Pay particular attention to the 7th through the 10th. That's when I'll be at her house. Correct that statement. That's when I'll be IN her house!!!
Holy shilosky, Batman!!!
I've said before that I like cold weather, but I'm not quite ready for it to be that cold! I'd like to ease into winter, please! Caroline, you'd better get the fact that I love you!!
When I got to the deck, I discovered the screen on the window from the living room to the deck had been popped out. Clearly the determined, formidable and totally exasperating Miss
The good part of this is that I can easily lower the windows to the lowest notch, and she can't escape. Thank goodness this happened late in the year when the weather has cooled enough that the house won't overheat. I lower the blinds on the west side of the house to block the sun, and it remains very comfortable in the house. The bad part is that with me going out of town and leaving the pups with the sitter, I'm going to have a degree of unease while I'm gone. Dang it. I'll be having a very serious talk with the sitter tomorrow or Tuesday. We already talked briefly at a social event on Thursday, but we will cover it in serious, eye-to-eye, swear-on-the-Bible kind of way.
I had a little scare with the furnace this morning. No, not that kind of scare, no gas escaping, but a scare that seemed to have dollar signs all over it. When I bumped up the heat early this morning so I could stand to disrobe and hop in the shower, it didn't come on. I checked it and the pilot light was out. I got all the necessary things to relight it and got on the floor. Now understand .... this thing is a booger to light. When I put the match in the hole, the drafts inside tend to blow out the match about four out of five times. It's a royal pain in the butt. After several tries I got it lit. Hurray!!
But then the furnace wouldn't come on. I turned the thermostat to 85° and nothing happened. I was distraught! I'm getting ready to go out of town, and I could hardly leave the sitter here with a non-working furnace. Even if he said he didn't need it, a totally possible thing, I would want it checked for safety before going. The thought of what a repair or, god forbid, a replacement would cost, and especially the timing, had my stomach in a twist.
I sat for several minutes, considering what to do. Then I went back to the furnace and checked it again. The pilot light was still on. As I sat on the floor staring at it, I noticed that I had forgotten the final step .... I didn't move the lever from "Pilot" back to "On." As simple as that!! I switched it, waited about four seconds and heard "whoosh" as the burners ignited!! Woohoooooooo!!!!!! Saved at the flippin' 11th hour!!!
I live such a crazy life. Not much in it is earth-shattering, but it is often unpredictable and .... exciting. I could do with less, uhmmm, excitement, to be honest. I really could.