What a Headache!
This week I had all sorts of plans to accomplish different things. You know what they say about best laid plans.... That is certainly true. Wanted to finish setting up and decorating our living room tree - largest of the 3 I do. Then set up the Memory tree in the dining room and begin to decorate. Also, had a request from my niece-in-law to hem a dress for her before her baby shower we are giving this weekend (that will be easy). Plus do some sewing for all of the cross stitch pillows I plan to give as gifts. During the day Monday I got the tree set up and sorted (straightened branches, replaced burned out bulbs), then started to unpack ornaments. This is our 7.5 ft tree and we store it with the lights on, but in moving some branches do get a bit wonky. Anyway, come Monday night after supper, my sister was cleaning up (I cook, she cleans up) and started putting stuff down the disposal - well she got too much in too quickly and it jammed in the drain pipe and backed up! So we spent a good part of the night trying to clean that out (a plunger usually works great). Plus I spent all day yesterday working on it. This morning it looks as though it might be cleared, but I am almost afraid to run water in the sink and have it not work again! I bailed a LOT yesterday - dumped into the toilet and flushed. Now have to sanitize the sinks and counters - had a couple of geysers going at one time! Now, maybe today I can continue my quest to a least get one tree done!
Posted by: jmirz on 11/28/18
I hate it when a good plan goes wonky! Hopefully everything will go according to plan now.
by: Jaj on 11/28/18
What is it they say about the best laid plans of mice and men??
by: deirdre on 11/28/18
Remember- this too shall pass😳
by: murillome on 11/28/18
There is nothing I hate more than plumbing problems. All I see is greenback dollars being thrown and flushed down the toilet. May I ask what you put on the memory tree? That sounds interesting. Pam
by: pamelastine11 on 11/28/18
Success!!!!! When my sister got home from work this evening we went back to work on the sink. We were still having problems, then I thought about Dad might have had a "snake" to work through the gunk. Well that was so old it was rusted and wouldn't wind properly, but he did have a "Master Plunger". It has a narrow spout that fits any size drain then is kind of accordion style about 1/3 way up, then the handle. Three pushes on it and it shot everything through! Sink drains like it should. Can run the dishwasher again!!

Pam - my memory tree is something I started the year Dad passed away. We have my Mother's parents 1st Christmas ornament (from 1920). Also my parent's first Xmas - 1949. Other ornaments are one's that my father, sister and I would pick up. Each year for the last 15 years before he died we would go "looking" in windows and out to dinner. We also selected an ornament we all liked. The main purpose was for Dad to buy something for Mom - the ornaments were a side treat. We also have different ornaments that mean something special to us through the years. My brother made 2 in cub scouts and those are on the tree. Things like that.
by: jmirz on 11/28/18
I have the ornament from mom and dad's first Christmas and cardboard and aluminum foil ornament made by me in first grade. I may use pictures from our parents and DH brother. That is such a good idea. I wish I had more mementoes but still doable. Thank you for a wonderful idea! Pam
by: pamelastine11 on 11/28/18
Pam, I forgot one of the most important item for our memory tree - the star on top is one my mother's father made from tin. It always needs a bit reshaping each year, but means so much to us!

You could use just about anything for a memory tree, as long as it holds a special memory in your lives. How about a scroll of favorite music? A mother's handkerchief could be tied on with a piece of ribbon. Even jewelry. Just as though it means something to you.

I hope when my sister and I are gone, my nephew and wife will continue with this idea.
by: jmirz on 11/29/18
I hope to start decorating this weekend and I'm putting "Master Plunger" on my shopping list. I hate any plumbing problems! Looking forward to seeing pics of your finished pieces. Your pillows last year were wonderful! Liz
by: lhogan57 on 11/29/18
Thank you Liz! I can't believe you remember them. I have finished 2 trees, the 7.5 foot for the living room and the 6 foot Memory tree that is in the dining room. I am going to begin my sewing of this year's pillows next week. This Sunday we are giving the baby shower for my nephew and wife. I will be happy when that is here since our dining room is piled with boxes of stuff to take for the shower plus our gifts.

The Master Plunger is all plastic - have no idea where Dad got it. I imagine it was Home Depot since he and his buddy loved wandering the aisles there at least once a week. It got to the point where workers knew those 2 guys. They would go even if they didn't have a project going on. That place and Costco's for a "free samples" lunch were their favorite places!
by: jmirz on 11/30/18
Janet, of course I remember. I tried to weasel into your family to be on your list, but alas you already have a Liz. :)
I bet your dad and buddy were a hoot on those trips. Wal-Mart sells the 'master plunger' and under $10! lol
by: lhogan57 on 12/04/18