As Usual


 
It was an interesting week. Andy broke in the wood stove, which meant for a few days it exuded some steam and fumes, setting off the smoke alarms. (The instruction manual said this was normal.) That’s why the ear protectors are on the ash bucket to the right of the picture. Interestingly enough, the little stove (with heat box about 18″ by 12″) gave off enough heat to pop off one side of the protectors:
 

 
Andy tried putting it back together, but about a half an hour later it fell apart again, so we ordered a new pair. That was funny, not serious. It’s our kitchen that may have a problem.
 

 
We thought it was almost done because Dan installed the knobs and handles– he’s waiting for just a few little pieces to finish his part. The trouble is the sink doesn’t drain correctly. The are indentations in the bottoms of both sides and water puddles in them:
 

 
Andy saw Joe, the contractor, at the gas station the other morning and told him about the problem, but Joe won’t go up again until the building inspector makes his final visit. Joe asked for the inspection last Friday, and as we understand it someone is supposed to come up within two days. But so far no luck. Presumably it will happen eventually.

We don’t know what will happen about the sink. It would be a major and expensive nuisance if they can’t fix it and they have to replace it. Only time will tell. It doesn’t pay to be in a rush.

As usual, life seldom goes perfectly.

What about you? Has your life been smooth or bumpy lately?

Thanks to bikehikebabe, Cathy and Dixie for commenting on last week’s post.
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9 Responses to As Usual

  1. Ursula says:

    Jean, I do not wish to be unkind or tactless.

    I do wish I had YOUR problems. A puddle in the sink? Everything else gleaming, streamlined, and paid for. You’ve got to be joking.

    U

  2. bikehikebabe says:

    There’s been problems from Day One (challenges to Jean). The biggest one is the mile dirt road to the house/cabin, that keeps getting washed away. The workers come from 50 miles away to rebuild it or work on the house. Big expense. OUCH

  3. bikehikebabe says:

    “it will happen eventually” “Only time will tell.” Where is your favorite phrase, in the fullness of time? I heard that on TV about Gilbert & Sullivan. Asked Tom when they composed their stuff. 1880’s. (Tom’s my encyclopedia.) He said “in the fullness of time” comes from the Bible. (He knows everything.)
    I looked that up. “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,” & “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one…” Gotta go to town NOW.

  4. Evan says:

    Lots of bumps lately. One source of them should settle down in the next couple of days (my father will be home from hospital).

  5. Jean says:

    bikehikebabe,
    Yes, I was thinking “in the fullness of time” but decided to go for a bit of variety. Thanks for noticing. :)

    In fact Joe and the building inspector were up there today and the building inspector wrote the Certificate of Occupancy while he was there. We’re now official if not completely finished. Joe says he and some of his guys will be there Monday to start finishing up. We still don’t know what, if anything, will happen about the defective sink. The funny thing is we went along with the architect’s choice of plumbing providers even though they seemed fancier than we might have chosen. We weren’t told any of the prices, just that Steve said don’t worry, it would be within our budget. We figured if we went with them we wouldn’t have to worry about things going wrong. So much for that idea. :D Who would have guessed?

    I asked Andy if he could live with the sink if no one took responsibility for it, and tonight he thought he could. He’s the one who counts on this, because we’re doing it for him.

    With all of the problems we’ve had in the 36 years we’ve owned the land, we’re surprised this project went as well as it did.

    Evan,
    That’s good news about your father. As usual, good luck!

  6. Cathy in NZ says:

    I can’t pinpoint anything here “out of kilter” – art-making coming along relatively well; even the things that have had a major turnaround with…all going well. Although, now I’m into the swing of being at home/doing things – I am finding getting into “overdo mode” a bit – so that will need a little rejigging…today in question was supposed to attend an all day event but because I was at one yesterday and a 1/2day one on Friday – have had to back off :-)

    will survive, but that reminds me to “slow down” a bit more!!

    • Jean says:

      Cathy,
      I know what you mean about getting carried away when we have the freedom to work at home–no interruptions. For me that’s a nice problem to have. :)

  7. Rummuser says:

    Right now, my life seems to be on a roll. Other than the problems faced by my mentees, my life is placid! I am on a weight reduction plan and it seems to be working well so far. The weather is perfect and what more can a guy ask for?

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