Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Why is the Toilet Screaming?

I don't have little children any more. Most of you know that. I read all of these really fun posts about things a woman never thought she'd say that once having young kids . . . seem to be coming out of her mouth. They are fun and funny posts and I read them with a laugh and a bit of nostalgia.

I said many of those in my raising kids days too. Having little boys, I remember often saying to them "you don't have to hold on to that honey, it's yours, no one's going to take it away from you." What is it with boys and putting their hands down their pants all the time anyway? Wait. I take it back. Don't tell me.

I was sitting at dinner the other night and we had a bit of a strange toilet issue. And as we tried to figure it out, it dawned on me; although absurd statements don't come out of my mouth to kids any more, they sure do as a homeowner.

So here they are, words I never thought I'd say, the homeowner version:

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~ "Why is the toilet screaming?"
We were sitting at dinner last week when we heard a screech. It stopped, but happened a second and then a third time. My family tends to ignore anything that could be a problem, but as the family bang checker, when it happened again I got up to check it out. The screech was coming from the main floor toilet.

Now, given what goes into that thing, I couldn't really blame that thing for screaming. Nonetheless, I found myself saying to Hubs, "why is the toilet screaming." And "make it stop."

~ "If you can't see past the end of your nose, chances are you did not open the flue."
Helpful homeowner hint: whether you think you opened the flue or not, if it's getting harder and harder to see, you need to either get to an eye doctor, or recheck the flue.

~"Which one of you drunks mowed the lawn?"
Leaving the house insisting that someone get the lawn mowed before you return can backfire. Apparently you needed to say "mow the whole lawn" or, in the name of expediency (apparently) a row will get missed here and there.

~ "How the hell did the oven shut itself off?"
It didn't. I did. Dinner was in there. Don't want to talk about it.

Pepperoni and Spinach Lasagne, a hearty lasagne with a bit of a kick. Lasagne noodles layered with pepperoni, homemade sauce and a spinach, cheese mixture | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

Pepperoni and Spinach Lasagne
Pepperoni and Spinach Lasagne, a hearty lasagne with a bit of a kick. Lasagne noodles layered with pepperoni, homemade sauce and a spinach, cheese mixture | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

~ "Knives are sharp."
This one's on me. 

I have to admit that I've worked with fairly dull knives for a lot of years. I was recently lucky enough to be gifted with a set of brand new kitchen knives. I was slicing a loaf of bread, something I really didn't need to think about with dull knives, and cut my finger. Hubs saw me struggling with a bandaid and asked what happened. "Turns out knives are sharp."

~ "The washing machine is trying to escape."
I talked to my husband a number of times about the legs of the washing machine being uneven. It seemed off to me. But if there's no real issue, those kinds of things get pushed to the bottom of the list. Until the day I was washing clothes and I heard banging in the laundry room. The washing machine had "walked" across the floor and was heading for the door. Note to Hubs: time to move this up on the "Honey Do" list.

~ "Shut that door, I don't want the turkey coming in the house."
Our house back up to woods and we often have visitors, deer, turkey, possum, even a fox once. But rarely do they walk up to the front door. A few summers ago, one would regularly come to visit me. Whenever someone walked in the front door, I'd have to tell them to be sure to shut the door quickly. Because I can guarantee it would not be me chasing a turkey through the house.

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What about you? Have you been saying anything you never thought would come out of your mouth?

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Pepperoni and Spinach Lasagne
Printable Recipe
About 3 1/2 cups of my Hearty Meat Sauce recipe
1 box no-boil lasagne noodles
1 (15 oz) container ricotta cheese
1 (10 oz) box frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and well drained
3 cups shredded mozzarella, divided
1/2 cup grated parmesan
2 eggs
1 TBSP Italian seasoning mix
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 (6 oz) package pepperoni slices 

*Grease a 9 X 13 baking dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*In a bowl, mix the ricotta, spinach, 2 1/2 cups mozarella, parmesan, eggs, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
*Mix 1 cup of meat sauce with 1 cup of water and cover the bottom of the pan.
*Layer 4 lasagne noodles over the sauce, 3 side by side lengthwise and one at the top. 
*Carefully spread about 1/3 of the cheese mixture over the noodles. Top with half of the pepperoni slices, then sprinkle 1 cup of meat sauce over the top.
*Layer another 4 lasagne noodles over the sauce and carefully spread about another 1/3 of the cheese mixture.
*Layer the last of the lasagne noodles, followed by the rest of the cheese mixture, the rest of the pepperoni and the remaining 1 1/2 cups of sauce. Sprinkle with the other 1/2 cup of mozzarella.
*Cover tightly with tin foil. Cook for 50 minutes. Uncover and cook for 10 minutes until bubbly hot.
*Remove from oven. Allow to set for 5 minutes before cutting.


  1. "Maybe we could just not look up." - Said in connection to my wife's complaining about that one badly discolored ceiling tile in the living room (caused by a leak in the roof I had to go up & fix).

    1. HA, there's another one. Bet you never thought you'd be saying that!

  2. "That's an awful long time for the washing machine tub to be filling." That was when the rubber hoses leading from the main water supply to the washing machine cracked. basement flooded, soaking newly installed wall-to-wall carpet.

    1. Oh, no no no. It's way worse when you say these things and then see damage.

  3. "No a paper clip is not going to fix the toilet forever"! My husband is a fan of repurposing.
    This lasagna looks wonderful. Cold weather just makes me want to make a casserole!

    1. Now that's a funny one. Wouldn't want to be around when that paper clip gave out, though.

  4. Ok a screaming toilet would annoy me thankfully not a problem I have had but have in the past had other toilet problems thankfully not in a long time

    1. Yeah, I'm looking forward to being able to say that we haven't had toilet problems in a long time.

  5. My kids would say the funniest things. I always promised myself I would write them down and never did. As for being a home owner, I remember waking up one cold winter morning and we had no heat. I shouted to no one in particular. "Did we pay the gas bill?" This was followed by a string of un-lady like words.

    1. Oh, that's a bad one. Never want to forget to pay that heat bill.

  6. Hilarious! The things I never thought I'd say, "Mom stop that! Mom eat your vegetables! No, mom you can't go to your friend's house!" Weird!

  7. My husband used to be of the "duct tape fixes everything" school. Well, there are certain things it may fix, but it makes those things look so ugly that you don't want these fixed things in the house. Like a beautiful marble mortar and pestle I bought hubs years ago (he loves to cook) the pestle broke and for years, I had to stare at that duct taped handle. Now, about that pepperoni spinach lasagne. I wish I'd known that recipe when my son was younger. He is grown and still doesn't eat veggies. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

    1. Yeah, I grew to hate duct tape. My oldest used to use it to hold his skate shoes together, believe it or not.

  8. "Mummy, it's raining!"
    My four-year old son, on discovering water dripping through our kitchen ceiling when we lived in a flat, years ago. Our upstairs neighbour has a leak under his sink.

    1. I know just how you must have felt. It's never good when it's raining indoors.


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