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Old 12-09-2011, 08:16 AM   #9221
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Yesterday we did all the outside stuff we were going to do the day before. Took the motorcycle to the shop for the annual state inspection, new rear tire, general health/safety checkup and change the clutch hydraulic fluid. Grocery store run, and bought a new kitchen sink, faucet and disposal.

The faucet has been replaced once before (new cartridge didn't stop the leak) and the stainless steel sink has seen it's better days. DW has been hinting for a while that she'd like a white porcelain sink instead. So we got that, and since everything has to come apart anyway we bought a new, quieter disposal that won't sound like a thrashing machine and vibrate the entire sink/counter.

And since me and plumbing do not play nice together we're going to pay someone to install all this. I could do it, but it's worth the expense to avoid the exercise in frustration that plumbing projects are for me.
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:30 AM   #9222
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Loved the wrench picture, Walt. We had a moment of panic in reviewing our list of tools for the junket coming up, and saw a "set of spanners" listed. And thought...what the heck are spanners? We have this one spanner tool that opens up the deck plates on the boat, surely that isn't it? Ah, the language barrier! Turns out spanners in the UK are what we call wrenches here. Whew! Your set of wrenches look suspiciously clean, I must note.
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And since me and plumbing do not play nice together we're going to pay someone to install all this. I could do it, but it's worth the expense to avoid the exercise in frustration that plumbing projects are for me.
+1

I think it was The Bunny who said civilization reached it's peak and began to decline when someone had the bright idea to pipe water into houses - under pressure!
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Split more firewood yesterday and I'm almost done. One fun thing is that whenever I start splitting, a little brown bird shows up and hangs out with me. I'm sure that my work uncovers a lot of tasty bugs.
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Pulled a muscle in my lower back...or upper butt.
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Pulled a muscle in my lower back...or upper butt.
Sounds like you need to ask DH for a butt rub!
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Went running this morning after the first snow of the season. Roads really icy - I may need to move inside to the treadmill. Took a nap and played in my workshop for a few hours. Now having a couple of beers getting ready to help DW put up the Christmas tree.
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We went to the gym and I worked out hard - - increased the weights on 5 of my usual machines. Then we had a free lunch. No such thing as a free lunch, you say? Not so. We have lunch cards at one restaurant that are initialed each time, and after 5 lunches the 6th one is free. This was the 6th time, so all we had to pay was the tip. After yesterday's $2.99 red beans and rice lunch, I am feeling like we are showered with restaurant bargains this week.
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Well, he has taken over the chores that require bending at the waist and he fixed some hot chocolate for me.

Perhaps I shouldn't push my luck asking for a butt rub too...

Decisions, decisions....
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This is about yesterday. Had a working supper for several colleagues at my home. Cheated a bit: got gourmet lasagne and garlic roast potatoes from the local organic deli, made salad, grilled salmon. Guests brought lots of goodies and washed the dishes! These people can come over anytime!
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Skated.

Actually ran the obstacle course of about a dozen 6 to eight year olds approximating Brownian motion on ice. In time, horizontal and vertical dimensions.

It was fun to watch at times when most were in the horizontal position on the ice trying to get up. Several mothers were in attendance on rental skates. More amusement.
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Finished up the refinance application and documents and uploaded them to mortgage broker's website, made a pot of baked beans in the slowcooker, rescued my son from car problems he was having, ate beans, and after dinner went to a great college hockey game that ended in a tie but was one of those ties that feels like a win since the home team came back from a 2-4 deficit at the beginning of the third period to even the score at 4-4.
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Got our couches delivered!!! The place is looking a lot more like home now
But the best part was when the bf and I went and bought a ring!!!! HOLY CRAPOLIES!!!
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I decorated the inside of the house today.
I have a new 4 foot pre-lit "wonder tree" to replace that sad little Charlie Brown tree from years past.
I pulled out all of my decorations out of the attic and went to town.
I found 22 glass icicles, ordered years ago from Lillian Vernon. I used plastic xmas light hangers to suspend them from a metal flat curtain rod. They looked funny hanging at the same length, so I used some thin wire ornament hangers to change the length they dangled at.
Here is a pic of the results.
I call upon all the physicists and musicians on the forum to tell me how to play Jingle Bells or Mary Had a Little Lamb by tapping each glass icicle to produce the correct tone (note) in the song.
Hint: Each glass icicle is of equal length and mass. The spacing between adjacent icicles on the flat curtain rod is approximately equal. The only difference between adjacent icicles is the length of the suspending string/wire combo.

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Got our couches delivered!!! The place is looking a lot more like home now
But the best part was when the bf and I went and bought a ring!!!! HOLY CRAPOLIES!!!
Congratulations !
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Got our couches delivered!!! The place is looking a lot more like home now
But the best part was when the bf and I went and bought a ring!!!! HOLY CRAPOLIES!!!
Woo hoo!!! Congratulations. I am so happy for both of you.
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Shredded 85 lbs of pork yesterday in prep for a tamale making marathon tomorrow. Peeled and seeded 35 lbs of Hatch green chilies the day before. Phew! This has been a tradition in friends' family for generations. Kinda nice to be part of the crew.

The tamalada is next weekend. Get to enjoy the fruits of labor with long-time friends and families.
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That'll make a big pile of tamales...
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Citrine, congratulations! How wonderful!
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