My word for 2018 – Be

So, a few years ago I heard about people who were picking a Word for the Year.  The last few years I have done it and semi-failed.  I had picked Simplify one year and that year didn’t get any easier, but more complex even, but it really wasn’t in my control.

So, this year I wanted a Word, but I was struggling with what it should be.  Then I was listening to Kimmy @ She’s in Her Apron on YouTube (you did know that there are bloggers, other interest topics and music available on YouTube, right?) and she said that her Word was ‘Be’.

I loved it!  I was already heading for ‘Be’ being my word, but I didn’t think it was specific enough.

So, this year I want to:

  • Be present
  • Be creative
  • Be joyful
  • Be curious
  • Be thankful
  • Be patient
  • Be active
  • Be humble
  • Be loving
  • Be kind
  • Be brave
  • Be adventurous
  • Be protective of my time

I am hoping I can live up to my word of Be this year.

So, did you pick a word for 2018?  If so, want to share what it is?

Later – Heather



I fixed the dishwasher! (updated)

Update: I found out this morning that blog mentioned my post and linked to it.  Here it is if you want to see.

Also, I realized I didn’t mention the YouTube video I had found so I added the link.  Note: I didn’t watch past the point where it stated what a ‘drain air gap’ was and that I needed to clean it out.

So, this morning I was being super productive – listening to the television, making Gluten Free Waffles (which I just realized I haven’t posted the recipe for yet, but I will), cooking bacon in the oven and emptying the dishwasher all at the same time.  Sounds pretty good, right?  Well, it would have been IF I had checked the bottom of the dishwasher before I emptied it and put the dishes away.

Note to self: Check the bottom of the dishwasher before emptying it.

dishwasher, drain air gap, repair


See, the dishwasher was filled with dirty water (and the amount in this photo was after I had scooped most of it out) – yuck!  So, now I had problems: not working dishwasher, a sink of dirty dishes AND I didn’t know which dishes sitting in the cupboards had just come out of the dishwasher!

So, I pulled out the dishwasher booklet and saw a note about cleaning the ‘drain air gap’ – I didn’t even know what that was or where it was.  Do you know what it is??

drain air gap, dishwasher, repair


So, I did a Google search which brought up a YouTube video.  I was surprised to find out it was the ‘thing’ that is next to the kitchen faucet.  (So, that is what it is and what it’s job is – I learned something new today!)

YouTube video I had found:



Ours hadn’t been cleaned in a while (per the husband tonight).  The metal part easily pulled off, but the plastic part had hard water build up on it and was difficult to snap the top part off, but I got it.  (I used vinegar / baking soda to help clean some of the crud off.)

drain air gap, dishwasher, repair









I was shocked how much junk was inside of it!  (This photo looks like a bug, but it really was small pieces all stuck together.)

drain air gap, dishwasher, repair


After I cleaned out the ‘drain air gap’ and scooped out all of the dirty water I ran a quick wash and prayed it would not have any dirty water in the bottom when the cycle was finished.  I was doing the happy dance when the bottom of the dishwasher was empty when I opened it!


So, I have done multiple loads of dishes today – I at least knew the blue dishes had not been used lately so they were skipped.  I still have a sink full of dishes, but I am almost back to where I started this morning.

So, I am guessing I saved a couple of hundred dollars and a call to the plumber.

Do you have a Drain Air Gap (sounds like they are not required in all areas)?  When was the last time you cleaned it??

Later – H