Sunday, July 30, 2017

July 29, 2017

Keep your fingers crossed. I may have solved my electrical problems. I won't know for a few days if what I did corrected everything. We shall see. I turned all the power off and checked all the fuse wiring to make sure nothing was loose ... nothing was ... so, I started work on my bathroom light fixture. It was all original, with fabric-covered wiring (yes, that old!) that was starting to fray badly. I was able to salvage the glass globes and metal fixture and chains. I painted the metal and chains white. I replaced the wiring and a few small parts that I could find. There are several parts, like the finials that I would still like to replace in the future, but can't find them locally. But, I now have a working light fixture and we'll see if the old wiring is what was causing some of the previous problems. I haven't moved anything off of the heavy-duty extension cords, yet. I have the second fridge and all my computer stuff on extensions. I will start doing that tomorrow and see if there are any problems.
Yes, I still need to paint the ceiling ...
If the problem isn't solved with this project, I will start slowly replacing all receptacles and switches, room-by-room.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

July 27, 2017

This year just keeps getting better and better ... NOT!

As if having electrical and plumbing problems wasn't enough ... last night the water heater expansion tank ruptured. Luckily, it happened not long before I went out to put the chickens to bed and water was leaking out the closet door into their yard, or I wouldn't have noticed ... I got the water & gas turned off to the water heater and the pilot turned off - I got soaked climbing into the closet ... so, we have no hot water until I can figure out how to get that fixed. The part is $40-70, but it's not something I can fix myself ... so, I have to come up with more money to hire someone ...
Aaaand, the park inspection is today. I just got done talking to the inspector. Our biggest problem and expense will be the deck. She found too much rot on the surface to let it pass. So, we'll get a 30-day notice in the mail and will have to get a permit that costs $196 and will have 6 months to fix it ... :(
So, in the next month or so, I have to come up with that money, plus $150 car registration, $200+ for a catalytic converter so the car will pass smog (another $40+ for that), another $130+ for the space rent increase (and all the extra water use from working on the bathtub ...), along with the $400+ utility bill that is already late ... fun times ...

Anyway, I got the little key fob made for the swap the other day. Since both my sewing machines are not working right, I hand-sewed it. It turned out okay.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July 15, 2017

I had such plans for today! But, the weather is not co-operating. It's already 100°F ...

I got a late start this morning on all my planned projects because I had to go out and BUY a box!!! I had brought a box home from work the other day, but it wasn't big enough. I sold a large lot of computer stuff (old floppy disks and other things to go with them ...) and needed a box with at least 18 inches wide and long. So, anyway, had to go to the UPS store down the street and pay a ridiculous amount for it. Then, come home and pack and weigh it all and put the postage on it. And, then over to the PO annex to drop it off. At least it's done.

So, I didn't get started on anything until 10:30 and it was already getting hot outside. But, I got some spray painting done and scrubbed the carport stairs (boot marks from the electrician the other day ...) I still have to paint 6 of the treads ... maybe tomorrow. I also filled the bird bath for the hot birds.
I painted the old metal TV stand that's been around since I was a baby. I replaced the wheels last year, as my mom was going to use it for Freddie's cage. But, she changed her mind. So, I am using it as my printer stand, now! And, my shredder fits under it perfectly.
Painted the spring hooks on the carport stair rails and put them back on.
I forgot to take pictures the other day of the tub from hell. So, here they are!
This is it for now. Hopefully, at some point, the faucet will be removed and the hose attachment (the original plan ...) will go there. But, not for quite some time. I am sick of the tub!! I also need to put on the caulking strips around the edge.
The killer hole! That board sticking out on the left is what battered my arm (see previous blog post ...)
The problem. The odd-sized flared attachments on the copper pipes that I could not replace. The pipe that comes up through the floor is so corroded that I could not break loose the joint. I had wanted to put in shut-off valves, but couldn't. Maybe some day I can afford to pay someone to do that.
All the hard-won, pretty new hardware.
Gypsy rarely gets to come in here, so she had to check things out.
The closet right next to the toilet that I had to squeeze into to work under the tub.
The next expensive project ... :(
Once I was done outside, I came in to start on my healthy elixirs, etc. So far, I've made sole (for the first time) and a new batch of golden paste (I swear by this stuff for pain.)
Sole is just pure (Himalayan or sea) salt in filtered or spring water. Do not use cheap, white 'table' salt. It isn't dissolved, yet, in this picture.
Turmeric golden paste (I make 3 jars like this every few weeks, freezing two of them.) I take about 1 teaspoon 2-3 times a day (more if I am really hurting.) I also mix some in the dog food I make for Gypsy and Nikky. It has really helped Gypsy, as she has a weak hind end, but you can't always tell when she has this.
Make sure to also add 1-2 Tablespoons of Ceylon Cinnamon (it MUST be Ceylon or Sri Lanka cinnamon, not regular cinnamon) to the recipe, with the coconut oil and pepper. This WILL prevent the possible 'cat pee' smell that some people and animals may get ... Nikky and I never got it, but Gypsy did ... so, I add it.
I also made a new batch of dog food that will last about a week or so. I get the ground mix from my local co-op. The head butcher there, makes a great mix - good ratio of meat/bone/organs. There is a chicken mix, a beef mix and occasionally a mixture of various other meats (turkey, lamb, pork, buffalo, etc.) I try to get a little of everything (usually 2 lbs. chicken, 2 lbs. beef and if they have it the other mix.) Then, I mix all of it together, along with various supplements (ground egg shells, ground dehydrated eggs - or a raw egg, spirulina, sardines, powdered whey, powdered buttermilk, bee pollen, hemp seeds, chia seeds, gelatin powder - or fresh broth, golden paste.) Mix it all up, then freeze most of it. The dogs love it, especially served in raw milk. No kibble-crap for them!

And, now, I'm scrubbing all my colloidal silver jars, so I can make a new batch of it.
It's very easy to make your own colloidal silver for pennies per batch. Just distilled water, .999 silver rods or ribbons (get from a jewelry supply), an adapter with the end cut off and attached to positive and negative clips. And, a little laser light to check when the silver is done (you'll see a straight red line when you shine the laser at the water - it's the silver particles collecting the light.)
The girls got their nails trimmed.  They were not impressed. ;)

And, I'm going to soak my feet in Epsom salts and lavender essential oil after dinner tonight.

I have to get things together to make a mystery swap (Swap-bot). I have the fabric (6x6-inch square ladybug pattern) the host sent me; just have to decide what I want to make with it. I'm thinking a key fob, as I have the hardware for one.
A key fob it will be! Now, to get it done and mailed before next Saturday!
We're having pastrami sandwiches for dinner. Yum!

So, along with all the other problems I'm having with the house ... the water heater is acting up. The same water heater we replaced about 5 years ago and nearly went into bankruptcy ... It's working fine, except for the damn rattling, vibrating noisy sediment rocks in the bottom. Woodland water is horrible, but as often as the park shuts off the water for repairs (constantly!!!!), there is no way to get all the sediment out of the water heater & it just keeps building up. The noise started last week ... it sounds like a semi is coming into my mom's bathroom ... (the water heater is behind that little closet shown above ...) It only lasts a few minutes at a time (whenever the gas heats up the water and starts making the sediment bubble around.) But, somehow I hope to replace the damn thing again, as the constant vibration may crack the glass lining eventually. That's what I've gathered from reading multiple plumbing forums the past few days. It's not dangerous, just a pain in the ass. Oh, and draining it does not eliminate the problem ... the drain is too far above the bottom of the tank.

Most of the critters are in bed; the dogs go to bed in an hour. I'm soaking my feet and drinking my raw chocolate milk while reading some Mag 7 fanfic. I love The Magnificent Seven! I even have the theme as my ringtone. I am looking forward to the Magnificent Seven Old West Convention. They have moved from Los Angeles to Old Sacramento this year and will occur during Gold Rush Days on Labor Day weekend. I am going to be a volunteer on Saturday and Sunday!!!! I can't wait. I just hope I have a few extra dollars to have a pic taken with Anthony Starke (he was Ezra Standish, my favorite character.) He hasn't been confirmed to attend, yet, but he always goes and he's tweeted a few times that he's looking forward to it again this year. I think my biggest problem is going to be parking. Not sure if I might take the bus from here or park at my cousin's house across the river from the site & take the bus the short ride from there ... I can't deal with parking in Sacramento and the parking fees for two days.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

July 8, 2017

It's been a very stressful few weeks for me, especially the past week. I'm feeling very overwhelmed ...

I have the impending park inspection looming (in about 2 weeks) and I'm expecting to have the expense of replacing the posts for the carport awning (one of the things they inspect.) I went to the meeting about the inspection on June 20 and they seemed to stress on that - if there are even small dents, they will fail ... they were dented when we bought the place!! Plus, a few other things I am nervous about that might get wrote up ...

A few weeks ago, my mom's constant nagging about fixing the garden tub in her bathroom went to DefCon levels ... so, after 9 years, I fixed it. I had tried several times over the years, but she just doesn't 'get' how hard something like that is for me to do by myself ... the opening under the tub is 8 inches square and is inside the small bathroom closet, the opening of which is right next to the toilet. I am not big, and I can barely get in there. Plus, I have to lay on my side on the hard floor. The pipes are all original and corroded in place ... I don't have very good upper body strength. It took me about 5 days to break the pipes loose, working a bit at a time. Plus, when the water is turned off at the access point outside ... it doesn't really turn all the way off inside!!!! So, I was also dealing with flooding under the tub much of the time. We are in a mobile home. Mobile homes and excess water don't mix well. I'm worried about the future of the floor underneath the tub ... I was able to get the hot water turned off completely at the water heater ... after nearly scalding my hands and arms ... It took a week, but we now have a working tub with no leaks. I am still in pain from that. It cost me nearly $300 to replace the pipes, etc. This mobile home was built in 1977 and the pipe fittings, etc. are in odd sizes and are not made anymore (trust me, I went to hardware/plumbing stores in 3 counties and even online!!) So, since I could not get the copper pipes leading into the house replaced, I had to do a lot of modifications to fit the new stuff to the existing stuff.
This is what fighting the pipes through the tiny opening did to just one of my arms. Doesn't look quite as bad today, but still hurts.
Plus, to top that off ... during my fight with the tub, we started having electrical issues!! Random rooms kept flickering on and off for no apparent reason. Only part of my mom's room, one kitchen wall (where one of the two fridges is plugged in), the air conditioner and the laundry room were not effected! The circuit breakers are NOT tripped. I scraped together enough money to get an electrician out here to try to figure it out. He checked all the outlets and switches; fixed 2 outlets and switches and 2 overhead light fixtures. Everything worked when he left ... then, the same thing happened that night ... I can't afford to get another electrician to come out. So, I started a GoFundMe page. I hope to at least get all the outlets and switches replaced and possibly all the circuit breakers. The electrician that did come out said that the wiring itself should be good for at least another 20 years ... but, I want another opinion, too ... something has got to be done. At this moment, everything has been working all day today, but who knows if that will last! It's nerve-wracking.

And, when the electrician came, I had to put the dogs out on the deck ... in the heatwave ... Gypsy just laid down by the door, in the shade of the covered deck. Nikky decided to lay down on her favorite step by the dog yard ... the guy was here an hour. Those of you who know the girls, know Nikky would have barked and went nuts the entire time if I had crated them and he was going from room-to-room checking outlets, so she would have been all over him if I left her loose ... anyway, I called them in the minute he left and Nikky didn't come right away ... I called her several times and then saw her struggling to get up the steps. Little idiot got heat exhaustion. Her eyes were 'bugged out', and she couldn't control her front legs, and her gums & tongue were bright red. I grabbed her up and grabbed all the ice packs from the freezer and took her to my mom's bed (her room is the coolest in the house.) It took about an hour for her breathing/heart rate to calm down and the redness to start fading. And, she finally took water. She had severe diarrhea the next day from the stress, but is back to normal in every way today.
Nikky and Gypsy. Gypsy is 8 today.
I still haven't finished painting the carport stairs ...

In less than 2 weeks, my manager for work is retiring. I dread it. I really like her. I don't look forward to dealing with someone new ... I've been working for this company since 2002 and she has lasted the longest. :/ I actually trained her about 10 years ago. I had given up half the stores in my route (I had around 50 stores, at the time, and just couldn't handle it anymore.) She was hired to take over the stores I gave up. About a year later, she became my manager! I'm gonna miss her.

And, we have rats and mice again. Haven't had a problem since we moved here in 2009. Caught quite a few back then. This month, I've caught 1 mouse, 1 baby mouse and 1 baby rat. I use a live trap and release them in a small wildlife area a few miles from here. I know there are more, though. There is a lot of construction going on nearby and I think that is where they are coming from. More farmland is being eliminated about a mile from here. :(