Well folks, I'm starting to recover from the A-Z blogging hangover...
I have to say, the past few weeks have been a case study in the inevitable fallout from taking the "ignore it and maybe it will go away" approach a few too many times.
First up - plumbing disasters.
My kitchen faucet was cheap to begin with, and after years of repairing the thing it had finally reached the point of no return and really needed to be replaced. I figured it would take me an afternoon... oh what an optimist I was!
A week later, I was on a first name basis with the plumbing guy down at the local hardware store, and I now know more than I ever wanted to about pipe fittings, wrenches and plumbing in general! Oh, the joys of living in a home with "vintage pipes."
I'll spare you the gory details, but suffice it to say getting the old faucet out was a bit more challenging than I had anticipated. The situation was complicated by the fact that the sink did not have any water shut off valves, so the water to the whole house had to be shut off. Then when a pipe fitting broke things went from bad to worse.
But I persevered and I now have a brand spanking new kitchen faucet that actually works! I also installed shut-off valves so hopefully the next time something needs to be done on that faucet it will be much less of a hassle.
Words cannot express how wonderful it is to have a fully functioning kitchen faucet again. Seriously - the spigot swings easily from one sink compartment to the other, the sprayer functions, and best of all, there's no water leaking out of every crack and crevice!
And I was also quite glad that I make a practice of washing out glass bottles and filling them with water to use in the case of an emergency. Having the water shut off for a few days was much less traumatic than it might have been since I was prepared. Crazy lady to the rescue once again!
Of course in the middle of all this, I noticed that one of my car tires was dangerously low on air. Since I don't drive much I figured I just needed to top it off - which I did, but alas, in a few days it was low again. After a few days of beating a path to the air pump at the local filling station I decided to take it in - whereupon I learned that 10 year old tires really need to be replaced not fixed, even if they only have a few thousand miles on them.
Sooo... I now have a beautiful new set of tires on my car, as well as fresh oil in the engine which was also overdue.
Apparently my bike felt a bit left out though, because the next day I went to prepare for a ride and discovered a flat tire there too. Oy! Fortunately I had already purchased new bike tires since they were due to be changed, but somehow I hadn't anticipated having to do it in the middle of everything else. Oh well.. in for a penny, in for a pound!
Oh... and did I mention it's been raining here in Denver? Seriously, we've been setting records right and left, and some of the 500 year flood disasters of 2013 are already repeating themselves out on Colorado's eastern plains. My how time flies when you're having fun!
CatMan and I went for a ride today along the South Platte, and the river was higher than I've ever seen it. There were places that the bike path was under several feet of water, and we've got more rain in the forecast!
It also snowed a few days ago and temperatures got down into the 20's killing a bunch of tender plants. So, perhaps it was a good thing after all that I was so far behind on the garden!
Anyhoo.... that's the news from the funny farm. I'm sincerely hoping that all of your lives have been much less eventful than mine over the past few weeks! :-)