The Little Dutch Boy

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 022015

Do you remember the children’s story about a little Dutch boy who saves his country by putting his finger in a leaking dike? I kind of felt like that youngster yesterday.

You may remember our black tank blockage last week, and that one suggestion was to drill a small hole in the end of the plastic housing around the valve and to use a pick or probe to push the gate valve blade open. As it turned out, the valve wasn’t the problem. But it came back to cause another problem.

We sealed the hole with Gorilla Tape, which will usually work on everything. And it did on the valve. At least for a while. But yesterday it began to leak and we needed to scramble to solve the problem before we had a real mess. We dumped the tank and then I got some J-B Weld WaterWeld, which is a putty-like substance that is supposed to work even under water. Terry followed the instructions and kneaded it between her fingers, then spread some over the hole. And it worked just like advertised! This is some handy stuff to have around the RV!

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With that task finished, I worked on my new Big Lake book and got about 2,500 more words done. It seems like this one wants to write itself. If it wasn’t for medical appointments this week and then Escapade the week after, I think I could almost knock it out by the end of the month.

Later on we drove into town to take cousin Beverly to dinner and visited with her for a while. This woman is the very picture of grace. She has some serious physical limitations and challenges that would reduce most of us to sniveling wimps, but she just takes it all in stride and never complains. Beverly always says that no matter how hard she has it, there are lots of other people in the world who have it worse. She’s too busy being active in all sorts of things for her three granddaughters and other kids to feel sorry for herself. And you wonder why Terry and I love her so much?

Today we begin a series of medical appointments, nothing to be concerned with, just the routine annual checkups for both of us. Kind of like preventive maintenance for our bodies. And since mine is a high mileage unit, it’s always good to look for problems before they get out of hand.

Congratulations to Tom Julkowski, the winner of our drawing for an audiobook of JET by Russell Blake. We had 81 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon and it could be your turn to win.

Speaking of books, George Wier is one of the best authors I know and he just published his latest book, Murder In Elysium, a story of murder and long hidden secrets in a small Texas town. Read this book and I bet you will become one of George’s fans too!

Thought For The Day – The trouble with children is that they are not returnable.

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  2 Responses to “The Little Dutch Boy”

  1. Nick, does the VA check your “white blood count” in the blood screening? It is not part of a regular blood screening. Last May, I was found to have an increased white blood count and have been diagonised as having CLL, a result of being exposed to Agent Orange. Agent Orange is a “presumptive” with the VA. I pray that you do not have the issue but you should have it checked if they have not already done so.

  2. I’m going to suggest that we get WaterWeld for our rig–sounds like a great product! Cousin Beverly sounds like a delightful person; her determination & grace are admirable. We drove by the Tucson VA while we were in town last week going to the co-op near the university. It’s beauatiful from the outside–hope it’s nice inside too. We had a stressful day in Tucson–trying to find the Apple store & then having a dirtball introduce me to my new Mac Book was quite unpleasant. When we’re in Albuquerque, I’m taking my MacBook to the Apple store there for a proper orientation. We’ll try Tucson again when we have no agenda–I would really like to love it as the only blue city in a very red state. Have a good day & two thumbs up to Miss Terry for saving the day.

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