The other morning my wife and I were sleeping when our seven year old daughter came running in shouting "Mom there is a baby Guinea in the Cage".
PAUSE for a second while I quickly update you on the history behind this. We have 3 Guinea pigs - two females and 1 male. The day before we had just bought Male back from the Vet after being desexed. My wife and I had 'exchanged words' on this as I thought that is was ridiculous to spend money on this.
So to continue, we rushed outside and sure enough, there was a perfect baby guinea pig snuggled next to its mum and I am pretty certain that Female no 2 is due any day - with what looks like a six pack of pigglets (if thats what you would call them).
This made me think of a little story I heard about 10 years ago - the lesson of which I have yet to master - but has helped me so many times. I thought I would share:
There was once a man who was very unhappy with his life. He was a husband and father. He worked all day and came home to a nagging wife and loud, naughty children. No one appreciated him. He had no time to do the things he wanted to do. He went to church every week to thank God, but he had nothing to be grateful for.
Someone told him about a Wise Old Man who lived at the top of the highest hill just outside town. This man was said to be able to change your life. So the man set off to find the Wise Man. After a day and a halfs hard walking and climbing, he reached the top of the mountian.
He told the wise Man how hard his life was. He explained about his nagging wife, ungrateful children, hard work how there was never enough time for him to do the things we wanted to.
The Old Man sat quietly until the end and then spoke "Get a Goat. A goat will solve your problems".
The Man hurried home to get the goat that would transform his life.
Well, the Goat only made things worse. He now had to feed it, milk it. It kept eating the veggies and clothes off the line. He had to build fences and it bleated from early in the morning.
He headed back up that mountain where he found the Wise man waiting. He explained that the goat had not done its job but had just made his life worse.
The Wise Man merely said "Get a donkey". A donkey will solve your problems".
Anyway, man returned and bought a donkey. Donkey ate too much, messed everywhere and kept wondering onto the neighbours land.
[This story goes on a bit as the old man keeps adding 'solutions' to the Mans problems in the form of: 12 chickens, a dog, The Mother in Law etc so I am going to skip all these trips up the mountain to save some time. You get the message though - the Man now had a lot of extra problems.]
Finally the bedraggled man takes another walk up the mountain. He is exhausted. His eyes are bloodshot, he was lost weight, He can't remember every being this unhappy. Desparately he approaches the Wise Man.
"Please, please help me. Everything you told me has not worked. I cannot deal with my life anymore. What must I do?"
The Wise Man smiled. "Now", he said "Go back home and get rid of everything I told you to get".
The Man returns home and gets rid of the Goat, Donkey, Chickens, Dog, Mother in Law etc.
When they have all gone, he looks around his home His wife still nags and his children are still loud, but realises how easy his life is.
MORAL OF THE STORY: We all accumulate so much crap in our lives. Stuff and people that suck our time and energy. As a result, we stop appreciating those that we love, we get resentful and feel overwhelmed. Cut it loose and keep what matters.
Now, to decide which of these categories the Guinea Pigs fall into :)
Have a great day.
1. Backflow prevention devices must be tested annually by a plumber with a backflow endorsement on their license.
2. The local government keeps a register of testable backflow prvention devices.
3. The owner of an installed testable backflow prevention device must register it with the local government and have it inspected annually.
4. A person authorised to inspect or test a testable backflow prevention device must, within 10 business days after inspecting, give the local government written results of the inspection or test in athe approved Form 9.
5. Installations, removal or replacements of testable backflow prevention devices require a Form 4 to be lodges with the Plumbing Industry Council.
Another of my super special customers sent in a fantastic letter, thanking us for our work. It's always nice to be appreciated. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy :) (Thanks Bill)
It doesn’t matter what profession, there’s a joke out there with a great punch line. Rarely do I hear a new joke about plumbers but these would be my top 3!.
A Sunshine Coast lawyer needed a leak fixed and called the plumber, who after about 45minutes was
done and all cleaned up. “That will be $300” said the Plumber.
The lawyer objected and said “What? I don’t even get paid that much an hour”.
The Plumber responded, “I didn’t either when I was a lawyer”.
A Plumber was called to do some work in Buderim. He arrived on the job to find the owner was heading out and a rather large Rottweiler was at the property. Noticing the Plumbers insecurity, the owner said “Don’t worry about Rex. He’s a softy. But whatever you do - don’t talk to the parrot”.
Feeling a bit more confident, The Plumber starts working on the kitchen sink and he soon forgets about the Rottweiler and the parrot perched in the kitchen. A few minutes into the job , the parrot suddenly blurts out with a bunch of loud insults. After 10 minutes of this, the plumber starts to get angry and tells the bird to shut up. The bird goes silent, then quietly says “Sick him, Rex”.
The cesspool was leaking, so plumbers came to fix it. One of them dives into the pool of faeces and
comes out in a few seconds, all covered in crap. "I'll need a 5. 5 wrench, Bobby" said the diver-plumber to his young assistant. Bobby gave him the wrench and the plumber dived into the shi** one more time.
Half a minute later, the guy jumps out of the crap and says "Bobby, I'll need a 6. 5 wrench." Bobby gave him the wrong wrench this time, so the master plumber got upset "Bobby, that's not the one I asked for! Pay attention unless you wanna be the guy that passes the wrench all your life."
It has happened to us all at one time or another, a drain has blocked up and the water is going nowhere. Whether it was a blocked kitchen sink or a blocked bath drain, fixing the problem can be an urgent matter.
At times like these we tend to take the fast option and go straight for the drain cleaning chemicals.
Although available in the supermarket along side the washing powder and the air fresheners, drain cleaning chemicals can be very dangerous if not used correctly.
A recent court case is an extreme and distressing example of the improper use of drain cleaning chemicals. Two workers were badly burnt trying to unblock a drain in a restaurant sink.
The two chef's had poured commercial grade caustic soda into a drain only to have the chemical spray back at them as the contents of the drain erupted. Both were hospitalised with burns, one into intensive care, and needed ongoing treatment.
Above is an example of a chemical burn from caustic soda, the chemical will continue to burn until washed off the skin.
Always wear protective gloves and mask when unblocking the drain with chemicals and cover your skin where possible.
Read the instructions carefully and work in a well ventilated area, or give us a call and a WOODS
Plumber will get to it today.