Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Crisis averted

This past weekend, my parents were here along with two of my sisters and one brother. We played some games, Mom spent lots of time with Braska working on eating, as she has lots of patience with such things, and a good time was had, at some point, by all.

While we were playing a game on Saturday night, Mom was getting Braska fed and ready for bed. She got her settled in bed and came out to clean her glasses from the constantly sticky smeared state they are generally in. Suddenly there is an "uh-oh" that comes from the kitchen. I knew she was cleaning the glasses and I just instantly dropped my head, chin to chest, and began to plan my packing plan for another trip to StL pronto. She came into the family room where we were and showed that one of the nose pads had come off, and the absolutely ridiculously tiny screw that was supposed to hold it in was missing. It apparently fell out while she was rinsing them over the sink, and as it wasn't visible in the sink, we knew it had ventured into garbage disposal land. I asked where we could get another screw, and it was quickly decided that this was doable. Ok, good. But no, that's not the end. My mother is never one to concede to a situation just because it seems unpleasant or difficult, so in less than a minute, she pops up from the sink area again, with absolutely ridiculously tiny screw in between her fingers, retrieved from the garbage disposal. Huh?!? Reaching in to the garbage disposal and coming out with a miniscule screw by feel only. Crazy. Good for us, but just crazy that she can do it!

Here's the full set, unassembled.

Thankfully, my dad had a glasses repair set with him, complete with tiny screwdriver. Good timing that they were here, I guess.

11 comments:

  1. I could never have been brave enough to reach into the disposal. Eek! I'm glad you didn't have to go on another road trip and the crisis was averted!

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  2. WOW! That is amazing that she found that TINY screw! Good thing you don't have to make another trip!

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  3. I'm glad she was there to assist! I agree with Melissa though -- I don't like to stick my hand in the disposal...ICK!

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  4. Melissa--I've never reached in either, and I don't plan to start.

    Christina--It IS amazing. And really good. I'd like to see the machine that makes a screw that tiny, now that I think about it. :o)

    Jen--She saves the day again! And really, you just don't know what's down there!

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  5. Wow, you totally need to get a glasses kit like your dad has! Although I don't know that I could have stuck my hand in the disposal, either. Freaky! Lucky thing your mom is braver than I am ...

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  6. Hey Randa,

    Just wanted to let you know that Miss Lillie Frances arrived at 11:48 this morning weighing 8 lbs. and was 20 1/2 inches long. Mom and Lillie are doing very well. I'm sure Jess will be posting all the details soon but just wanted to let you know. Love to you all. I love keeping up with cutie Miss Braska. Keep the posts coming. :)

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  7. So glad Mom and I could collaborate on the eyeglass repair.. she finds screw, I supply tiny screwdriver. We've been a team for over 38 years.

    Was great being there.. the games, the time with Braska, El Toro, etc. etc. etc.

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  8. I have looked and reached in a garbage disposal before and I am very impressed. I can't believe she found it!

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  9. I wanted to add that Tristan recently was diagnosed with a very mild weakness in seeing far away. (nearsighted or farsighted?) I have never had to deal with vision problems so I am ignorant to the facts still. The optimologist told me I could try and get him to wear glasses but if he wouldn't it wouldn't harm him either. I am in living fear that next year we will be told something different. In case your wondering I never filled the script because I know it will take a total 3.5 secs for the glasses to be destroyed. If he would have had them younger it would have worked most likely but now at his age no way! Maybe when he is a bit older and comprehends better. After reading all your adventures in glasses I am even more worried. lol Hope this is the last time. For a while anyway! sheesh!

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  10. I enjoyed being there, for sure. You just paid me an extremely high compliment, and I thank you. Since I'm the one who "lost" it, I needed to be the one to "find" it. I have sensitive fingers, I guess. Thank you, God.

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