Monday, 21 January 2019

A big snow storm!

It's pretty cold. Rural folks, with animals, have a tough time. Hoses don't work for water troughs. I read on Facebook:
I got ALL your wind. Spent three and a half hours out in it, trying in vain to fill my troughs. Frozen hydrants, frozen hoses, then a hydrant that wouldn't shut off once I got it working, 250 feet of uncooperative hose once the nice collapsible hose froze in 75 places, all with 60 kph winds paralyzing my face. 
There are many school boards who cancelled busses. Our power was off around 5:30 a.m., at least, it came on back then!

Prior to the snowstorm, I encountered our wild turkeys on the hill.

Then, the turkeys and the bucks played together.

I didn't venture anywhere near the trailcams, but the day before...

We had 22 cm of snow.

The cardinal remains a bright spot!

Since someone else did the top half of the driveway, I did the bottom half. It was bitterly cold, with wind gusts.

stormy day from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Inside, the cats were staying warm. Daisy was in her crate.

Outside? There were 11 deer.

This is a fun video: the deer was digging for food. Then hubby putting out some more.
It's a lovely, rich mix, an Ministry Natural Resources recipe based on COB: corn, oats and barley, with molasses, and it smells rich and yummy. It's just something for their bellies, they do overwinter eating twigs.

Speaking of food...
My daughter and SIL took off to New York from Wednesday to Sunday. They lost their direct flight home, but ended up going from there to Toronto, and then Ottawa. More on that tomorrow!

Sunday, 20 January 2019

The toilet issue

Yes, you read it right. Not the toilet tissue!
More mess. Jan. 2nd, 2019 – I noticed our toilet had begun leaking, again. I phoned our local company.

They had installed the toilet in Aug., 2017. It took three tries to tighten it enough, but not too much.

When we returned from an 8-day trip out west (June 8th, 2018), there was water around the toilet.

 July 9, 2018
We had issues with it leaking. It was redone.

July 9

Sept. 15, 2018
Jan. 11, 2019
The dude came, inspected at 9:30 a.m., back in the afternoon after another emergency job, and checked it out. 4 hours

Jan. 12, 2019

He was supposed to be here by 10:00. I was worried. Arrived 11:30. He was delayed, as his wife and family were supporting friends who lost a family member in the horrific bus incident in Ottawa.
I moved the furniture out of the way. He had to cut a hole in the ceiling.

The pipe, which was to be replaced, goes into the ceiling of the living room. It is drainage for both the toilet and the shower.

Finally, I painted behind the toilet, while it was moved! I should have done it a year ago.

The old one had a crack.

The paint job went well, not that anyone will see it!

New pipes, a hole in the ceiling will be a trap door Thursday. The deer began to recognize his truck!

Saturday afternoon, a leak.
Sunday morning, towels around the toilet. There was water under the pipes so I put out a bucket.
Sunday, noon
I thought I should remove the piece from the hole to check on it. Sure enough. It was wet, too.
This is the toilet stack that takes the stink away. It was puttied, but it didn't hold. It dripped and dripped.

Back upstairs, I shut off the water to the toilet, took the water out of the toilet bowl. I phoned our company, they don't work Sunday, but sent an email of the photo to the boss. He sent the dude, who showed up at 9 a.m. Monday. Whew! He checked it out and determined a plan. The stack was dislodged when he replaced the stuff  under the toilet. It'll have to be replaced.

Off he went, shopping. He returned at 11:30, with stuff. Left at one. A new hole in the wall, where the stack was leaking.

The ceiling was wet, but dried when I turned off the toilet.

I washed the bathroom floor, but didn't bother vacuuming yet.
JB discovered a small drip at 5 p.m. I think swearing was involved.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

Still leaking from the elbow, the dude reglued it.
9: - 10:00.
Afternoon, still leaking, albeit slowly.

Thursday, Jan.17

It's a slow drip, but a drip nonetheless. I am taking my anxiety medication, to help me sleep. It makes such a difference. Dude had reglued it, but it didn't take. He taped it. So far, so good.

We now have two access panels. Seen here prior to installation. A cheap fix.

I'm wondering if I should paint the access panel in the bathroom? 

BTW the toilet paper holder fell off the wall yesterday, as I changed the roll. I guess it had been knocked during reconstruction. The screws are loose in the wall. I'll have to tackle that today.