And the Winter Games begin…

Bob is ready to dig in

I was preparing my oatmeal this morning when I heard a noise outside that sounded like a heavy truck. I thought it was the well service since he is due to put in the water filtration system today. I stepped out on the porch and saw the excavator and our contractor. I informed Rand “there is an excavator in the yard.” They will not actually start clearing until tomorrow morning, unless he decides to come back and start today, which he said he might.

After the spot is excavated, concreted, he will concrete the little strip between the new pad and the current driveway, and of course, there will be a retaining wall there and at the front of the pad.

In other winter games, I was finishing kitchen clean up last night when suddenly I heard the sound of water under the sink. The dishwasher was emptying and water was going everywhere. It seems that the drain had come unattached. How does that even happen? Rand was able to get it back on and tightened and we cleaned up the water and left the doors open with it empty so it could get fully dried out. I finished the clean up, checked under the sink, and uh-oh…water dripping. [Sigh] Just a little bit, but cannot tell where from. I put a plastic bucket under with paper towels in it for now. I have to stop saying “It’s always something on Taylor hill.”

J finished painting the upstairs last night and now only has the two accent walls (one in bathroom and one in sleeping alcove). It is looking great! I will do an update (if the press is allowed access) once those last two walls are done. Then they will install the heating/cooling units and he can begin to lay flooring.

The sun is shining, it is going to reach 61 today, and I have a cart full of rocks to relocate so I can pull out the bricks and creek rocks (not as spiffy as the Mexican beach rocks) but still, I have landscaping to do in the back yard now. A day of physical labor in sunshine might be just what the Winter Games coach ordered.

See, these rocks really are gray when they are not covered in mud and clay

I’m riding with the Mughal Horsemen from Rakkasan Tea this morning. It is the kind of hearty “working class” tea one needs for hard labor and getting the job done. It is full-bodied and grown organically without chemicals, so it is also good for prissy city girls and refined ladies of a certain age who know what’s good and like a little adventure in their lives. Women who go puddle tapping, take the tube and attend a play the first day in London, wrangle deer when they get stuck in a fence, shovel snow so a dog can get to the outdoor privy, drive all over for dog shows and New Deal buildings, camp in freezing snow, photograph moons and critters in the wilds, forge progressive paths on the coast, and block-walk and serve as election judges come to mind. Let’s get to work!

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27 Responses to And the Winter Games begin…

  1. Katie says:

    Plumbing issues abound. I hope you’re able to get it all sorted quickly! The tea sounds delicious.

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  2. Betty says:

    You are making progress on all fronts as well as bringing an unexpected smile to my face! Hopefully, you’ll get your plumbing issue resolved quickly, and you’ll be smiling, too. 61 sounds like bathing suit weather to me right now. Enjoy!

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Thank you, Betty! Glad to oblige the smile! While I am pretty adventurous now, I doubt seriously if I would have done such a thing right after graduating college! Heck, I did not even like California and came home after a couple of months.

      It was so like bathing suit weather that the sweatshirt had to come off in the first 3 minutes, and I seriously considering removing the tee shirt and working in my tank top, which is of course, my favorite uniform. Looks like Rand the wonder man has come through yet again, and leak is fixed. Thank you for being a bright spot in our lives–you rock–and not the kind in my yard.

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  3. Sounds like you have all manner of busy-ness happening. I can’t wait until spring so I can start working in our yard. Good luck on the getting to the bottom of the leak issue. That’s never fun.

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Thank you, Anne Marie. Leak is all done. When I came in from rock digging and hauling, Rand had it under control. When at some point I realized you were in Canada, I understood the snow situation better. 🙂

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      • Glad to hear the leak is gone. I am always grateful for Dan when things spring leaks around here. Yes, we Canadians are known for our snow. ☃️

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        • Suzassippi says:

          Rand and I went to Quebec City (I had a presentation at a conference) back in the 1990s and it was winter. I had to go buy a hat and scarf (which I still have!) as I was totally unprepared! We had our retirement trip planned for a road trip to the Canadian Rockies…and then Covid cancelled that. We still have hope!

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          • I have not been to Quebec City but I think it would be amazing. (My family came from Quebec). I hope you will get to make your trip to the Canadian Rockies. It is beautiful country. Better bring the hat and scarf – you never know when a cool spell will hit. I went to Victoria Island ages ago. It was July and I was SO cold all the time we were there. It was memorable.

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            • Suzassippi says:

              We had a wonderful time there, but it was such culture shock to this Texas country girl that the first night after dinner, we stopped in a bookstore for me to get a French-English dictionary. I stayed up late learning basic words like good morning, thank you, pardon me, etc., and carried it with me so I could interpret street signs, and find the bathrooms. That taught me a valuable lesson for future travels! I hope you get to go someday. My family was from Scotland, and I still hope to go, but it looks iffier the older I get.

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            • I would struggle putting together enough French to get through Quebec. But it would be fun trying. Scotland would definitely be an adventure. It seems such a romantic place.

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  4. janebye says:

    OMG it is indeed “always something.” But I love the tea and the awesome women who drink it, or who might if they had a chance. 🙂

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Thank you, awesome woman who block-walks and serves as an election judge. 🙂
      You inspire me on a regular basis, and have since we first worked together. And, you introduced me to Rakkasan Tea in your efforts to support businesses that support economic and social justice. I love you, Sister of Justice!

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      • janebye says:

        Thank you, awesome woman who hauls rocks and paints and builds things and creates art and teaches and encourages and works for social justice and finds cool things for us to read, buy, and do. I’m your fan club president and have been since we met when we were young and cute and passionate and maybe a bit naive about how much we could change the world…pronoid to the max…but ever striving. I love you!

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  5. You battle all kinds of things inside and out! I’ve never moved rocks and stones like you have. What a job! You will give us a grand tour when these projects are finished, right? Meanwhile, I shall enjoy reading about your progress.

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  6. peggy says:

    Ah – problems always seem to arrive when you least expect them. Hope someday all your remodeling inside and out is finished so you can relax.

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  7. Beth says:

    Oh my! I’m sure you did not expect so many adventures in one day, but the tea will take you through all of them, just as you described! Did you put a fan on where the water spilled to make sure it really dries all the way through? I’m sure you will have updates on all of these, too….

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Fortunately, since I was standing right there when the drain came undone, we could cut off the water and soak it up right then (good news is we went with waterproof vinyl laminate on the floor, which I am really liking, by the way). Underneath the cabinet is laminate, too, so I think we are good. I love that tea–had some more today! Yes, more updates coming soon.

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