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All About Dad!

Updated on November 13, 2014
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Tea Pixie writes her way around the world drinking tea, eating scones, & capturing inspirational images. I. Love. Travel. I. Love. Life.

Father, Dad, Pops

In honour of my Dad ("Pops") and Father's Day, I thought I would write a little about his handyman skills.

For 17 years we lived in a house that was built in 1910.

For 17 years we lived in a house that was being renovated.

Granted, the house was big, but renovations went on and on until we finally moved out. Now, as an adult, I reflect on his varied skills and choice to be a life-long learner and I am in admiration. One of the best things I learned from him and Mom was that a person could do something over 3 times and it would still be cheaper to do it yourself than hire someone.

Of course, there were times when all he wanted to do was light a match and run to different country.

The General Picture

My Dad's Big Safe Hands
My Dad's Big Safe Hands

When it came to renovating, I never knew what state the house would be in when I returned home from school. What I learned was that demolition was more fun and faster than rebuilding, so the destruction would often occur haphazardly until Mom came home and made Dad hang up plastic partitions between rooms and such.

He did everything: electrical, plumbing, carpentry, structural modifications, plastering, painting, and designing. The designing was always under question because of his colour blindness. But honestly, I don't know many people today who have the courage and patience to attempt all of these aspects of renovating, all by themselves. What this type of approach did for my Dad was set him up to be able to deal with anything relating to the house. Such as the time when the toilet wouldn't flush.

The Turkey Scandal

The Turkey
The Turkey

As part of the big renovation, my Dad decided to rebuild the second floor deck. My uncles offered to help and came to stay at the house with my aunts. It was a massive affair. Unfortunately, it also involved masses of food and hence, great demand on the bathroom plumbing. At one point in the weekend, one of the aunts came out of the bathroom, red faced, exclaiming, "The toilet will not flush!" Ahhh, yes - we all wanted to live with a full toilet. ??

After some fussing with the toilet, it was flushed, but a day later the whole scene played out again, with the same aunt. Now it was my Dad who was red faced - with anger and embarrassment.

Dad would always complain, "How can I soar like an Eagle when I'm surrounded by Turkeys?"

What's Plugging My Toilet?

Sierra Tools JB4959 Drain Sweep
Sierra Tools JB4959 Drain Sweep

Alright. It happens to all of us and no one will talk about it. The sink or toilet gets plugged and we have to get right in there to figure out why it's a mess. This sweet little tool will make a stinky job seem doable. I'm sure my Dad could have used one. ;). I also recommend that you not buy a used one.

 

A Flushing Conclusion?

After everyone left to return to their own homes, with their own bathrooms, Dad announced that he'd lost his bracelet; Mom challenged him and asked if he'd lost it down the toilet. He was incensed - "Of course not!" he retorted.

The next day, Mom returned home from work to find the water in the house turned off and Dad's head in the toilet. No, he wasn't drowning his sorrows; the whole toilet was off its base. He was pulling the sucker apart to figure out what was wrong. Mom was in a state of shock, not expecting this turn of events.

When Dad pulled his head out of the toilet he was, once again, red faced -- this time with embarrassment because in his hand was his bracelet. Having pulled the whole system apart, he discovered it just inside the base of the toilet bowl, where the contents would be flushed away.

He put the toilet back together. I can't imagine ever pulling my toilet apart in this way, and I'm a do-it-yourself girl (can you guess where I get it from?).

When we were about to move, I helped clean up that bathroom. Finding the bracelet stuffed away in the vanity, I turned to Mom and said, "You should wear this!" She scrunched up her nose and said, 'No Thanks."

I have enormous admiration for my Dad's skills. He was a do-it-yourselfer with everything, including the computer, and he was always interested in being on the cutting edge of technology. This story is intended to be a little salute to my Dad, who I hope understood how much in awe his kids were of him. It is with great sadness that we are at an 11th Father's Day without him. He could be an awful curmudgeon, but he was also soft as a marshmallow inside and I miss everything about him.

Why My Dad Lives On

(Inspired by Scarlettohairy, Barney's Daughter)

My Dad was famous for

*wearing a shirt with an eagle on it that said "I'm smiling, can't you tell?"

*having a bigger heart than bank account -- generosity was his first name and he taught his children to be the same way (which makes for fantastic family get-togethers).

*living with high integrity and teaching us to do the same.

*being scary: others thought he was scary because he said what he meant and he meant what he said.

*for his worldliness and knowledge - and he was a truck driver, so there!

*for caring deeply, his easy smile, and his love for his family.

*for wanting us to feel pride in our existence.

He was legendary in how he lived. I aim to keep his characteristics alive through my own life.

I LOVE YOU, DAD!

You know, we always assume that the word "Dad" stands for someone worth honouring. This isn't always the case. Take this opportunity to share your "Dad" world with the rest of us. Be he wonderful or a scoundrel, honour your own experiences by telling us all about it.

Tell Us All About YOUR Dad!

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    • Teapixie LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Tea Pixie 

      6 years ago

      @JoleneBelmain: Thank you for your comments and blessing, Jolene. My dad was a magnet in our family. My daughter wishes he had lived longer so that she could have become even closer to him than she was. It's hard to lose strong influences - be they men or women. Your mom sounds like she worked really hard as a parent and it's wonderful that you can recognize how she stepped up in so many ways.

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      JoleneBelmain 

      6 years ago

      I can't tell you much about my Dad, my mom was both for me (and I learned to do everything a man can do - cars, home maintenance... you name it). I aced your quiz too, so I'm pretty happy about that lol. Your dad sounds amazing :)

      ~BLESSED~

    • Teapixie LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Tea Pixie 

      6 years ago

      @MrMojo01: How lovely is that? Remember that he is alive through you and how you express yourself in the world. It's really quite a fantastic thing! Sometimes I freak myself out by looking in the mirror and seeing many of my Dad's physical characteristics in me. ;)

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      MrMojo01 

      6 years ago

      My dad was great, I miss him every day!

    • Teapixie LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Tea Pixie 

      6 years ago

      @chft55 lm: HAHAHAHA - I'm guessing that doesn't reflect his best attributes. It's lovely that your Dad is so awesome! He's lucky to have you. :)

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      chft55 lm 

      6 years ago

      My dad is the awesomest guy ever! He seems much like your father in that respect, except I call my dad Poo or Poopface (joking, of course).

    • Teapixie LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Tea Pixie 

      6 years ago

      @CapnFatz: Oh capn! I am so moved by your message. I wish for you the fierce love that my Dad evoked from us.

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      CapnFatz 

      6 years ago

      If when I die, my children and grandchildren say the same things about me as you do your father, I'll consider it life worth lived.

      Thank you for putting perspective on the day.

    • Teapixie LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Tea Pixie 

      6 years ago

      @antoniow: Thank you so much.

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      antoniow 

      6 years ago

      Great and beauitufl lens, well done! Thumbs up

    • sarasentor lm profile image

      sarasentor lm 

      6 years ago

      So interesting lens, i really enjoyed. It deserve vote up.

    • Teapixie LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Tea Pixie 

      6 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Oh WriterJanis! Thank you so much for stopping by. Dad definitely became skilled, and he was a sweetie. I guess that's why it was possible to write this about him. I so appreciate your praise.

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      WriterJanis2 

      6 years ago

      What a sweet lens about your Dad. Sounds like he was very good at what he did.

    • Teapixie LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Tea Pixie 

      6 years ago

      @jejoju: Ahh, jejoju - remember, you get to make the mistake over three times before it becomes more expensive than hiring someone else to answer the questions for you. :)

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      jejoju 

      6 years ago

      I love this crafty lens. Thank you for sharing. And I got one wrong in the quiz. "doh!" as Homer simpson would say.

    • Teapixie LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Tea Pixie 

      6 years ago

      @TeacherSerenia: Whooo Hooo! You must be a quiz expert. ;) I have no idea if my questions are a little silly, but I love taking quizzes and I know my Dad always loved having the answers. I'm glad it was a fun reward to do so well.

    • Teapixie LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Tea Pixie 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh Linda W - that sounds amazingly lovely. To have a house filled with music is a such a gift. And to have such memories. Thank you for sharing.

    • Teapixie LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Tea Pixie 

      6 years ago

      @MJ Martin: I always laugh about being a parent. Every holiday is really a celebration of our children. I love that your Dad took his job seriously and ate all of your creative treats. He was obviously very supportive.

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      TeacherSerenia 

      6 years ago

      Hey - I got 100% in your little quiz!!!I guessed most of them - just chose logical answers.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      My dad loved to sing - he had a beautiful bass voice!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

      6 years ago from Washington State

      He loved to eat the funny little treats we made for him. Our variety of cakes we served him was quite hilarious at times. He loved to tease.

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