Cooler Weather & Entertainment

We’re supposed to have cooler weather today. Tomorrow the temps go back up.

When I look out it is very overcast and possibly raining a bit.

Every time August rolls around, the heat is almost unbearable. But then I’m not having to go out, so it hasn’t affected me much. Just my outdoor plants.

In Cooler Weather & Entertainment, this is what I see when I look out my living room patio door. Rain is dripping off the leaves.

Flooring Install:

I’m waiting on a representative of the apartment complex to come to my place to figure out my bathroom floor. Remember I told you when they took the old toilet out, which was rectangular shaped at the floor level, that it left gaps?

Apparently whoever put that one in did not lift up the toilet, and they just cut the flooring around it. So when the plumber installed the ADA toilet the first week after my ankle surgery, that left gaps in the flooring.

The manager says it’s my responsibility to pay for the materials and installation of the new flooring. Hopefully, it won’t cost too much. I could just leave it as is, for now, I suppose, but I hate the way it looks.

Not only that, but there is a plumbing shim under the toilet because it isn’t level, which is why I called the plumbing company this morning in the first place.

However, I don’t want to pay the $150 they were going to charge me to send someone out just to look at it.

Ultimately I’d have to replace it anyway.

It never occurred to me that this might happen. I was sitting in my chair with my leg/ankle raised, as it was right after surgery. So I didn’t know until I went in there after the plumber left.

Rain dripping from my potted Japanese maple tree in my apartment back yard.

Oh well, it is what it is.

What I’m Watching:

I’m watching a little of several TV series on Netflix, none which seem particularly memorable.

I began watching “Yellowstone” with Kevin Costner on Peacock as well. But apparently there isn’t a way to stream this show without commercials.

Even if I purchased the premium Peacock service, I’d still get some commercials.

I can’t locate this show anywhere else.

What I’m Reading:

I’m reading toward the end of “The Heights.” But I’ve ordered a few other books. Some of you mentioned the following one and so I ordered it.

In Cooler Weather & Entertainment, this is a book I've ordered to read. The Book Woman Of Troublesome Creek.

This is part 1 and if I like it, I’ll then order part 2.

“The Book Woman Of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson.

I noticed that it had over 33,000 reviews and I read some of them. Must be a good book.

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  1. If it’s not one thing, it’s another, isn’t it? Hope your toilet issue is resolved quickly and to your satisfaction! I tried watching Yellowstone, but couldn’t deal with all the commercials, either.

  2. The toilet in my powder room as been out for five years. I bought a new one but had to use to replace the one in my master bathroom. I had just replaced it a year before. Things go wrong here like that.
    The plumber replacing the one in my master bathroom told me I had cracked it sitting down too fast.
    A friend is coming to replace the one in the powder room this weekend. The floor was buckled in the powder room when I bought my house. He said he would repair that, too.
    That reminds me I need to buy paint. He told me he would find someone to assist with all that.
    They work with the Helping Hands ministry where I attend worship.

  3. I had a toilet that was unlevel due to the floor. I also needed new flooring. When I interviewed the flooring people, I told them a primary part of the job was to level the floor underneath the toilet before they laid the new flooring down. If they didn’t think they could do that, then I went with someone else. They knew up front what was expected of them and I finally have a level toilet now with good floor around it.

    1. One more thing I told them. Mine had been shimmed for years with it never solving the problem. When I told them I wanted the floor to be leveled I also told them I did not want to see any shims needing to be used..

      1. Don’t ask for that, tell them that’s what’s expected. That’s the difference that men do that handymen respond to. Inform them of the job ahead of time, don’t ask them to please do it if they can.

  4. You might want to check your lease agreement to see if you have any recourse for avoiding the cost of repairs. Just a thought!

    We have early 1900s farmhouse and thankfully have never had to use shims to level toilets. Sounds like quite an ordeal. So sorry you’re having to deal with that just when you’re starting to feel better!

  5. We are having strange weather here for August. Usually this time of year, it is very hot and humid. The “dog days” of summer. Not this year. We’ve only been in the 70’s – low 80’s the past week or so and it’ll be that way until the end of the month. I’m loving it…I was able to turn off the AC and have my windows and doors open all day long. The fresh air is wonderful.

    We had a plumbing shim put under our toilet in our hallway bath when they installed it, too. We don’t have any gaps in our flooring though. Guess our floor is just a bit uneven.

    I read The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek when it first came out and I really enjoyed it. Recently read the follow-up book and I didn’t feel it was as good.

  6. At the least call the plumbing company and let them know you were incapacitated with your surgery when the change took place and that it is not fair to you, to be charged more for them to just LOOK at it…after all, if you had LOOKED when it was done, it would not have been ok with you. Hmmm, maybe they would like the whole internet to SEE how they left it?? Is THAT a good way to advertise?? I think you should be able to get them to come to a more fair and reasonable agreement. I have not had this exact situation occur, but have had a fair number of situations arise where I was able to ask and receive a much more fair division of costs anyway…and I agree with others here, definitely seek your daughter’s opinion in this being she has had a lot of experience with plumbers etc. What does Steve think?? Even just having a man around when such things are going on seems to make a difference. I found during the move that my son’s presence and voice made a HUGE HUGE HUGE difference in what happened…they WOULD deal ok with him, not with me and my physically handicapped husband (since covid and the horrid hospital did that to him). My daughters have long told me it is not easy and usually impossible to get a decent deal unless you have a man involved. In the capitol city of the state my 1 daughter lives in, she was NEVER able to get any men to even come out and give her an estimate on getting her fence fixed with a new gate which was most necessary for the dog. Finally her dog walker, a woman, FIXED it all and more for her…for a very cheap price even. So glad that woman can do what most of us women could not.

    1. Steve thought the plumber should have fixed it. But he fixed it by putting a plumbing shim under it. The maintenance man here told me they treat women this way sometimes, and I guess he’s right.

  7. I’m guessing since you decided to change up the toilet, anything needing fixed would be your responsibility to pay. Now had it been them that changed it up and it was messed up it would fall on them. Was there anything that was physically wrong with the toilet before you had it changed? I hope it all gets resolved quickly for you whatever it ends up being.

    1. The tank of the old toilet would spill a little water if you leaned back, so obviously it was not level before. But I can’t prove that now. I’ve been so busy dealing with my ankle since I moved in that other things have gone on the back burner.

  8. Brenda, that sounds ridiculous! If you had gone to the management company and notified them that your toilet was broken/cracked/ etc. and they had to install a new toilet and the toilet did not fit the same way as the old are your supposed to live with the bad flooring?
    I agree with the comment above, ask your daughter about the shim. As for the flooring, what kind is it? If it is vinyl flooring I believe they can install it fairly inexpensively.
    Hope you are feeling well, have a great day!

  9. I think u should ask your daughter about it first, for a second opinion.
    She’s had many toilets going into many houses that she has fixed up to sell. Just a thought Brenda.

    I’ve had Christmas movies in my feed so I’ve been watching a few of those! Lol
    It’s warmer again during the day and cooler at night. The weather can’t make up its mind!

  10. Sorry to hear about your bathroom floor. Just another headache you have to deal with. As far as Yellowstone…it is available on Paramount plus. There is one price with ads, and another without. Also would recommend watching 1883, which is the prequel to Yellowstone.

    Hope you get everything sorted to your liking…enjoy your day! 😉

    1. Actually Yellowstone isn’t on Paramount Plus, but the pre-quel 1883 is …which is very good with Faith Hill & Tim McCraw….

      Paramount plus starts the streaming of each season of Yellowstone, then Peacock gets it….strange, I know

  11. I hope the flooring doesn’t end up costing too much. You’re right, however, it is what it is.
    Enjoy your day doing what brings you the most joy!

  12. Why is it your responsibility to pay to fix the bathroom floor? If the plumber messed up, shouldn’t they pay for the repair? At least for part of the cost? I’m sorry this is happening.

    1. Not only that, but the toilet is not level and has a plumbing shim under it. They told me it would probably be best to have them put the flooring down and then they could look at it (without the charge) and see if it’s level. However, it is not going to be level after they put the flooring in because they told me they’re putting this flooring on top of the old flooring, just like they didn’t lift the toilet to put the flooring down whenever they put this flooring in. I don’t know whose responsibility it is at this point. But I will bear the cost.

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