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Travel Man’s Been Away It’s Time for Things to go Astray

IMG_0211This week while Travel Man is working in New York City I had to take the car in for service.  Of course since Travel Man is gone it completely stalled on me while getting onto the freeway Sunday morning.  I know I’m a big girl and I can take the car in for service on my own.  It’s just that I don’t like to.  Thankfully so far the week appears to be going ok, other than the issues with my car. Fingers crossed for a quiet household week.  Hopefully I haven’t just jinxed myself!

The last time Travel Man was out-of-town for a whole week there were a few other things that had gone awry around the house.  Our garbage disposal died.  I tried to fix it, but was not successful.  So unfortunately I cannot add that one to my “Things I CAN fix” list. Travel Man was able to fix this one when he got home.   He did not want me to call the plumber on this fix.  Thank goodness we found out there was just a dime jammed in it from a certain granddaughter who shall remain nameless.  Next the pool pump motor went kaput!  This called for a complete replacement here.  Right before Travel Man went out-of-town the refrigerator door sprung a spring so it wouldn’t close tight.  We ordered the part and he fixed it when he got back home for the weekend.  The last thing that happened during this eventful week was one of the backyard sprinklers blew its’ top off.  So we had an “Old Faithful” geyser going in the back yard for a few days before I realized and investigated what had been happening.  Can you believe all four of these happened in the same week?Unreal how good ‘Ol Murph comes in the door when you least expect it.

I like it much better when Travel Man is home and does NOT have to spend time on household fixes (aka The Honey-Do List).  I would much rather he spend time with me.  I’m a little selfish like that. Being the wonderful husband that he is all of the repairs got completed before he left on his next trip.  I’m still waiting to get my car back.  Fingers crossed it’s nothing serious.  How does the “Honey-Do” list look at your house?  What’s the last thing you had to fix yourself around the house?

Another Installment of When Travel Man’s Away…..

This has been kind of a funky morning.  My theory is with a Road Warrior for a husband (aka Travel Man) nothing goes wrong around the house until he is away.  Travel Man is in Alabama working this weekend, and there’s a few household glitches I thought I would share with you all.

  • The patio screen door would not go back on the track.  After a new an improved latte in my coffee mug this one is fixed.  Just needed some caffeine to get past my frustration on this one.
  • The washer has a quirky problem.  We have a fancy new fangled front loading washer.  If certain someone’s do not clean out their pockets properly sometimes things get stuck in this little filter/trap on the front of the washer.  This was happening quite often so I got a lesson in how to fix it myself.  So of course today, I had to clean out the trap- yuck, smelly water, and now we’re back in business.  Who needs a washer warranty anyway.
  • And my last quirk was that the first latte I made myself this morning had no espresso dripped into it.  The filter folded over on itself, and the coffee never dribbled into the milk.  This one happened before the previous two.

At this moment, I am happy to report that I got my latte, got everything fixed and in shape, and now on with my family weekend.  Oh,  and in case you’re wondering, and even if you are not, a Road Warrior is someone who makes their living while traveling from place to place or customer to customer, or job to job.  On the road, in the air, not usually by bus or train unless they are in some remote location.  My Travel Man is a Field Service Technician, and travels to plants all over the USA for his work.  But the details there are a story for another day.  Hope you all enjoy your Friday.  Mine is much better now.  Toodles!

When Travel Man left today- Guess who appeared?

When Travel Man left today, for Northern California, we had a total Murphy’s moment. Now you all remember good ol Murph.  He appears when you least expect it and usually not with good news.  You all know the old adage, “If something can go wrong it will.”

Tom and I were walking out of the house through the garage to say our goodbyes, and right in front of our big freezer is this huge puddle of water!  Oh no!  And the water was all the way out on the driveway.  So I’m thinking oh no, the freezer died.  I open the freezer, and it’s still going strong,  lights on and the food is frozen.  This is good news.

Then,  I trace the trail of water all the back to the ….. washer!! Grrrrreat…..

There is a little stream of  water coming from the bottom of the door,  on the front of the washer while  it is closed.  Oh no!  My husband cringes because he must get on the road.  He has a six-hour drive ahead of him.  I can tell without even look at my Travel Man that he is thinking, I should be able to check this out.  One of the perils of being a road warrior.  But I know he needs to leave.  We decide to call for service, that’s my department, and put some out-of-order tape on the washer. (This will throw the twenty something’s off course a little.)

I got an appointment and the washer will get fixed on Saturday morning.  Isn’t it funny how when things breakdown around the house it is always at absolutely the wrong time.  And as a matter of fact is there ever a right time?  So, c’est la vie, life goes on and I have a legitimate excuse not to do ANY laundry for a few days!!  And besides my laundry was already done.  Lucky me.

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