Well folks, I'm not quite sure what I've done to offend the gods, but evidently they are not pleased.
It started when the television blew up, but since then it just seems like there's been a never ending series of minor disasters around here.
So, the day after the TV went, I turned on my computer and it wouldn't boot Windows properly.
Thankfully, this turned out to be a minor problem caused by the fact that the computer was plugged into the TV, and since it could apparently no longer recognize the dead television, its little brain got confused and went on strike. Thankfully I had the tablet to get on the interwebs with and diagnose the problem.
Then a few days later I was doing the dishes and noticed a loud glugging sound coming from the basement. I figured the sewer was clogged again, as it does quite often, and I just needed to snake it out.
Well... I'll spare you the details, but I ended up having to order a special new snake online, which took several weeks to arrive, and in the meantime, I couldn't do laundry, and every time I did the dishes, horrible stuff would back up onto the floor and take an hour or so to drain out. OY!
The good news is that I got the new tool and the sewer pipe is now cleared... and I spent the day yesterday catching up on laundry.
So then... I went outside to do something and noticed that something seemed not quite right with the stairs to my deck.
On closer inspection it turns out that a chunk of the step along with the post and railing have pretty much completely rotted away. They really need to be replaced entirely, but that's not gonna happen this fall, so I shored up the step with some bricks and I'm working on patching the wood with an epoxy filler.
Then, I went out to the garage to do something, and the deadbolt lock fell completely apart. So that meant an emergency trip to the hardware store because I didn't want to leave the garage unlocked over night.
It ended up taking several hours to repair it because the hole wasn't quite deep enough for the lock to turn without friction... which may be why the old one died. But I drilled out the hole and now the new one works great.
So then CatMan and I went for a bike ride a few days ago, and on the way back I started noticing a bit more bounce in my tire than should be there... sure enough, it was flat. So we went to change out the tube... only the replacement tube had a hole it it too... and the tube of glue in my patch kit was dead. Arrrrggghhh!!!
Then this evening I was outside feeding the Gray Boy when I noticed that the fluorescent lights out in the garage were flickering. Then they went out completely and there was a horrible smell of smoke.
I was seriously worried about the garage burning down...
So I called CatMan and he had me shut off all of the electricity to the garage. I sat outside for about half an hour while it aired out (didn't want to leave the door open with it unattended because I didn't want to risk a skunk or a raccoon getting in there.)
Anyhow, the smell of smoke cleared, but CatMan said I should leave the power off and check it a few more times before I go to bed just to be sure nothing's smoldering out there.
OK... so that brings us up to the present moment. Good GAWD!
So I guess my next project is figuring out how to either repair or replace the lights in the garage...
Honestly, I just want to throw up my hands at this point and shout UNCLE!
I suppose the reality is just that I've been living in crisis mode for a LOOOONG time now. First Sputty got sick & died, then my mother died suddenly and there was all of that to deal with, then Princess...
Honestly, there just hasn't really been any time to deal with anything other than the emergency du jour for about three years now, so I suppose it's sort of inevitable that things are gonna pile up and eventually you're gonna have to pay the piper.
I'm really, REALLY hoping that things will slow down here soon so that I can catch my breath and maybe get out ahead of a few problems before they become crises...
I mean, it's gotta get better, right? PLEEEASE tell me it's gonna get better....
Soooo, tell me. How do you handle it when life just keeps throwing you curve balls?