Friday, August 17, 2007

No, the hot tub is still not fixed

The picture here isn't of my husband, but it's pretty much what I have been seeing of him when he is home anymore. There have been just too many things for him to fix, and I feel sorry for him on one hand because he tries so hard to keep up with it all and can't even relax when he is home. On the other hand, he brings much on himself because he wants to save money and do things himself. I can understand this, since if he can do it, why go into debt for these things. However, on the other hand, if he is so busy fixing stuff we never will be able to enjoy things whereas if we just buy it, when we die our insurance money will pay off the bill...but in the meantime we will have enjoyed things we want to enjoy. He's a stubborn stubborn man. Won't even give a neighborhood kid $10 to mow the lawn. *eye roll*

Since I last wrote about this subject, the hot tub still stands on its side in the garage waiting for yet more parts to be replaced. The parts have come in, but hubby is working too many hours and has too many other things to do lately that he hasn't had the time to get to it. And I really could use it right now since I am having a big arthritic flare-up and the hot bubbling water would feel so good right now. I would just go in the bathtub and soak if the darn plug wasn't broken. Our bathtub has one of those metal contraption-type plugs where you push up a lever and the mechanism inside comes up from inside the neck of the drain and blocks off so the water doesn't go down. That somehow came apart and we have a one-piece wall/tub made of fiberglass so can't be cutting into that. We thought the idea of a one-piece tub would be great when we built the house, never considering what would happen if things inside the wall needed fixing. Oh well, hindsight is always 20/20, as the saying goes.

Speaking of eyesight, I went to the ophthalmologist (took me a long time to learn to spell that correctly), and had a thorough eye exam. My vision has been very blurry and difficult to focus even to watch television. Fortunately, I don't have any major problems with my eyes and I just need a prescription change in one part of my progressive lenses. One thing that seems to be standard nowdays is the dilation of the pupils. They put drops of this yellow crap in your eyes and then let you sit there for a few minutes to allow time for your pupils to open so the doctor can shine bright lights in there and take a look inside. Usually, pupils return to normal size after a couple hours. Mine didn't normalize for HOURS afterwards! Jon and I went to get something to eat afterwards and I had to wear the sunglasses even in the restaurant because the sun coming in the windows bugged me. Then when we got home four hours later, my eyes still looked alien! I couldn't look at my computer screen or the television or even read a book. Finally, around 9 I just went to bed and went to sleep. The next morning, my eyes returned to normal and all was back to the usual bouts of blurriness that I am familiar with. I will go get my new prescription next month when I start working again and have the money. Lenses alone cost about as much as buying a whole new pair of glasses, so I might get new frames too. I am reluctant to change frames and get new ones.

The things I like shopping for the least are shoes, purses, coats and glasses. Oh...and household appliances. These things are all necessary, but no fun to shop for IMO. My favorite things to shop for are books, notebooks, writing paper, stickers, pens, art supplies, and journals to write in. Give me $1,000 to spend any way I want and I will take it to Border's or Michael's in a heartbeat.

So, back to the topic of the hot tub. After he gets the new parts in, then he will have to try to round up our sons and one of their friends to help put the thing back down AGAIN. I think this is the fourth time of doing this. Our oldest son pointed out that the more often this is done, the more the chance increases of someone getting hurt in the process. I hope this time it does the trick.


Poodles Rule said...

I hope you have your hot tub soon. I am loving mine. I just want the weather to cool down a bit so I can enjoy it even more.

Stardust said...

poodles, I could really use that hot tub right now. It's sitting out there on its side as if taunting us...ha ha you can't use me....

He has it ready to fill again, but need the sons around to help him set it back down...again. I hope whatever he replaced this time does the trick.
We did have it running, the jets came on and it was all bubbly. Then the gusher started out the side of it.

My next prediction. The heater elements will be bad. (I am such a pessimist!)

Poodles Rule said...

I just don't let my husband try and fix most things. Especially anything with a motor. He and I both know it just isn't worth the headache and expense.

Stardust said...

Hubby is an electrical/mechanical maintenance supervisor/plant manager. His area of expertise is electrician. But working in the industrial environment, he is used to doing "quick fixes" just to get things running and aren't permanent most of the time. This hot tub has been mostly plumbing problems, which he won't admit but is NOT an expert at. He is a pretty handy guy, but most of the time it turns into an ordeal, especially when he is trying to "resurrect" something that has "died" and been cast out by previous owners. I have gone through this for 32 years. My sister's snowblower is still in the garage disassembled since 1992.