Friday, November 27, 2015

Friday funny

Free Dog!

My neighbor has a dog he wants to put up for adoption.
He says it's a great dog, very affectionate, stays off the furniture and beds, completely housebroken and great with the kids.  Never barks unless some one comes onto the property.

He has to get rid of the dog because his wife says she doesn't feel very comfortable around the dog.  She says that he is always following her around the house, uncomfortably close, and stares at her while she's in the shower.
So if you want a good dog, let me know.  Below is a picture.

Thursday, November 26, 2015


Hoping that all who peruse this blog have an enjoyable Thanksgiving Day.
We have much to be thankful for, in spite of current events.

As a believer in the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, my thanksgiving goes beyond tangible things, though I have much to be thankful for in that realm as well.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Funny Fridays?

I'm going to try something.
With all the latest current events and the world in general going to hell in a hand basket, I, for one, could use a little levity.
We already have  Saturday Man Movie and Wordless Wednesdays
Why not Funny Fridays.
So here ya go.  I'm not endorsing these products, have never had them, but their advertising cracks me up!
There is a plethora of these on the tube of you.  Enjoy! 

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Constitution is racist

Who knew?  Who would have suspected but for it being pointed out by this enlightened group.
 No surprise that they have ties to Islam.  Which I find rather interesting that the group makes this statement:
" The U.S. is a country that was founded on slavery, genocide, rape, and white-male patriarchy,”
Really??  Apparently they have not been paying attention to the "activities" of those wanting to enforce Sharia Law. Granted, the Arabs wouldn't be considered "white", but everything else fits.
In my opinion, this is an example of the culmination of  entitlement.  I read one time that a true "right" does not cost anyone for you to have it.    Unfortunately, I do not think we have yet seen the pinnacle of this mindset.  
Only time will tell when folks have had enough of the demands made on the backs of those willing to do an honest day's labor.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Stormy Seas

Reading the blog posts over at The Range and The Shekel reminded me of a story that was told by the instructor of a surface/ swift water rescue class I took a few years ago.
He started the class by telling the tale of a couple who went out for a cruise on the Chesapeake Bay.  The weather was lovely when they started, but suddenly and without warning, drastically changed for the worse.  The waves got higher, the wind blew stronger as they tried to make their way back to port.  Suddenly and without warning,  a rogue wave came across the deck and swept them both overboard.  Through a struggle that seemed an eternity, the man was able to climb back aboard.  He scanned and searched frantically for his beloved wife, to no avail as the storm continued to intensify.  Reluctantly he headed the boat for safe harbor.
When he arrived in port and notified the authorities, he was told there was nothing more he could do and to go home and try and get some rest.  He would be notified when there were any developments.
A few days later, representatives from the Dept. of Natural Resources, clergy and Medical Examiners office went to the mans home.
"Sir," they said, "We have some god news and bad news.  The bad news is, we found your wife and sorry to report that she is deceased.  The good news is, when we pulled her in, she was covered with #1 male crabs and we're going to pull her in again tomorrow!"

Saturday, November 7, 2015

What a pain

The other day, my 15 yr old step-son came out of the shower and handed me the spout off of the tub.
Apparently a bottle of shampoo slipped out of his hands and landed on it.

Stuff happens.  I could have done without the cavalier/ flippant attitude about it, though.  But he's 15 and has never been held accountable for much, if any, responsibility in his short life.  Therefore he has no appreciation or clue about what it takes to get things done.  I would welcome the opportunity to teach the boy, but that's another issue I won't go into right now...

The house was built in the mid 80's.  Rather surprising how brittle the CPVC has become over the years.  Fortunately, 98% of the plumbing is easily accessible.  Unfortunately, this is in that 2%.

The tub backs up to a shower stall on the other side of the wall, with a utility chase in between.  I thought I could gain access by cutting a hole in the wall of the other bathroom.

Yep, it's the 80's plumbing color decor.  

Turns out I was wrong.  Looking in the freshly cut hole showed the diverter valve every bit of 3' inside the chase.  My Go Go Gadget arms don't stretch that far.

What in the world were they thinking when they built this place?  It certainly wasn't anything concerning future access.  What to do, what to do....?

I ended up cutting a hole in the floor, from the basement.

Because of the floor joists and framing of the chase, I had an access hole a whopping  10"x 14".  It was tight, but I was able to squeeze one arm, my head and a shoulder up into the void.  At one point I needed both hands and was able to squeeze through the hole, arms first and rolling my shoulders.  The fitting was pretty close to the stud, so that was a little tight, too.  But I eventually prevailed, with no shortage of colorful language.

To hopefully prevent this from happening again, I put it back together with copper.  Sharkbites are  awesome when you're not in the ocean.

Now to finish off with a gratuitous picture of Maggie.
The stuffings all out.  I'm going to rest now.