A Royal Flush

That’s what I’ve been hoping for for days. After the last thaw, I’d gotten spoiled again. Whenever I wanted, I could flush the commode. Then the temps plunged and, for the third time this winter, the septic tank line froze again. It’s never frozen more than once in a season and it didn’t at all for the last two years and now—three times? Oh, woe!

Yesterday, it warmed up and I just knew it was going to melt whatever chunk of not-blue ice that was in the line. Nope. Didn’t happen. Multiple times, I went in and checked but checking did no good. I put Rid-X in the commode that had the really serious stuff in it. Maybe that would seep down and start the cooking going. If it did, there was no evidence.

I went about my everyday routine and did what I could between trips to see if there were any activity. I talked to my cousin and she hoped they’d be home today but yes, she’d appreciate it if I fed all the livestock until they got here.

The cats met me at the door (mine) and escorted me to the house. There was ice on the steps and the top one was solid. I was very careful when I opened the door and managed not to fall.

The babies seemed extra hungry with both the females coming out to eat and one of the males did likewise. That’s unusual for them to do that as early in the day as it was.

After I fed the cats, I got a spatula from the kitchen and chipped a lot of the ice off that top step. No one would be falling if I could help it.

I was in bed at a reasonable hour and slept well until the alarm went off this morning. I didn’t need to get up at 5:30 but I can’t change the alarm on the clock. When I push it down to “alarm” where it has to be to set it, it still shows the time. Once in a while the alarm time will blink on but it won’t stay there long enough. I lay there and prayed and dozed for an hour.

Genese had posted yesterday that she was back in her room. I figured that called for something in the way of celebration so I put a small piece of carrot cake in a container and put it in an insulated cooler bag with some ice packs. It was promising to be a warm day.

Before I left, I went in once more to flush the commode. The contents just sat there.

It was tricky getting out of the driveway. My cousin had her crew at her house and one of the trucks was parked where I usually turn around. I pulled up and backed around where I hoped (and prayed) one of my tires wouldn’t pick up a nail.

In spite of the tractor pulling a disc slowing down traffic (it could have pulled over on the top of the mountain to let me by but the driver waited until there were four of us) I made it to church on time. I was late to the organ, though. I stopped in the bathroom to put out yet another foamer in the hope that it would work.

The pastor was late coming from his other church. He’d gotten word that his father had been taken to the hospital with a heart problem and then later learned he’d had a stroke. He was visibly shaken but he pulled himself together and preached an excellent sermon.

After the church service was over, the Computer Owner told me she wants to come by the house tomorrow. I finally guessed that she has my Melaleuca order. I’ve ordered in the past as a regular customer but since she needs the points (and I don’t get them), she’s ordering for me.

Following a short conversation with another friend (who was in the Computer Owner’s car), I went to see Genese. She was sound asleep. I rapped on the table and she groggily woke up. The first half hour or so, she was yawning every few minutes. I was tempted to leave and let her sleep but she soon came ’round and we had a good visit.

She was telling me about her five year old granddaughter who can operate the Hoyer lift to get her father off the floor and onto the couch. She’s an amazing little girl and thinks it’s fun.

We talked about the most recent board Genese set up (and last played three days ago). This is what it looks like with no tiles played:

Groundhog Day

and here it is with Genese’s explanation:

Groundhog Day Complete

In case you can’t tell (and I’m sure you can’t) the date of our exchange is January 28. Now to see if it comes true tomorrow.

We visited and caught up for more than two hours. It was after 2:30 when I left but it was almost 4 when I got home. That’s what living in “fast time” will do to me.

I almost tip-toed into the bathroom, lifted the lid and pushed the lever down. Praise the Lord, it flushed! I made my way to the other bathroom and that one did, too!

My second meal of the day was part of a mango (a lot of it was past eating), chocolate tapioca, soup, toast, and a piece of carrot cake. Oh, and some Dole Dippers. I don’t think I’ll starve. I overdid it on the sweet stuff, I know.

Twinkle got in her lap time and I had to fight off the urge to nap. I called my cousin and they are toasty warm now. She said it was almost too warm in the house. I’m glad she was able to get it done. She’s been wanting to be able to come home for a long time now.

6 Responses to A Royal Flush

  1. Lila February 1, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    Hooray for the flushing!

    • Tommie February 1, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

      I hope you’ll never know just how it felt! It would take not being able to for days’n days.

  2. Genese February 2, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    The carrot cake was delicious. Thank you for sharing. It’s icing wasn’t too sweet; as Goldilocks said, “It’s just right.”

    I’m happy for the great thaw and hope it stays warm enough that the line doesn’t freeze anymore.

    There are no shadows in the valley this morning. It’s so foggy I can barely see the steeple on the church at the end of the lane outside my window.

    • Tommie February 2, 2014 at 9:36 am #

      I’m glad it was “just right”. It was sweeter than what I made for DS2’s birthday. I do like that cake recipe. It turned out a bit crumbly but I think that was because the applesauce I used was kind of thin.

      My cousin has already been over to investigate the leak in my bathroom. There’s evidence that the drain froze and made the water from the tub and sink back up. What’s weird is that the rest of the pipe leading from the drain is completely missing.

      It’s cloudy up here but not foggy. I remember driving to work and the valley would look like a bowl of Cream of Wheat.

  3. Mary Jane February 2, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    Your title is well chosen! Hope we don’t have any more weather cold enough to have the problem again.

    • Tommie February 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

      You can bank on the fact that I hope not, too! I’ve had enough and then some.

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