Another New Heater

This is not a “poor, pitiful me” post .. though it may sound like it. Heck, it sounds like it to me but I don’t mean it to be.

First, it was Monday night when I was having pain from what I thought was a kidney stone. I went to bed early and when I woke up, I had just a little pain but by mid-morning, it was gone. I hope to not have lithotripsy again because of that horrible stint after surgery. Yesterday afternoon, the pain began again. I took over the counter pain meds but by about 4 p.m., I was really hurting and at 6 p.m., it was either take serious pain meds or go to the E.R. so I took a serious pain pill (from when I had kidney stones 2 years ago), then . . just in case it didn’t work, I took a shower and shaved my legs!  🙂  The pain pill was enough that I could sleep and this morning, I’m not feeling horrible but there’s definitely pain. 

So, in the middle of kidney stones, we had an issue with the heater in the greenhouse. I tested it about 2 months ago and it wasn’t wanting to stay on. Vince said he would look at it and clean out the “something”. Last night it was going to get cold enough, for the first time this year, that we would need a heater in the greenhouse. Thursday night, he went out to work on it and couldn’t get it to stay on. Yesterday morning, he called the propane guy and when Vince told him the brand, he said “It’s probably “this” and it isn’t worth fixing” even though the heater was purchased last year. Vince was determined it was a problem with the propane tank so he came home from work early yesterday and messed with it. He called the propane guy back and he said “bring it in and we’ll look at it”. Vince disconnected it and loaded it in the car and we drove down to the propane place. We got there and John (the propane guy) was laughing because another guy just left . . with the same exact heater we have, with the same exact problem . . which they deemed to be non-fixable.

Vince and John messed with our heater for a while and decided it was non-fixable. After a few minutes, I went back to the car because I was in pain and even breathing was hurting!

Heater

Heater

Vince ended up buying a new heater. Wasn’t it just the day before that we had a new heater/air conditioner installed in the house? It doesn’t take much of this kind of spending to make you realize how quickly you can blow through savings . . and that makes the soon coming retirement seem kinda scary!

Trying to Figure it Out!

Trying to Figure it Out!

Vince went out to the greenhouse to get it all hooked up and then he came in and said “It’s hooked up! You figure out how to use it!” Great . . I was trying to decide if I should go to the E.R. before it got any later on a Friday night and then I had to go out and figure out how to set the heater.

It’s probably a good thing that old heater quit. The new one has a timer and temperature setting. The old one had numbers 1 – 4. On one, it ran continuously on low; on two it ran a little more but still continuously. It really sucked down the propane last winter and it wasn’t even a cold winter.  

The new one can be set to come on at a particular time and has a temperature setting. Last night I set it to come on at 11:00 p.m. and stay 60° until 8:30 a.m. By then, hopefully the sun will be out enough to warm things up. Vince went out a little after 11 to make sure it came on. I wasn’t trusting myself to do anything right at that point last night.

Greenhouse

Greenhouse

The greenhouse isn’t totally full but all my favorite things are in there. Are any of them worth the cost of that heater? No! But the greenhouse is my little winter haven. I love going out there on a sunny day, when it’s cold and windy outside but toasty warm in there from the sun; flowers are blooming, tomatoes are growing, lemon trees will bloom in there . . some day I’ll be off my diet, I will fix myself a mojito, and will be thankful for all the mint.

Cucumber

Cucumber

I can grow lettuce in the garden this time of year but I can’t grow cucumbers or tomatoes outside now. Last year I had plenty of tomatoes in the greenhouse and was kicking myself for not planting cucumbers in the greenhouse. This year I did and look at all those blossoms.

The price of fresh tomatoes and cucumbers in the middle of winter . . priceless!  🙂  That’s what I keep telling Vince.

The Gremlins Strike Again

Do you think our house could be haunted?

So far, we’ve had the issues with the dryer and the ice maker. I was so sure the problems with the dryer were caused by the weeds around the outside vent (which sits almost right on the ground) so I killed all the weeds around the area and thought the issue was solved but a couple of Saturdays ago, I put some clothes in the dryer. I was waiting for them to get done and the dryer just kept running and then I thought . . it’s not stopping again! Sure enough . . it wasn’t stopping. The heating part stops but the dryer just keeps running. The only way to stop it is to leave the door open. I went outside and checked to be sure the weeds hadn’t grown back and nope, nothing was obstructing the vent. It was the weekend after we had a lot of rain so maybe it has something to do with humidity. Vince had ordered the part (because the dryer told him which part wasn’t working!) but every time . . just before he gets tired of my complaining, the dryer starts working again.

The ice maker . . he ordered a new one and by the time it got here, the old one was working again. This morning the ice in the bucket is kinda all stuck together like it almost melted a bit so I’m bet it’s fixing to stop working again.

But . . get this! The top drawer on my dishwasher isn’t stopping any more. You pull the tray/basket thing out and it will just pull right out. Try that with a drawer full of glasses/Mason jars! No . . don’t try that!

Vince looked at it a couple of weeks ago and the piece that is supposed to keep the tray from pulling out was broken so he ordered the parts to fix it. They came yesterday so last night he went to fix the dishwasher and yep, the basket doesn’t come all the way out any more! I was in the shower and he came in and said “You aren’t going to believe this!” Nope, I don’t believe it.  He said he couldn’t even remember what piece was broken.  Crazy, huh?

A Funny Site

This morning it looked funny with all the plants moved into the greenhouse.

Plants Moved

Plants Moved

All the lemon and lime trees had been sitting here under the trees but we moved them all into the greenhouse yesterday afternoon.

Lights

Lights

Vince had set up lights for the air conditioner guys who were working after dark. They’re still out there but I’m going to move them back into the shop.

Residue

Residue

It looks like something got shredded but that’s the residue from the insulation that was blown into the attic yesterday. I tried raking it up but it’s so windy, it’s just blowing everywhere so, for now . . I’ll just pretend it’s snow!  🙂

The other day on Facebook, a friend from when we lived in Kentucky asked me if I ever miss the snow and yes, I do. I miss those first couple of snows when it’s clean and white and pretty. I don’t miss lots of snow and having to keep the driveway plowed or shoveled. I don’t miss trying to keep the chickens’ water from staying frozen, or making several trips an hour to the chicken coop to get eggs before they freeze. It’s a toss up for me as to which I dislike most: months of 110°+ or the snow. It seems that in MO, which is probably the only place we’d ever go if we left Texas, they have some pretty hot, dry summers too . . not quite as long as we have; but they definitely have way more harsh winters, as well as more chances of severe weather so for now, I’m pretty happy to be in Texas. No place is perfect but our little spot here is about as perfect as it’s ever going to get for us.