Well, today started out normally enough. Get the boys going on school, make a meal plan with what’s left in the fridge, wash sheets, clean Ted’s cups and leave them to really dry. There was some back and forth about going to Disney or not. I had figured these next 2 weeks we’d go every available day, which for us is 4 days each week. We don’t go on Sat/Sun because of the higher attendance, and we skip Wednesday for church and to run errands. Of course halfway through school Max said he didn’t want to go. I pondered that while we continued school, and figured if these next 2 weeks we just went 3 days that would be fine, too. Then as we were finishing school he waffles back to wanting to go. I wanted to go, so that settled it. After lunch when I was cleaning up and getting ready to leave Jack mentioned water by the door. There was a pool about as big as my fist there. I looked around a bit and tried to figure out where it came from, and sadly realized that it ran the length of the kitchen counter…all the way from the bathroom!! The toilet is leaking! Ugh!!!! There was water pooled behind the toilet to the wall, and then it seeped through the wall and had run to the front of the bus. I guess we aren’t going to Disney!
I’d been meaning to mop the bus, and now’s the perfect time. Ugh. I told Max to run outside and shut off the water (there’s no shut-off valve at the toilet) and I got my headset and called Ted. Of course I have a new phone and had to set up my headset to call him. When he answered he was eating lunch so I gave him a quick rundown of the shituation (heh). He told me how to fix it: unhook the water from the back of the toilet, turn the toilet upside down, place the seal, turn it back over and hook it all up again. That was our latest plan. But when I hung up and did that it didn’t work. The seal is basically the same size as the toilet pipe. I stretched it a tiny bit to fit and called Ted to see if he thought that would work and he said he’d been watching toilet videos with lunch (yum!) and that wasn’t gonna do it. There’s no way to keep the seal on while flipping the toilet. So I told Max how he would have to help me in a few minutes. While he waited he pulled all the rugs and stuff outside and and laid them in the sun to dry. I flipped the toilet right side up again and dried everything off. I went ahead and put the seal and the toilet into place, and had a surprisingly easy time of lining up the bolts. It’s always been a struggle when I’m holding the toilet and Ted’s trying to position it as I slowly lower it. I laid down on the floor and tipped the toilet up a little to see the seal underneath, and as far as I could see everything was aligned correctly. I tried to do the same in the back, but there’s not enough room for me to get my head down there and far enough away to focus. I picked up the toilet and saw that the seal was pushed a bit toward the front, but I still felt good about it, so I realigned it, and put the toilet back on and bolted it down. Max ran outside with a walkie talkie and turned the water on…no leaks! I filled the bowl and checked again, still good! I’m really praying I fixed it. I think the reason why it leaked today when it hadn’t leaked overnight is that the mid was completely full, and it sat there with the water level over the seal, and the seal wasn’t seated properly. The last and biggest test will be to fill the mid and let it sit there again to see if it leaks.
I told Max I did it all myself, and sent both boys to the playground with popsicles while I stripped the bus floor of everything and mopped. I mopped that sucker 4 times, and cleaned both toilets top to bottom. The boys were back by this time so I sat outside and read. I ended up reading a whole Reacher in one day!!
We really look like the Clampets today, all the rugs are outside hanging over various parts of the picnic table, Max’s legos are all over the table too. Jack is filthy and playing in a bucket of water. The shoe shelf is outside, it was sitting in a little water so it needed to dry out before I brought it back inside. And last night when Ted made us hamburgers outside he burned his hand on the grill, and flipped the whole thing up in the air, so there are still bits of hamburger all over the concrete. Whatever. I sat and read for probably an hour before I felt like bringing it all back inside. I stripped Jack partially on the doorstep and sent him to my bathroom to shower while Max and I set up the rest of the house and I made supper.
I couldn’t believe this cube Jack drew outside with chalk without any help! How can he do this but not understand so many other things? Is this just a fluke?
We watched MASH and then got in our beds at the usual time. I read Reacher and planned on sewing a loop on my pj pants, but I fell asleep several times. I finally put the book down and turned on a show and sewed. Of course when I finished the show and then finished my book I wasn’t sleepy! Ornery!