Always, always listen to what kids are saying! It just may save you hours/days of frustration and work if you do.
A few months ago, the grandson came crying to me, telling me he had lost his balloon. Big deal, it cost 99 cents at the grocery store, we’ll get you another one when we go. The grocery store knows how to sell shit. They leave mylar balloons, inflated with helium, close to the cash register, so kids can whine and cry for a balloon, even if it does say ‘Happy New Year’ and it's the first of March.
A few days later, it’s time to change the furnace filter. Quite easy to do, just pull the old one out, slip a new one in the slot and you’re ready to go.
The next day, the furnace doesn’t work! Great, now what?
After troubleshooting, we find the blower motor isn’t working. Sooooo, we remove the motor and low and behold, we find the lost balloon! After questioning said grandson, he described the loss of his balloon as ‘it fell in the register’. A large cold air return in the living room was the culprit. The helium slowly leaked out of the balloon, until it was small enough to be sucked through the grate. It stopped when it got to the filter. But, when the filter was changed, it was drawn into the blower motor and eventually burnt the motor up.
Luckily it was a new furnace and everything was still under warranty!
You would think that I had learned my lesson from that experience! But no, it seems I forgot that lesson.
A few days ago, the grandson again says,’Grammy, J is playing in the bathroom’. Now J is only 18 months and not supposed to play in the bathroom. I remove her body from the forbidden room, shut the door, and continue trying to retain my sanity until their mother gets back.
The next day, we notice the toilet is running slow; I mean real slow, as in the water comes all the way up to the rim and just before overflowing onto the floor stops and slowly recedes. Time to get the trusty plumber’s friend; kids probably used too much paper and it clogged. Welll, after two days of plunging, we aren’t getting anywhere. Time to get out the snake and see if we can push whatever is clogging the works on through. No luck.
So, our Saturday night was spent emptying all the water out of the toilet, unbolting said offender from the floor, dragging it out to the garage to see if we could get it unplugged. We ran the snake from the bottom and the top; nothing. Something was stuck big time! Only after running the snake from the bottom and sticking my rubbergloved hand in from the top did we discover a small plastic ball that wouldn’t go up or down without manually pulling it out.
Everything is back together now.
Did I say yesterday I was bored??? Remind me never to say that again.
Today is a new day; the grandkids are supposed to be over again,,,I wonder what it will be next time?
I don't know about the rest of you, but one of my favorite things is hot biscuits and strawberry jam. My Granny used to make some goooood biscuits too, let me tell ya! Here's her recipe; you'll have to buy your own strawberry jam!
Southern High Rise Biscuits
Dissolve 2 tbsp yeast in 1/4 cup warm water.
In a large mixing bowl, combine:
5 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp soda
Cut in 1 cup Crisco, like you would for pie crust, until mixture forms coarse crumbs.
Stir in 2 cups buttermilk and yeast mixture.
Mix well with a fork.
Knead lightly a few times on a floured board.
Pat dough out to about 1/2" thickness and cut out biscuits with a small round cutter. (I use a juice glass.)
Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake at 425 until nicely browned (about 10-12 min.).
This will make about 48 biscuits.
You need not worry though, there won't be many left!
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A recent article reports an owner of a Michigan company forced his employees to either quit smoking or quit their jobs.
I quit smoking quite a few years ago. I wasn't prompted to do so by my employer, my lover or anyone else. I actually didn't even quit because of any health concerns (although I do feel better now than I did then). I quit because the cost of smokes was getting too high and I wanted to do something else with my money other than watch it go up in smoke.
I'll be damned, though, if my employer is going to tell me what I can and can't do while I am on my own time! As long as it is legal, I don't feel my company owns me or my time away from the plant.
A few years ago, everyone at the management level was given a paper to sign, agreeing not to become romantically involved with anyone who works for the company. Now it's not that I want or even intend to see/date/sleep with/or otherwise cavort with anyone I work with. But I absolutely refuse to sign the paper on principal! Each year the paper is presented to me to sign, and each year I refuse. This year I was told that I will be held to that standard, even if I don't sign the paper. Basically, I don't worry about it, I'm happy with what I've got now. But I really would like to see them make it stick IF I ever decided to graze in a new pasture!
You are a SEDL--Sober Emotional Destructive Leader. This makes you a Dictator.
You prefer to control situations, and lack of control makes you physically sick. You feel have responsibility for everyone's welfare, and that you will be blamed when things go wrong. Things do go wrong, and you take it harder than you should.
You rely on the validation and support of others, but you have a secret distrust for people and distaste for their habits and weaknesses that make you keep your distance from them. This makes you very difficult to be with romantically. Still, a level-headed peacemaker can keep you balanced.
Despite your fierce temper and general hot-bloodedness, you have a soft spot for animals and a surprising passion for the arts. Sometimes you would almost rather live by your wits in the wilderness somewhere, if you could bring your books and your sketchbook.
You also have a strange, undeniable sexiness to you. You may go insane.
Of the 80718 people who have taken this quiz since tracking began (8/17/2004), 5.4 % are this type.