran x-rays and other diagnostic tools, and informed her that she quite possible might have rheumatoid arthritis. As it turned out, she flew to Ft Worth to meet her new specialist for R/A. The fluid buildup in her shoulder between her ball and socket if you will, caused enough pressure to cause a partial separation of said shoulder.

She was started on several drugs, including a steroid, to alleviate some of the symptoms, moving on to Enbril later.

R/A is a complete breakdown of one’s immune system. You and I catch cold, she gets pneumonia, and a really long recovery comes with any illness. When she takes antibiotics to deal with infections, she has to stop taking her Enbril until the antibiotics are gone.

She has ILD as well, but it’s treatable with the R/A meds, but her loss of lung tissue is irreversible at this point.

Being a teacher, she accrues sick leave. Since last year when she was diagnosed with R/A, she has missed 40 days of school, including two weeks last month when she got so very sick (she was sick the week of Thanksgiving too).

She returned to school this week, and the school has stepped in to inquire as to her long term prognosis.

The principal I swear is a doper, and the assistant principal (Principal In Residence) is a by the book Nazi.

They informed her that her position would not be available next year, as they have run out of funding for three interventionists, and could only afford two; meaning she is out and will not get a contract for the next school year.

In addition, they offered her a “change” for the remainder of this year, by changing her status to a “consultant”.

This position would free her from morning duty (getting to school at 6:30 am and being traffic cop for parents and student), would only have a four day work week, no grades to manage, no lesson plans to write, and all the other bullshit that teachers have to do since the beginning of time.

This position will only last through March; possibly the first week of April as the testing is the second week of April and her services will no longer be needed.

Our health insurance is obtained through her retirement, so she would retain that.

She would have to file income taxes quarterly, a those will no longer come out of her check.

They offered her a lucrative daily amount that would be more than she gets now, but given she is in the 25% tax bracket, it will even out in the long run, and she would have to pay quarterly taxes.

There was nothing spoken of about being a consultant for the 2018-2019 school year. I suppose we’ll have to buck up and deal with it.

So…

obviously, we cannot afford two mortgages any longer, so after the first of the year, I will begin moving back to McAllen, and put the ranch up for sale.

If we’re lucky and shrewd, we might make enough off the sale of the ranch to pay off the house in McAllen.

So my big project is to get the hell outa here by April 1.

Inside, I’m screaming.