Ants, my engineer, and a humble toothpick comes into its own ;)

Hi there, everyone.We have now been back home for five days, and I’m almost back to normal. Some of you may remember that I was stressing that the ant armies might have taken over our house in the six months that we were away. I’m happy to report that they weren’t very evident when I sent hubby in first to check.  On the day we left in September, and just as it was time to get in the car to drive to the airport, I suddenly remembered the anti-ant spray which I’d bought, so hubby rushed back inside to spray all around the windows and doors and edges of the kitchen floor. (Now my blog friend, Kragenhai is sure to accuse me once more of being a slave driver, because I didn’t do the deed myself.)  Anyway, when we got back, there were very few live ants, and only tiny ones at that, but there were little piles of dead ones. They had been very  considerate, and had gone into one corner of the dining room and kitchen, to form two neat little heaps,  which were easily vacuumed up. If there are any ant huggers reading my blog, I do apologise if I have offended your sensibilities.  Embarassed Such darling little critters , aren’t they?

Our 28-year-old air conditioner which wasn’t working on our arrival home, and which hubby fixed for about R120, is now running perfectly. One neighbour informed us that even after replacing theirs a few years ago they are still spending thousands on it as they have to keep calling in the repair men. Thanks goodness for a handy husband. He’s saved us a fortune over the years. My son used to call him “daddy-fix-it,” because there was nothing he couldn’t get working again.

I told you that we were going to buy a new dishwasher over the weekend, as ours had finally decided to die on us.. It still looks like new, but over the past year, it’s been getting the hiccups, and we had to keep on restarting it to get it to go. Well, on Thursday evening, hubby said, “Let me have one last try to see if I can fix it.”  He had the front off again, and a short while later, he muttered something about a relay and asked if I had a matchstick. “No, but we have plenty of toothpicks,” I replied.



“That will do,” he said. So out came the toothpicks and a couple of minutes later, he’d jammed a relay on the printed circuit board and now it’s working as good as new again. It’s great to be married to an engineer. They’re real problem solvers, and he has the patience of Job. He needs it, being married to me, because I’m technologically and mechanically challenged. It was a marriage made in Heaven. I do the cooking and ironing etc., and he just keeps everything running smoothly. A couple of years ago he fixed my sister’s AEG dishwasher for R5 , the cost of  a component, after she had been quoted over R2,000 by the repair company.

It’s cooled down nicely here, after an apparently hot and humid summer. We’re now into that wonderfully mild and temperate KZN autumn weather, which I enjoy immensely. We shall take a stroll up to the village this morning, and have a look at the holiday makers down here for the Easter break.

Have a great day, everyone. Chat again soon.



25 comments on “Ants, my engineer, and a humble toothpick comes into its own ;)

  1. I laugh reading this because my dad was the same way. As I grew up, I thought all men were inclined towards fixing things. I mean my dad could fix anything from a car engine to an air conditioner to a t.v. He could build anything as well. Well, when I got married, we needed some repairs in our apartment and I figured, of course my husband would take care of it. Turns out that his dad was just like mine, however, he only had one arm (he lost his left arm in an accident which was the one he wrote with). My husband picked up NOTHING from him. I’m talking NADA … can’t even hang a picture. LOL!! Thank goodness I picked up a few things along the way. So, he cooks (as he loves to do) and I do the fixing. A little reversed, but it works. LOL!

    • My husband doesn’t cook at all, but he does all the chopping and helps with the cleaning up too. I think we’re all good at different things. I used to live next door to a guy who had to call someone in to change a light bulb. 😉

  2. Glad you guys are getting settled back in fine. Ant….ugh,I hate ants so bad I almost don’t like uncles either 😛 (get it?)

    The DC

    • Thanks, Dc. Yes, like the joke. 😉 I don’t have any aunts or uncles still alive, so I couldn’t say if I would like them or not. 😉

      • I’m sorry I didn’t know…made that joke in bad taste then (where’s the embarrassed smilie?). I actually still have all but one aunt,and all uncles so far…and like all but one aunt (I don’t dislike her either…I just don’t enjoy being prodded for every tid-bit of everything going on in my life then hearing it back 15 different ways,LOL!)

        The DC

  3. One good thing is that your hubby will never be out of work, AD! I and many of my friends often wish we knew a good handyman, especially when we have used one who turns out to be as useless as we ourselves are, lol! Welcome back and I’m glad you weren’t met by columns of ants at the door…

  4. Yes, it’s great to have hubbies like that..heheheh. I have an inhouse IT mechanical engineer. LOL! So glad he could fix everything hon. 🙂
    Have a great day!

  5. Nice to hear that you are all settled in again AD. The reason you have so few ants is that they all migrated to Cape Town – my garden, and house has been overrun like we’ve never seen before.

    OH is also a fix-it man and really gets a kick out of bringing things back to life. The only area where he gives up is computers!

    • Sorry to hear that our ants have gone to CT for a holiday. 😉 It is great to have a handy hubby. Mine also fixes computers when necessary. 😉 xxx

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