WEEK 3 2019
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Saturday - Clouds and sun. No rain.
Worked on cleaning the office(s) in the house, then a good deep cleaning of
the pellet stove (vacuuming behind the firebrick and so on), and then did a
bunch of cleanup in the garage.
I was going to work on the master bath, and couldn't find a tool, so it was
about time to cleanup in the garage. I need to put up some more
shelves in there as well, just haven't gotten around to it.
S texted to say that her fridge had died, but she'd already found another at
an estate sale a few blocks away. Tomorrow AH and I will will meet
Roger and pick it up and help install it.
I bought a new exhaust fan unit for the pellet stove. I actually
bought from a pellet stove company online, as the Amazon parts are pretty
unreliable (according to Amazon's own reviewers). The business
actually offers a 1 year warranty, so I paid a bit extra. I also bought the
motor and fan with the associated impeller housing - it seemed to me that
the old unit had too small of a fan for the housing, and it never seemed to
enough blower power, even when it ran.
The exhaust fan actually is on the output pipe, creating a suction through
the stove - thus there is always negative pressure in the combustion
chamber and less chance of CO getting into the room.
There is someone selling a similar model on CraigsList, for $80, and I'll
swing by and check it out tomorrow, if AH has the time. It's actually
older than mine, but it might make a good "parts stove".
The playoff's don't start until after noon, I think, so it should all work
Friday 18 January
Friday - Rain
is letting up mostly. Still some sprinkles.
Pretty tired, but did a few household chores, watched some teevee.
I talked to TD the previous evening, and he reminded me that we'd bought the
Explorer battery at CostCo down in San Diego, when it failed in my car in
his driveway on a visit there in, I think, 2015. So maybe we can
exchange it for a new unit - it's *just* past the 42 month
no-questions-no-charge replacement period, but they should still pro-rate
it. I'll have to look for the receipt.
And I got a note from Ventura county that they were going to put a lien on
the boat, since I hadn't paid the property tax. I guess the bill never
went to the correct address here. After a bunch of fooling around I
was able to get a number, with the fine amount , and sent the payment
off. I'll wait a couple of days, and check to see that it went
Thursday 17 January
Rain off and on.
I slept on the couch in the front room, so I wouldn't turn over and try to
sleep on the sore side of my jaw.
I awoke looking at the wall over the chimney, and thinking fuzzily "what
a weird reflection that is!" There were a couple of baseball
sized blobs on the wall. I woke more and finally realized that the
roof was leaking at the chimney joint, and running down behind the paint
inside the house.
It was also leaking directly onto the pellet stove.
So I hurriedly unplugged that and pulled it out of harms way. It was,
of course, wettest directly over the electronic control board.
I asked the neighbor boy to pick me up some Henry's in town, but he talked
to his dad who came by himself instead and we picked up 5 gallons of
the stuff locally, and applied it during a lull in the storm. It's the
sort that can be applied to wet surfaces. Hopefully it will do the trick.
I have fans and heaters trying to dry things out inside...
Wednesday 16 January
Wednesday - Nice enough weather. Rain off
Off to the dentist in the morning for some gum surgery. It went well
enough I guess. No pain killers or antibiotics were prescribed.
The woman patient in the office next to me screamed a couple of times.
I've never heard that in a doctor's office before.
Apparently she had done *none* of the prep stuff, hadn't taken ibuprofen
beforehand, hadn't eaten, refused to open her mouth wide enough for the
dentist to work, and so on. How can an adult be so childish?
My appointment started late because of all this nonsense.
I had borrowed the neighbor boy's truck, and filled it up before returning
Tuesday - Better weather.
I did some estimated taxes stuff and sent in a couple of checks. I
think I'll probably get something back, but since I haven't received some
documents I can't really be too sure.
Called my brother and wished him a happy belated birthday.
Monday - Raining still.
Aaron and I made a propane run. He had two empty 100# bottles, I had
one 100# bottle that was 75% empty according to the receipt, after six
weeks, which is what I calculated it should be. We had some small
bottles to fill as well, but there was no crowd and things went relatively
S says that Dell has now "escalated" her problem to another level of
people. Still no working laptop though. This was a nice high end
unit too, she's getting tired of the delays.
Sunday - Quiet. Rain.
S offered to pick up some groceries for me in town, and bring them out,
which was a great help. Not having a car kind of sucks...particularly
when you run out of coffee beans and have to fall back on a year old can of
She even threw in some whack-em-on-the-counter biscuits. Sadly I have
no cookie pans or way to cook them :-(
She also gave me a haircut, which I sorely needed. There was a comment
made about me looking like a homeless person squatting in an abandoned