Broken Things

by Bella Rum

plumberIf you’ve read here long enough, you know it happens this way every couple of years. Visitors come or visitors are expected. One thing breaks before they arrive, another breaks after they arrive, and one or two more things break before they leave.

The coffee maker died the day before the kids arrived. There was no time to shop for another. With four coffee drinkers in the house, we pulled an older, less fancy version out of the pantry and hooked it up. The day after Christmas, my son and H, who could not wait to shop for a new one, went to Bed, Bath & Beyond and picked up another. While they were there, my son bought a new espresso machine for their family because, why? Because men are like that. When buying machines or gadgets, they know for a fact that one is good, but two are better.

On Christmas Eve, just before they arrived, the kitchen faucet started making horrid sounds. H checked below deck to see what was happening. It was leaking. He put a bucket under it, and we lived with it until today. We went to Home Depot and bought a new faucet. May as well, they already have the rest of our money. H installed it today.

The Day after Christmas, two toilets (the guest bathroom and the powder room) broke within minutes of each other – no relation to each other. This could have caused a disaster of cataclysmic proportions with five extra people in the house, but H rigged both of them to work until the troops arrived. The troops arrived today when we picked up the guts for both toilets while we were getting the new faucet. Triple play for Home Depot. Before he started on the sink, H repaired both toilets.

I don’t think I’ve left anything out. My husband is a fixer and a rigger of the highest order. If he can’t make it new again, he will make it work until new can be had. Chewing gum, twine and a battery can light an entire city for three days if he’s in the mix. If the Russians ever attack our gird, his services will be in high demand.

Can you believe tomorrow is the last day of this disturbing year? We may not be beyond repair, but we are in need of mending. Let’s hope we find a few fixers who will  help us limp along until the troops arrive.

Note: Mercury is retrograde until January 8, 2017.