It’s been a trying time of late.
Last week, the downstairs furnace went out; it’s gas with heatpumps and when we had the 9″+ of snow along with -5 degree temperatures, fate decided this would be the perfect time for it to go inop. Despite space heaters throughout the downstairs, the lower level quickly dropped to a temperature of 40 degrees that Thursday. A repairman made it out on Friday, and pronounced it fixed.
Naturally the furnace went out again shortly thereafter.
The repairman returned late Friday and determined that the issue was a pressure switch; unfortunately the warehouse was closed. His advice was to just reset the furnace and it would turn back on until the pressure valve went off again. Naturally the furnace would work for 10 minutes and then go off again.
Friday was cold.
Saturday saw the temperature rise above 32, and the ice started to melt. Thankfully this meant the ice everywhere started to melt. This had the fortunate side effect of clearing off our heating units and allowed the downstairs furnace to function properly again. Saturday was warm. As was Sunday.
Unfortunately there was a side effect to the ice melting at the house. The ice also melted at the shop.
The shop has a series of issues. The landlord was nice enough to finish the shell and have the place wired to spec… well actually I wound up footing the bill for the wiring. The one thing he didn’t do is put a new roof on, and I’m paying the price.
When the snow & ice started to melt on the roof, the accumulation blocked the drainage areas, causing pooling. That pooling found each and every hole in the roof, and decided to come for a visit inside the store. So, where there were already intermittent leaks I discovered pools of water all over the store. The bathroom was flooded. The northest wall was flooded and had water streaming down it. The shipping computer got soaked – fortunately the PC was shielded but both printers drowned and the phone was ruined. Water was all through the warehouse.
New printers cost me $1k. I’m not sure how much a new phone is going to cost yet. Until new printers arrive, I can’t ship orders. When it rains, it pours.
Often, as we wait for the house to quiet down and the children to settle in and the hustle & bustle of the day to draw to a close, Jennifer and I will lay in bed and unwind. Since getting the kindle fire HDX, I’ve been browsing Reddit more, specifically /r/all, as I like to see what pictures get upvoted.
Often I will come across something I feel like sharing with her. Typically it will be an animal doing something cute or a landscape from around the world, but one thing that will always be brought to her attention are pictures of opals.
Like this boulder opal:
Or this fire opal:
Something tells me that they each would cost thousands of dollars, but they are beautiful, and never fail to make Jennifer sigh in appreciation.
I’ve decided to start logging these as she always doubts my recollection when I tell her how she acted the next day.
Scene: just after midnight, I’m laying on my back, reading Reddit on the kindle, Jennifer is laying on her right side. The room is dark, the house is quiet. She’s snoring softly.
Jennifer: [snnnnnnrrrrKKKKTTTT!](Wakes up, sits up angrily) “What?!?! What is it, what did you say?”
Jennifer: “What did you say to me, you said something!”
Me: “Honey, you snored yourself awake.”
Jennifer: “Oh sure, it’s all my fault. You never do anything wrong; it’s all me”
I’m trying not to giggle.
We had KJ’s parent teacher conference last night and in several areas he is ahead of the game – he’s very good at counting, alphabet, and many of the other milestones needed for his age range. Unfortunately he has a couple areas where he needs work. I really need to try hard at getting him potty trained… he makes it incredibly difficult though.
He’s very headstrong and likes to fight and scream and gnash and wail about the pettiest of things, which makes any sort of battle of wills exhausting. He’s is also very sensitive and hates to see that he’s upset anyone, so when he knows he’s screwed up it’s the saddest thing to see.
We were told that we needed to get him enrolled for next year at his school; Jennifer went over to do this just now and was informed that he’s already enrolled; she needs to come back in a month to make changes. Nothing like time wasted on unnecessary tasks.