Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Green tea and cash flow...


Finally met my next door neighbor. He came over to introduce himself, and give me a tin of proper Chinese tea, direct from China.  He is a very nice man who happens to play beautiful classical violin.  While we were talking about our children & grandchildren, he mentioned that his son was a physicist, currently working in England.  
My neighbor is only here for four or five days every four months. He said that next time he will bring his wife so I can meet her. 
When he came over to give me his contact info, he said he liked what I had done with my unit. And that I was a 'very neat' person from the looks of my place.  
After he left, I texted my cousin in Portland that I had finally met my next door neighbor.  I gave her his name, and a few minutes later she texted me back. "Holy Hell, I looked him up, do you know who he is!?!"  
"I know he is Chinese, comes over here every four months or so, and plays beautiful violin music.  Why?"
"He's a world renown cardiologist!" she texted back.
and so it turns out he is... but more importantly to me a good neighbor who plays beautiful classical violin.


my planter on the patio is in need of sunshine

Work on the hovel continues, I was going to replace the flush valve for the downstairs bathroom,   but I couldn't find the shut off for the water line to that toilet. As the plumber was here for another problem I asked him to do it. Come to find out the shut off valve is behind the refrigerator in the kitchen, and that line and valve needed to be replaced as well.  I couldn't have gotten the refrigerator out by myself, so it was a good thing I had the plumber do it. He shut off the water at the street valve just to be on the safe side while working on it. This place is so crazy plumbed. It frustrates the heck out of me when I can't do simple repairs myself, and I've done more than a few flush valve replacements in other houses.

I've started crocheting again, progress is slow as I haven't done any in several years.  Muddling my left handed way along on this snood... 



The long stretch of not doing any crocheting shows in my uneven stitches.  If I rip it out anymore times the yarn is going to be ruined. Practicing a bit of patience would be helpful at this point... 

30 comments:

  1. Oh don't be so hard on yourself your crocheted is looking fine and I don't even have any idea about replacing valves.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Changes, The perfectionist comes out at the darnedest times, lol. Living in the back of beyond so much I had to learn how to do a bunch of things to keep the place functioning.

      Delete
  2. Replies
    1. Rob, I just met the one next door neighbor.

      Delete
  3. There are valid raesons for plumbing codes.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. WSF, I sometimes wonder if this place ever met any codes.

      Delete
  4. I'm not a world renowned cardiologist, but I have broken my share of hearts ... LOL.

    I had a plumbing problem too. Under the kitchen sink was wet. Come to find out the previous owner wasn't a plumber either. He couldn't even tighten the hot water supply line tight enough to the out end of the shut off valve. At least mine was where it should be. Someone really needs to take his tools away from him.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Woodsterman, I'm pretty sure you have indeed.

      Who ever remodeled this place didn't much care for doing a good job of anything. I have a whole bunch of half assed things to correct.

      Delete
  5. Wow imagine having a broken pipe and not being able to get to the shut off valve? Glad you got that one fixed and figured out. Geez.
    I can't crochet, so to me you are amazing.
    That was really nice your neighbor stopped by and brought you tea. Not many neighbors do that now days. (-: Happy Easter!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. CiNdEe, This place needs a lot of work, but I guess that will keep me out of trouble for a little while.
      My neighbor is a very nice man. It's too bad that people don't care about their neighbors so much these days.
      Happy Easter to you & yours.

      Delete
  6. My mom was a gifted crocheter but I've always been too tight when I have tried it. It's an art form, I think.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rain, The Cowman's grandmother was ambidextrous and taught me how to crochet. I wasn't her best pupil, as you have to keep count and I have a tendency to let my mind wander off, Squirrel!

      Delete
  7. My Granny crocheted, but I was a dumb kid and never learned.
    Classical music. Wow. How wonderful is that? What a blessing. :)
    So glad you got your plumbing sorted out. Have a blessed Easter. ♥

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Linda, I was wandering the yarn isle at the craft store and couldn't resist, so I'm starting up again.
      He plays beautifully, and is so humble about it.
      Now moving on to baseboards, and trim...
      Blessed Easter to you!

      Delete
  8. Never replaced the valve itself. Just the flapper. Does it require a special wrench?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. SCOTT, No special tools required, and it is pretty simple, if you can shut off the water line.

      Delete
  9. Good neighbors. Looks like a nice new home for you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Granny, It's nice to have good neighbors. Happy Easter!

      Delete
  10. When I bought the house I'm in 7 years ago I didn't know how odd the utilities were, either.
    The plumbing isn't as you've described, but there are too few electrical circuits to suit me. One of the kitchen outlets is on the same circuit as the upstairs bathroom --that took a bit of sleuthing to figure out.

    Haven't had any Green tea in quite awhile, but I do recall that genuine Dragon Well is really good.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. scamorama, I had the electrical panel replaced and beefed up first thing because the old one was a fire hazard in the making.
      Thanks for the tip on Dragon Well, I will have to give it a try.

      Delete
  11. When I was going to department head school in Newport, Rhode Island one long winter, my next door neighbor used to play from memory everything by Segovia on his guitar. It was AWESOME! He was a world class player and also in Department Head School. Me, I stayed in my sister's house for a year while they were all abroad and the city sent me the water bill after about 3 months there and it reflected the usage one might find if one maintained 3 or 4 adult hippos in the back yard. $452.00!!!! In San Diego my waterbill was about $20.00/month and I had rainbird sprinklers and a seven year dry spell.

    One day I will regale you with tales of my plumbing daring do but let me just say that in trying to open a valve in the basement I ripped the pipe in half with my bare hands. I know, as I read it it sounds like the old story of 7 at 1 blow. Still, these pipes are about a hundred years old.

    Meeting the neighbors, usually and in my experience, always a treat. I've been blessed with all good neighbors except that one time.....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Defiant, How wonderful that you had such a neighbor. At first I didn't realize it was actually my neighbor playing the violin. My granddaughter caught on though, and we both thanked him for his beautiful playing. He was very humble about it and was concerned that he was bothering us. Not at all, it was heavenly.

      Delete
  12. I guess you just never know who will show up at your door these days.

    The plumbing in your place is a bit bizarre, no doubt, but you are getting it all squared away. Sometimes, I feel like that's the kind of thing that never ends. We have lived up here since 1986, and I am still fiddling around with fixing something electric, or plumbing, etc in one or another of the buildings all the time.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Harry, He was a very pleasant surprise.

      This whole place is a bit bizarre, but I'm making some progress.
      Every house we have lived in has had things that needed fixing, and I expected it here too, but this is so cattywampus... I just hope for his sake I never run into the guy that remodeled it.

      Delete
  13. Interesting neighbor! :-) And yeah, slapped together condos DO have some 'interesting' piping... At least the water cut off isn't in the NEXT unit (I've actually seen that one)!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Old NFO, He is interesting and nice.
      You are right, both the plumber and the electrician have said that who ever remodeled this place had his head up his ass. The list of things that need to be corrected because of it is long... Oh well, fixing it will keep me out of trouble (I wouldn't put money on that)!

      Delete
  14. How odd to not have a valve at the toilet.
    Does pipe come through the wall or supply hose?
    Do you intend to let the neighbor know you know?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ed, It is indeed, odd. The supply hose goes through a hole in the wall.
      I don't plan to say anything, unless he mentions it.

      Delete
    2. If there's a landlord, they should be called.

      Delete
    3. I'm confused about what you are referring to. I own from the studs inward, the HOA owns from the studs out.

      Delete