Thursday, September 28, 2017

To Nap Or Not To Nap

    When I was younger, before I retired from nursing, I used to think of naps as a waste of time. Who took naps for Pete's sake? There is just too much to do and, besides, people who take naps are just lazy and nonproductive--right?
    Well let me tell ya, things have changed. I've found naps to be a healthy and wise investment. I don't get to take one every day, but I sure look forward to those days when I can. My naps aren't long, anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour, but they make... a difference. If I take a nap longer than an hour it has the opposite affect on me and I feel drained and out of sorts. But a short nap does wonders to reset my mood. A person can get kinda cranky when they're tired or aggravated.
    A nap takes all that bad mood and tiredness away and makes you more amiable and pleasant. I feel refreshed and peaceful after a nap even after just 15 minutes. A short nap does wonders to reset my mood. I don't even have to fall asleep. Sometimes I can just lie there and meditate for a while and it helps me make it through the rest of the day in a good mood. Many more people should take naps.
    Do you take naps? If you do, do you feel better when you do? Do you get to reset your mood?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Broken Dishwasher, Plumbers, And Martinis

Some years ago my automatic dishwasher up and died. Naturally, I ran out to Sears and bought a new one to replace it. I was so happy when the guy came to install the new washer. But then there was a glitch. According to the installer something was wrong with my plumbing and I would have to call my plumber before he could finish installing my new dishwasher.
The plumber came and did something with those pipes and hoses and said all would be well. Back came the installer. After working around for a bit, he said I needed to call the plumber back because it still didn’t work.
Here comes the plumber again, another $80 for the house call paid. He toyed with the pipes again and said all should be well.
Here comes the installer who said he still couldn’t get the dishwasher running and to call the plumber once more.
Another plumber came this time and while he checked out the plumbing to the dishwasher, my niece, Betsy, and I made some watermelon martinis. They were delicious by the way. So, we shared a martini or two with the plumber. After the plumber finish inspecting the pipes and hoses to the dishwasher, he said there was absolutely nothing wrong with the plumbing. It seems the dishwasher was defective.

Back comes the installer who then admitted it was the dishwasher that was not working and offered me a deal—he would write up a work order for someone from Sears to come fix the brand new washer for a discount on the dishwasher. Now that it had already cost me over $200 in plumbers who apparently hadn’t done anything until the last one who had a couple martinis, I was pretty irate at being lied to by him and two of the plumbers so I told him to take his broken dishwasher back to Sears.

I bought another dishwasher at Home Depot, the worker installed it, and it worked like a dream for years until last week. The dishwasher did finally croak and I’m thinking I might need to make some watermelon martinis for the next installer since that seems to bring out the truth in people. And so ends my tale of broken down dishwashers and martinis.