Thursday, October 6, 2011

Our plumbing job

With all that has gone on around there the last 10 days or so, we kind of ignored a problem that could not be ignored anymore.  Emily's bathroom toilet.  The drain was clogged.  We all used the plunger--no luck.  We used the toilet snake.  No luck.  Something hard was in there and it wasn't about to move.

Armed with the years of DIY shows I have watched, times I have had my dad help me in the past, and a few websites and a series of TIME home improvement books I tackled the job.

First, we had to bail out the water and remove the toilet.  The old copper water line wasn't long enough to move the toilet over, so I also removed the water line, remembering to first turn the water off at the shut off valve. (My dad taught me that one!)  That proved the clog was in the toilet, and not in the sewer line.  It also provided an access to snake the toilet from the bottom.  After attacking in numerous times from the top and the bottom, out came the culprits...a deodorant lid and a make up case.

Then, off to Plattsburg Lumber for a new wax ring and gasket, and a longer flexible water line.  The twins and I then re-set the toilet.  It cost me $13.99.  Plumber wanted $150.  It works, and doesn't leak!

Would I do it again??  Yep, to save the money.  Would I WANT to do it again? NO.  I still think plumbers are over paid.....but....I don't feel so strongly on that as I did before.  It was a nasty job.  But, its done and hopefully won't have to be done again for a very very long time.

And, we have a couple of new rules around here now.  #1,  Nothing is to sit on the back of the toilet anymore.  #2.  Nothing else is to break while it is during the days my husband works 12 hour shifts.

I think my Dad is proud of me. I know my hubby is!


Here at the farm, we have sure had our ups and downs....

In March, Emily was a winner in her division of the local 4H speech contest day for her extemporaneous speech.  She made it to the state level in Columbia on September 24.  At that level, they had 2 rounds, and she made it to the second (and final) round and came in 3rd.  She did an excellent job.  She was not only up against other very good speakers, but 2 of them she was up against were college freshmen and several years older.  (She is a high school sophomore, but just turned 15--about a year younger than most her classmates as I started her a year early in school).  Our family is very proud of her.

We drove part way up the night before the contest  and stayed at my parents.  It was good to visit with them and my brothers family.  While we were there, we also got to visit with my sister in law who was in the hospital for pain management for her cancer.  After the contest ended, we had a treat at Dairy Queen and headed back, stopping back at the hospital so Emily could show her Aunt her trophy and we got in another good visit.  Then, back to my parents to pick up the twins and back home.  We arrived back here around midnight.  Seems everytime we visit family we end up back home between midnight and one a.m.  Sometimes it is just hard to leave.

Just a few days later, we received word that the girls dad was not doing well.  He has been sick for several years.  So, we headed to Kansas City.  They spent all of the 29th with him.  The decision had been made to transfer him back home for hospice care.  The girls stayed with him until the ambulance took him away that night, even riding down the elevator with him to the ambulance.  Our plan was to go see him again early the next morning.   It is an hour and a half trip back home.  He made it to the nursing home/hospice center, and passed away 4 minutes later at 11:23 that night. 

So, since the girls are all minors, I have been helping them with the phone calls, making arrangements, paperwork and such.  He thought he had it all planned and ready, but none of the paperwork was where he said it was.  So, it has not been a smooth process.

The girls were expecting it, had been told by him and me for some time that his sickness was going to eventually take his life.  But knowing it was coming has not made it any easier on them at all.  They could sure use some prayers at this time.

Needless to say, some of our schoolwork has gone to the back burner for a bit, but we are getting back on track slowly.  Volleyball has proved to be a good distraction for them, they have 3 games this week and practices.