Thursday, October 27, 2022

Productive Thursday

Prompt: Snacks
("Panda Cookies and Donuts")

I set my alarm for 9:00 a.m., today, although the plumber was not scheduled to arrive until after 12:00 noon.  I stayed in bed for another 30 minutes or so after the alarm went off, then got up and got going.  After my morning cup of tea and prayers, etc., I did the vacuuming I had been planning to do all week!  Then, tidied up the family room.  I didn't put everything away, but, sorted the paperwork and tidied up the sewing supplies.  Then, I scrubbed my toilet (a task I usually do on Fridays, but, I wanted the bathrooms clean before the plumber arrived!)  I cleaned Dancer's litter box, too, and mopped the bathroom floor (I knew the plumber would probably mess it up, but, I wanted it to be clean when he arrived and he cleaned up after himself before he left!)  

I took a short break and then, tidied the kitchen a bit (Thursday's task) and emptied the dishwasher.  I had cut the thumb on my right hand on a can that I was rinsing out before putting it in the recycling bin, yesterday; it wasn't a very deep cut, but it was about half an inch long.  I had put a plaster/bandaid on it and it was healing, but it hampered me a bit as I did my housework.  However, I got most of the housekeeping tasks I had set for myself for this week done!  I had to tell myself that it didn't have to be done perfectly!  

The plumbing company called me around 12:30 p.m. to say that the plumber was on his way.  He was here a few minutes later.  I wore my N95 mask; he wasn't wearing a mask.  I didn't insist that he wore a mask because I knew that it is hard to do jobs like plumbing with a mask on.  But, I had opened the windows and the front door (the metal security door was closed because I didn't want Dancer to run out, but, it has open mesh which allows air flow) and I felt there was enough ventilation in the house.  The plumber who was here, last year, wore a mask, but, we were still under a mask mandate then.  This is one of the main reasons why I am dragging my feet on having workmen in the house, unless I absolutely have to!

Anyway, he was a pleasant young man named George.  He cleared the clog in the bathtub (showed me the clump of hair he pulled out), replaced the flapper in my toilet so it wouldn't leak anymore, changed the faucets in both bathtubs (they both have overhead showers) because both faucets were leaking when the shower was turned on, and fixed the broken knob/handle in the sink in daughter's bathroom.  He also mentioned that I might need to replace the knob/handle in the tub/shower in her bathroom sometime in the future, but, not right now.  When it was time to pay, I told him to give me a discount since I was a repeat customer and he said he'll mention it to the company, but, it was not up to him.  I paid $225.75 for parts and labor, which I thought was reasonable.  I'm glad that I managed to get the plumbing maintenance projects crossed off my list.

After he left, I boiled more pasta and had it with some of the sausage mixture for my brunch.  Then, I went outside to walk a bit.  I only walked for a few minutes because I was feeling a bit tired, but, I sat on the low stone wall between my driveway and T's front yard and enjoyed the warmth of the sun for about 10-15 minutes.  I was inspecting the plants in the front yard a few minutes later, when the letter carrier delivered the mail.  I thanked him and he said they were all ads, but, I said as long as they are not bills it's fine with me and he laughed.  Then, I took the mail and went inside; he was right, they were all political ads for the upcoming mid-term elections.  

I took it easy in the evening.  I started the car, watched the news, had a cup of tea, reheated a frozen burrito for dinner, had a piece of mango for dessert, did today's dishes, chatted with friend R, and video chatted with my daughter.  She had gone into the office, today, and then, gone out to lunch.     

Today, I'm grateful for:
- Plumbers!
- Getting the plumbing issues taken care of 
- Sunny, warm afternoon
- Daily mail deliveries (except on Sundays)
- Accomplishing most of my housekeeping tasks

Today's joyful activity was getting the plumbing tasks crossed off my to do list!

Plans for tomorrow include the regular check up with the oncology nurse practitioner in the early afternoon and tending to the garden in the evening with M.  

How was your Thursday?  What are your plans for Friday?


  1. I'm glad you got all your plumbing jobs done and it wasn't too expensive for you. Your daughter's drawing of the panda cookies and doughnuts is great, I think everyone likes pandas and cookies and doughnuts :) I have to go to the sorting office today to collect a parcel that couldn't be delivered as I was out and I'm not expecting anything so the anticipation is building. I normally just get lots of junk mail or nothing at all :)

    1. Thank you, Eileen. It's good to have that taken care of. My daughter's drawing had me hungry for doughnuts! LOL. Oh, I hope you found something nice in the parcel! Hope all is well with you, Eileen.

  2. I bet it felt good to get all of those plumbing repairs done. And from my perspective, the bill wasn't that high for as many things as you had done. It seems as if plumbing work is always very expensive.

    1. It does feel good to get the plumbing repairs done, June. I, too, thought the bill was reasonable. Home maintenance is usually quite expensive, isn't it?

  3. You must be satisfied to get all your plumbing sorted out. I sympathize with your cut on your thumb. Cuts on digits are very inconvenient when you need to wash your hands and plasters just fall off. If I have a small cut I rely on "New Skin", which smells like nail varnish and stings at first, but is so useful for those tiny cold weather cuts on finger tips where a plaster won't hold. I mentioned it to the guy who mended my shoes when he had a cut and he said he uses "Crazy Glue"!
    We had a slight frost overnight and it was around 38°F when we got up. It's sunny and dry so I was able to hang out laundry.

    1. I am glad to get the plumbing jobs done, Bushlady. Especially glad to have the bathroom tap flowing again, thanks to M, and the bathtub clog gone! The next thing to do is make a list of all the electrical work I want done and find someone who can do those repairs for me. :)
      I must look out for that New Skin product when I go to the pharmacy next (for my Covid booster). I'm not sure about using crazy glue! Although, one time, I did get some crazy glue on my finger, by accident, and it stuck firmly to my finger! I managed to peel it off, eventually, along with a layer of skin!
      Oh, wow, that's cold! Weren't you having temps in the 70s just a week or so ago?

  4. I am glad the plumber came and took care of all you needed done.
    I think that is a very reasonable price for all the jobs he did. I'm sure you are pleased to have these items taken care of.
    I put things off too and then when I get around to it or get someone to do it I wonder why I waited so long. It always feels good to take care of our homes doesn't it?

    1. Thank you, Debra; yes, it feels good to get the plumbing stuff taken care of. These are all things that happened this year and I was able to get around each issue (one tub drain is clogged, use the other tub, etc.), so, it was easy to put off repairs.
      The next set of issues to get done are electrical repairs. I need to find a good electrician!

  5. That doesn't seem a reasonable price and you also have the reassurance of a job well done.
    I've just cleaned out the litter tray here, too. Which seems strange, as Mog doesn't use one ;)

    1. Thank you, Jules; I am assuming you meant that it was a reasonable price. :)
      If Mog doesn't use a litter tray, I wonder what you cleaned out?

    2. Haha! Yes, I'm sorry, that was my phone's autocorrect. I have since reset my cloudbook, so I hope I will be back to using that in future. It was a reasonable price :)
      I may have just acquired another Hallowe'en 'accessory '. 🐈‍⬛

    3. Don't you love autocorrect? Ah, I was wondering if the litter box had anything to do with Halloween! :D


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