Friday, August 7, 2015

Home - June 2015

Ay Caramba! haven't been on this site for awhile

Short and sweet, here is my video from my most recent trip

I was so exhausted when I came, I unmentally decided to take a break .... I kinda remember thinking that

Good times

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mom's Visit To Vancouver - 4

Mom's are always such great sports, mine sure is

It was the day I drop Mom off at the ferry, you know the shower up day before your onto your next adventure

I had to shut off the main water valve, so no water at all in the house. Had to get a shark bite on the copper pipe before I could turn it back on, makes for very interesting times when there is no water, NOT!!!!

We didn't take the chance I could accomplish this before she left so off to the Rec Center public showers, yikes

Then back to Home Depot to buy a shark bike. no brainer plumbing is obviously for me. Once I got that on the faucet pipe I could turn the water back on to house. Now I have to turn it off again every time I'm done with the water though because I think I broke the toilet valve seal and there is a leak in the wall staining my basement ceiling as I speak. Oh the joy

Finished just in time to use the toilet before taking Mom to the ferry

I'm sure the conditions at Dave's will be much more civilized. LOL. Love you Mom

Mom's Visit To Vancouver - 3

Ever have .... one of those days!!!!!

Mom and I went to Home Depot and picked up a new toilet and vanity, started off innocently enough

The toilet was for the upstairs bathroom because it started to leak and the vanity was for the downstairs bathroom that I am renovating.  The vanity only came into play because there was the most kick ass sale imaginable and it could not be overlooked

So the story starts with removing the upstairs toilet and realizing it must have been leaking for a long, long time because the flange had completely disintegrated

We both had to take a go at the 800 year old nuts.  Nuts

 So I then came up with the bright idea, lets just put the toilet in the downstairs powder room so at least I have a working toilet. I thought, wah, I'll deal with this mess later when I reno the upstairs bathroom. Yeah if I go back far enough I see that's when shit really started to hit the fan, ya think, no got way worse

While installing the toilet downstairs I remembered the reason I gutted it to begin with .... the water shut off valve to the toilet started to leak, too bad I didn't remember that

I then had the bright idea to take one of the faucet valves off, I thought I was soooooo clever, I mean really, they looked exactly the same, how was I supposed to know they were different sizes.  Really, how was I supposed to know.  Was there a class in High School that I skipped out of that would have provided me with this information

Anyway, two method wrenching to get the dam thing off then realized it wasn't going to work so put it back on.  Didn't realize until I turned the water back on that I had broke the seal to whatever was holding that F'n thing on the pipe to begin with.  Oh yeah, and as the water was spewing, and I mean spewing out the pipe, it completely drenched my new vanity!!!!!!! On closer inspection I became aware there was no copper ring to hold the nut onto it to begin with so not even sure how for all these years it hadn't come off while I was at work and flooded the whole house anyway.  Gotta say, please do the job right to begin with, what MoFo decided a million years ago that it was ok to hack this thing together like that

As my Mother goes to bed with a bottle of water, a bag just in case she needs to go No 2 AND ready to pee in the bathtub when the need arises ... if anyone ever needs helping putting in a new toilet, call me, been there, done that

Think I'll go cry myself to sleep now

Monday, June 16, 2014

Mom's Visit To Vancouver - 2

Another fun filled day in the city North and West Vancouver

A walk down memory lane for lunch at Trolls and a a peek at the old homestead

I know you all know me, gotta feed the leftovers to someone

On Mom and Dad's side they built a great looking carriage house, obviously got an architect for this one, looks just like the house. They did not do it on David's side, too bad

Then off to see Bill and Barb at Inglewood. They didn't remember us, but great to see them

Then onto Karen and Ralph's for the best dinner and garden rooftop view the North Shore has to offer

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Yeah Mom's Visit to Vancouver - 1

Had the most lovely weather in Vancouver for weeks now, hmmm, what happened?

Mom gets here and it turns to rain! Landing sounded intersting

This morning we woke up and decided to toodle around the town a bit

First stop was very fun!!! T treated us both to Flying over Canada at Canada Place

Snuck a little taste tester of the pre show however unable to during the actual show. Simulation complete with rain spray, seat movement, really really excellent ride

from here a walk down the street to Gastown

T saving wildly to buy her first condo and we hashed out furniture ideas

from there onto Granville Island for lunch

then back home for dessert, coffee and for for for ..... Slambui, Cranbui no no Drambui yeah yeah thats it

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

There's No Place Like Home

I knew this would be a hard trip home ... little did I know how hard.  Note to self, just because Dad isn't there any more means it will be different, but that's OK

The first stopover in their new country, goodbye Holland

Always glad to get on my flight, no matter what though, these days middle seat only