Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Leaps and Leaks
And in other home repair sagas, I can't recall if I've said anything about it here, but I'm having some work done on my other place. I replaced about half of the siding seven or eight years ago, and the rest of it was sorely in need of repair, so I contracted to have that done. Hijinx ensued. The job that was supposed to take three weeks has drug on for nearly four months. I'm not really that worried about the time - my contractor is a one-man show and has a holiday business that took him away quite a bit. I don't want to stand in the way of him making hay while the sun shines. Anyway, the job is finished except for the painting. Long time readers (and I do mean long time) will remember the saga of the Pumpkin Palace - what was supposed to be Terra Cotta ended up being more pumpkiny. And it turns out, we've all come to know and love that which is squashy in nature. Well, Mr. Contractor got the color wrong - oh, so wrong. Thankfully, this can be corrected as it was only the first coat. So I spent some time out at the other place getting that squared away. I may need to make another pass out there, but I'm betting not.
And now for me, I've had some experience with leaky pipes (if you know what I mean, and I think you do) and I'm going in to see the doc about it. The subject came up in the fall during a routine physical and he mentioned that "I was too young to have this issue, even under exercise conditions". Well, that was a surprise, as I'd been having this issue under jumping jack conditions for years. (There will be no Leaping About on Leap Day for me) So, I'm going to see what can be done, as the normal prescribed "exercise" hasn't patched the leak. Yes, I know, far too much Information, but it is done in the vein of sharing how things are supposed to work (according to my doc). Plus, I'd loaded up the medical flexible spending account for one final cosmetic-ish dental related skin graft, but I'd certainly put that off until next year, if something can be done about Leaky McLeakerson. There will be a Men-In-Black pen available for purchase at the end of this reading, should you need to erase knowledge of the fact that you now know this about me.
PAF Challenge: 1. Streak 1.
FPG link of the day.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Patch your leaks.