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Sojourn...

..so it's a journey...with "friends only" welcome to most of it


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toilet troubles

I've at last been able to outwit a toilet. Let me explain. Our main floor toilet began to leak/run a few months ago. This was pointed out to us by the water company when they noticed how our water bill was growing significantly. The thing is, the toilet was sneaky, it would seem fine, then when no one was listening, it would begin it's water wasting leak. Not to be outwitted by a mere sanitary appliance, I replaced the water-in valve. OK... all was good for a while, but the valve I bought had a safety lock which would prevent water loss if a malfunction developed in, say, the flush valve. (This has never happened with any toilet I've ever had... ever!) The problem with the new “safer” valve was that one had to hold the flush handle for a second or two when flushing, to disengage the safety lock. If not, the tank would not refill and the next flusher would have to wait for the tank to refill then depress the handle a second time to flush. Not a big deal except for the household member(s) who could not or for some reason did not wait the required 1-2 seconds. I finally (having much patience and utilizing proven teaching techniques) realized the new flush valve was just not working out for us. So I removed the safety lock mechanism. Ta-da, problem solved... one would think. The malicious toilet for some reason which I was never able to figure out (though I did have a theory) began to “think” the tank was not quite full enough every so often (between 5 and 30 minutes) and would allow another ounce or three to flow into the tank. Annoying to say the least, a pain in the ass even when one was not sitting on the toilet. Yesterday I revisited the plumbing department and bought a new “better” valve (with no troubling locking device) and so far... so far, things appear to be functioning the way they're s'possed to. We shall see. I can't help the somewhat unsettling feeling that the toilet is just playing with me as it plots it's next mis-adventure. Stay tuned.

Other than that, life goes on. It seems to be still winter in Michigan. The weather is just not co-operating as far as gardening or bike riding is concerned. The Harley just sit shivering in the garage. Sigh.

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Time...

... I do try to save it in a bottle but it just keeps slipping away. Often, lately, when I look back on the previous several days I think, "what the hell did I accomplish? what did I even do?" I know the daily stuff of life gets done. I do eat and there are no dirty dishes piling up in the sink, I have clean underwear and socks (I even bought a new pair of shoes recently). Mechanics around the house are all in working order (heat, hot water, electric...). Aaand we just traded in Wendy's car on a new one (the old one was 11 y.o. yet still in fairly good working order... seemed like a good time to replace). I dunno... no creative energies. Began a w/c couple of weeks ago, did not go well, so scratch that. Work on the basement proceeds at a snails pace. Maybe when Spring finally hits and I can go out and play in the dirt, things will pick up. I have seed packets sitting on my desk waiting for sunshine and warmth -- guess I'm pretty tired of the chill and damp which is often Michigan this time of year.

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and the seasons they go round and round

Took the battery off the trickle charger in the basement and put it back in the bike (where it belongs! :-) ) yesterday and took the Sportster out for a March shake down. All seems well (except the weather which was still a bit chilly). S'possed to be warmer today. It's been a long winter. Of course I should be back working on the basement remodeling... we'll see. :-)

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new babies

Spent time yesterday visiting with Wendy's new grandbabies, Brynn (below) and Nola at the hospital. They were born Tuesday at about 5:30 PM. They're such little dolls and spent most of our visit napping away like kittens. Fortunately their mom and dad were able to stay awake. LOL

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back to the daily life

I'm pretty much back into the routine of daily life after the wonderful break in Aruba. Daily exercise is back on schedule and all the bits that make up day to day life (cooking, cleaning, trash out, etc) are moving along as they should. The shortfall seems to be in the creative and extra things area. I did manage to start work on a W/C piece on the paper I stretched weeks and weeks ago. I also did a bit of work on renovation in the laundry area of the basement. Have not done much leisure reading, it's been a task to just keep up with the various magazines that keep arriving in the mailbox. We have gone out to eat several times and caught a movie but somehow time has seemed to flow on by without too much to show for it. Maybe it's just the blahs, waiting for some Spring weather. Writing is another activity which has fallen by the wayside. Although I've managed a post or two on FB, as you regular readers know, LJ has been pretty neglected. As far as my fiction writing goes... pffft! nada. So, yeah, I guess I need to get my ass back into gear.

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Back from Aruba



Sunset on our last night in Aruba. Had a wonderful time there (as usual), fun times in the sun and also in the night.

Now back in the chilly weather of Michigan. sigh
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daily stuff

I've lurked from time to time but have been mostly absent from these pages for a week or more. My daughter, SIL, and grandson were visiting for 5 days around New Year's and we got to spend some good time together. Group pic is New Year's Eve dinner at a local restaurant. Pic below is from a break in the activity at Jungle Java on one of our adventures. Things are back to the regular day to day stuff now. Holiday decorations (except for outside) are all put away for another year and I'm back to work on the basement project... well, sorta; not a lot is getting done yet.

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basement

Here's the first phase, pretty much complete with new floor and I just slid the fridge into place this morning. Isn't that a classic? Must be 50 plus years old and still hums along keeping drinks cold. Now it's back to holiday spirit. Merry Christmas to you all.


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daily stuff

I don't know what's been going on with the non-posting mode I've been in. I have perused your posts and commented here and there but haven't taken the time to put together a coherent sentence of two of my own. I've been using some of the spare time continuing on the basement renovation. All the recessed lighting for the main space is in and wired. Yay for that. There's still more electric to do in other areas but later for that. First section of division with doors to the work space/studio, recessed area for fridge with cabinets above, and closet area for Wendy's miscellaneous collections of this and that is complete except for a bit more trim.

On the outside areas, I managed to clear all the dead vegetation from flower beds and garden, gathering and storing some seeds for next year. Repaired a crack in the garage masonry (we'll see how that weathers the changing temps through winter and next spring). Put up some holiday outdoor decoration, nothing gaudy or lighted, just enough to say "we know it's the holiday season... enjoy!). The tree inside has been decorated (it does have lights, all clear bulbs) and various other holiday decor has been scattered about the home. Gifts for out of state relatives have been purchased and today's list of 'what to do' includes wrapping them for shipping. My daughter, her husband and their 3 year old son will be visiting for a long New Year's Eve weekend (Th-M) and the bedroom where we intend to accommodate them is one of those rooms which becomes more of a walk-in closet over time. There's much clean out to do in the next week or so. It seems to take a good reason, like visitors, to drive us to straighten up mode.

The bike battery is out and on trickle charge with the bike tucked away in the garage for winter. Yup, there have been a few warm riding days since but, that's life; if I hadn't winterized and put away, it would surely have been icy with loads of snow by now. I do try to plan things but I've slowly grown to be willing to accept things as they turn out. I have no intention of drifting off into a philosophical wandering now, so I'll just mention gratitude along with the acceptance and bid adieu for now.

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Winter's coming

The end of November meant the weekend to get ready for winter. Pulled the battery from the bike to trickle charge in the basement. Drained and put away the garden hose. Gathered flower seeds for next year's garden. Checked out the snow-blower. There's still more to do but the important stuff has been accomplished. Aaand I'm nearing the end of the first phase of basement renovation. Couple this with ample time to get in a nap or two and I'd call the weekend a success. LOL Hey... and it's a sunny Monday! Have fun this week.

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