Recently we had plumbing troubles at our camper--- and it was BAD (ok maybe not as bad as toilet troubles, but it was BAD) …. One day the kitchen sink just would. not. drain…. So, I tried plunging it… like FOREVER --- but the plunging caused a second issue ---- that STAGNANT 🤢 water started SEEPING out through the pipes under the sink because I apparently LOOSENED them with all my plunging….
So, I decided that there MUST be something lodged in the “trap” under the sink --- Of course, to fix this, you’ve gotta disconnect the pipes under the sink --- so with MULTIPLE bowls ready to attempt to catch the overflow, I started unhooking the pipes --- DISASTER 😩 --- that yuck water just kept flowing… AND FLOWING…. So, then that involved hauling bowls of water to the bathroom to be flushed --- one bowl after another ---- and the water just KEPT COMING…. 🤢
Finally, the overflow water stopped, and I ran a coat hanger as far as it would go through the pipes--- but no luck dislodging anything…. So, I decided to just hook it all back up and try some Drano the next morning… I did leave a bowl under the sink just in case it dripped overnight…
Fast forward to the next morning… 4 a.m. and I’m heading to kitchen to make coffee... well, it had DRIPPED alright --- HAVE MERCY! The cabinet was flooded, and water was ALL out into the floor (and remember, this is stagnant water ---- GAG) 🤢
Well, after a couple of hours (seriously) of cleaning and drying off all kinds of wet stuff from under the sink and throwing out things that couldn’t be salvaged, I headed to Wal-Mart for supplies to fix the leaky pipes AND some Drano….
Ok, so back to the camper with supplies --- dismantled the pipes again --- reconnected it all, and the seal really SEEMED much tighter --- that was UNTIL I poured in the Drano – DISASTER AGAIN --- Drano seeping out all over the place through the pipes --- so I caught the Drano in a bowl… disconnected AGAIN and used some plumbing tape to seal it up... (about this time I start praying that Drano does NOT harm bare skin and that BREATHING Drano FUMES won’t KILL a person since no one else is at the camper to revive me if I started to DIE…) --- but thankfully, this time the seal on the pipes WORKED – no leaks (and I didn’t die)! So, in goes the Drano… wait an hour to be safe, run the water to check, but UP comes the water AGAIN – the dang thing is STILL STOPPED UP ☹
So, about now I’ve come to the conclusion that I am just NOT a good plumber (a determined plumber, but not a GOOD one) and that this thing is CLEARLY going to require professional (and probably EXPENSIVE) 😩help…. We leave the camper for the day and decide to get someone down there soon….
We go back a couple of days later and Howard is outside and says, “Hey Molly, have you noticed this handle that’s way underneath here?” ---- Me: “What handle?” 😳😳😳
Well, there was a handle to an additional holding tank that we Never. Knew. EXISTED --- he pulled the handle and OUT went ALL of that water that had been “trapped” 🙄🙄 in the kitchen sink… end of story (so now --- hope your day is better than THAT one was for me!) 😉
So today's Ash Wednesday ~ the first day of Lent ~ a time many Christians remember Jesus's sacrifice and reflect on prayer and their own self-sacrifice. In years past, I've sometimes (not always) given up things for the Lenten season -- often chocolate, sweets, diet drinks, and other things I typically enjoy on a regular basis.
This year I may still choose to sacrifice some of those same things again, but I'm planning to give up non-material things, too. (which may prove to be even tougher) These are all habits that I realize are destructive anyway, and that I hope I can permanently eliminate, too.... ~ complaining ~ negative talk ~ negative posts ~ negative comments (out loud or on facebook) ~ comparing myself to others ~ gossip (and I know there are still many more that I should include...)
While not everyone chooses a Lenten sacrifice, hopefully I've at least provided a little food for thought. Hope you have a wonderful spring, Lenten, and Easter season!
Our little town of Batesville is on the move! What a great surprise to see that we are listed in an article on Zippia.com. What were the factors? Here is what the research findings are based on:
By nature, I'm a "fixer".... For this reason, whenever I hear someone complaining (or announcing on social media) about why they're unhappy, I feel the need to try and "fix" them. Many times encouraging words or actions by me or other friends seem to help, but on occasion the complainer just responds with additional negativity. It's then that I have to remind myself that some people just don't want to be "helped". I think it was Abe Lincoln who said this: "Most people are about as happy as they want to be." There's so much truth in those words!
I ran across the following excerpt from a blog recently that was shared by my sweet friend, Susie, and it really rang true for me. "Other people’s negativity is not your problem. Be positive when negativity surrounds you. Keep smiling while others are moaning or complaining. It’s an easy way to maintain your enthusiasm and focus. Don’t ever let someone else’s bitterness change the person you are. You can’t take things too personally, even if it seems personal. Rarely do people do things because of you. They do things because of them." So, for all of my other "fixer" friends out there, just keep your end positive and don't let the weight of the world bring you down! Keep smiling!
Need a little motivation? Here's a super short video to get you inspired!
Our sermon at church yesterday was especially good ~ it was about forgiveness and why it can be so difficult for us all. We were reminded how human nature often turns our anger into resentment and how quickly we can make and keep a “scorecard” of hurt feelings. And everybody knows it’s even harder to forgive when the other party doesn’t reciprocate. But then the question was posed, “How can we accept God’s mercy if we can’t do the same for others?” This is so true and it’s definitely an eye opening reminder.
Recently, I’ve had several friends who’ve been dealing with hurt feelings and the struggle with forgiveness that we all encounter at times. If you’re in a similar situation, maybe some of these reminders will be helpful.
• Life becomes easier when you accept the apology you never got.
• Forgiveness means loving someone enough to pursue healing instead of punishment.
• To forgive is to set a prisoner free, and then suddenly realize that the prisoner was you.
• Anger is an acid that can do more damage to the container in which it’s stored than anything on which it’s poured.
• How nice it would be if we could forgive others as quickly as we expect God to forgive us.
• One who can’t forgive breaks the bridge over which she herself must one day pass.
• The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.
• To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God forgives the inexcusable in us. ~ C.S. Lewis
Our pastor recently told the following story during the sermon. (Here’s the gist of it, not the exact story): A little boy (I’ll call him Jimmy) from a very disadvantaged home was invited to attend church with his friend from school, (a boy from a more affluent family). Jimmy worried all week about what he might wear because his family barely had enough money to buy groceries, much less nice clothes. For church that morning, Jimmy dressed in the very best thing he had, which happened to be a worn pair of denim overalls and some clean, but scuffed, tennis shoes.
His friend’s parents picked him up, and they headed to church. Although he was apprehensive, Jimmy thoroughly enjoyed Sunday school class! He loved singing the hymns, listening to an exciting story from the Bible, and drawing a picture of his favorite character from the story. At the end of class, the Sunday school teacher called him aside. She said, “Jimmy, we’re so glad to have you with us this morning and we surely hope you’ll be back next week. But you need to remember next time, you don’t want to come back unless you’re wearing your very best clothes. We always want to look our best at church.” And that was Jimmy’s last visit to church.
The sermon was about hospitality and not just being warm and welcoming to our family and friends, but showing that same kindness, love, and acceptance to everyone, no matter how different from us or whether they may or may not be in our “circles”. And as that old song goes, “And they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” A good reminder for us all.
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