Saturday, April 25, 2009
Our neighbor's son-in-law, Danny, is a plumber so he came and took the toilet apart and luckily he is pretty sure that just the wax seal needed to be replaced, however, since we planned to replace it with a taller toilet when we had the bahroom redone (once we get the money, shower leaks, but that is another story, no longer using it - using hall bathroom), we decided to go ahead and replace it now, since the old one was off and it needed some of its guts replaced anyway. So, Danny came back this morning to go with us to the store to get the new toilet and guts for the hall toilet (which also needed to be replaced). Well, before going I decided to ask him if he would also replace the sprayer in the kitchen as it does not work, when looking at it we discovered that when you turn the water on and then squeeze the sprayer, no water comes out of the sprayer (which was the problem), but now when you release the sprayer the water does not revert back to the faucet and it took us awhile to get it going again, so we decided to replace the whole thing. So that is THREE. Which actually made me happy as I never like that faucet anyway.
So, now I have a new kitchen faucet, I like it however, with all the new water saving features everything has now, I don't care for the water pressure it puts out, but I don't think that would be any different with any others, so I'll have to get use to it....I got one of the ones where the faucet and sprayer are all-in-one and also included a soap dispenser, which is where the sprayer use to be. It was a 3-hole, so we put a cap in the 3rd hole. The new toilet is in and working perfectly - Yeah! My arthritic knees are going to love that higher seating. They started to put the new part in the hall bath, but it was the wrong size or something, so Danny and DH have run to the store again to get the right part. Thank God for good neighbors.
So hopefully, that will be the only problems for awhile...three is enough. Can't wait to get my master bathroom redone and usable again (well at least the toilet is now usable again). We are going to have it completely retiled with a nicer tile, new linoleum and painted, but first we have to save up the money for that as it is very, very costly, so that won't be anytime soon. Oh yes, Jacob, just had the Jeep towed back to his quarters parking lot and will just get it repaired when he returns, one friend of his thought it might be the starter, as they couldn't even jump start it, another thinks that because the battery connectors were so corroded that it might just need to be cleaned or the battery replace, so he will find out about that when he returns.
Thank goodness, I have a dinner date planned with some of my non-red hat friends (yes, I do have some of those as well). We try to get together at least once every other month as once a month seems impossible. At the very least we try to get together for each others birthday month...there are 6 of us and we usually manage to get at least 4 of us that are free at the same time...today we got 5....Lydia has not joined us for a long time and made it in Feb. and this time. Gayle had to cancel at the last minute as she had been very busy and I think Mary said she either had to work today or go in tomorrow, so something had to give and we were it. Oh well, we will catch her next time. She and Mary are the hardest ones to find a Fri. or Sat that is free and they get home too late during the week to do it then.
UPDATE: Danny came back over and we discovered a tiny sliver of charcoal had come thru the tube and was blocking the water flow right at the flow restrictor and once that was removed the flow did increase and is perfect now...SO now I LOVE my new faucet.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
These are pictures of the first house we visited on Greenway Dr., built in 1966. Unfortunately, you could not take pictures inside the homes. I wish you could as they were beautiful, but I can understand why. The flowers on either side of the entrance were also used on the garland you see around the door and there were beautiful floral arrangement done by local groups throughout each house. Most of the greeters were dressed in period clothing - I'll include a few of those as well.
The third house which was on Beverly Dr. was completed in 1946, with an addition being constructed in 2004 (right side from the round front porch on to the right). The backyard hosted a beautiful view with gazebo, Koi pond, swimming pool complete with a pool house that has been converted to a guest house. We were also treated to a cool beverage and homemade cookies at this location and were able to enjoy them on the patio next to the pool. I also had to include a picture of the tree on the patio with all the bird houses in it.
There are birdhouses hanging all over in this tree, look closely and you can see them.
The front of the house, the mulched area slopes up.
The 5th and final house was built by its current owners in 2005 and is the newest of the houses and was absolutely beautiful. It included a 2-story atrium, complete with skylights along the entire length of the residence. It also has a basement level, complete with an elevator connecting all 3 floors.
Well, I hope you enjoyed the pictures. I posted more than planned, but they were all so beautiful it was hard to leave any out (but I did). Oh yes, after the tour we enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Brock's in Downtown Fredericksburg.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Here are some of the cards they made...I actually remembered to take my camera and then remembered to actually take some pictures again.
Aren't they a creative bunch....I just cut the paper for them once they decide what they want to stamp and they take it from there. I give a few tips every now and then.
P.S. Despite the time shown for the posting of this it is acually 9:56 pm now.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Dombroski - Cuevas - Richards -Ferenz
Forming up and preparing to return to their barracks.