Friday, January 17, 2020

Drinking water

When we moved in to our house years ago, we already had an in-sink water filtration system. Ours also had a hot water tank installed so we could have both hot and cold filtered drinking water.

In 2018, one of the levers (the hot water lever) broke and water would not stop flowing. Unfortunately, the unit itself is sealed so there was no way to repair the faucet.

We took a look at the plumbing under the sink and sighed at the complex piping and tubing going to and front the faucet, the water supply, in and around the hot water tank. 

Also, as I was trying to look for dual-lever faucets, I was surprised to see replacement costs going upwards of $350.

So far, prospects weren't looking good.

As a quick fix, we decided to just get a cheap, $10 single-lever faucet. Hubby sorted out the maze of pipes and tubes under the sink, relocated the filter to a place where it would be much easier to replace, disconnected the hot water tank (temporarily) and connected the faucet.

I would eventually be able to find a replacement dual-lever drinking water faucet at a more affordable price but by then, we were already comfortable with just the cold water dispenser so the "temporary" solution stayed in place for 1.5 years ... until this morning when the lever broke off.

Thankfully, a few things were going for us.

1) I had not forgotten where I had stashed the dual-lever faucet


2) While I'd already forgotten whether or not we have the right quick-connectors for the tubes,... they conveniently turned up when hubby opened a kitchen drawer.

So now, we have this baby in the kitchen.

It's technically half-installed as of today, as the only the cold-water connection has been put together. We hope to get to the rest in the next few days.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Friday the 13th Miracles

Last week, we lost 3 things.

It started with Swe-cha's hoodie. The weather has been chilly in the mornings lately so we've been sending Swe-cha with a hoodie in the morning. Early last week, he didn't come home with his hoodie one day and we've been trying to find it ever since. I checked the gym, the after-school care, and even his teacher, no one has seen it.

Then, on 9/12, Swe-cha's tooth fell out (he actually pulled it out). The tooth was placed in a baggie by the teacher, it had a card attached with his name and the date that the tooth fell out. After school, he must have played with the tooth so it was no longer in the bag by the time he got home. I was upset.

That same day, the teacher had sent home a note mentioning his tooth and that it was funny how swe-cha tried to ask her for money (tooth fairy) and I replied and said that we gave Swe-cha a penny which made him happy but unfortunately, the tooth was nowhere to be found.

And on Friday, 9/13, I topped things off by losing my wedding ring. I had already picked up Swe-cha from aftercare and we were driving home when I noticed my bare finger and started panicking. I told my family and was inundated with the usual questions...
- where is it ?
- is it loose ? tight ? really lose ?
- did you take it off when you washed your hands ?
- did you leave it ... ?

Hindi ko alam.

My mommy, nakakatuwa,...then asked for a photo of the husband's matching ring. She offered to replace my ring, I declined. The husband and I have 2 sets of wedding bands anyway so it's not like I don't have a replacement.

Later that night, Mom sent a mysterious message to our viber group - "It's okay. Just pray. You'll get the ring back, no need to get a replacement". Mom has feelings like these...

On Saturday morning, things started turning around....

I opened Swe-cha's backpack and found another note from the teacher. Surprise, surprise! The custodian was cleaning the gym and found his tooth. Can you imagine that ? Technically, Swe-cha lost his tooth TWICE :) and it still found its way back to us.

Then on Saturday afternoon, as we were all set to go to mass, B & R - Swe-cha's therapists - dropped by because they'd made a mistake on their timesheets and needed to make a correction. They made us late for mass so we didn't go anymore and just went to Sunday mass instead. On Sunday mass, my ears perked up during homily when the priest talked about how he lost his favorite ring. He didn't stop praying for it and a few weeks later, he moved to a different seminary and after he moved his things to his room, he goes to the bathroom and to his surprise, finds his ring under the sink (no, he didn't put it there).

While the priest was giving his homily, I couldn't stop myself and kept whispering to the husband - "eto na! eto na! there's hope for MY ring!"  even though in my heart, I still had doubt.

Nevertheless, I prayed.

And this morning, what do I see when I get in the office ?

My wedding ring on my desk!!! It was placed in the center of my mousepad which had been moved to the middle of my desk. The placement was deliberate, making sure that it was the first thing I saw.

Happy, I called the husband to let him know and he tells me that Swe-cha's hoodie has been in the bus all along!

and just like that,.... everything that we've lost has been found. God works in mysterious ways.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Window Screens

We haven't cleaned our window screens in so long and I'm glad that we finally decided to roll up our sleeves and do it this weekend.

It didn't take long as we just took everything down, labeled them, and the sprayed them with the garden hose (high pressure) outside - we got to water the grass too! The windows took longer to clean but everything looks bright and squeaky clean.

When we took the screens down, we also found 2 which had holes - we've never noticed them because they're normally covered by shades and/or curtains - this explains the occasional fly / insect that we see inside the house.

I ran over to Home Depot to get a repair kit. Back when we were living in the condo, we've tried replacing the screen on a screen door and even though one has all the tools, it takes some practice to get the screen on nice and tight. This time, since the holes were small anyway, we decided to just use a patch. The best option available seemed to be a product called ScreenMend which sells for $7, it worked great. It should hold (these are not high-traffic screens anyway).

Monday, June 10, 2019

Do you like Paw Patrol ?

Today, as I was picking Swe-cha up from after school care, we met a boy who high-fived him. Said boy was wearing a Paw Patrol shirt.

Swe-cha: hey, do you like Paw Patrol ? (while pointing to boy's shirt)

Boy: Yeah.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Where are you ?

So S runs off and Ms B calls out to him...

Ms B: S, where are you ?

S: I'm changing!


later, he runs off again and Ms B calls out...

Ms B: S, where are you ?

S: I'm making yucky! (Pooping)


So glad that he is learning to answer now.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mother's Day 2019

On Mother's day 2019

S: Mom, Mom, wake up!
Me: No
S: It's time to wake up!
Me: No, I need to sleep a bit more. Let me sleep please.
... so S goes off to play for a bit and soon ,he comes back again ...
S: Mom! God said it's time to wake up.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

It does not work

S: Mom, Mom. I need help

Me: Why ?

.. he gives me the blue Kindle...

S: I need to read a book, it does not work.

Me: What book are you looking for ?

S: 50 below zero

Me: okay, so what's wrong ?

S: I need to have the next page and the previous page

... as it turns out, the app for reading the book only displays on the iOS....

Separately, he takes out a gallon of milk from the refrigerator, opens the cap and says "Mom, this will not open" (it was still sealed).

Am glad though that he is learning to explain what he wants / needs better these days.