Looking Forward to Bed Time

Last night when Vince had his sleep study was the first time I’ve stayed by myself out here.  I’m telling you . . I am the world’s biggest chicken.  I was not looking forward to being by myself here last night but, obviously, I survived.  So, I put on my big girl undies and told myself I could do this.  I made cookies.  My neighbor came over and got some for them.

I knitted for a while, cleaned house for a while . . all the while wanting to avoid having to go to bed.  The replacement Kindle Paperwhite had arrived that afternoon and I charged it so about 10 p.m., I decided to get it set up.   When I turned it on, it was set to Japanese.  I couldn’t read a darned thing.  I searched how to switch it to English and couldn’t find anything so I had to call Amazon.  The lady wasn’t sure how to fix it but she ended up working on the Paperwhite and telling me to go to the third step, hit enter; then click on the first step and hit return, etc.  With her seeing it in English, she was able to tell me which buttons to push and we finally got it set.  Then, I went to connect to the wifi and, as you might guess, I didn’t remember our password.  Vince didn’t take his phone with him and I tried about a dozen possible passwords and nothing worked.  Then I remembered that a while back, I had emailed him to ask the password so I searched my email and found this dialogue:

Me:  What’s our wifi password?
Vince:  Give me $20 and I’ll tell you!
Me:  Nevermind . . I remembered!

That was a ton of help!  Finally, I remembered it and by then, it was after midnight and I was sleepy so I went to bed and only read a few minutes.

It was so windy here!  Vince said the sleep study guy told him this morning that we had 50 – 60 mph gusts.  I don’t know if that’s true but we had a lot of wind.  At one point when I was on the phone with the Amazon lady and a piece of cardboard (from the grill box) flew up and hit the window and I might have said a bad word!  :(  After I went to bed, I heard the most awful, spooky sound and I got up to go investigate and there were four or five empty 5 gallon pots from blueberry plants flying around and one had hit the bit shop roll up door.

Vince had not taken a house key with him and he told me that when he got home around 6 a.m., he would tap on the bedroom window.  I told him that might not be a good idea so he decided to drive in and honk the horn.  Much better idea.

I think it was a bit after 1 a.m. when I went to sleep and I never woke up once . . til I heard the horn honking about 5:45.

Vince’s test went well.  He got less sleep than I did though.  He will have to start using the CPAP, which I hope means he will get a better, more restful night’s sleep.

Tonight, both of us will definitely sleep better.

Deer in the Picture

For those of you who know Chad and know how much he loves to hunt, the deer in the background picture is hilarious.

Deer Jumping Over Addie

Deer Jumping Over Addie

Someone said “I love how the deer is jumping over the baby’s head and landing on the man’s shoulder”.  It wouldn’t be nearly so funny if Chad wasn’t such a hunter.


Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Last night I made these cookies.

This is the recipe I used and I made no changes.  They’re definitely pretty.  It’s too much chocolate for me so I didn’t try one but I was talking to my neighbor on the phone as I was finishing them up.  It was close to 9 p.m. and she was coming home from having been to a church function.  I told her I would bring them some “tomorrow” but then I said “Hey . . if you want to come by the house, I’ll give you some while they’re warm.”  She did come by and then she called and told me they were delicious so I’m taking her word for it.

Vince had a sleep study test at the hospital last night so he hasn’t tried them yet but I’m guessing he will approve too.

The New Washer/Dryer

Some days I feel the need to apologize before I even begin writing because I just can’t say what I need to say.  There’s always “background” information that needs to be shared.  One would think I could tell you about my new washer/dryer without having to go back ten years but . . no, you have to know the whole story!

In 2002, when we bought the house in town in Kentucky, the plan was that I would go there each morning after taking Chad to school, I would spend the day sewing, then pick Chad up from school and go back home to the house in the country but soon Chad and I began staying in town almost every night.  The first thing I needed that I hadn’t expected to need was a washer and dryer so we bought one.  Vince, not wanting to be left out, decided we needed a new washer and dryer at the house in the country so he bought the exact same washer and dryer for home.  But, as you might guess, he brought most of his laundry to me to wash so the washer and dryer in the country rarely got used.

When we moved to Missouri, I left the washer and dryer at the house in town for the girl who bought that house.  We used the washer and dryer from the house in the country for the 4-1/2 years we were in MO.  When we moved here, I tried to give that washer and dryer to Chad but the place he rented had a washer and dryer already so he didn’t want it.

When we were renting here, we used that same washer and dryer but when we bought this house, the former owners left the compact stacked washer and dryer because they said the dryer was gas and they didn’t have gas at their new house.  It ended up that the dryer isn’t gas but we’ve used that washer and dryer for the past year.  A few weeks ago the washer quit spinning because someone had a nail in their pocket during the wash and it jammed the motor.  Thank goodness it wasn’t a memory stick!  :)

The repairman removed the nail and everything was fine but he noticed a small leak in the area where the detergent goes in.  It’s small and not really causing any issues but it’s going to get bigger. It ended up that it was going to be about $350 to fix it but if we decided to buy a new washer/dryer, they wouldn’t charge us for his initial service call.  It’s kinda like our cars . . lots of them but they’re all getting old!  We have a 2002 model full size washer and electric dryer out in the shop and a 2006 compact stacked washer and electric dryer in the house.

Vince called Comanche Appliance and talked to them way more than they wanted to talk to him I’m sure and when he was happy he’d gotten a great deal, after telling them the price of every appliance dealer in the world on the washer and dryer he wanted, they got them for us and brought them yesterday.

New Washer/Dryer

You’re seeing about all there is to my laundry room.  See that shelf unit there?  I really wanted to keep that so I knew I needed to stick with the stack washer/dryer, though I wanted full size and not compact.

On the shelf unit, that’s where the microwave sits because I don’t use a microwave and don’t see the need for one in the house but if Vince wants one, it has to be somewhere besides in my kitchen.  I sound like a mean wife, don’t I?  Laundry baskets go on the bottom shelf.  On the next to bottom shelf, that’s where the canned goods for the week go.  I bring them over from the sewing room once I get the menu made for that week and then I’m not having to bring canned goods over every day.  Overflow from the kitchen like food processor, grain mill, Bosch mixer, and things like that go on the middle shelf.  The next to top shelf has the microwave and the “stuff” is stored on the top shelf  . . since I really can’t reach it anyway.

But, here’s what happened when trying to get the washer/dryer delivered.  The appliance store had told me on Tuesday that the delivery guys would leave Comanche about 8:45 on Wednesday morning and be here about 9:30.  They didn’t get here til about 10:15 because the dryer had to be converted from propane to LP and they had neglected to do that so they had to do that at the shop before they brought the dryer here.  They went to hook up the gas to the dryer and the fitting on their hose was smaller than the fitting on my pipe.  They went out to the old stove in the shop to see if the fitting on there might work but it didn’t so they had to go to the next little town to get the right size part.  By the time they got back and got the dryer hooked up, it was after 2 p.m.

Then, I noticed that the dryer door opened from the wrong side.  The delivery guys said you have to switch the glass around and it wasn’t as easy as it seemed so they didn’t feel comfortable doing it.  I had the installation book out and I told them if they could find the right screwdrivers, I could do it but they said NO!

They called the repair guy, who happened to be in Brownwood, and he got here about 3 and had the delivery guys stay and watch what he did so they could do it next time.  I’m glad they didn’t let me try it.  There’s a whole lot more to it than it is with plain dryer doors with no glass.  At almost 4 p.m. . . they all left and you can say it took all day for me to get my washer/dryer delivered and installed.

I am so happy to have a gas dryer again.  Maybe without having an electric dryer, I won’t get a frownie face from my electric company. We ended up getting the Frigidaire Affinity set.

It looks like we’re about ready to open a laundromat.

Old washers and one dryer

And across the room, where there’s a 220 plug, there’s the other old dryer.

Another reason why we can never move . . three washers and three dryers.   Surely some day Vince will be able to part with some of them.