January 3rd, 2010

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Blanket - January 2


Friday night, Ginger and I watched The Incredible Hulk (my first viewing of it, yes, I'm behind on my movie watching.) I liked it. Ed Norton made a good Hulk. I liked that he wasn't some kind of uber-badass; he was just a normal guy, and a mostly smart one, trapped in a crappy situation. My only real complaint was that Liv Tyler's character couldn't do much more than be useless or scream beseechingly at the men around her. And there was good set-up for a sequel, so I'm looking forward to that.

Yesterday, I got a box in the mail. It was my Christmas box - full of homebaked goodies - and our housewarming present from faecat, pictured here. I am just flabbergasted by how well it turned out - I met the blanket in pieces when I was out in Seattle this past summer, but seeing the whole thing put together... holy wow. It's beautiful and amazing and Miss G rocks, and we're going to love on it for many long years.

Yesterday featured a farmer's market trip in the morning (to a very dead market, we'd forgotten that lots of vendors take the first weekend in the year off), and got most of what we needed; we'll make up the rest from the co-op. Jeff and I ran into town in the afternoon - Home Depot, Northern Tool - and when we got home, we tried to work on the clothesline, but temperatures in the low 30s and 15 mph winds drove us back inside. We weatherstripped the back door, and hung a wool blanket over it, and that seems to be helping with the drafts a bit (it's an older, drafty house, and heating it has been proving entertaining.) We got some hooks hung for pots underneath one of the shelves in the kitchen. I made tacos for dinner and Jeff watched Twig and I watched some Supernatural with Ginger.

My sinuses are hating this weather.
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Water Heater Cover - January 3


This morning, we got up (late - I slept like the dead last night) and went about our business. I started coffee, we computed, and so on. Then I went to go turn on the hot water, and... nothing came out at all.

This is where I note that it was 15 degrees when we got up this morning.

So, we thought at first that it was just the hot water heater that was frozen (we have a tankless, affixed to the outside of the house), but eventually, cold water stopped coming out as well, and we realized we'd been running off of the reserve tank out in the well house. Some troubleshooting later, we determined that it didn't seem that the pipes were frozen, and that something in the well house was - either the well pump motor, or something. So we put a light out there, and came in and poked at the internets, who suggested also putting a small electric heater out there. Eureka - 10 minutes later, we had cold water. (The hot water heater took until mid-afternoon to thaw; no, none of us own hair dryers.)

So we'll run a light overnight in the well house, and hope that keeps it warm enough out there. In the meantime, the water heater now sports a lovely new insulating box (Jeff designed and did most of the building; I held bits and pieces, nailed a few things, marked lines, and stuff). We can hook up a light in the box too, but we're hoping not to need to. I reckon we'll see in the morning.