Poor J – he’s been through the wars a bit.
I persuaded him last night to help me finish painting the hall, so we’d be finished faster and could settle down to watch Dr Who in peace, this side of midnight (last of the old romantics, us). So he took the brush, I got the roller, and off we zoomed. Just as we were finishing, I heard a yelp, a thud, then a bunch of other yelps and thuds: The Boss had fallen down the stairs. I found him collapsed in a sprawl with his painting tray still held aloft, for all the world like a tray of martinis. He was so scared of dropping white paint on the carpet that he’d managed to surf down on his bum. His buttock bruise was most impressive, as was the fact he’d given himself whiplash.
In The Olden Tymes, when I was young and carefree, I’d regularly trash ironing boards surfing on them (or on them on stairs) when I’d had a sherbet or two. I sure didn’t get whiplash. Bless…
Today we did a big B&Q shop to fix a load of things: finally get a ceiling lamp for the hall to stop the front door crashing into the stupid pendant lamp (we’ve only lived there 18 months…sheesh), get lawn food (I don’t care living in a desert, but The Boss thinks it might be nice), paint for the living room (I’m on a painting roll, I tell you!), that kind of thing. But most important of all, we needed a plunger and some drain rods.
Our showertray fills up and barely drains. I’ve been really meticulous about rescuing hair from the plughole this time round, because in previous new-baby-hair-moults I’ve clogged drains with the handfuls of 2ft long hair falling off my bonce. So I figured it wasn’t that. Nevertheless, when prods of elongated coat hangers yielded nothing, I squirted a ton of old hair-removing cream down the plughole instead. (I put the rest on strategic places on me. And didn’t wash it off my armpits properly and got a tad chemical-burnt – youchy! That’s why I prefer razors). Anyway, that didn’t work – the cream just floated back up into the tray when the water was run. Worse, the downstairs toilet stopped flushing properly, and it gurgled and bubbled when the handbasin emptied. And the sink gurgled and filled when the toilet flushed – yeeeeuch. Yeah, we had A Problem…
I voted that The Boss tackle the blockage because (a) he owned the sturdiest rubber gloves, (b) he’d probably caused it in the first place*, and (c) it was definitely A Man’s Job.
* Definitely TMI: The Boss’s toilet-otters are legendary, and sometimes require beating with a stick to kill ’em before flushing. Our middle daughter takes after her father, and learned to use a toilet early because potties aren’t big or deep enough for her. Her nursery teachers are regularly shocked and appalled, in a horrified-fascinated kind of way.
Before getting busy, The Boss decided to check under the inspection manhole cover. He recoiled and ran away, then tip-toed back with a spade. He looked down the hole, looked at the spade, sighed, paced away, and returned with a bigger spade. And commenced chopping. Well, after filling the wheelie bin with toilet roll, floaters and sludge, he came in and staggered upstairs, green-faced, to the (newly-draining-freely) shower.
Poor man! Guess it’ll be steak and chips for tea, then.