It was a beautiful day with temps in the mid 50’s so we went out to explore the drip-line system to see what leaks, and what sprays, and under what circuit they operate – and hack away at some overgrown shrubbery. One instrument of green death was a thorny twisted bush-thing with bright green needles to prick you, that had grown lopsided and gnarled out of its protected little cove of rocks, with branches all throughout cross-crossing each other and stubborn-hard to cut. I bounced the bow saw off my wrist ever so lightly and scored a red-line, but no other major incidents occurred as we turned the misshapen dwarf-thing into a Bonsai of sorts, and raked out the thick leafy mulch that had been deposited there by years of leaf-blowers. Much sweat flowed and arms grew weary of levering the giant loping shear handles back and forth – a good workout, then lunch!
Our plumber called and wanted to get on our schedule for next Wednesday, renovating the bathrooms with new sinks and faucets. I said, “Uh, Are you sure you want to work on Christmas?” People up here are so thoughtful and nice, but that’s a bit much! Later in the afternoon Ferguson in Placerville called, the new cook-top is in, and I got the name of an installer who would be in the area tomorrow, so maybe that will get wrapped-up too! Woot! We would love to have the leak-smell gone. The “old” (well loved) Dacor unit seems to have a minute problem with the manifold emitting a scent of gas – not explosive but very annoying, and a clean install of a fresh cook-top should fix everything – we hope!