Monday, May 13, 2019


One of life's rules is that nothing ever breaks or fails until late at night, or on a weekend or holiday. And the failure is always something that has to be lived with until a repair man can come. So, the home well-water pump failure early last week was in keeping with all of this.

First problem out of the box is the inability to flush the toilet. Yes, one flush left in the tank, but then what? In our case, there was enough pressure left to fill each toilet once. Good for 24 hours max.

A trip to the store to purchase 6 gallons of water for toilets, making coffee and some hand-washing. I could have tapped some of our emergency storage but it was quicker and easier to go to the market. Four dollars!! Those 6 gallons can disappear in a heartbeat and they did.

We have always counted on being able to run the water pump in a long emergency with a generator. But when the pump or low pressure switch fails, that plan fails.

A call to the pump guy brought him the next morning, prepared to replace the pressure switch, the pump and or the holding tank. Replacing a well water pump with a 400' vertical run is not a quick fix but this kid had pre-planned having to do any or all of this project.

He thinks that the motor is starting to fail and that the motor stopped on a dead spot in the turnings where the electrical current would not turn it on. This is not a hundreds of dollars of repair, but thousands!!

He got the pump started and working with some fiddling. We ruled out a leak in the system and now are running the system until further notice. We are fortunate to have a repair man that is reliable for repair in a short turn around. The other positive is that this repair man has been with us since we built the house and knows the system well.

The lack of water in the after will be a killer: quickly. But it can be pre-planned for. With fresh portable water storage and a rain water collection system, this problem can be managed.

The storage of fresh water and a rain collection system is short money. How much water do you and your family need on a daily basis. Figure that out and increase the gallonage by 25%. How many days will that give you? Think Venezuela!!

Lesson for me this time, was how much water 2 people use through the day and night in everyday living.

Here is an excellent project, again, short money. Make one, set it aside for back up along with dry sawdust. I have mentioned this option before.



...aired last week and I need to dredge up the bottom of a crap vocabulary to adequately cover my disappointment in how low this series has sunk. The entertainments industry agenda is alive and well this season, but there is no story line. None. Nada, Kaput! An excellent series to turn on and then go outside to do chores.

Many new actors now that need to be developed and old favorites completely destroyed in a desperate attempt to keep the series moving ahead with meaning and interest. The lack of talent of the writers and producers is the best story line of all. I can go on, but only deeper in disappointment and a fans contempt for the literal destruction of a television series.

Maybe Marvel is taking notes from the last of Raymond Reddington and Elizabeth Keene's fall from a series crew utter failure to keep a good story line alive.

We were loyal fans, but then again what do we know?



Don't ya just love the dogs?



No more gardens for us. All taken down last year and now just some dabbling in a few fresh herbs and flowers for color yard happiness.

Cool temperatures and rain holding on to the beginning of continuous warm dry spring/summer days. Yes, we middle New England folks are complaining about this too.

As the growing season progresses, my wife and I are again going to sell our act as older folks and just happen to stop by more often at our younger neighbors and friends homes. They always seem to have some extra home grown garden veggies.

Oh, you don't have to do that, but if you have extra and need to get rid of some of these fresh tomatoes, zucchini, string beans and green onions, we will be happy to help out.” “You don't have chicken yet, huh?”

We do not have them fooled at all. Our acting is not that good.



Been 4 weeks now and I can confidently say that the injection is working. Little things I could not do a month ago without noticeable pain I can do now. Lifting a cup of coffee off of the table next to my arm chair all the way to taking sips to returning it to the table. The downward motion of buckling a safety belt in the passengers seat. Lifting a half gallon of milk out of the fridge using my left arm. Others!

There are still places I cannot go with my arm. I do not know how well all of that will improve. But I think that when all is said and done, my every day comfort and basic close in arm movements will be worth the endeavor. Anything beyond that will be lagniappe.

A 15-20 pound loss of weight has also helped. The diet is working and I have not cheated once. I have wanted to: a gin and tonic, the warm bread and butter, the chocolate cake and ice cream at a social gathering this past weekend. Hard and all of me wanted just a sneak taste. But that would have meant starting all over and 28 days of good behavior lost. So, on with the program.

Now the 4-8 week of healing and additional activities begin. Some lifting of weights. A little testing of what is working until the shoulder reports it has had enough.

Maintain the diet, no alcohol, no stress and practice cautious optimism. A check up visit with the nurse recently reinforced that this is a 6 months healing process. He explained it does take time, but from our discussions he noted that my progress is positive. I will continue to exercise good sense and work the time table.

Canceling two shoulder replacement surgery appointments over the past 3 years have been two of the best decisions of my life.


For some unknown reasons, the robins have found that sitting on my tuck mirrors to poop is their only option here. Over and over and over. Every time I walk out to the truck, a robin is sitting on a mirror. I moved the parking spot and the robins followed.

"Not Today"


Living in a crazy world continues on high. Coast to coast and around the globe. No one I visit with has any good news about our tomorrows. The divisions amongst us seems to be getting more pronounced. Regardless: work the days, the family, the happy and prepare one more thing this week. Check it off your list.

Thanks for the visit. 

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