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The new dual-flush toilet from Plasson has a neat safety feature. If the float valve doesn't stop for some reason, the water doesn't flow outside the tank (and onto your precious floor), but goes down into the bowl instead. Why didn't they think of it before?

lytdybr

Nov. 22nd, 2007 07:41 am
wildernesscat: (kfaryona)
Winter has started and the roof is leaking again. Fortunately it's only in one place in the study, but what a nuisance. Got to call the roof repairman. Again.

Update: The roof man came and went. Silicone fixes everything (100 NIS for a few minutes' work).

housedybr

Feb. 7th, 2007 10:57 am
wildernesscat: (kfaryona)
Looks like there's more to that stain on the wall than we originally thought. After the smell of mildew became stronger and stronger, we decided to investigate. A whole book cabinet was emptied, removed from the wall and ... surprise! a huge black patch of fungal growth was discovered. It goes almost all the way from the floor to the ceiling and already started spreading into the books themselves. A second call to the plumber was placed. Let's see what gives.

housedybr

Jan. 25th, 2007 09:58 am
wildernesscat: (kfaryona)
The big stain that's been forming lately - partly on the ceiling of our bathroom, and partly on that of our study - began to worry me. This morning I called a plumber, who climbed up to the attic to search for a probable cause. I thought it was either a dislocated roof tile, or a busted water pipe. The answer was much simpler, and much cheaper to fix: a clogged a/c drain (the thin white tube on picture #3). He told me to try and lift it, and it fealt heavy like lead. "Get a new drain and you're good", he said. The stuff you go through when you own a big concrete box...

Tea Magic.

Oct. 29th, 2006 06:00 pm
wildernesscat: (magician)
There's something exciting about filling a kettle with cold water and making it boil.

wildernesscat: (seedling)
This morning I woke up to discover that my carob tree had collapsed during the night. I germinated the seed myself some 4 years ago, planted it, cared for it, and saw it grow into a beautiful 3-meter high tree. There was only one problem with it - I planted the seedling too close to a wall, and it had to lean sideways not to hit it. This is where I made my mistake. Instead of replanting the young tree, I supported it with a string that prevented it from tipping over. The taller it became, the more it depended on that piece of string. It had never developed a strong root system or a sturdy trunk. The tree became a slender cripple, without any obvious signs of it. Last night the string tore under the weight of the treetop. The carob got instantly uprooted and lay on its side. I had to pull what had been left of it from the ground and toss it away.

In a broader sense, that could be taken as a lesson in life. By giving someone constant support, you deprive them from building their own strength. Once the support is gone, they collapse.

wildernesscat: (kfaryona)
Today Yahel and I did some gardening in the front yard. The rosemary bushes got really wild and we had to cut them back a little. As I passed by the big olive tree, I also cut a single branch that got in my way, and then noticed that a small birds' nest went down with it. At first I thought it was an old empty nest, but then I saw that two tiny chicks had fallen out of it. They had probably just hatched, had no feathers, their eyes were closed - totally defenseless creatures. I tried to pick them up and put them back in the nest as gently as possible, but they felt so delicate, that I wasn't sure I hadn't caused any damage. At any rate, we put the nest back in the tree, and waited for the mother to come back. And there she was, a small blue hummingbird, crying out for her babies. She went straight for the cut off branch, looking for the nest, but couldn't find it. We had to move the nest several times, until it was close enough for her to zero in. She just wouldn't go further than a few inches from the original place. At last she spotted it and dived into the hole. The chirping stopped. I hope those tiny creatures still have a chance to make it.

wildernesscat: (seedling)
When I was at Lookout Mountain, I got a whole bunch of gifts from their giftshop. I bought a cup with the Colorado flag on it, a bison wall thermometer, and a bunch of blue spruce seeds. Although every website and every gardening group says I don't have a snowball's chance in hell, I'll try to grow it in my back yard. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

wildernesscat: (kfaryona)
This morning I left home early, locked the house and went to work. I had no idea of the drama that was about to take place later on. The missus woke up, woke up the kid, did all the morning chores, only to find out ... that she was locked inside the house. Her keys were in the car, which was parked in the driveway in front it. Now it's not that easy to get out the window when you're 6 months pregnant, so Yahel came to the rescue. The kid was too scared to jump out the first floor window (and rightly so), so the missus opened the back door and gave Yahel a lift over the fence, and on to the neighbours' yard. Their backyard has a pathway leading to the front of the house (which ours doesn't). She then tossed the car keys out of the kitchen window, which Yahel used successfully to open the car, find the keys, and open the house from the outside. Not so bad for a 4y/o, huh?



Today I'm having my first wisdom tooth removed. Does it hurt like hell?

wildernesscat: (kfaryona)
For those who are curious about our new awning, here are a couple of images.

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