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December 29, 2016
Sorry I ran off yesterday. Dean came with Jake and we went for a walk. It was a beautiful day. I spent the afternoon working at Shirley's. The mess was all straightened out. Things were organized, put in order and the place looked very nice. Like almost ready to rent.

I fond Gerry finishing up the bathroom projects that were raising tempers yesterday. He hadn't replaced the light fixture over the sink, which was good since it would have made a mess and had a lot of repair to be done where the old fixture had been for 35+ years. However, he had removed the control for the bathtub faucet. The plumber was coming later in the afternoon...and he couldn't help himself, he had to interfere. Just more reinforcement that he wants to be in control of everything, including a paid expert who may be able to fix the problem (the plumber). I was embarrassed that I had brought the plumber into the mess. Of course, this was Gerry's way to be sure he was "involved" in the bathroom faucet repair. Passive aggressive behavior, which I had observed over the past few days. He removed parts, took things that were in use (especially tools) and then disappeared from the apartment so if you needed anything he had taken, you had to find him. Fortunately, I come equipped with my own tools. So, I just override his control.

While the plumber was working in the bathroom, I was not able to continue washing the ceiling. I looked for something to do...Gerry was "supervising" the plumber, Shirley was watching the plumber, by my count there were 4 people in the bathroom. I went to install the toilet seat. No instructions, parts fell out of the box. As I tried to puzzle out the correct way to install the seat (bolts attached to the seat prior to installation or after?), I asked both Gerry and the plumber. Gerry (who had opened the box for the seat, disassembled the parts and removed the instructions) stood looking at me, like he was dumbstruck and then said..."Look at the instructions". I said there were no instructions in the box. Strange how Gerry just got pretty quiet and just said "Hmm". The plumber said he hadn't seen this kind of seat/bolt assembly before, but suggested bolts into seat prior to installation. Of course, I had clipped the bolts in and now had to remove them since I now could see that the bolts couldn't be turned to tighten up the seat onto the toilet if they were clipped into the seat. I left the bathroom so I could try to remove the bolts from the seat. I went into the kitchen, Gerry followed. I was trying to get the bolts to unclip from the seat with little success. Then Gerry cornered by the kitchen counter, SHOVED ME and pulled the seat out of my hands. Not to exaggerate, I went ballistic. I told him in no uncertain terms, he would NEVER put his hands on me again or he would be in jail. I'm not sure what he was thinking, but we have been butting heads since I went to help Shirley clean. He disappeared for awhile. Like if he went away, I might forget what he had done. I'm like an elephant. I don't forget.

Seems the water pressure in the house is not enough to support the type of mixing valve in the faucet installed in the shower. Due to aggressive well water (and many years) the pipes had deteriorated. More water pressure in the pipes causes pinholes in the pipes, then pipes need replacing. This is a huge job and Shirley doesn't seem to have the money to have this done. So, the problem with the shower may remain.

Shirley decided she would scrub the shower surround and the tub, I worked on finishing washing the bathroom walls and ceiling. The bathroom is almost done except for the small wall above the shower and the shower ceiling. The urine smell was gone and the bathroom sparkles, except for the mirror over the sink. Today, I will polish that right up. Then caulk what needs to be caulked. I worked on cleaning some of the outlet covers and switch plates in the kitchen, took some pix of the stove, cleaned up the splash panels behind the kitchen counters.

I left at about 7 PM. My hours yesterday were 5. Don't feel as if I got a lot done, but an hour or so today may finish up the remaining work that needs to be done in the bathroom.

Yesterday, I bought a cleaning stone at the hardware store. This is basically a pumice stone and can be used to remove built up minerals or burnt on crust off enamel or porcelain.  I tried it first on the oven door to get off the black burnt on residue after the self cleaning oven didn't get it off. It worked like a charm! The oven door and the edge of the oven came out shiny with little effort compared to using an SOS pad. Then I used it to get the rest of the crud off the toilet (many years of not cleaning the bowl often and properly will allow urine to build up, and believe me, it was built up!!). I worked for about an hour with the stone to clean under the rim of the bowl (no one ever cleans under the edge), the edge of the rim and the bowl of stains. After using the stone on the toilet, I soaked it in bleach water for about an hour to sanitize it. I will take the stone with me and use it for other things.

I hear Jake barking, so I have to go now.

I'm back for a quick round-up. After getting the wood stove going in Dean's house, I took the dogs out for a pee, then fed them. Max the cat was being a pain, so I gave him some chicken bits. He ate and went outside. Always on the wrong side of the door are the cats. Then cleaned the bathroom so I could wash up. Then washed the dishes from last night since I was so beat up when I got back from Shirley's. Dean was out with his friends for Wednesday night supper, I had grilled cheese sandwiches for supper. Timmy came along with John and Col. Steve. They were working on John's truck, it had a leak in the cooling system. Was only a hose, a quick fix. Dean steps right up for his friends when they have car problems...but my car still needs new parts. Oh, well, maybe tomorrow for my car?

Santa had left some gifts for Timmy with me, so I handed them over. Timmy was pretty speechless, new winter sox, a scraper/broom for his car, toothpaste, toothbrush, all kinds of body soaps, cookies and a dark chocolate bar. All in a stocking for him.

Then I helped get all the trash rounded up so Timmy could make a trash run to the dumpster. He was off to meet John & Dean. I hope Dean went to get the right breaker for the electric panel, then we will be one step closer to having an operating washing machine here. That is exciting!

Have a great day. I am off to wrap it up at Shirley's. Hope I can finish all that needs to be done today.
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