No water this morning.
Got up yesterday morning, got ready for my luxurious, hot shower. No water pressure.
Nine times out of ten, when this happens to a home well system, it's the control box. But, it could be the pressure switch on the pressure tank, the breaker on the well, or , horror of horrors, the pump .
I don't mess with the well. To trouble shoot a well calls for expertise and equipment I don't have. So I called the well drilling company. Every time I have a well problem, it's a Saturday or a Sunday. That means time and a half. Holidays are even worse, you pay double time then. And you are paying windshield time, too. From the time the on call technician leaves his house til the time he gets home, you are paying by the hour. Time and a half equates to $120.00 an hour, so , if my math is right, that's $2.00 a minute.
I got lucky though, instead of the on call guy being down in the next county, as usually happens to me, he just lived 10 miles away. Came right out, fixed the well (it was the accursed control box), and I have great water pressure. Going to zap me in the wallet, but I consider it money well spent. I do enjoy a hot shower. I have around 300 gallons of water stored in jugs right now, so yes, I could flush the toilet, wash dishes, wash clothes, and we can heat water on the stove for bathing. We have a giant cast iron tub upstairs, but in a case like this we'd use the smaller tub downstairs, saves hot water. I can do all that but I sure don't want to!
Two new magazines on the news stand this week.
I haven't had time to do more than thumb through them, but they look pretty good.
A Walk in the Park
M and I went to the park in town for a walk yesterday. We had to go into town anyway for some errands.
I have to say, this is one thing the county did right. It's a beautiful park. One side of the park is bordered by a big creek, and another by the river. It's got walking trails all over , a big swimming pool, softball fields, and a playground for children. Lots of picnic tables and secluded places to sit and rest. Benches strategically located along the river and the creek.
The park was so popular, the county bought the land on the other side of the creek and the river. There are boat launching ramps there on the river, and bridges so you can cross from one side of the creek to the other.
The creek here is a little low now, but when we have enough rain it's deep. You can see the trout swimming in it , because the water is crystal clear.
The walking trails are really nice. In the old part of the park, they are asphalt and make a three mile loop from the parking area, around the old part of the park, back to your car.
The new part of the park, on the other side of the creek, has more rustic walking trails. You can walk out there and never see another soul, and there are some good views of the mountains. Now that M is back, we are trying to go to the lake, to the state park, or to this county park and walk every day.
Updated 040217 2317E: Something I didn't make clear. These books all tell the story of one man, from his youth to his old age, so you need to read them in order or they won't make much sense.
A Great Series of Historical Fiction Books About the Dark Ages in England.
I wanted to mention this series of books. If you liked "Vikings" on the History Channel, you will really enjoy these. They are extremely well written, and they are historically accurate. The author, Bernard Cornwell, is a "Dark Ages" buff and he knows his subject. The books start just after Ragnar Loftbrok has burned and pillaged the monastery at Lindesfarne. His sons are characters in the first books. The books all have a guide in the front so you can take the Dark Ages place name, and look up the modern name. They also have epilogues in the back that discuss the particular incidents the book covers.
I got into trouble once by recommending books that cost a lot of money, and made some people mad. But when I recommend books, I am not saying you have to go out and pay a lot of money for them. Here's something I learned from Lisa at Three Bears Farm. You can go to your library, and they can order the books for you, and it doesn't cost a cent. Each of these books runs about $23.00 new, and I haven't been able to find any used copies, so I got them from my library. In my case, the local library has a complete set, but your library can temp loan them through an inter-library request. So fear not.
Updated: 0403171121E: Several people found these books "for cheap" in different places. Check the comments if you are interested in owning them and don't want to spend an arm and a leg.
These are absolutely not just for men. I think women will enjoy them just as much, and if you are interested in this period of history, you really couldn't do better as far as I know.
In Chronological Order, then.:
These are really gripping stories, and the characters are fascinating. It may be a little trouble to get them, but it's worth it. I'm reading them for a second time now and enjoying the books as much as the first time around.