Monthly Archives: September 2007

Well, actually, it is possible to wash up without hot running water. 

Our furnace/boiler has done it again.  Heating plate has a hole.  Pressure vessel cracked.  No end to the problems with this one.  Parts will have to be ordered from Ontario so it will be Tuesday at the very earliest before we have hot running water again.  The girls are not too happy.

If you see one of my family members coming to your door towel in hand please have mercy on them!

We may actually break down and put in a new boiler and separate hot water heater.  If the cost doesn’t kill us.

This furnace has been nothing but trouble and now winter is almost here.  There was frost on the grass this morning.

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Well, actually, it is possible to wash up without hot running water. 

Our furnace/boiler has done it again.  Heating plate has a hole.  Pressure vessel cracked.  No end to the problems with this one.  Parts will have to be ordered from Ontario so it will be Tuesday at the very earliest before we have hot running water again.  The girls are not too happy.

If you see one of my family members coming to your door towel in hand please have mercy on them!

We may actually break down and put in a new boiler and separate hot water heater.  If the cost doesn’t kill us.

This furnace has been nothing but trouble and now winter is almost here.  There was frost on the grass this morning.

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Well, actually, it is possible to wash up without hot running water. 

Our furnace/boiler has done it again.  Heating plate has a hole.  Pressure vessel cracked.  No end to the problems with this one.  Parts will have to be ordered from Ontario so it will be Tuesday at the very earliest before we have hot running water again.  The girls are not too happy.

If you see one of my family members coming to your door towel in hand please have mercy on them!

We may actually break down and put in a new boiler and separate hot water heater.  If the cost doesn’t kill us.

This furnace has been nothing but trouble and now winter is almost here.  There was frost on the grass this morning.

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Well, actually, it is possible to wash up without hot running water. 

Our furnace/boiler has done it again.  Heating plate has a hole.  Pressure vessel cracked.  No end to the problems with this one.  Parts will have to be ordered from Ontario so it will be Tuesday at the very earliest before we have hot running water again.  The girls are not too happy.

If you see one of my family members coming to your door towel in hand please have mercy on them!

We may actually break down and put in a new boiler and separate hot water heater.  If the cost doesn’t kill us.

This furnace has been nothing but trouble and now winter is almost here.  There was frost on the grass this morning.

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This day

Today started out with early morning prayers – at 7 rather than the usual 6:30.  Since I was a tad on the tired side, the later hour worked out just great for me. 

Today we made some progress on the water leaks, I think.  The plumber is returning tomorrow to try and find the one leak and when I last checked, the other pipe was still dripping water steadily.  I thought he had fixed that one but –

Anyway, today I have been a bit tired.  A bit more stress with all these pllumbing issues I guess.  And other aspects of life brings other stresses.  And there have been those today too.

So, it was a pleasant surprise to walk in to the house and have it smelling of chocolate.  Double chocolate chip cookies.  Very chocolately.  Yum.  And now I will drift off to sleep to the smells of fresh baked buns.  I hope Sara doesn’t get too busy with classes.  This cooking/baking streak is something I like.

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It seems a house always needs repair!

On Saturday a pipe somewhere inside the basement ceiling started to drip.  We decided that it would have to wait till Monday.  We think it is a water pipe to the bathroom on the main floor but it is all enclosed so we really have no clue – other than the drywall on that part of the ceiling became wet and soggy and it was dripping. 

By Sunday afternoon the piece of drywall had fallen onto the floor.

Monday – the plumber has been called.  The drywall is off the small dropped part of the ceiling that contains the pipes so it will have to be repaired but that is not a huge job – yet.

Tuesday – I come home after work and go down to get hamburger out of the freezer.  The light has burned out but the furnace /storage /freezer room is very humid.  I turn on another light  and what greets my eyes but a pool of water on the floor.  Our furnace is obviously leaking from somewhere but no where obvious – as in something that could be shut off.

I began to mop.  It is hard work mopping in a small humid room, especially when it looks as if no progress is being made.  I began to haul out stuff that was wet; stuff that probably should have gone straight to the junk yard rather than into our basement storage anyway.  Now that it is wet it has to go.  Most of the good things are in plastic tubs.  We’ve had this sort of thing happen before.  We have learned a little from past disasters.

Meanwhile Sara is cooking supper, I am mopping and know that I should leave for worship practice in 30 minutes.  Leo comes home and agrees to mop for a bit, phone our other kids who have borrowed the carpet cleaner(which is a wonderful water vacuum in a disaster setting like ours) and get them to bring it over. 

So after getting back from music, I finish up the clean-up and find that what I think is an overflow pipe at the back is spewing out a slow but steady stream of water.  No wonder progress with the mop was non-existant.  Anyway, now I can get a bucket under the leaky pipe, the plumber will have a real job tomorrow.  We will be poorer but drier  by tomorrow night.  I hope.

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Madeleine L'Engle Dies

One of my favorite authors, L’Engle, has died at the age of 88.  

Thanks, Jordon, for highlighting this story covered on the CBC website.

I read her stories, read them to my children, read as many of her books as I could get my hands on and enjoyed them all.  She seemed like such a wise woman and her women and girl characters were always strong.  I guess her interaction with science was also fascinating to me. 

She taught  valuable lessons in her writing and her faith was an integral part of that.  She strengthened the notion in me that a Godly woman should be strong, intelligent and full of deep faith. 

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