Have you ever had one of those days? You know, where everything seems to go wrong.
Mine began with taking my wife to her pharmacy to pick up some medicine.
Usually it takes 20 minutes or so for this prescription to be filled. But after that time passed with a text that her order was ready, my wife went back inside to check on what was going on.
The woman at the counter told her that they didn’t have her medicine in stock after all and for her to return tomorrow.
Flustered, we went home. Why didn’t the employee notice on the computer screen that the medicine was out of stock when my wife first checked in?
Shortly after returning home, you probably can guess what happened next.
Yep, the pharmacy texted my wife that her prescription was ready.
If only that was the worst thing that happened that day.
When we got home, we had an ant attack in our main bathroom. For the past few days we monitored a few ants here, a few there, and applied poison to where we thought they were entering. Obviously they are cleverer than us in finding new ways inside.
So we killed the ants, cleaned up the mess, sprayed again.
A short while later when my son was washing clothes, my wife went to that same bathroom with the ants to discover that we had backup in the toilet, shower and tub.
Just 6 weeks earlier we had our main line rotor rootered.
Plus, two days earlier we had the plumber rotor rooter the clean out next to our laundry room and thought that problem was solved.
Luckily, the plumber was able to come out a short while later and snake the main line.
However, that was just step one on solving our ongoing sewer line issues.
Clearly, something is wrong with the pipe from our house to the city line. This will entail hiring another plumber who has a camera who can videotape what is going on in the line. Most likely, this 68-year-old house has its original claypipe. I researched the longevity of clay pipes: 50-70 years.
In other words, I’m going to have to replace the old pipe with new PVC pipe that will deter roots from penetrating. Unfortunately, my line is at least 100 feet long. I covered my eyes when I found online that this excavation and replacement can range anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000.
I needed a drink.
As my wife was calming me down from all this excitement, since the temperature outside was also rising, I put on the air conditioner. It wasn’t working. Great!
I added that phone call to my other list of calls to make in the morning.
But we’re not done.
My wife discovered that our other toilet had overflooded. But our main line was just cleared.
It makes one fantasize about putting the house up for sale and moving to a brand new home anywhere.
Ah, the pleasures of home ownership!
There are times when one is glad that there are only 24 hours in a day.