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Well, I had to say goodbye to Mr. Snuggles. It was pretty cold when I walked down to tell him I was headed back home. He had his nose buried in his grain, but after some coaxing, he came over to see me (only because I had peanuts on offer. I’m not fooled. No horse is going to leave his grain just to get a nose rub). He’s having a fine time and growing fast.

While at the ranch I helped install two toilets (three if you count the fact we had to do the one twice. Well, actually we did it three times so I guess that is four toilet installs.) I have quite decided that I don’t like toilets, especially installing them. Leaky things, they are. At one point when Dad was on the floor between the toilet and the wall to tighten bolts, he got stuck. Yup. He was wedged in there pretty good. He doesn’t bend or sit up as easily as he used to, and he can no longer raise his arms above his head. He couldn’t get purchase with his legs either. I had to grab his ankles and yank him out of there. Only I pulled a little hard and his shirt sleeve got caught on the toilet bolt. So then he couldn’t squish his way BACK up far enough to get it loose. We were about to cut the shirt off, but I decided to just heave-ho him back in there. He was not particularly appreciative of my helpfulness, but I *did* get him out of there. It wasn’t my idea for him to get stuck. It certainly wasn’t me who didn’t bolt the flange down to the floor when the house was built (the thing was spinning like a frisbee in flight. That doesn’t make for a very steady toilet install. No wonder the old toilet came loose and started leaking.) Personally, I thought one of my brothers should have helped with the toilet tasks, but they were suspiciously absent. Hmph. I have my revenge planned…

So back in Austin the sun is out, and it’s almost 28. That’s up from the 19 it was when we got up. Winter is here. In case you haven’t noticed! I think I’ll just sit in my chair and drink hot cocoa all day.

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Posted: December 19, 2016
Filed in New Mexico


  1. So, apparently the house is built on top of a Vittra’s home. By not giving proper warning when the appliance in question was used, your Dad caused them to retaliate. At least they were just mischievous and not fatally vengeful, as they can be.

    Comment by Karen — December 19, 2016 @ 10:49 am

  2. I’ll try to be grateful. But that was a huge amount of work on top of cooking meals for the freezer, to eat each day and desserts. I also hung 6 storm windows, helped shampoo carpets, fixed the shampooer, and made several trips to town to get supplies. In short, I’m pretty tired. I was going to say I was pooped because that pun fit the whole toilet theme, but I just couldn’t do it. There’s been far too many toilet jokes!

    Comment by Maria — December 19, 2016 @ 10:55 am

  3. You know what Maria, nothing is funnier than our family guess that is why we love them. Hate to tell you Maria but your brothers are not any different than my brother or friends brothers. If there is a female they kind of just figure we are “better” at handling Mom and Dad. I am sure you will find a way to get their attention. Wow didn’t know it got that cold in the Austin area. Stay warm, your temp is about the same as ours
    Thanks again for the short story am looking forward to it in book length, I really enjoyed it.

    Comment by tibet — December 19, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

  4. I have learned that toilets are one thing you should leave to the pros if you can afford it.

    Comment by Toby — December 19, 2016 @ 5:45 pm

  5. You’ve been out to the area where my parents live (I think you went to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. That’s somewhat close to where they are). They are 200 miles from any possible plumbers. Possibly further. It is marginally possible someone would come out that far to look at the toilet problem, but you’re still taking a chance someone knows what they are doing and the cost would be pretty high. Whoever did the original install was obviously not a pro. Dad also said something about the pipe coming in being angled funny so whoever did the plumbing part was probably already fighting issues. All I know is that it took a lot of tries to get that toilet on there so that it didn’t leak–and I’m still suspicious. It’s only been two days…

    Hope you’re having a great week and don’t have to work this week!!!

    Comment by Maria — December 19, 2016 @ 5:49 pm

  6. I keep forgetting you’re in Fahrenheit land. I saw 28 and thought, wow! that’s hot! but then I remembered… it’s about 21 here (celsius) which translates to 70 F….summer’s a coming… my tomatoes are growing like weeds! all from some tomatoes that went bad and I threw them in the garden or in a pot or something…. (yes, I know, it’s cold by you and you won’t have fresh tomatoes for another 5 or 6 months, but then you know how I feel when you are all going on about your tomatoes and I am drowning in cold rain)
    p.s. wishing you all a happy whatever holiday you are celebrating!

    Comment by Margaret Stoffel — December 19, 2016 @ 6:55 pm

  7. Margaret, have a BLT and a very Merry Christmas!!

    Comment by Maria — December 19, 2016 @ 7:01 pm

  8. Hi Margaret! Miss hearing from you. Have a BLT for me, too. Maria, you have my respect and my sympathy. I can fix a leaky sink or shower, but toilets I leave to the pros. Your weather sounds about like ours. Enjoy the hot chocolate. I’m off it until after Sunday.

    Comment by Dee/dragons3 — December 19, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

  9. Well, you can cross toilet installs off your bucket list … or add it to your resume. 🙂

    Comment by Margaret Lake — December 19, 2016 @ 9:10 pm

  10. Oooh, you are soooo funny, Margaret Lake. I can just imagine the number of people who have that on their bucket list! GAH.

    Comment by Maria — December 19, 2016 @ 9:14 pm

  11. thank you, Dee and Maria. Unfortunately, I am unable to eat BLTs – bacon and other pork products make me very sick – one of the many reasons I love Muslim countries – don’t have to worry about hidden bacon and ham in your meals. I will eat plenty of tomato/mayo sandwiches though 🙂

    Comment by Margaret Stoffel — December 21, 2016 @ 3:58 pm

  12. It’s okay if you just sub cucumber and arugula in there!!!

    Comment by Maria — December 21, 2016 @ 4:17 pm

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