Mover Over Chickens!

Even though there are flurries and it was about 20° outside when I got up, it was nice and warm inside the coop.

See the little vent . . there’s a heater behind there so when we close the trap door there, it stays nice and warm inside the coop.

Not so nice and warm inside my coop!  Vince woke me up about 4:30 to tell me the heater wasn’t working.  Do I look like a heater repairman? I can sleep through anything and I would never have heard the buzzing.  Vince heard it and felt the need to share!  It was nice and warm in the bed but he insisted I get up and listen to the noise the heater was making.  Darned heater!

At 4:30, it was just buzzing and making our lights get dim.  It was 66° without the heat so . . why worry about it at 4:30?  Just turn it off and go back to sleep! No, that was too simple.  Vince gets the flashlight, goes outside and looks at the unit.  Hmm, is he a heater repairman? He comes in and tells me he’s sure it’s the compressor.  Just turn it off and go back to sleep! By then, I couldn’t go back to sleep (of course, he did!) and I wasn’t happy . . especially since I knitted til 2 a.m.  I did think about how nice and warm it probably was in the chicken coop but then I remembered about their bathroom manners and decided sleeping with the chickens wasn’t a good idea.

The heater repairman starts working at 8 a.m.  By 8:10 a.m. they were here.  Parked right next to my blue trash can that’s sitting in front of my house because it really is too hard to move it around back with the snow and I have to go down 4 steps to get to the trash can when it’s in the back where I can just open the garage door and toss the trash in when it’s in the front.  Hey . . that sounds so much easier.  Maybe I’ll just keep the trash can in the front forever!  NOT!

By 8:30 I had heat again and it was not the compressor.

Every now and then, mostly when I’m in the mood to go out to dinner and remember we have no restaurants, I wish I lived in a city. But when I call the heater repairman or the plumber or the electrician and they say “I’ll be right there” and they’re here within a few minutes, I remember how much I love this small town.  And, I love my heater!  And, I love my chickens!  Oh . . and I love my husband.  I really love him when he wakes me up at 4:30 a.m. to tell me the heater isn’t working! 🙂


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    Jane says

    Oh Judy…do you think you will be able to have a quick snooze this afternoon?? Having only 2 1/2 hours sleep can’t be enough to fuel you and the energy you require in a day!!! Glad you had the heat fixed so quickly!! Happy slumber tonight!

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    Linda says

    That was a short night!!! Hope you can squeeze in a nap sometime today.

    We had a new furnace put in last fall and I am so glad. I spent a lot of last winter holding my breath waiting for the old one to quit making funny noises and kicking in.

    About your blue trash can…you COULD put it in the same position INSIDE the garage. It would be pretty much out of the way, it wouldn’t be an eyesore in front of the house AND you wouldn’t even have to open the garage door to put the trash in it. Plus, it’s handy to wheel out to the street on trash day. This isn’t my brilliant idea, it’s where my daughter keeps hers

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    You’re right about small towns–they’re the best! One cold Sunday we had no heat and the repairman came within the hour. I fed him cookies and thanked him profusely. Bless their hearts, they’re either over worked or under worked. My Dad was a plumber for many years and it was feast or famine. He finally changed jobs so we’d have a steady income. My mom was so thankful. Plus she didn’t have to keep the books anymore. :

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    denise says

    You could make a lovely quilted cover for your trash can and then it could stay out from all the time. 😉

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    I keep my trashcans out front and don’t really care if the neighbors think it looks bad. They can just close their eyes when they drive past my house!

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    With so much snow on the ground, we can’t drag our trash can from the back to the street on trash day, so……we leave it out front when it’s snowy. So…I give you permission to do the same…..hehehe

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    Darlene S says

    Judy, I laughed until my eyes watered about your story of the wake-up call. Aren’t they (men) just amazing sometiimes? I like Denise’s idea about the quilted cover for your trash can. This could be the start of a new trend. One that would help us bust our stash (or trash) as the case may be. 🙂 🙂 Dar

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    LOL! Next time you go to bed at 2:30, maybe you could wake him and let him know the heater is working just fine – LOL!!! I remember once when my husband woke me up to say “did you hear that?” well….no….I was SLEEPING!!!!

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    Carol says

    It just wouldn’t be a picture of the front of your house without that darn blue garbage can. My garbage cans spend half their time out front next to the garage. The neighbors will survive. I hope you get to take a nap now that things are back to “normal”.