Working on Old Plumbing Plus a Garden Update

| 8/24/2011 7:46:28 PM

A photo of Nebraska DaveThis has been a very strange garden year to be sure. It's seems that everything produced over abundantly but it's being short lived. The cucumbers were coming in so fast I was buried in cukes. Then one day they just dried up and quit. The potatoes seem to be Ok from the ones that I've dug up, but the green peppers, that's another story. From eight plants I havested 6 beautiful peppers early in the season then nothing. I see now there are two or tree smaller peppers but nothing of real importance. The onions were a bust. The tomatoes are going gang busters but now there are signs of leaf curl, and I expect in another couple weeks they will be done. All grown the same as last year but just different weather patterns, I guess.

 Official garden Van Camp bean can rain gauge 

The last rain here was a real gully washer. Much to my surprise the next morning as I toured the garden and checked the official bean can garden rain gauge, it was full. It had rained a good four inches over night. Being 40 feet above the river level and no where near any flash flood creeks, my garden and property were exempted from any damage. Not so for some other folks. Stories came out about sewers backing up into houses and low lying streets were under water for a time as the storm drains just couldn't handle the torrential rains of the night before.

My pickles didn't turn out as well as I would have liked.  After letting them set for about a month, I cracked open a jar and had a taste.  They taste great but are mushy.  There's nothing worse than a mushy pickle.  I'm glad I didn't make a whole bunch until I get the proceedure perfected.  Yeah, I'm getting smarter in my old age.  Ah well, I'll give it another try soon.  I can always buy a couple store cucumbers for practice.

Today's another year older and hopefully not any farther in debt.  Yup, spent the birthday relaxing and eating barbequed ribs at my favorite restaruant with my youngest daughter.  Tomorrow it's back to the challanging stuff like working on old plumbing.


Nebraska Dave
8/29/2011 5:22:44 PM

Sarah, hot water heaters are fun for sure. I'm not mentioning any thing about a hot water heater as mine is 16 years old. The last one went 20 years before total failure so I may have a couple more years before I'll have to sweat those copper pipes again. I can do it but it doesn't look too pretty when I'm done. My greatest fear is the main sewer pipe to the street. The neighbor next to me has a sewer pipe that collapsed and must dig it up for replacement. The home builder was a clever man and run the pipe under the driveway. NOT!! It will cost many thousands of dollars to repair the nasty bugger. I dread to think about that happening to mine. Here's to plumbing having a long and prosperous life.

Sarah Schartz
8/29/2011 11:52:35 AM

Dave, I'm so glad that other people have horendous plumbing stories. It makes me feel better. Hubbydoes lots of things but plumbing isn't one of them. (If he did the house would not be standing when he was done.) I've got a leaking hot water heater that I'm going to have to tackle soon...

Nebraska Dave
8/28/2011 9:33:47 PM

Mary, oh I can so relate to your faucet story. Those faucet nuts are in the most unhandy place behind the sink and in such a small area. It certainly would be disappointing when a new faucet out of the box is defective. I don't even get mad any more and just expect things to go awry so when it doesn't, I am pleasantly surprised. My best story was when I once worked on toilet that needed to have the guts replaced. I had a shut off valve on this one so at least I didn't have to turn off the water to the whole house. I neglected to attach the little tube that sprays water down the over flow pipe so as I was looking inside the water tank, I reached down to turn on the water and the geyser sprayed me right in the face. This happened in the same bathroom I'm working on again. I just expect when working on plumbing to be splashed on, dripped on, gooked on, sprayed, have rust falling in my face, or anything else that could possibly happen. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know that I'm not the only one that faces disappointing moments when working on plumbing. Hopely my issue will become a laughable memory very quickly. Have a great day of not having to work on the plumbing.

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