A few months ago it seemed like Vince would NEVER get here. Now we’re down to single digits . . which still seems like a long time but the end is in sight.
Last night I sent him this message. He writes back 9 (instead of 8). Darn it. I’ve been a day off for weeks and didn’t realize it. I asked him . . why did you have to tell me? You could have waited at least a few days. He said “Because I read your message and about had a heart attack.” He sees it as Oh, no! I have one less day to clean and pack than I thought I did. I see it as Dang it! I have another night to have to sleep alone!
Perspective is a weird thing sometimes.
In reality, he’s probably thinking Darn it! I only have 9 days til I get there and see her “to do” list!
Seriously, I already told him that I want him to change the water filter on the fridge, change the a/c filter and add salt to the water softener (salt is already here) and that’s all I’m going to ask him to do for at least a week. Chad could change the fridge filter but since the fridge is old, and on wood floors and the basement is underneath it (so it would leak down there if there’s a leak), I’d rather Vince do that because he can fix anything. I’d rather Vince be the one to work on it if it needs work. With the fridge being older, the filter is down under the fridge, which makes it even a bit more scary to change. I’ve made it this long . . . I can make it another however many days I have left before he arrives.
Vince already changed the a/c filter once and he told me not to try it. It’s kinda big and it’s a tight fit. When he changes it this time, I’ll watch and then I can do it next time. Jeremy looked at the salt when we were canning beans and said it was fine but by the time Vince gets here, it will need salt. I could dip salt out of the bag and put it in but I can’t get a 50 pound bag up there and dumped and so long as there’s still salt, it’s fine til Vince gets here.
Linda B says
So glad you are down to single digits!
Wondering about your opinion on a water softening system. Moving a few years ago from Oregon where we had awesome soft water to Washington State where the water is terribly hard. I have been hearing about whole house water softening systems. I think it sounds like it’s worth it. Is it a lot of upkeep?
Judy Laquidara says
I’m probably not the one to ask. We’ve always (at least the last 20 years) had a whole house water softener and we’ve not had any problems. We add 50 pounds of salt at a time and, depending on how much water we use, we may have to add another 50 pound bag every 3 – 5 months. I think the house in Texas was plumbed so the water at the two outside faucets (attached to the house) have softened water, which is a waste. The house here in MO has one faucet by the driveway (hot and cold) that is softened water for washing cars but the other faucets are not softened water.
We had to replace the softener at the other house in MO and I don’t remember why but the water softener in the house in Texas was probably there since it was built in 2006 and we never had any trouble with it. The one at the house here is a couple of years old. The first one was installed when the house was built in 2003 and I think they replaced it in 2019.
So, I’d say there’s not much upkeep but as soon as I say that . . you know what will happen.
Linda B says
Thank you. I think it will be a good thing to do. I have never had such hard water spots on things, no lather from soap or shampoo, and even my hair is having a hard time with the hard water.
Vince will be here before you know it…. I agree that you should watch and take notes/pictures when anything is ever done.
When I was working (accounting & administration), I told my staff that they needed to make a “Mack Truck” book – everything that they did on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, especially if there was a critical item. Yes, they did object at first, but when they were sick and something just had to happen, I could open the book and do it. Less stress for everyone. When they wrote some instructions for a task, I would try it out. Changes were made, but in the long run, the staff all realized that my intentions were to make sure that the task was done and they had an opportunity to take a vacation or be sick and not worry about what was waiting for them when they returned.
So, as I am getting older, I am making my own “mack truck” books. The book has various business cards, info, instructions, etc. so I don’t have to remember as hard the next time something happens.
That is a great idea! I take it the Mack Truck book is for when someone feels like they’ve been “hit by a Mack Truck.” Very smart way to be on top of things.
Dottie Newkirk says
So glad Vince and you will soon be reunited!! WooHoo!