Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A thrill a minute...

...at Tether's End, these days...

Yesterday was designated as "FAMILY DAY" here in Prairie Province: i.e., "any excuse for a statutory-holiday Monday in February" in the total absence of Presidents to commemorate...

Number Two Son Unit came over in the morning with tools and Mysterious Box of electrical supplies and re-illumined the laundry room with two new twisty bulbs in separate fixtures in lieu of the half-failed fluorescent fixture that was there..."A light to lighten the Gentiles" and much appreciated.

Then a meeting with church-wardens late afternoon, and when I got home, after dawdling about in the office for some time...I couldn't get the front door open. Hysterics from Nefertiti on the other side.

Evening, statutory holiday, the Locksmith's Delight all around...as a "non-functioning key" became a "broken lock" became a "broken lock incapable of being half-replaced" became "hole in door not large enough for new lockset" became "new lockset not engaging strike plate in door jamb..."

Tether's End heaves about, you see, like a dory on the waves, and the doors interior and exterior prove it...

Ninety minutes and three hundred dollars later, all is functional and secure...the lock locks, the key unlocks, the latch latches, and life goes on.

2 comments:

mompriest said...

Oh the complications of locking....

Crimson Rambler said...

indeed...and our neighbourhood has been beset of late with burglaries, being largely deserted during daylight working hours, as the retired folks have moved along to assisted-living venues...and there are very very few stay-at-home moms anymore!