I put Calvin Harris and Rihanna's song This is What You Came For on repeat. I needed some pump me up music to inspire and summon the courage and motivation to dig into the plumbing project. I watched the video on how to remove the old faucet. I read the instructions, and got to work turning off the water under the sink. I turned off the hot water with success, but the cold water continued surging out of the faucet--no matter how hard I turned the cold water supply.
After 20 minutes of trying, praying and whimpering with frustration, Rihanna and Calvin were no longer helping. I turned off the music. I wasn't ready to quit, but I was annoyed. Fifty minutes into the endeavor with no better results, I called Manda and asked to talk to her husband, Gus.
Over the speaker phone, he talked me through what to do. When cold water was still shooting out of the faucet, Gus asked, "Could we come over and take a look?" While I would have liked to have done it myself, I knew I needed help, so I said, "Yes! Come on over!"
I was so grateful that they were willing to help me on short notice. Gus is so great. He was one of the friends who helped me with replacing the light switch in my bedroom. He respects my determination to do things myself. He offers suggestions and tips and waits awhile before asking if I'd like help.
|Obstacle to progress.|
|No plumber's crack, but also no matching either. I'm comfortable, which is my top priority when I am home.|
|Old faucet out!|
|This is Manda's favorite "action" shot. Note the grimace on my face.|
|We did it! Gold medals for us! TEAM NO MORE LEAKY FAUCET!|
The evening wrapped up by helping with 4th grade math homework and watching a few minutes of Olympic diving and volleyball.
I am amazed by how good it feels to take action on all of these lingering projects. With each project I undertake, I know my confidence and skills will increase. I can't wait to see what I accomplish completely on my own someday. Until then, I am so grateful for my friends' help.