A journey of exploration and discovery of who I am becoming during the aging process. A great big bang-up HURRAH! that
I'm alive. A lot of talk about sundry and miscellaneous stuff & nonsense that may or may not have relevance; they may not even make sense (remember, I'm menopausal!). But I'm hoping they'll be fun.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Extreme Motivation for Cleaning your Basement!
I came home Tuesday and discovered that I had no hot water. So, I called my trusty handyman, Brady, thinking that perhaps a fuse had blown. While he was on his way up to my house, I prepared for him.
I had to move these items --- the cupboard (containing my supply of emergency vino![ MUST BE SAVED AT ALL COST]!) which was next to the laundry tub which was next to the de-humidifier (which had been leaking lately) which was in front of the tall shelf full of many, manypaint cans which was in front of the hot water tank ...... arggggg ....... so Brady could get at the beastie. Of course, all sort and manner of other basement goods had to be moved to make a spot to put all the displaced items! (Daily workout accomplished - I thought!)
That was when I discovered that the de-humidifier was NOT leaking. The beastie was!!!
(Cue doorbell) Brady arrives; removes little cover over electrical part of beastie; lovely brown water gushes out and rains down the side. "Yes!" said Brady. "You need a new water tank".
We disconnected the old hot water tank and used the super-duper dolly to wheel it around the corner, through the downstairs (maneuvering around the recent acquisition of Daughter #2's collection of stuff from the break-up), up the stairs, over the threshold, down the stairs and into the side yard where it sat and drained lovely black water next to one of my flower beds. I'm hoping there's nutritional value in that black gunk!
In between helping Brady with the installation of the new beastie, I wheeled the old beastie by myself (cue impressive "Oohs" and clapping) down the driveway, up and over the curb and into the not-yet filled out bushes at the end of the bottom driveway. Clean-up week is sometime next month: and in the meantime, I artistically camouflaged it with December's Xmas tree. (Tinkle, tinkle, tinkle! That was the sound of even more needles falling off as I lifted it into place!)
Three hours later and $400 lighter (Bwaaaaaa!!), I had a beautiful new hot water tank, a new appreciation of my friend Brady, extra muscle ("ME AM WOMAN!!") and a total and overwhelming feeling of exhaustion. And all just in time to watch Lost!
I love having hot water. Isn't she lovely?
Both the above tanks are hot and beautiful!
Now --- Where do I begin with the rest of the basement!