The washer has a little problem but good news Mom is doing good after the day surgery

July 27, 2019

The washer will not pump out water!  I have it level and that was a pain because most of the top of the washer has curves.  One of the plastic adjustment/leveling legs snapped so that made the task a challenge.  I will say that Samsung was very helpful online and via the phone on troubleshooting the washer, getting the machine registered for warranty and contacting a local repair company with a good reputation to service the washer.

I’m a little disappointed that I can’t use the washer this weekend.  I understand with an “Old Model”/ new machine that these issues can happen and it is not necessarily the fault of the machine, manufacturer or the shipper, especially if they all have good reviews.  Hopefully the tech will come and fix/replace the pump and the washer will be good to go.  I did not empty all of the water out of the washer. I left about 1-2 inches of water in the tub so the tech can see what I am dealing with as the problem.  I think I will get the big shop vac ready, just in case I need to remove that last bit of water in order to work on the machine.  The 6 gallon shop vac should be able to empty the washer in 1 or 2 fill ups.

Mom is doing good after last weeks day surgery.  She is mostly out of pain for her back though she says she is being careful not to re-injure that area.

Mom is keeping up with the housework, mowing the lawn with the riding mower and keeping the weeds whacked and under control. Her church is going to do some yard work and Mom is really trying to set up the Ryobi weed wacker work for her as well as the old B&D weed wacker.  This might sound a bit sexist and I don’t mean it that way, but I think the Ryobi tools are set up for a male to use.  That is not a criticism but an observation.

Men are taller on average than women and most of their strength/ Center of Gravity is in the upper body. Women on average are shorter, have less upper  body strength and the Center of Gravity is the hips.  That makes a huge difference between how a man or woman uses a tool or how comfortable it is to use a tool.  Do I expect companies to change how they make yard tools?  Nope, because most yard work is done by men and that is a tool maker’s primary customer.  Some tools will fit women better and we need to let those manufacturers know us women appreciate those tools that we like and work well for women.  Please no more slapping a bit of pink plastic or paint on a  “Womans” tool.  Women tool users is an under served  market plus those tools that cater to smaller body frames and hands, opens up that market to young people in their teens just starting out DIYing.  Most guys go for the most powerful they can handle/ afford.  Most women want a light weight and simple tool that handles simple jobs like hanging curtain rods of building a small shelf.

Speaking only for myself and I am a “Tomboy” I always grab my little 9.6 volt drill first on any job and only get the big drill after the 9.6 volt proves inadequate. Now I’m female and I’m disabled so my strengths are not top notch, but I don’t think that is an issue.  Using a small light weight drill for a small job is smart.  Sorry for the rant as the 3rd wave feminazis just annoy me.  I was the first girl to play flag football in Idaho in 1977/1978.  I think I was the second girl to play in Little league baseball the same year.  I wasn’t striking some blow for feminism I just wanted to play the game.  I was on the team because I was as good the boys, I started because I was better than some boys.  Did I work hard or harder to get on the team?  Of course I did. Males have more muscle mass than females. I lifted weights and could leg press almost 900 pound as a 14-16 girl.  I was also a slow runner and the had the leaping ability of a safe.  I had stamina and was strong but not really talented for sports ball.

A couple things I learned about sports is all the hard work in the world would never get me to slam dunk a basketball. As my physical attributes mean I have no “hops”.  It did not matter, if I could shoot 3 pointers.  It does not matter that I’m disabled doing a job “living” .  I fail/ succeed on my own.

The wood pile is almost finished.  I have another 3 garden wagon loads of poplar to stack.  I have to finish up the “kindling” wood rack and start filling it.  I have been waiting for paraffin wax to go on sale to start making fire starters.  Some Greenies might attack me for using a renewable source for heat and using a petroleum product to create fire starters. Despite the fact I use far less paper to start my fires.

It is simple for the left.  Use a wood stove and you hate the earth and you are a Nazi/racist scum.  For gosh sake an article said White people like having dogs because they miss having slaves.  I would never speak for any other ethnic group but who does not like dogs or cats?  I don’t think love of animals is just a white thing.

 

Sorry long post and I’m all over the place.  I’ll try to clean it up.


Got some yard work done and a prayer request

July 22, 2019

The front yard has been been mowed!  I got a bit lazy as I did not want to pick up all the sticks from the high winds that blew thru last week. Today I got all the sticks picked up mowed and gave the front yard a “good watering” of several hours.  It felt good to get some outdoor work done after helping Mom with her surgery recovery and getting enough shopping done to top off the big freezer.

While I was mowing my neighbor was working on getting a mid size fridge in to his house up the front steps that have at least 6 steps and about 5 feet to the porch front door landing.  The neighbor had a dolly and did most of the heavy lifting but I helped keep the fridge on the dolly and assist with guiding , or adding a little extra ooomph to get the fridge in the house can make that job a bit easier.  The neighbor said he will help out with moving the old washing machine out or getting the new machine in my house. Should be be easier to move my washer as I only have a couple of steps to deal with getting the washer in the house.  Once the new washer is indoors and close to the Laundry area I can “walk” the washer into place.

I got the old washer out of the laundry area and strapped to the big dolly Mom loaned me.  Mom has offered to assist moving the old washer to the alley, but I want to test out how much effort she will need to help move the washer.  Mom was not given any weight restrictions for her recovery and she has kept up cleaning her house and taking care of critters.  I don’t want her to re-injure her back by helping me.  Getting the washer on the dolly, strapped down, I’ll do most of the weight bearing work and Mom will guide and any weight lifting should be minimal.

Onto the prayer request: My Mom’s new church has been hit with several small disasters. From flooding of the church basement to shingle/parts of the roof being torn off in a wind storm.  The pastor was diagnosed with prostate cancer that may recurring and perhaps the cancer has moved to his bones.  The church congregation is older and many are on Social Security and disabled so the can’t physically do much work around the church or donate to get needed work done.  The church needs to an Asphalt parking lot to replace the gravel parking lot they currently have in place.  The new parking lot will help those people that use walkers, wheel chairs and “scooters” get into the church.  I don’t want to add more info as I don’t want to ‘dox” the church.  Your prayers for the pastor and the church would be appreciated.

I use a walker when I’m shopping or going long distances walking(1/4-1/2 mile).  Trust me if you use a walker a gravel parking lot is some thing to be dreaded/ avoided. If you use a wheel chair thick gravel is impossible to navigate without help.  Heck, when I was in a wheel chair I avoided deep pile carpet,  gravel parking lots, forget about it!


Mom’s little surgery is done

July 21, 2019

Mom’s minor surgery seemed to go good overall.  She did a little bit of shopping, in the evening though I played chauffeur. The “surgery” seems to to be fairly non-invasive.  Heck I have dealt with IVs that used larger gauged needles.  Mom was supposed to have 24 hours of me watching but she wanted to go home and sleep in her own bed.  That is the state of medical care is it over compensates on others to provide safety and release the hospital from any responsibility.

I have a good quality guest bed, but sleeping in your own bed in your own home has an positive affect on your recovery. Mom could have spent another night at my home with no problem, but she wanted to go to her home be with her stuff and animals.  I don’t think either of us would place an “at risk” person at risk!  Mom is moving a bit slower recovering from drugs.  Overall after her 3+ hour nap (at my house) she was lucid and could use her shopping list.  I don’t think letting Mom go home to recover was a bad thing or unsafe.

Mom did great by going home, as she got a good nights rest.  As a bonus, I did a load of wash at her house before we came back to pick up her vehicle.  The new washer is supposed to be delivered on the 25th.  I only had to use the Laundromat once after my washer died.  I got the big “dolley” to move my old washer out of the laundry area and I have new hoses to install for the new washer.

I think I can install the new washer but I’ll know for sure once I try removing the old washer.  Mom has offered to help but at best she will probably just guide me through the doors ways and hold doors open.  That little extra bit of help is very valuable.  The trash guys will haul away an appliance for $13.00 so all I have to do is get the old washer into the alley.  If I can do that, I should be able to get the new washer into the house.   As a backup plan a neighbor has offered to help with any jobs around the house.

I’m excited to start improving the interior of my house rather than just doing basic/simple repairs to keep up the basics.  I spent a lot of money (to me) to get the a new roof, siding and new windows to get the exterior part of the house not only looking good, but better insulated. The siding does not need painting, the roof is a 50 year roof and the windows should be good for at least 15-20 years.  Now it is time to start working on the interior.

Honestly I will be “fixing” some of my choices of materials now that I have learned a bit more by doing some simple DIY projects.  I’ll be replacing old and cracking linoleum with new linoleum. I need to replace the computer rooms carpet and a soft spot in the sub floor that I think is a seam in the sub floor that has sagged or was not properly braced.  Much of what I want to do will look like cosmetic fixes but faucets wear out so the have to be replaced.  You might as well replace those items with something you want/like.

I’m not sure how you save up for those jobs.  I’m looking at one or two rooms at a time of what needs to be repaired and then looking for the materials I need for the job.  I’m trying to plan out the jobs  that I’m indoors in the cooling affects of A/C during the heat of the day.  Here in Idaho 100 degree + temps are coming though at least the humidity is low. Joke: (so is an oven).

I doubt we will see many Air Conditioning is EVIL from the Beltway writers or Greenies located in that area this week.  Heat can be life threatening so while I joke, having at least one room you can be cool, rest, drink some water even if the power goes out is no joke.  I can use mister fans that help the cooling affects of evaporation.  That can’t happen at 90% humidity. You only get damp and sticky feeling, not cooler.  If you can’t afford a small A/C unit buy cheap fans to help with the cooling affect of evaporation. Do any work in the morning or late afternoon.

This is common sense advice, but it is remarkable how few people have common sense.

 

 

 


It’s always something….and a bit of a rant

July 14, 2019

Darn and other dirty words! It looks like my old Maytag Washer is dying.  It has started making (metal on metal) noises when the pump runs or as the tub is spinning.  There is a distinct electrical/and burning oil smell, that can not be a good sign.

I can’t complain about the washer as it came with the house when I bought it in 2003 and it was probably 5-10 years old at that time.  Yes children, there was a time when major appliances lasted decades rather than 5-7 years.

The timing sucks as I’m paying off my wood pile this month.  I can wrangle the money around to get a “new” second hand refurbished washer from the same guys I got the dryer from three years ago for around $200-300 dollars.

I don’t want a new washer despite all of the fancy bells and whistles that manufacturers add these days.  It’s like some of the conversations I have had with people extolling all of the features of their smart phones.  Can you place a phone call and talk to people?  Maybe I’m a “boomer” but isn’t that the first reason to have a phone?

I need a washer that cleans clothes and that is it!  I don’t need wifi or a video screen. The Maytag washed clothes in about 25 minutes using the heavy cycle setting.  I doubt a modern washer running a longer cleaning cycle is more efficient on total electric energy costs.

I’m bummed out about my washer dying.  Not only because of the cost to replace it but because it represents when the USA made great products that lasted for decades and could be repaired by some one out of their garage.  These are Green products as they last for decades and not just a few years.  These Items can be repaired and not end up in a landfill due to a fried circuit board.

On of my biggest pet peeves against the “Greenies/Enviromentalist”  is they do not think about the day to day stuff because the are to busy Virtue signalling and taking the moral high ground.  I reuse, re purpose things daily. I plan my shopping trips to use the least amount of fuel because that is how I save money.  I’ll grant AOC lives in 2 of the most expensive cities. She is also making $174,000 per year as a Congress critter. That is $14,500 per month discounting all of the perks of government work/ per diem. I make about $18,400 per year as a disabled vet.   AOC literally makes more in 6 weeks than I make in a year. I know the struggle is real but my sympathy is sadly lacking for AOC.

I have a blind spot because I can’t imagine making $50,000 per year and having money problems making ends meet. I know it real, the person lives in a high tax state where property taxes are as high as the Mortgage payments each month. Or a person that buys food for 3 days at a time and seldom buys in bulk.  The person that never learned to cook and lives on fast food and microwave meals.

I doubt many in high tax areas “get” the west paying $100.00 per year for a house worth $100,000.   That is sort of cheap as our local governments also add bonds and tax levies but compared to high tax states the yearly cost is still low and your schools and roads still suck.  Honestly, our roads a schools suck too, but at least they suck at lower cost!


Mom got firewood, gutters cleaned.

July 12, 2019

We cheated a little bit with loading Mom’s firewood.  We loaded some of the smaller hardwood stuff and then filled in the rest of the truck with the cut and split poplar I bought in June. I got a bit more wood out of the bargain but, I have to do the work of cutting and splitting that wood.  Mom gets the cut and split firewood that is ready to burn in her wood stove. I figure I have about 4.5-5 cords of cut and split fire wood and about 1.5 cords of mostly hardwood that needs to be cut or split stored for this winter. So giving Mom some easy to burn firewood for her woodpile was an easy choice, that works for both of us.  Mom has been dealing with a back injury for about 9 months and has a day surgery scheduled next week.  So cutting and splitting wood is NOT a job she needs to be doing for a few weeks. I can putter around my wood pile and split the hardwoods and make kindling this summer that will help us both this winter.  I did not expect to hit my 6+ cords of wood goal this summer so if I have to help Mom out I have plenty of wood on hand.

The gutters are clean out though I did not do the work.  It cost $70.00 to have the gutters cleaned and that seemed like a good price in comparison to me going up and down the ladder 140 times cleaning out the goop in the gutters for a couple of days.  I have bought some gutter screens and a debris downspout catcher that I want to install this summer.  If you install gutter don’t rely on chain down spouts if you have a lot of leaf debris or winter snows. Chain downspouts are okay as a decorative element but to move water effectively install good downspouts.  It should be easier/cheaper to add a chain down spout to a gutter system with down spouts rather than adding good down spouts to a chain system.

Summer has finally got hot here in the Treasure Valley.  90-100 degrees F. for the next 5-7days which isn’t that bad for mid- July in High desert. I can handle working a few couple of hours outside as long as I stay in the shade.  I am not ready to work in full sun but there are plenty of jobs to be done in the shady part of the yard or in the A/C cooled house.

One of the jobs I’m starting is painting. I have been watching youtube vids on how to do some basic Sheet rock repairs and taking time to get all of the prep work down prior to painting. I did some very minor/sheet rock repairs using spackle and an expired credit card to spread the spackle.  Wow! using that card made a huge difference in how the repair blended into the existing drywall.  Taking more time to let the repair cure and then sanding is making the repair almost unnoticeable other that the wall needs to be all one color. I have quite a few of my first attempts at repairing drywall jobs that look terrible in comparison. I’ll be sanding those “repairs” back to the Drywall and getting them cleaned up a prepped for paint.

I’m starting with my 3/4 bathroom that needs not only new paint but some new flooring as the linoleum is cracking and has split.  I’d like to install a new sink faucet and shower hardware but that will have to wait as I save money for those projects.  While this job “updating” the small bathroom are cosmetic.  I’m turning what I have learned in theory, into practice on a small project.  I have most of the tools I need to do the project correctly and not just slap a coat of paint and hope no one notices all the mistakes.

 


Finally got most of Mom’s blinds done!

July 6, 2019

I have been adding/replacing Mom’s old blinds with my somewhat better shape old blinds.  I bought a couple of packages for universal fit blind brackets for Mom’s 47 inch blind.  The old blind brackets are so old the brackets are very brittle and tend to crack into non-functional pieces. While the new brackets are cheap at least they are made of a flexible, yet rigid material not prone the cracking under a little bit of pressure.  Mom’s windows are all dry wall casements not wood framed.  That adds another challenge installing blinds that fit within the dry wall window casement.  I think the correct long term solution for Mom’s windows would be a window casement that frames the windows, but that would probably require a custom built window blind to fit the new interior dimensions.  The windows sort of suck for installing blinds easily but the window casement dimensions currently can be fitted with standard blinds available at most Big Box stores at low cost.

I added one of those sort of cheap roller sunshade blinds to the outside of a small window that has the portable A/C unit. It took a little cussing but over all the blind seemed to cut the heat on that window with out blocking the light for that corner of the room.  You can see through the gaps of the blind from inside but you can’t really see into the house from the outside.  We added new curtains and curtain rod to the “big” kitchen window. The new thermal curtains in place of the short half window curtain rod seems to make that area feel bigger.  The new thermal curtains are a light color and I think having the half window curtains broke up the flow of the window and wall by divided the window in half.  I felt as if that side of the house and window were cooler.  That might have been a reaction to make my work feel worthwhile but Mom said she thought the rooms looked and felt “better”, more like it was her home and not just a house.

I did a bunch of little jobs around Mom’s house but those little jobs really made a big impact on the look and feel of her home.  I need to help Mom replace the guts of her toilet. Now that she has bought tools for the job it should be simple if not easy.  Mom wants to do the work and I’ll be offering “helpful advice” as she does the job.  This will be great for Mom to use her own tools to fix her own toilet.

I have great news!  My peke Tucker seems to adjusting/feeling more secure about load noises like thunder or fire works. He only freaked out during the 4th for about an hour and I gave him tight hugs.  On the 5th it only took about 15-20 minutes of hugging to get him to calm down. Tonight the 6th we had a bit of thunder and fire works and Tucker found his quiet spot.   Just having the little pup feel secure and safe is wonderful!

Next week moving and stacking wood, Huzzah??!!!  Also I got another new/used coffee pot and hopefully it it will work more than 3 days!