Harvest Thyme Homestead has grown out of a love for the simpler times of life. Its roots begin in a belief in one's self and that in time, the harvest of one's hard work will create a place called home.....with a few sheep, goats, chickens, cats, dogs, 2 miniature horses, & 3 alpacas added in for good company & fiber.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Service Call at Home
So, the weatherman said it was going to be quite chilly last night, dipping down into the low, low 20's, so of course it would be the perfect night for my furnace to decide not to kick on at 4:oo am!! I was all snuggled in bed with my snowman flannel sheets when the first alarm clock call went off. I heard the furnace kick on, then the blower go on and then the blower kept running. No second click for the igniator, no third click for the propane to come threw the lines, just the blower blowing cold air. How excellent!! So I crawl out of bed leaving 3 dogs and countless cats to keep sleeping on the warm bed. Down to the basement, shut the furnace off. Wait a few seconds. Turn the furnace back on. Wait for the furnace routine to start. And of course the igniator does not glow which means it has crack in it. I am getting good at this as this would be the third time the piece of crap has broken. The first time was when I was newly divorced and had to call the heating guy out of the phone book and he charged me $175 for that call. But I watched him repair the furnace. So a couple of years later when the same thing happened, I was one up on it. That time I called the friend with benefits and he got the part and installed it. But since I am a seasoned pro with this igniator part I decided to handle it myself today.
Of course, I made the proper phone calls to my Dad and friend with benefits to make sure I was doing the right thing. Took the piece out myself. Had to go to 2 stores to find it but I got lucky because I took the receipt and the part with me. I showed the guy at the second store the receipt which had the part # & my furnace model # on it and the price of $45 for the part. He of course had the part but the computer was showing a price of $65. He said because I was so nice he was just going to charge me $45. Little did he know that I had gotten all my swearing and ranting and raving out at 4:00 am so I was feeling "more relaxed" by 11:00 am. Got home and within 10 minutes I had installed the part and the house was warming up!!!! Sometimes I just "crack" myself up! Of course, I did give myself a pat on the back:) I think my dad & friend with benefits was even impressed with me!
So, since I had to take a sick day from school ( first one this year, down to 172 sick days left:), I decide to be festive in the morning and grade papers after watching my soap opera ( Young & the Restless dieheart).
Cute snowman goes out onto the front porch.......... I tried to get Cubbie to come out of the barn to help but no go on that one!
Of course, I love that darn chicken coop so I put a snowman on the front........
and a Christmas wreath on the back window. I hope the girls appreciate my thoughtfulness!
The sheep were feeling all snuggly too as it was only in the mid-2o's by noon.
I put the snowman birdhouse out for the birdies.
Mooshie was looking a little fluffy....I need to get her & the other LaManchas goat coats. Anybody have a pattern to make one?
Little Squirt took a nappy after playing outside with Dixie while I was putting up some decorations.......looks like a good idea to me.....especially because its warm in the house now!!!