Hard work never hurt anyone? I think LeRoy would beg to differ. Beginning sometime last week, he has been pressed into service as a ditch digger, tree trimmer and plumber, all on the same job. Heidi and Tim’s house has had plumbing problems for a long time, mostly due to a back yard full of trees and their accompanying roots. When it finally got to the point where neither the sink nor the washing machine would drain, it was Papa to the rescue.
The biggest obstacle, aside from a combination of cast iron pipe, orangeburg (I’m told it’s typical old sewage pipe, made of paper and tar) and a little PVC, was a big tree right next to the house and directly over the sewer.
As you can see, a couple of the roots had to be sacrificed in order to get below them but not before they had exerted LOTS of pressure on the underlying sewer. That pipe used to be straight! Needless to say, the tree will have to be removed since its support system is no longer intact.
The job required a lot of engineering, in addition to lots of hard work but the washer runs without threatening to overflow the drain pipe and the kids no longer have an excuse not to wash dishes.
The portable hot tub we bought this fall has been a lifesaver for LeRoy!
In the midst of all that, we took advantage of my oldest sister’s birthday to get away for a few days. Florence Marie’s family gave her a very nice party for her 80th birthday. We got to meet some of her exercise friends and her hairstylist, all of whom told us that she is really excited about going to Arizona with us later this month. We’re excited, too!
We spent Saturday night with my other sister and brother-in-law in Manhattan, KS and took a walking tour of part of the K-State campus. Sunday we drove to Weeping Water, NE area for the party.
A friend from Wichita who is several inches taller than I am looked at this picture and said “You didn’t tell me you’re the tall one in the family!”
Aside from doctor’s appointments, bus maintenance takes up time when we are in Kansas. This week LeRoy succeeded in getting the oil changed in the generator and getting it to start on its own! Just a small aside, while our car takes about 5 qts of oil per oil change, the generator takes 2 gallons. But wait! The bus engine takes 7 gallons of straight 40w oil, which isn’t carried just everywhere. Glad we don’t have to do that every three months!
Time here is quickly drawing to an end. We’ll be leaving before Thanksgiving so that we can spend the holiday with our son Robert in Texas.