Sunday, September 14, 2014
Water heater is still working well, not so much the furnace. Today I got the pilot light lit and let the thermostat do its thing, but no blower... Later in the week after it dries out some more, I will see about pulling the blower and motor and try to get it to work. The problem may be in the control box that was under water. In the meantime my temporary heat is working fairly well. Since it warmed up outside, it has even been comfortable downstairs. Upstairs has been pretty nice, a bit too warm at times, even.
My weight held even this week. My eating habits are slowly improving. I am still getting in my water with no problem, and am on Day 621 of the exercise streak.
My sleep has been better, I have been getting to bed somewhat earlier (tv had been on the blink). I will continue to work in that this week.
Have a good week everyone!!
Sunday, September 07, 2014
Still hanging in there at the same weight.
Cardio streak still going, as is water streak.
Good nutrition habits seemed to have gotten drowned in the basement...
Trying to get back on track with taking good lunches to work. Beef jerky and Cheetos just don't seem to be excellent choices even if the calories fit in.
Water update --
The big news around here was the 7 or so inches of rain we got two weeks ago. The flooding on the creek is finally going down.
The basement was starting to dry out and we got a thundershower that was really windy and rain and hail that was so bad that I couldn't see my car parked about 20 feet away. I had water coming in around windows and doors in places I'd never seen water before. So, again I had water in the basement, but not as deep as before...
Because this has been a weird summer, we then got about a week of fall like weather, with highs in the low sixties, but fortunately no frost yet. The past few days have been warm, which is great for trying to get the basement to dry out. Windows open and fans going...
Today I managed to get the hot water heater back into commission. Next on the agenda will be restoring or replacing the furnace, but not until things dry out some more. My electric oven has been pressed into service to heat the main floor some, and I have an electric wall heater in the bathroom upstairs, although the upstairs is usually fairly warm. It's a good thing I insulated well when I remodeled.
And of course, the weather prediction is for cooler and rainy from Tuesday until the weekend...
As with everything, this too shall pass. I just need to get heat going before winter...
Having hot water is a good incentive to get more of the mess cleaned up -- I swear there is mud everywhere...
Have a good week everyone!!
Monday, August 25, 2014
Well, the town's sewer system has pretty much caught up to the water. My basement has drained and my yard pretty much, too. There is lots of mud in the basement, (it has a gumbo dirt floor) so I need to get it dried out. I also need to get a solid path to the furnace and hot water heater to check them out and relight as needed. The furnace should be okay, its burner is fairly high off the floor, but the water heater pilot is out. I now live in a cold water flat...
The rain has stopped, at least for the moment, but it is still cloudy and gloomy and looks like it could start again any moment.
Time to get ready to go to work. Will have to deal with the mud some this evening.
Have a good day.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
What a day it has been!!
Today marks five years I have been a member of Spark. I joined on that day, but did not really get to Sparking until 4Oct2009. That is when I will celebrate the anniversary.
It's been raining in this area since Friday afternoon and there really is no place for the water to run off.
I woke up this morning to a yard that looked like this ---
I decided that I had better check my basement and found about 6 inches of water down there and water pouring through a crack in one corner. So I got out the sump pump and some hose and started draining the area the water was coming from. However a quick look showed that it was filling faster than I could pump it, so I started shoveling mud into a dam formation around the entry area. I finally got it slowed to a trickle and went back to check the basement just to see that the water was backing up from the town sewer system. Too many people were trying to drain their yards... (and probably basements, too)
There wasn't much I could do as the water rose to about two feet deep. It is now slowly going down, about 8-9 inches so far. Luckily I didn't have much of value down there, mostly pieces of lumber. Hopefully by morning it will have mostly drained.
It didn't help that our high temp today was about 50F. I decided that it was too risky to try to run the furnace, so the oven has been going most of the day. It has finally gotten up to 72F in here (from about 62F), so it is not too bad.
Back to the Spark stuff --
The pound I was down last week found its way back.
The rest is pretty much the same.
I think I will head for bed now, tomorrow may be another long day.
Have a good week everyone!
It's really wet out there, over 4 inches so far. This storm was supposed to move out this afternoon, now it looks like we'll be lucky to have it moved out tomorrow morning.
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