Old friends
Thursday December 14th 2017, 11:34 pm
Filed under: Family,Food,Friends,Life

I baked Phyl and Lee a chocolate torte yesterday and didn’t manage to finish glazing it with the ganache until just after they’d shown up at our doorstep last night–with a surprise gift from Prolific Oven with “Happy Birthday Alison” on it. What comes around…

We stopped by and visited Betty today, and if she didn’t remember who I was this time she sure didn’t let on. Fifteen or twenty minutes was enough, she was starting to fade, but she wished me a happy birthday and I wished her one, too, a few days before her 93d. Richard asked her her favorite Christmas carol and then sang it, with me coming in and out (mostly out) depending on whether I could remember the next lines or not–it wasn’t one I knew well. His was a voice of angelic intention.

Came home, started a half-load of laundry, all we dare do till that machine is repaired or replaced–and there was a gurgle in the bathtub. Did you hear that? He knew. It took me a moment longer.

It wasn’t just one bathroom, either. Don’t turn on that dishwasher.

We have to decide which plumber to call in the morning, fully aware that we were once given a $7000 estimate on ripping up the front yard for the complete sewer line do-over that has been coming for some time.

Yeah… But our daughter sent us video of the baby’s first crawling, we got to FaceTime with him yesterday and this time he knew exactly who those people on the screen talking to him were, we got to likewise see the grandkids in San Diego across the electrons and Parker, who is somehow already turning seven next week, proudly played Hark How The Bells for us (with two hands!) on the piano.

And life is pretty darn sweet.

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What a splendid day! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 12.15.17 @ 6:57 am

We took the leap and had our front yard dug up about 15 years ago. Have not regretted it once! It had become a 2 or 3 times a year task to haul the big snake down to the basement and when it became a twice a month task we figured we’d better get the line replaced. Have not had to snake the lines once since then!

Comment by chris 12.15.17 @ 7:09 am

I’ve been reading your blog longer than I thought, if Parker is turning seven, wow…

Best of luck with the plumbing situation. Comfort yourself with cake?

Comment by ccr in MA 12.15.17 @ 7:22 am

These plumbing disasters seem unavoidable. We had our front yard completely dug up with a backhoe in winter of 2014, with twin two year olds home sick with a cold, and it was around -6F. The plumbers left a fully lit blow torch going in our front yard when they went to lunch. (to defrost the ground? Keep the line from freezing?) Who knows. Anyhow, it was expensive–and well worth it to flush again without worry.

Comment by Joanne 12.15.17 @ 9:31 am

My 50 year old sewer line (the one that went directly under our tree and fed it well!) was replaced by running a smaller pipe through it. Didn’t need to dig up the whole yard – just enough at either end to connect it. Is that a possibility?

Comment by Deb B 12.16.17 @ 2:58 am

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