Saturday, February 9, 2019

Snow days...

The snow-mageddon we were supposed to get this weekend hasn't been all that bad, so far...

outside the front door of the hovel
 The work on the hovel is slow, damn slow, but gett'n there.
I had to call my plumber and have him come unplug the upstairs toilet. (A little talk with the granddaughter about that ensued.) I had tried everything, nothing worked, so the call was made. While Chance was here I asked for an estimate on a new bigger, water heater. We were gett'n mighty tired of spit baths & cold, cold showers. Asked if there was room for a full size water heater if I took out the shelves in the little pantry.  Which is right next to the under stairs crawl space that the little old water heater lives in. 
"Yes, let me make a phone call to the boss, and I think we can do it today."  
"Yay, give me an hour to move money, and tear out the shelves in the pantry." I said.
He came back, helped me finish removing the shelves, then the boss came & they took out the old water heater, and installed the new one.

Tim Rowe (Rowe Plumbing) & Chance removing old water heater from the crawl space under the stairs
   I lost most of the pantry space, just have to be creative in using other spaces. Hot showers make for much better attitudes around here.

Finished installing new cordless cellular window shades in the bedrooms. No more blankets tacked over the windows. The bedrooms don't look like makeshift homeless shelters anymore.


Have my frequent hardware store flyer cards in their own niche in my wallet, and the clerks all greet me by name... They used to ask me who was doing the work on the hovel, now they ask what MY current project is. lol.
Saw this handsome beast in the parking lot of the hardware store last week. Don't think he's a bit afraid of a little snow.


Finished up with the eye doc here til next fall. All is good, except for the dang floater in my dominate shoot'n eye. Doc taught me to quickly move my eyes to the left, then to the right, then look straight ahead to get it to move out of the center of the field of vision. I can do it fairly fast now, & I'm quite sure people that catch me doing it, think I'm more than a little cockeyed...

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  1. Okay - three cheers for cute plumbers!

    We're buried right now. It snowed all day yesterday and last night with high winds so it drifted pretty badly. More wind today, but no snow. Our snow plow fairy did our driveway and we're hoping it won't completely drift over.

    The stove is pumping away, but the back of the house is still a teeny bit cool. There was so much cold air coming in the front bedroom window I finally put rolled up towels on the window sill and taped a towel up over the window. It's helping.

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    1. Adrienne, They are the nicest guys. Chance is a former Sea Bee, reminds me a lot of my oldest grandson, the former corpsman.
      Heaters are working here, thank goodness, it has been cold here the last few weeks. Snow in the forecast.

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  2. Started February in a new apartment. Don't know what is worse, packing and moving, or unpacking and finding places for everything.

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    1. WSF, Congrats on your new abode.
      I keep weeding out stuff, but geez! Finding places for things here has been a challenge...

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  3. That looks like really pretty snow. At least you don't have the problems a friend in Western Michigan has. Got a cryptic note from her that said, more or less: "Ice bad, power out, no lights or heat, moved out for the duration." She's hoping her pipes don't freeze.

    I'm glad you've got that new water heater. Hot showers are good. I like those shades, too. Little changes can make a big difference.

    I've finally decided that a move to a smaller apartment's in order. There's no timetable, but the slow disposition of goods is beginning. I'm not about to Marie Kondo the place, but there are things that haven't been out of the closet since I moved in fifteen years ago. No need to keep them around.

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    1. shoreacres, I'm constantly amazed at the people who were raised here and can't handle a snow day! Not to mention their lack of driving skills.
      The new hot water heater is a God (& Dad) send for sure!
      With moving 4 times last year, I thought I had it down to bare bones, nope...

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  4. Congratulations on the new water heater!
    Hubby has floaters. He shakes his head when they bother him.
    Your snow is pretty. Don't often get it here in Louisiana.
    That is one beefy old truck!

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    1. Linda, Thanks we are loving it.
      Sorry to hear your hubby has those pesky floaters, too.
      Louisiana has it's own charm. I was born there, lol.
      Isn't it a cool truck though, wish I had hung around to talk to whom ever was driving it.

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  5. Looking way better and I'm sure happier. Yes, happier looking.
    Our handyman won't touch hot water heaters. He said he got tired of tearing out/installing a new one and then finding that the new one doesn't work because it was bad from the manufacturer. He said he did multiple hot water installs for the price of one and that gets old. I could see his point.

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    1. HMS, Thanks!
      It gets harder and harder to find those in the trades that actually know what they are doing and are willing to do it. I'm glad I have found a few here.

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  6. Love that truck, a real workhorse I bet. I'm catching up with you, somehow didn't see all the new posts about your move. The hovel is looking good. You do stay busy, woman! It was nice to see all that's been going on in your life--and the snow is right pretty.

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    1. Granny Sue, I couldn't resist taking it's picture, such a cool truck.
      The hovel is an on going work in progress, not what I had in mind for this part of my life, but will make it through.
      It is snowing again, so we may get another few inches. Snow doesn't bother me, ice is another thing entirely.

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  7. Can't wait to hear how you make shift the pantry because I know it will be something clever. Stay warm:)

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    1. Changes, It has to be something easily removed for access to the water heater, so I might do hanging baskets...

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  8. Hot water is a priority. The farm got little snow but I've seen a lot of photos of those closer to the Cascades who got a lot. Maybe the rivers will be happy this summer.

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    1. Rain,
      Having hot water sure makes life easier.
      The Sierras are getting lots of snow too, good!!! The aquifers are in serious need of replenishing.

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  9. After so many years in the Marines, when I had to go days without a shower in some pretty nasty conditions, a hot shower is one of my favorite things. I'd have put that new water heater in if I'd had to rob a liquor store to get the money! ;-)

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    1. Harry, Never been a Marine, but have lived in enough cowcamps to really appreciate hot water.
      LOL, yep it was a dear thing affording that water heater!

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  10. I had the best water heater in the house ... then I moved ... LOL. The new place's water heater has only let me down once so far. You want snow? There's plenty here if you like. Just the night before last we got close to three feet ... ENOUGH!

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    1. Woodsterman,
      We have enough snow & water here, but thanks for the offer.
      Please be careful shoveling that white stuff, especially on the roof...

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  11. Slow but steady... And warm water is GOOD for us old folks to unkink those tired muscles!

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    1. Old NFO,
      Who is Old and has Kinky muscles around here... lol

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  12. As convenient as a shower is, on a cold winter night, you can't beat an alligator bath. That is where you fill the tub so deep with hot, hot water, that just the tip of your nose is above the surface, like a lurking gator!

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    1. A leak in the upstairs tub drain has appeared when taking baths, so we are on showers only. I have to rip out the kitchen cabinets(dowstairs below the tub) to get to it, therefore it will wait til more $$$ are available and warmer weather...

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  13. Hmmmm. I want that truck.

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  14. The place is shaping up nicely. Yes, I want that truck.

    A good hot water heater is a must for civilized living!

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    1. OldAFSarge,
      Thank you, work'n on it!
      Hope to see The Truck around again so I can ask the owner about it.

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