It was a beautiful day here in southern Ontario for everybody but maybe not so much for Mike the plumber guy who had to spend a big chunk of his day under our unit in the small dark crawl space fixing our plumbing leak. To me these guys are the true heroes of everyday life having to go places and do things most other human beings would never even consider going or doing. Mike, a licensed steamfitter, engineer and plumber in his pre-retirement days was certainly the right fella for the job at hand today.
LOOKING FOR A FEW PHOTOS TODAY I CAN GENERALLY COUNT ON FINDING A FEW FROGS HANGING OUT AROUND THE POND
FROGGY RESTING ON OUR SUBMERSIBLE WATER PUM,P
I’M NOT SURE IF THIS ‘LITTLE’ FELLOW IS A FROG OR A TOAD…..ABOUT THE SIZE OF A QUARTER
Pheebs and I did get out for a short spin up to Goderich and back. Not a lot of pictures along the way so I had to venture out into our front yard later to see what I could find. There is generally always something out there fluttering or crawling about somewhere.
WE HAVE A GOURD HANGING FROM A POST BESIDE OUR POND AND A PAIR OF WRENS ARE RAISING A FAMILY IN IT
I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH THIS AFTERNOON TO CATCH ONE OF THE ADULT WRENS FEEDING THE BABY WRENS INSIDE….IT WAS THERE IN GONE IN ABOUT ONE SECOND
SOMETIMES I STAND WITH MY EAR ONLY INCHES FROM THE GOURD AND LISTEN TO THE HAPPY LITTLE WREN FAMILY CHAT-CHAT CHATTERING AWAY INSIDE
We were back home by 9:45 and Mike the plumber pulled in about 5 minutes later, suited up for the task at hand and disappeared into the black hole underneath our mobile home. The repair of our ghastly water leak was underway. He had brought a big box of parts with him and after emerging from underneath shortly after he climbed under he began assembling the new plumbing piece replacing the faulty piece he had to cut out with a hacksaw. Sort of like fitting the shiny black parts of a mechanical 3-D jigsaw puzzle together. Mike’s gotta be about 6 feet tall so you can imagine the unimaginable difficulties he worked in but by 3 this afternoon he said ‘OKay’ lets test it out and with that Kelly turned on the shower water and sinks etc. NO LEAKS:)) Mike said we get the dubious honor for having just about the most difficult plumbing job he has ever run into. We are sure grateful for the job he did and how soon after discovering the problem he was able to do it. A steady hard worker this fellow. He will be back again shortly to do a few additional things regarding a couple water pipes etc. Our unit is about 35 years old and there are a few things needing attention and brought up to speed. You may have noticed I didn’t take any photos of Mike working all scrunched up in the wet damp conditions under our unit. He was working in such a mess I just didn’t have the heart to take a photo.
A BIG BOX OF PLUMBING PARTS, FITTINGS, AND GLUE
THIS IS JUST ONE OF THE PARTS MIKE WAS WORKING ON
Mike rolled out our driveway around 3 this afternoon and 6.2 minutes after he left I was happily flopping around in the shower (no don’t try to imagine that) with my favorite bar of Gummy Bear soap and my best yellow rubber ducky buddy. The scrubbing and quacking could be heard 3 blocks away.
Took a load of water logged wood and yard clippings to the Park’s recycle area with the utility trailer and backed the Motorhome up into it’s spot. Kelly moved her white Pontiac Sunfire back into the carport and I slipped the Jeep right in beside it. Looks like everything is pretty much almost back to normal again. I like when that occasionally happens.
It was 6 years ago today we met the Pheebs for the first time and brought her home to live with us forever. Two days from now on August 10th she will be celebrating her 8th birthday. Yay Pheebs. Back in August of 2012 I wrote a little blurb on how we met Pheebs. The blurb starts about half way through my post for that day. Our Fabulous Pheebs...365 Days Of Happy:))
I THINK THAT IS TINKERBELL TIME TRAVELING THROUGH THE COSMOS WITH A SPACE ALIEN FRIEND AND FELLOW FROGANAUGHT. Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.)
R.I.P. Glen Campbell
GROANER’S CORNER:(( A programmer and an engineer are sitting next to each other on a long flight from Los Angeles to New York. The programmer leans over to the engineer and asks if he would like to play a fun game. The engineer just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks. The programmer persists and explains that the game is real easy and is a lot of fun. He explains "I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me $5. Then you ask me a question, and if I don't know the answer, I'll pay you $5." Again, the engineer politely declines and tries to get to sleep. The programmer, now somewhat agitated, says, "OK, if you don't know the answer you pay me $5, and if I don't know the answer, I'll pay you $100!" This catches the engineer's attention, and he sees no end to this torment unless he plays, so he agrees to the game. The programmer asks the first question. "What's the distance from the earth to the moon?" The engineer doesn't say a word, but reaches into his wallet, pulls out a five dollar bill and hands it to the programmer. Now, it's the engineer's turn. He asks the programmer "What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down on four?" The programmer looks up at him with a puzzled look. He takes out his laptop computer and searches all of his references. He taps into the Airphone with his modem and searches the net and the Library of Congress. Frustrated, he sends e-mail to his co-workers--all to no avail. After about an hour, he wakes the Engineer and hands him $100. The engineer politely takes the $100 and turns away to try to get back to sleep. The programmer, more than a little miffed, shakes the engineer and asks "Well, so what's the answer?" Without a word, the engineer reaches into his wallet, hands the programmer $5, and turns away to get back to sleep.
Snow use askin’ when you can just open the door.