Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ants and Floods

My "household management" alone is over - Joe is coming home from Florida tonight. What happened?
First, there were ants. The rain attracted them to the inside of the house - they were all over the bathroom. Ants means Pest Control Company. I called Clark (yes, that one) and the tech was there in ten minutes, literally. And, because we already have a contract with them, the service was at no charge. I was impressed, - Western took several days to send someone (service our rental company uses)...
Anyway, the ants died. I swept up the bodies and threw them in the trash can. There were piles of them... But this problem is under control.
Next, there was Internet. It disconnected and did not want to reconnect. It took me two tries to get it back on track. I know I sound like some sort of a spoiled princess - but... our Internet tends to disconnect right at the time when we need it most, like when it's time to pay bills online.
That was done and figured out, too. So, this morning I woke up, happy and reasonably relaxed... and found a clogged sink - in the kitchen. I tried the garbage disposal, the plunger - no luck. That water was still standing in there...
Full of confidence and slight desperation, I decided to drain the water from under the sink. The pipes are plastic - how hard can that be? Just put a pot underneath the sink - to catch the water, unscrew the pipe -pretty self explanatory.... Then just screw everything back on... At least the water will be out, and then - who knows - maybe the clog will be out with the water?
First mistake: the amount of water that came out was more than I expected. It did not fit in the pot. Instead, it sprayed all over the cabinet, the rug, the floor and - me! I was sitting in a stinky puddle, looking at the results, ready to scream... And I did scream. Some of the things I said may be considered "the untranslatable game of words with the use of local idiomatic expressions". Then, I put everything back together, cleaned up the mess and called the rental company. They sent the plumber - and he fixed everything. Or almost everything. I don't know, I am suspicious. Time will tell. For now, everything works.
And that is all.

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