We can do it, yes we can! Oh boy, do I feel like Rosie the Riveter today! I accomplished a task today that I knew would not be that hard, but I was a little nervous on actually doing it.
The sun was out yesterday and I guess I got the Spring cleaning bug in me, so I spent the entire day cleaning, and steam cleaned every nook and cranny in our bathrooms. What a task that was, but I can relax today. Something was bugging me though. In our second bathroom we had a really nice oak toilet seat, but it was too big for the toilet, and we kept bumping into it as we walked past. I had to fix that.
I headed out to the store today in the bitter 10 degree temps we are having, just to purchase a new toilet seat. I found a really nice inexpensive white wood one for under $9. Never thought that a new toilet seat would bring happiness, but it did. Now I just had to install it.
I got a screwdriver out and proceeded to unscrew the old seat. I twisted that screwdriver again and again, and the screw seemed to be hung up on something. “Oh great”, I thought, now what? I had to look under the toilet to see what it was hung up on and then I saw the plastic “thingy” that the screw went through. “Ahhhhh”, now I know what it was hung up on. I got that thingy off on both sides and whala, the old seat was off. Yeah and yippee I exclaimed.
Now for the new one. I unwrapped that nice new white throne and was gleaming from my purchase. I thought, “this is going to be a piece of cake” since I just figured out how to take the old one off, so I went to work. I placed that new seat of honor on the toilet, popped in the new screws through the little flap that hides them, and then reached under the toilet to put that other “thingy” on. I am on a roll…..! I got both sides nice and tight so we would not fall off our new throne, then all I had to do was just close the two little flaps that covered the screw. Simple enough, right?
Nope. Not simple enough, because those two little flaps would not close. They were hitting the top of the screws! What the what? How could that be? I looked at the directions before I started. So I sat there for a minute trying to figure out what went wrong, and then it hit me. I had to unscrew those two thingy’s underneath the toilet (again) and take them off, then with my Rosie the Riveter skills, I figured out that the screws had to slip under the little flaps and then slide forward to make room for the cover to close. Ahhhh, now I get it! Once I got them in properly, everything closed the way it should and we now have a new throne!
So girls, my advice to you is, when you think you can’t do something, all you need to do is just try. Even if you have a setback like I did, and I had to redo my work a different way, I now feel like I can tackle anything! Just like John from Our Retired Life has said to me “If we gave you a pocket knife, you could carve the world”, or something like that. He gives great advice, and I now know that even replacing a toilet seat can be done by a girl. Game on guys! (wink)