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Insurance rep coming to look at roof after tornado passed.

Edit to add - new roof. YAY!!

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@elsa That's great! 😀 😀

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@canscocappy I'm soooo happy!  The original owner /builder of this house did not provide access to the roof from inside. We can't spot damage early.  I am over the moon.

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@elsa Newer, better, and way safer, above all!

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Wondering what happened to @woodenbowl ?

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Right now the front yard (or at least the gravel part) is getting torn up because the septic tank started backing up last night.

Lesson learned. If you tend to use a lot of toilet paper to wipe your nether regions—especially if it’s something thick like Cottonelle, don’t flush it down the toilet! Just toss it in the trash can. 

Did I mention that my housemate with dementia comes home on Friday and we are hoping this gets cleared out and area covered with fresh gravel before she comes home??? She will absolutely have a freakin’ cow if she comes home and sees her yard tore up. If she finds out I did it—she’ll kick me out, tout suite.

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@notmycircus Oh, gosh! In Greece, we put toilet paper in the trash can, because the toilet paper we use is too thick to be dissolved in a toilet. I don't know if this is good for the environment, though.

I hope everything turns out alright!

 

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@canscocappy Well, at least you Greeks are smarter than me. LOL Septic tank has been pumped, so it's fixed now. I've been asked to watch my toilet paper usage from now on. How embarrassing. 🙁 

(I checked the label on the toilet paper. It says "clog safe/septic safe". At the very least, I made sure of that. But if you use a lot or it's kind of thick, it can still cause it to back up over time. The septic guys thought it was paper towels and flushable wipes they were seeing in the tank. No boys, that was Cottonelle!)

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Wonder if your housemate might be flushing paper towels and flushable wipes regularly...?

There's actually a brand of specially formulated easy-dissolve toilet paper for septic system use.

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@warped Nope, they said it was MY toilet. 😫 

Her younger daughter said something about a septic-safe toilet tissue that she uses (I think it's thinner than my "supposedly, allegedly, for entertainment purposes only" clog free/septic safe Cottonelle.) It might be the same as what you're referring to. 

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That's bizarre.  If only your toilet was clogged and backing up, they should've augered it to remove the obstruction, not pump the septic tank.  Unless there are two separate septic systems, all toilets and drains are emptied into the one septic system by one main sewage pipe from the house, so how would the pumpers know whose toilet any paper had come from?  

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Have you tried RidEX? It supports the microbial breakdown in the system. It's cheap and effective. 

 

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@jana I'll have to look into that. I would have to check with the daughters, though, to make sure it's okay to add anything to the system.

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I have a septic system.  The only TP that works the best is Scott because it is thin.  Thicker TP will stop it up every time.  The septic company can usually jet out the lines to get rid of any clogs.

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@jofrance Scott’s is typically the only paper I use because it’s cheap. I switched to Cottonelle because I pick up groceries for me and my housemate and that’s what she uses. Thankfully she’s trained to put the paper in the trash and doesn’t forget. (Must be an old habit in her case.)

I have noticed that Cottonelle tends to leave lots of little bitty bits when I wipe. Maybe I’ll just buy Cottonelle for my housemate and pick up Scott’s for me. 

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Lately I've noticed a bit of an issue when I eat certain dairy products. I end up in the bathroom two to three hours later. So far it's milk and ice cream that have been causing problems, which is a shame because I love ice cream. I'm not big on milk.

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@purplestargirl Lactose intolerance?

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I hope not. That would suck. Cheese doesn't seem to bother me though.

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I'm eating some good food that I brought home from a local restaurant for me (and my housemate when she comes back home tonight).

I've noticed something interesting about this place. This is a country cafe in rural north Georgia, been here for ages....but all the servers and staff are Latino! They appear to be fairly well-staffed, their dining room is open for business and they seem to be pretty popular with the locals (they serve good home cooking and lots of it--plates are loaded with food). 

Meanwhile, the brand-new Wendy's a few miles away is unable to open up its dining room, not because of you-know-what. They simply don't have enough help. They've started to close early, too. 

The contrast is something else. 

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During this past week of hell, due to a load of translations and editing, I am slowly noticing that I'm getting more and more resentful. I have increased energy, but all I want to do is to have a vacation with my partner (due to his work, we can't do so, plus we ain't vaccinated yet, since we are the young ones and one of the last in priority for vaccines). The whole corona stress is slowly bubbling up and I'm feeling it now. I am already daydreaming of drinking. I miss doing things outside of social media and interacting with people face-to-face. Above all, I miss meeting people that I don't know very well in pubs etc, since nowadays I cannot do so without fear due to the pandemic. 

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  • I could have written those same words. But, where I live, things are slowly becoming somewhat back to normal and so a few of us met in town at a restaurant that opened up a karaoke night (outside in a very large parking lot)... for the first time, since the pandemic. It was packed. 
    We stood in line forever, but it was nice because we could chat with each other, watch the karaoke and meet the others who were in line for a seat. I was so excited to be there that I honestly didn’t get maybe 3 bites of my food down. I had one beer and there were fries on the table; we all basically even ignored our drinks honestly because we all were so excited to be with each other and the conversations were loud and chatty and chaotic. We kept interrupting each other and or breaking in sentences because we were all like bubbles exploding with energy of words. The 3 hours went by so fast and walking to our cars created a sad lull, afterwards, because we knew something magical was over and next day was just back to normal and it would be probably months before all of our schedules would allow for another gathering. I hope you and your partner can do something very soon. -:)
    It’s so important for us to mingle. We’re all afraid or I am anyway and so are my friends. Afraid of what! Idk. Just the fear of getting screamed at because we didn’t have a mask on?! 

    Looking back, it was the company of each other and eye contact and laughter and sharing our sadnesses and venting that was what —we consumed rather than the food, and alcohol.— The Karaoke in the background was perfect. —
    Didn’t really know just how bad I missed that atmosphere until I drove home; trying to figure out how it went by so fast. 
    It was like a time warp. 
    I hope we can do it again soon. 
    And I hope you can too. 

     

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@redbird Oh God, this gave me the feels! The restaurants have been open in Greece for 3 weeks now, however people in their 30s like me tend to oscillate between panic and complete indifference. I miss those gatherings and I hope I get to be in one soon!

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(((cansocappy))) I hope you and your partner can get vaccinated soon. It does take the fear level down quite a bit. I'll admit though that, for me, it's still there to some degree. Recently I went to Walmart (after they stopped requiring masks) and I wore no mask for the first time in over a YEAR. I was almost shaking. Tonight I wore one in Publix (the requirement was dropped there too, I believe) because a lot of people were wearing one and and it would have felt weird. So yeah, it's gonna be rough and confusing for awhile.  

My Toastmasters group is talking about meeting in-person this summer (starting at restaurants until we find a meeting spot) and I am ready for it. So tired of Zoom meetings. 

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@notmycircus Even the vaccinated ones are required to wear masks so as not to infect others in case they catch the virus. I don't know how I will react when the day we pull the masks off for good comes. Maybe I will at first pretend that everything is normal until I start bawling like a baby!

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