Apr 232016

Since we took Thursday off to play tourist in Tarpon Springs with our friends Charles and Chris Yust, yesterday was a working day. Except for occasional short breaks to check my e-mail and answer the most pressing ones, I spent most of the day at my desk writing and laying out pages for the new issue of the Gypsy Journal. By the time I knocked off somewhere around 8 PM I had made a lot of headway.

Terry was busy working on the fringe of her latest scarf project in between doing loads of laundry, but in the late afternoon she had to put that aside to switch into Mrs. Goodwrench mode.

For a while now we have been having some problems with our Sealand toilet. The ball valve would not close all the way unless you pulled up with your toe after flushing. And then yesterday the water just kept running after flushing and I had to reopen the flush valve to keep the toilet from overflowing, which meant that water was pouring into the black tank. I went outside to turn the water off and Terry took the flush assembly apart and removed the water valve, which she suspected was the problem.

It was after 5 PM, and I knew no place that might have the part we needed would be open, but I called my buddy John Huggins to ask him if he could recommend a place to go today. He said he could do me one better than that, because he happened to have a brand-new valve at his rig. Do I know how to choose the right kind of friends or what?

Water valve small

I picked it up and Terry installed it, then put everything back together, and we were good to go again, literally.

Valve installed

Over time she has replaced the spring cartridge twice, the vacuum seal, and now the water valve. And while she was at she took the seals out and cleaned them, then reset the toilet. So basically she has rebuilt it completely. And it’s not like I just stood there and watched her. What good would that do? Instead I stayed out of the way, which meant the job was done in half the time.

With all of that done, I offered to take her out to dinner, but she said no and threw together something here. Of course, when Miss Terry “throw’s something together” it’s better than anything you could order at a restaurant anyhow. Yes, I know it, I’m a very lucky man. Yes, I know it, I don’t deserve her. You’re preaching to the choir.

Before I close for today I want to share this picture of my granddaughter Destiny, celebrated her ninth birthday by catching this fish the other day. What a girl. It’s been a long time since I’ve set my hook into anything that big!

Destiny fish

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  4 Responses to “I Married Mrs. Goodwrench”

  1. What a gal!!!

  2. Miss Terry is my hero!!!! She can fix ANYTHING!!

  3. It’s good that “one” of you two is handy. LOL
    I’ve replaced the water valve TWICE on my Thetford toilet. Gets much easier and quicker after you’ve done it once. ARGH!

  4. Never could understand why there is no shutoff valve on the toilet, when they act up you have to shut the rig down, after the first time mine acted up I installed a shutoff valve.

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