Have you ever noticed that when one thing goes wrong, everything goes wrong? It seems like everything will be working fine and life is going along nicely and then, bam, everything decides to break all at once. We’ve been having some of those breaking moments around here.
Living in a house with three boys, those little door stopper things just don’t always seem to be enough. I don’t know how it happened, but one of my sons managed to put the door knob of the front door through the wall. There is a stopper down by the floor but . . . . Hopefully that will not happen again, at least with that particular door. I purchased a steel plate attached to drywall tape. If they put a door knob through that the whole wall will be in trouble!
The next thing to have problems was the van. It has been making funny sounds. There doesn’t really seem to be a consistent time or place or anything else to the one sound. Another sound seems to possibly be related to the coldness outside. It likes to grunt and groan until the vehicle is all warmed up. We took the van to Gordon’s Body Shop whom we’ve come to trust, and he said it’s just signs of old age. Signs of old age when it’s only 6 years old – what’s this world coming to?
This weekend we’ve had the worse blow yet. Problems with the Septic. Yuck! My landlord called Ken Greer the plumber (located in New Freedom, PA) on Saturday morning. Naturally, being a Saturday he didn’t have an assistant to help him so all he could do was drain the access (right into our front yard!) and tell us to be conservative with the water until he comes back on Monday. What a fun weekend. The laundry piles are growing. The dirty dishes stacks keep increasing. Oh, and did I mention that my middle son came down with the stomach bug Saturday night? There’s nothing quite like having a son throwing up when you can’t use the washer to clean the clothing and bedding!
As I write, I am waiting for the plumber to come and fix everything. It’s amazing how much water a family uses! You never realize it until you’re restricted in use. I hope this is the last of the problems in this round. I think we could use a little break now before we have any more. The questions is, what will go wrong next and when will it be?
I think after all of this we deserve a fun yet practical gadget or two from The Home Automation Store (x10.com) . The decorator wall switch looks like it would be a good addition to our house. When we come home in the dark we have to go in the house and search around blindly for a lamp to turn on in the living room. Perhaps having one of these switches right inside the door will keep us from falling and breaking a leg and adding to our list of problems in the next round.