- Ted & Debbie (Photographers)
Debbie brought home doughnuts from Bob’s Donuts this weekend and I swear that the holes are looking larger. Could this be an effort to cut corners? My favorite story from my childhood is The Doughnuts by Robert McCloskey. If you haven’t read it, read it it’s great.
Surfing is something I do that really slows the world down. I really like that. There’s something about the coldness of the water, timing the paddle out to the line up and the view looking down a wave which is indescribable and something I’d like all my kids to experience.
Have any of you done yoga on the beach? It’s hard to do. The sorftness of the sand, the slope of the surface and if there’s waves I want to be in the water.
Speaking of organisms adapted for life both on land and in water, it’s the first day of vacation for 3 of our kids and that means Toads in the Holes. This means a dozen eggs, a dozen pieces of toast and a pretty big mess.
For me however, the perfect breakfast is the heel of a baguette with butter and an espresso.
After Debbie left the house this morning at 5:15 to go swimming I got up at 5:45 and went downstairs to start my yoga practice. As I was laying out my mat Henry followed me to read one of the many Harry Potter books he has strewn about the house. He was soon followed by Simon who doesn’t like to sleep alone. I put him on the couch with a blanket and a few books to look at and told him, “Daddy is going to do yoga while you look at books.” He didn’t like my idea. He wanted to play hop on pop. So, we exhale, adjust and play hop on pop with a little yoga mixed in. Next to join the livingroom club is Sam, who usually doesn’t get out of bed till minutes before he leaves for school on his skateboard. He is commmenting (complaining) that it’s cold this morning and asks if I will start a fire. We’ve had the hottest October on record in Los Angeles and November is shaping up no different. But he’s right, there is an edge of coolness in the air this morning. So, I go out to the woodpile to gather kindling and firewood and see this beautiful mushroom. Mushroom are strange. I despised them as a kid but have learned to love them as an adult. Our kids are extremely fussy when it comes to mushrooms. They love to saute them with a little olive oil, garlice and white wine and will put them on their hamburgers but DO NOT try to put them into any dish like macaroni and cheese or omelettes. I don’t know what it is. Maybe they think we are trying to trick them into eating them – It’s strange. Anyways, the wood burning stove is going, I think everyone is up and the day has begun…
Yogi the Plumber faces a new challenge. Standing water(no, not standing on water). Standing on water is aÂ miracle. Standing water is a problem. The problem is in our downstairs bathroom sink. It’s been very slow to drain as of late. My little miracle worker is the snake.
First thing first.Â Meditate on the trap. Place a plastic bucket under the trap. Don’t you just love that name- “the trap”. I think it’s great. Now remove the trap.
Once the trap has been removed, push the end of the snake into the drain opening. The snake now begins its journey down the drain. This part is where it all comes together- smells, loud noise, dirt hands, forces pushing, turning. Relax close your eyes feed, feed, feed the snake until it comes to a stop then rotate. Feed again – rotate. Just imagine where the snake is behind your wall, under your house, perhaps another world.
Time to come home. Your journey is over for now- rest. I see you’ve brought presents from other worlds. I was wondering where that toothbrush went to. You will notice that the hair on the end (actually beginning) of the snake is not mine.
Our trap was really clogged with hair and unidentified white sludge. I gave it a good cleaning with the newly found toothbrush and replaced the trap- not too tight. Turned on the taps and hallelujah!
Call it bridge pose call it setu bandha sarvangasana call it fixing a leaky pipe. We’ve had small stubborn leak under our sink since the dawn of time (actually, it started when I repaired our dishwasher). When our friend Keoki came to stay with us last week he was glad to lend his guidance. Of course this meant a trip to Busy Bee Hardware Store. What we sought was “O” rings, compression rings, and teflon tape.
The tools of repair are often already at our disposal (not garbage). The tool we sought was the 12′ utility plier. And, if you put your tools back in their proper place they will always be there when you seek them.
The repair was simple. Place a receptacle under pipes you are working on, loosen pipes, replace washers, tape all threads with 1 or 2 revolutions of teflon tape. Complete the circle. Replace and tighten joints. Do not over tighten. Chant om 3 times and your done.