Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas with Mike from Minot



Hi Mary and Jeni,
Well Christmas was interesting. We tried to do a movie scenario where the plumbing goes on the fritz and ruins everything but I turned the water off and ignored the problem until after the food was consumed. It was hard though because everyone kept coming up to me and complaining about the drip. (Well it turned into a river) and I couldn't turn it off.
First the water was just coming out in a little stream. It started after Jonny did the dishes around 1:30. ( So it was HIS fault) We went under the sink and played with the turn off valves and it went away. But not for long. Pretty soon it was back again. Jon and I both played with the little turn off lever under the sink but as soon as we turned our back the water was back stronger than ever.

By 4:00 I decided to just turn off the water downstairs. Both boys and Dad looked at the faucets. Dad had the replacement inners but the faucets were so corroded ('gunky' is the technical term, according to Mike) that the only thing to do was replace them. Of course we weren't sure of that right away so we had our Christmas dinner. This is the 'adult table'. Mom and Dad and Chris and Deb got to sit there.


We had three different desserts. Jon had to explain the apricot sauce for the fruit pizza. There were options. That is his Chocolate Whiskey cake too and a couple of sweet potato pies that Deb made in the dark of the night.




We also played a hard fought game of Hand and Foot. (I won and annoyed Chris mightily).

During the game Jon went out and played with the faucet some more, but when I went out to look at it I just decided to call the plumber. I could see lots of corrosion, I mean gunk, under the faucets and thought it looked like it should be replaced.
So I called and got a plumber scheduled for between 11 and 2 on Friday. However at about 8 a.m. there was a phone call and I made Jim answer it (Poor Jim) and it was the plumbers saying they had a man in the area and could we take him early. That is when we met Mike. He came in the house and the first thing he said was "Who here is from North Dakota?" He is from Minot and came here in 1985.


After Mike was under the sink he said we should replace all the stuff under there because he would be out there to replace those within 6 months and it would be an extra 79.00 each trip. Dad came out of the bedroom about that time so I double checked with him and he sleepily agreed. We shall see if he remembers it later. We did everything Mike said and it looks very nice under the sink now and we don't have to use the drip pail anymore. I suppose I should get under there and scrub while everything is out. I suppose. Humph.
However, as Shakespeare says "All's well that ends well" so here is our ending. Nice eh?
Love,
Nancy

6 comments:

Mary Drew said...

I think I like the new plumbing better than the cake. That is what happens when you get old. Should have had him look at the bathroom sink while he was there :)

Mary Drew said...

Hey, did you ever clean under the sink (yeah, getting old means you get curious about curious things).
signed: Cleaning my Cupboards.

Nancy said...

Well I did my version of cleaning under the sinks. I swept it out, several times, and put stuff back in a green box instead of all over the floor. I threw away several things that had been in there for a long time.
I did not get on my hands and knees and wash everything. Hands and knees is not a thing I do anymore. Not without a belt and a winch anyway.
However it looks fairly good and you can find the stuff so everyone is happy, including me.
Love,
NC

Nancy said...

I suppose you want proof?
NC

Mary Drew said...

No, I want a belt and a winch.

Nancy said...

I wonder if amelia peabody has a winch on her belt?