I set my alarm for 7:15 a.m. today which when you are used to working second shift is ungodly early.
Why would I do such a thing?
Because today is plumbing day! Lehigh Valley Plumbing, owned by Alan, is the plumber who bought the business of my previous plumber when he retired. Why are there no young plumbers left?
Today is the day Alan came to rip out my old, rusty fairly utilitarian and industrial shower in my downstairs bathroom so I can convert it into a half bath and laundry room.
He also needs to fix the sink in that bathroom but he’s doing that another day. I think it’s because he didn’t have the right part. Though he could be waiting to see how the washer and dryer fit.
Turns out the bottom of the shower is a massive concrete slab. Alan couldn’t move it by himself and, like so many other employers, can’t find people willing to work.
The teenager tried to wrestle up some help, but our firefighter neighbor is sick and his teenaged son didn’t have time.
I figured I could ask the guys at the gym— and offer to pay cash.
But then the teenager said, as she and the other teenager started to maneuver it. “Mom, it’s not that heavy.”
**It’s at least 100 pounds. Maybe 200.
“We can do it, Mom.”
The plumber looked aghast. But we did it. We totally carried it out the back door, rolled/maneuvered it down the steps, and used the hand truck to move it to the front of the house.
To celebrate our success I made smoothies:
- Fresh mango
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Frozen orange juice concentrate
- Vanilla extract
- organic vanilla milk
Then, I headed to the gym. Dan had me doing upper body supersets including 20 lb dumbbell each arm incline bench presses where he had to assist. But damn it was a good workout.
Came home and made an ooey gooey egg sandwich on multigrain thin with cheese, avocado and Hungryroot’s spinach artichoke dip.
Today has been filled with drills, saws, banging and now an overloaded washing machine making thump stuff