Then And Now XIII
Friday, April 28, 2017
In the past my husband would take care of everything. He was very talented and could fix plumbing, electrical, mechanical auto and electronic problems. He did it all throughout our marriage.
Since his death I have had a few minor problems but was mostly paralyzed to approach them for fear that I might ruin or break something. Some months ago I got the courage to take apart the kitchen faucet to try to find the source of a leak. I discovered it was just a matter of tightening a bolt and I did it all by myself. OK, it doesn't sound like much but you need to understand that I had never done anything even as simple as this.
It was cold in the house yesterday so I went to turn on the heat. The thermostat message was "replace batteries". At first I had a problem trying to figure out how to get to the batteries. When I got the insert removed I went to the basement and got some"new" batteries that were still in the package. Well, they didn't work. So I went back down to the basement and got two more "new" batteries. They didn't work either. They have been sitting around for years, since well before my husband died. Guess what I did. I took out the recharger and charged all four of them. They are fully charged after 6 hours. After about 3 1/2 hours I took two out and voila! The thermostat was on. It was 65 in the house so I turned it up to 68. At no time did I lose my cool. That was the biggest surprise of all. Bolstered by this success I am less fearful of others that will surely arise in the future. I have gone from paralyzed with fear to a good measure of self-confidence. Things can change.