Happy Friday to you, one & all! I feel like I have been in the midst of a hurricane this past week & a half. I've even got some pics from the midst of our storm of busyness that will give you an even better idea of what we've been up to. Just a hint, I've learned that plumbing is not my calling in life!
Mike's parents have a home that is built on a slab instead of a foundation or crawl space. Their house was built in 1948 & this was a popular construction method back then. However, all of the plumbing is buried under the concrete slab - & that sucker is 4" thick! They've been having some drain problems for a while & had consulted a plumber. He wasn't interested in the job so Mike decided he'd tackle it. He took a week of vacation & I ended up taking four days to help him out. We had to rent a jack hammer for several days & I got pretty good at wielding a sledge hammer & a shovel. We had some fabulous help from a friend of the family who came by every day after he got off work. I was so impressed by Rick's knowledge & his work ethic.
As of now, all the plumbing is hooked up & working like a dream. We are so thankful to have it done! All that Mike needs to do now is finish covering the lines back up. Only one small part in the utility room will have concrete poured back over it; we got that done Monday after work. As for the lines in the rest of the rooms, Mike is building a floor over them. This way if there are any future problems, we won't have to bust up any more concrete. So we have one more project winding down! His parents were champs about the whole thing - no worries when we had their water off for hours at a time, they fed us like royalty, & not one little sniff about the absolute disaster of a mess that we made. It was a lot of work, but it was so good to be able to help & work together. It literally felt like the Lord led the way for us because there were several instances where we weren't sure what to do & someone was there to help & give advice.
While we were working on the plumbing my in-laws fed us lunch & dinner every day. Since they couldn't really get in the kitchen & cook like normal, we had our choice of take out food at each meal. They fed us well - pizza, subs, salads, you name it. But when I woke up on Saturday morning & looked in our fridge I saw several things that were going to go bad if I didn't cook them up quick. So I hauled out my stock pot & got to work!
I love goofing around with editing pics & I discovered that I have an app that lets you layer multiple exposures. So I layered a bunch of Mike's notes to create that weird thing up there. It's amazing what you can accomplish when you have a few minutes on your hands!
If you made it all the way through this rambling, disjointed post you get a major high five from me! I hope you all have super fun weekends!