July 31, 2010- In Theory…

In theory, the self-closing toilet seat seemed like a good idea…

It was time to replace the toilet seat, which is generally considered as easy job. Well, the bolts holding it on were about two inches longer than they needed to be and totally rusted. The “nuts” were plastic that deformed when the needed pressure to twist them off were applied, and there was only room for about 1/4 turn at a time since the socket wouldn’t fit over the long bolt.  Hello Sawz-all!

But that’s not what we are writing about today – it’s the self closing lid.  Imagine – no more complaints about the lid left up, no more clanging of the lid as it is dropped down – seemed like a great idea until you thought about it more.

In practice, here’s what happens. If you’re male, you might start a steady stream and watch in horror as the seat and lid slowly drop, midstream so to speak. Not much better if you are a woman – you sit down and the lid drops on and starts pushing on your back as you try to relax.

self-closing toilet seat

Back to the traditional manual toilet seat.

one year ago…”Midwest Living Photo Shoot”

July 28, 2010 – New Layers

New laying chicks came today. These ladies will be in full production next spring.

We’ve got some hens three years old and a handful have learned bad habits, so this fall, we’ll get out supply of stewing hens for winter-time chicken soup.

The turkeys this year turned out badly. The message is that we can’t leave the farm this month. Of course, we lost Tank on the vacation to Minnesota, and a one-night getaway last weekend, the farm watcher dis chores in the evening, and in the morning 17 of the turkeys were dead. It was a hot day. They were not smothered in a pile, nor were they at the extremities of the brooder, nor did they have visible marks or bites. The only thing out of the ordinary (but not this year) was a big lighting storm. At any rate it is a bit disheartening to lose them – both for the price at $5 per poult and the lack of turkey at Thanksgiving.

one year ago…”Sunflowers”