Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Tuesday's Treasures and a Chocolate Chip Pound Cake.....

 I got up early enough to get my cake in the oven before Kevin the plumber arrived.
I nearly hugged him when I opened the front door.
It was MY Kevin who came and unstopped the kitchen line back last year when Louis Dean was taking up the deck and digging in the yard thinking that was the way to get the drain cleared!

He recognized me as well and I immediately relaxed!
Kevin would get the job done!
And he did!
He is a calm guy who works steady and was just who we needed!

Louis Dean stayed in his music room while he was here - until the last when we sat all together in the living room as I paid him. $195 with the senior discount and worth every dollar!

I sent him home with three big slices of the chocolate chip pound cake and he seemed happy about that! I told him that I knew he was coming so I baked a cake!

I was so relieved to get my bathroom back!

I had been using the portable potty Summer got me - a Home Depot  bucket with a toilet seat type of lid. Monday morning I took it out side and washed it out to set it up again - and I left it out to sit in the sun and dry. When I went back to put it together with white trash bag liners and kitty litter - it was GONE!! I found it in Louis Dean's music room - with a bunch of stuff in it! Tools and rubber hoses!

It's funny now - but it wasn't then. My nerves were pretty much stressed to the max that day.

So Tuesday I was finally able to flush my commode and I just LOVE that sound!!!

I decided it would be a good thing for both of us if I got out of the house for a little while so I met up with Brenda at the thrift store.
Here lately I have been reading a lot and I was happy to buy all these books for under $0.75!
I got 30% off of that but I'm not good at math!.

I found a pair of brand new pajama bottoms for Louis Dean with the $38 price tag from Belk still on them. I wore the Santa sweater today as it got down in the 30's last night.

It's fun to wear Christmas clothes!

Brenda and I finished our time with tea at Whataburger.
I admit to being in the Mulley grubs but Brenda was really sweet and I felt better by the time I got home.

I finished decorating the living room tree and Louis Dean put the star on top!
It has a Victorian look to it and I am loving it!

We are both finally relaxing after all the stress of the plumbing problems.
He still can't use his bathroom - at least not the toilet.
But he was a happy man when he took a nice long hot bath last night!

This morning I was up and had my coffee in hand when my sister Rita called me.
We had been planning on a phone chat and were looking forward to catching up with each other.
We talked for nearly an hour and our visit together did my heart so much good.
I love my Kansas City siblings and thank God for Rita and Buster!

I took today nice and slow and even had a two hour nap this afternoon.

The only thing I 'cooked' today was a jazzed up Suddenly Salad.
We took a Christmas movie break while we ate.
Sometimes the simplest things just taste so GOOD - like
Jello and canned sliced peaches!

Louis Dean had bought a gallon can of them and I was determined not to waste any - and I didn't.

My decorating continues and I am working in the dining room now.

I still have the den to do - and it looks really scary in there right now!
Also the sewing room, front porch and gazebo need to be cleaned and dressed for Christmas.
I missed my goal of having ot all done by the first of December but I am hoping to be done by Sunday.

Every morning I am writing some of my Christmas cards.
Yesterday I mailed all my Santas and my sister Rita's birthday gift - her birthday is on the 8th of December. Plus I bought stamps!
I'm sending out 300 Christmas cards this year as I ran out last year.
In 2021 I started at the beginning of my address book.
This year I am working my way from the back forward.

I've decided not to host a big Christmas Tea this year but I am thinking about a smaller one.
Maybe a Christmas Tea/Luncheon for a few ladies.....

Summer is having surgery on her other hand in the morning....
Sabrina is taking her so I will be home praying.
She is slowly regaining her health little by little and I am so thankful for all the prayers prayed for my daughter. Thank you!


Rita said...

Hurray for that sound of a toilet flushing!!
Enjoy your decorating. :)

Ginny Hartzler said...

300 cards!!! Wow, the plumber charged so much less than the thousands that rooter Man wanted! They must be crooked! Praying for summer's surgery! Your Christmas shirt is so pretty!

Unknown said...

Prayers for a successful surgery on Summer's hand. Funny how we take the sound of a flushing toilet for granted. But oh what a wonderful sound. LOL Glad it's fixed and the price was very reasonable. If you keep making yummy baked goods for the plumbers, Kevin is always going to volunteer when he sees a work order for your address.

Hootin Anni said...

Hope the surgery goes well. Love your victorian tree!!!! And I am go smacked at the price charged for the plumbing issue!!!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Glad you are now a happy flusher. How nice you have got it fixed. I've finally began my decorating but still have a long way to go. I bought my cards but have no stamps yet. And I haven't begun addressing them. I've got to get very busy. Christmas is coming sooner than I think. Praying for Summer's surgery. Hope all goes well.

Hootin Anni said...


MadSnapper said...

I noticed that everyone said how much cheaper it was but they didn't fix the commode and the commode is what would cost so much now I would like to know did Kevin give you a price on fixing the commode or is that something he can't do? Yay for $195 fix that gave you back your bathroom. Prayers for Summer's hand surgery to go well and for her to get her health back. Your house is looking lovely as always and talking about the word gobsmacked is what I am at 300 Christmas cards. Of course that comes from someone who males zero Christmas cards

jackie said...

Prayers for Summer.
How come Kevin did not fix hubby's toilet?

Changes in the wind said...

So glad to hear the plumbing is fixed and hope it can be fixed in LD's too. You are wise to take a break when you feel it is needed:) Hope Summer's surgery goes well.

Vee said...

Ongoing prayers for Summer. 🙏🏼

Yay for commode functionality! That's a fancy way of saying it flushed! Glad you had Kevin once again. Keep him
on speed dial.

Life has a way of teaching us things...often the hard way. May this be the end of troubles and woes for December. Somehow, things
should go better in December.

Looking good at your place! 🎄

Vee said...

Oh, yes, what's up with Louis Dean's bathroom troubles? Is Kevin coming back?

BeachGypsy said...

Keep us posted on Summer ok? That christmas tree is BEAUTIFUL-- yall did a great job! Yay for bathrooms that WORK!!-- yay! Oh- you got an Anne rivers siddons!--ive read all her books and we used to walk by her house all the time until she passed away a few years ago-- she is missed

photowannabe said...

Prayers continuing for Summer and her recovery.
Love that your plumbing problems worked out so well. I think you got a bargain for the work that was done.
Yummm on the cake too.
I know your decorating gives you and everyone that sees it so much pleasure.
I'm thinking I will have to be satisfied with just getting my tree up this year. I just can't seem to get started!!
Love you saying how you are enjoying the sound of The Flush...

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my gosh you sure got a great deal with your plumber and it is all done.
I thought that cake might be pumpkin and chocolate chip - it looked good.
We have two Whataburger's opening here. Well one is almost open and one just opened - the line was a mile long to get in - I think I will wait awhile. I hear they are great.

Pamela M. Steiner said...

I know how wonderful it is to get toilets flushing again...oh those "honey buckets" (that's what I've heard them called, the 5 gallon bucket with the toilet seat) come in handy in a pinch, but oh so thankful when you don't have to use them anymore. And I know that plumber was plumb happy to have that cake! What a sweet thing to do. Your tree is gorgeous! We haven't put ours up yet. Waiting for some help from the younger set this weekend to get things out of the shed. I'm finally feeling better enough to think about it. 300 cards?????Wow! That's amazing! What a blessing to be able to do that. you truly never cease to amaze me. Oh, peaches and jello is wonderful. Reminds me, I opened a can of peaches last night and I need to eat some tonight with cottage cheese. Thank you for the reminder. I'd better go now before I forget. Have a blessed and wonderful rest of your week. I'm happy for you to be almost back to normal!!!!!

Brenda said...

Wow 300. Cards. Prayers

Unknown said...

Hi Linda! When I read that you are sending 300 Christmas cards, I was in awe! :) But then it reminded me that I ordered 200 stamps already online. A friend sent me this link where you could order 100 for $38 and if you ordered another 100 (the Forever stamps) it would take 10% off. I found that hard to believe because one stamp is 60 cents now! But my friend said it's the real deal. So I ordered mine & they arrived in about a week! Her's did too. So. I thought I would share that with you.

I enjoy your blog....I'm a transplanted Texan from Pasadena & live happily in Wasilla, Alaska ~Sandy

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm so glad you got things fixed! Something like that can be so annoying...and inconvenient! Please give my card to someone else this year. I'm not going to exchange cards this month. I'll keep my cards to send next year, God willing. Take care and have a good weekend. Hugs, Diane

Carole said...

Linda, it's so great you are still doing Christmas cards - I'm afraid I gave up on them several years ago - reassuring myself it was good for the planet... a rationalisation of course. Glad your plumbing got mostly sorted. Fingers crossed everything keeps working. Cheers