Just A Quick Update

On The Furnace Repair

 

David received the text that the motor for the furnace impeller was in at about 2:00 pm yesterday afternoon. When Nick got home from work, David took the truck and went to town to pick it up and was back just before 2:45.

He attached the mounting brackets to the motor. That went pretty smoothly even though he had them on backwards his first attempt. Next step was to mount the motor to the impeller and the impeller housing. Again all is going well. He gets the housing back on the furnace and rewires the motor. He turns the furnace back on and waits for the impeller to kick on. The first few seconds are fine then it starts to vibrate and make noise but not the awful squealing.

So he turns it off again. He then does some troubleshooting on the internet. He needed to adjust where the impeller sat on the shaft of the motor and tighten the set screw that holds the impeller to the shaft of the motor. He then turns the furnace back on.

Do you hear that? Neither do I! David did a terrific job, thanks !

Now we won’t really freeze with the next blast of cold that is suppose to hit our area starting Friday!

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Some Random Photos

Oh, And the Furnace Broke!  😦

 

I happened to look out the window on this morning to see this beautiful pink sky.

 

This was the second day in a row that this little fella came to visit me at my computer. He was in a hurry to investigate every bit of my laptop. That is why the photos are blurry. You may not be able to tell bet he had some wonderful white markings. Even his little pedipalps had a dash of white. Jumpy Spider, Sooo cute!!

 

Sunday (Jan. 13) morning after I finished my chores, I was planning on spending a leisurely day in bed crocheting, But Noooo! My hubby comes in to tell me he has taken the furnace apart so we can clean the impeller fan as it was starting to squeal when it would kick on to heat. We did a quick cleaning and reassembled it. Still squealing!

So hubby cranks the thermostat up so he could watch it spin when it kicked on. The whole motor almost started spinning not just the impeller fan. He thought it might be just some loose screws,but as he looked more carefully he could see that the bushings on the motor were shot. So he took the whole impeller and motor out. I spent about an hour thoroughly cleaning the blades of the impeller with a toothbrush and vacuum.

Then he thought maybe the motor from the furnace from the RV would work. So I went to the Junk/Little Kitty’s room to unbury it. I found it fairly quickly and easily. He came in and looked at it. Nope, not possible the motor was way to small. It was worth a try. After he left, I decided to give the junk/Little Kitty’s Room a thorough cleaning. Which took me about two hours.

So my whole Sunday was not as I had planned.  😀

David went to town yesterday to find a new motor for the furnace. He was able to get one ordered and it should be here sometime later today. I hope we get it all reinstalled, so we don’t have to spend another night using the electric heater, leaving the oven on and open, and the little propane heater for warmth.  😦

We just have the oven on long enough to heat up the kitchen and living room to about 80 degrees after the sun has gone down. We turn it off before we go to our bedroom for the night. Nick has an electric heater for his bedroom. We have a small ceramic space heater for the bathroom, we have that sitting on the floor blowing into our bedroom. We turn this one to just the fan blowing just before we hop into bed, which has an extra blanket on it now. The propane heater is sitting in the bathtub. It keeps the bathroom pretty toasty so that is why we leave the ceramic heater’s fan on to blow some of that toasty air into the bedroom. We leave it running while we are sleeping, when the propane bottle becomes empty it will shut off.

So no, we have not all turned into snowmen like the ones in the feature photo. LOL We are lucky that we are in a mild spot in the weather for January. The lows have been in the mid 20’s with highs in the mid to upper 40’s. The lowest temperature in the house on Sunday night/Monday morning was 53 degrees. It is a balmy 55 degrees as I sit in the kitchen typing this up at 2:15 on this Tuesday morning. I had an acid reflux attack and couldn’t go back to sleep, so I thought I would do something productive since I was up anyway.   😀

Where Have I Been?

No where really.

 

I am still here.

Just not much happening. I have been spending most of my time crocheting now that it is full on winter. So that relates into doing more of my blogging over at my sister site Skrappy Skarves. I have been doing at least 3 posts a week over there. Wednesdays are for posting works in progress, I started a Throw Back Thursdays using crochet posts from this blog, and on Fridays I post about any projects that I might have finished that week.  So if you want to keep up with me you can head on over there if crochet talk does not bore you too much. 😀

I don’t go out much because it is cold. I have no yard or gardening things to do.

I have done a bit of snow shoveling.

 

I do go out once a day to check on Milly the Shed cat. I make sure her food is full and her water is not frozen. I remove the ice if it is and give her fresh water.

It has been unseasonably warm for the last week and a half so that has made Christmas Shopping more enjoyable.

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I also have been staying cozy in bed watching dvds I have been borrowing from the library. I have been watching Arrow. I had borrowed Season Four two weeks ago but did not finish it. I could not continue on after they were going to bring a character back to life that had been dead and buried for I think at least 3 months. I feel it is hard to tell how much time has passed sometimes in a series from one season to the next let alone from episode to episode. I really think my problem with bringing this character back to life is I didn’t really care for her and was not too upset by her passing. They brought another character back using the same procedure after she had died but I liked that character. I don’t even think she was actually dead yet, she had been on life support in a hospital when they flew her to the place to be “cured”. I guess depending how long the flight was, if she was dead it was at least less than a day but not much more than that. So I thought I would take a break from Arrow.

I have also been watching The Flash as it is a spin-off/crossover from Arrow. I think I am actually enjoying it more than Arrow. I am glad that I am watching them both at the same time because of this so when The Flash mentions someone or something from/about Arrow I am not totally in the dark. It is also good that I have watched more seasons of Arrow for the same reason. I just finished Season Two of The Flash. I will probably borrow Season 3 of The Flash after the Holidays. I will also give Season 4 of Arrow another try. Now that I have cooled down about the bringing a certain character back. I also went to IMDb to read how the season played out, there was a lot more exciting things going on later in the season that I would actually care about. Yes, another character is brought back from the dead, but I liked him and his rebirth seems plausible. I know these are all based on comic books from back in the day, so people were always dying off and coming back in some fantastical way. I just feel some of them make more sense to me then others.

I was finally able to borrow the 3rd Season of Outlander. This is such an awesome series based on the book series of the same name by Diana Gabaldon. I have only read one book in the series, “A Breath of Snow and Ashes” it was the sixth book at the time I read it. Her books are not short either each one is around a thousand pages or more. So I was glad to get into the tv series from the start. When you read the sixth book in the series first you really don’t feel like going back to the beginning book, well at least I didn’t. Besides she gave enough background and flashback type scenes I didn’t feel I really needed to go back.

I also borrowed the first season of Ash vs. Evil Dead. I liked it. It teamed Bruce Campbell with Lucy Lawless again. It also stayed true to the movies.

I have also thrown a few movies into the mix of dvd watching. Some newer titles and some older ones. The newer titles included Spiderman- Homecoming, Black Panther, Ready Player One, Kong: Skull Island and The Avengers: Infinity Wars. The older titles included Die Hard 4 film collection,  The Flight of the Phoenix, Aliens and Cowboys, and How The West Was Won.

I am hoping that the library will be starting their Adult Winter Reading Program after the holidays. I will then be doing more reading than crocheting. I want to continue reading a series I started on my kindle app. It is by Jeffery Archer. I also may read a few books in the Lincoln Rhyme Series by Jeffery Deaver.

Well for not much going on I sure have blabbered on for quite a while. 😀

Sully Saturdays # 19

November Notes

 

Well here it is almost the end of November. So I will fill you in on some of the note worthy happenings for the month.

The weather has been up and down. Some seasonal weather where it has been to cold, windy, or snowing for me to go out. I have gotten to go out a couple of times this month though. Those days were nearly 60 degrees or better and sunny. There is not much green grass for me to eat now. It is really slim pickings. All I can do in my catnip jungle is rub on the dried brown stems.

On one nice day Mom was going to take me out but I was in the middle of my morning beauty nap. So she found me a few blades of grass and a bit of catnip that was still green that was on the south side of the wildflower bed. She brought them in and put them on my perch(Mom’s sewing machine cabinet) in the bedroom. She said,”You were sleeping and now it is dark so I brought the outside in to you.” I gave her a grateful look. She spoils me sometimes.

A couple of mornings when Little Kitty was out of her room to play, Mom set up a blanket fort for us. We had so much fun running around in it. We sneak attacked each other. I was like a kitten again! Then Mom had to put Little Kitty back in her room. We both were so wound up that we were both getting a bit too rough in our play. Little Kitty had here claws dug into my face pretty close to my eye so Mom said that was enough. I had also made Little Kitty cry out when I had her pinned to the floor I was probably biting her a bit too hard. So Mom broke that up. I did end up with a small scab behind my ear from her attack on my head. Little Kitty came away unscathed.

 

Oh, and Little Kitty has been my little sister for two years now.

Wow, time has flown by since she was this poor skinny scabbed up kitten.

She didn’t get much bigger but she is a much healthier happier kitty.  She is our forever kitten.

 

The last note worthy item for November is I have been helping Mom with her crocheting a lot. She finally finished the blanket for Connor. So I helped with the photo shoot for measuring.

 

After she got the border finished I did my final inspection of her work.

 

Little Kitty helped with the staged photo shoot for the blanket too.

I think she needs a little bit more practice.

 

Until next time, stop and smell the catnip! You know I always do!

 

 

My Mini Rose Bush is Still Blooming!

 

The little mini rose-bush I received for Valentine’s Day from my daughter is still blooming.

It currently has four buds and one open bloom. I never thought it would still be blooming in November even though it is inside. I love the play of light and shadow in these photos.

 

I guess it will make up for my Christmas cactus never blooming. Maybe some day I will get all the right conditions aligned so he will bloom. 😀

This is Kris Kringle the Christmas cactus.

Cool Creepy Crawlers Must Like to Visit Me

 

This lady bug came to hang out with me earlier in the fall. We get a nice gathering of them at this time of year. The nights get a little chilly so they think they will just come on in when someone opens the door. I don’t mind them, they find their way to my house plants and help with pest control.

 

Another popular housemate are the jumpy spiders. We don’t mind them again they are pest control. It is so cool to watch them jump from the wall on a strand of web to catch a fly in mid-flight.

This fellow decided to drop down from the ceiling to check out what was happening in the under world. He hung out for a few minutes so I was able to get some photos of him. I then went back to doing my own thing. I later was walking over to the kitchen sink and saw him on the floor. I told him to scoot out of the walk way so he would not get stepped on. He scurried over between the file cabinet and the deep freeze then out of sight.

 

I was at my laptop on this morning when I saw this jumpy spider coming down the curtain. He crawled over my stuff laying on the table and onto my computer power cord. I lost sight of him, so I began looking for him. He was on the under side of the power cord. I don’t mind them but I want to know where they are so they don’t crawl across my hand startling me. I might accidentally squish them then. He rested there on the cord for a while then he decided to take the small jaunt across my keyboard. I had to turn the coffee pot off so I lost sight of him when I returned to my laptop. I made sure I did not see him before I started doing things on the laptop again. A few minutes later I saw him crawling along the wall behind the table. I think he was on his way back to the ceiling. He had enough adventure visiting the under world, it was time to go home.

 

Two More Beds Tidied Up For Winter

 

I was able to get out one more day before October came to an end to do some yardening.

The marigolds were removed from the south bedroom window bed.

 

It was then raked out for the winter.

I did not rake out all the leaves now I will do a more thorough job in the spring.

 

I now moved over to the west bedroom window bed.

I was getting ready to pull the few marigold plants in the corner when I spied this little bloomer.

He is a cute little Johnny- jump-up.

 

He had a green friend you can see in the back ground. So I took a photo of him too.

 

Here they are together in same photo.

 

This is the west bed after all marigolds had been removed.

I did not rake out the leaves. I left them to provide mulch for the Johnny-jump-ups and the alyssum.

I feared if I removed it the little guys would all just die from the chilly nights.

As of November 6th they are all still green and blooming.

 

A nice close up of the alyssum with a photo bombing box elder bug.

A Summer Beanie for Martin — Skrappy Skarves

My grandson Marty was in need of a new beanie. His hair has grown out, so it gets in the way when he is eating. He gets very upset by it. His Mama asks him if he wants his hair cut, but he says no. So Mama puts on his chevron beanie to keep […]

via A Summer Beanie for Martin — Skrappy Skarves

Sully Saturday #18

October Occurrences

 

Well here we are on the second day of October. It was actually nice out again so Mom took me outside. I hung out around the deck while she went around to the shed to pick peppers.

 

When she was done she came back over to me.

I was stretching my leash out trying to get around to the south side of the deck.

So she asked if I wanted to take a walk.

 

She didn’t have to ask me twice. I am a slow walker though. I like to stop and smell things even if it is just the breeze in my face. The breeze can carry so many different smells. I love the breeze in my face. Now breezes are just fine for sniffing, but not those gusts or straight winds that try to blow the fur right off my back. Nope, don’t like that!

 

This is a video of my walk it is about 4 minutes long.

 

So even though on some sunny days I beg Mom to take me out, she says, “Sorry Bug Bug(one of the many of my nicknames), it is super windy today. If it is nice tomorrow I will take you out.”

Well today it is sunny out. I have begged Mom to go outside. It must not be too windy today. She says” I will take you out after Nick goes to work and I get Dad up. I don’t think you would like to go out right now. The sun is melting the frost from last night so it is wet. You would not like getting your feets wet. ”

So here I lay patiently waiting for Mom to take me out after she does all that. Heck, I might even have time for a nap.

 

I was just waking up from my nap when I saw Mom walk by.

 

She was walking over to the entry way closet. Then I heard her open the closet. Well I jumped down off the couch and came waddling to the front door because that meant she was getting my harness and leash out.
She took this 45 second video of her trying to put my harness on one-handed. She had to stop filming after she got the neck part snapped together because she needs both hands to snap the chest part together. She has to hold me up so I am standing on my back feet so she can see what she is doing and make sure she doesn’t pinch my fat roll.

 

 

Well it had gotten windy since Mom went out around 7 am, so I only stayed out for 10 minutes. It was long enough to curb my yearning to go outside though.
Now we have reached the 8th and it is cold, cloudy, and wet again just like yesterday. Dad says we are not going to get a temperature much over 40 if at all for the next week. BRRRR! Guess I will be staying in for a while again.

Mom caught me waking up from a nap. She got this awesome photo of me yawning! She was so excited that she got it too!

 

I got a chance to go out again on the 20th. It was a nice day. Dad was doing some work out on the deck so we had to go out the side door. I went down the steps first and was well in front of Mom. I did not walk in the leaves that were piled in the grassy area by the wind. Mom just walks right through the piles. It made a very loud crackley noise that startled me and made me fluff up my tail! I had to run to get away from that noise.
I just kept on going right on by the deck steps I didn’t stop until I found this small clump of catnip by the wildflowers.

 

After I was calmed down with some catnip, Mom was able to get me over to the deck steps. I was able to relax even more in my catnip jungle. Only thing is, it has all dried up into brown old sticks. It is ok though you can still rub all over it and get lovely smells from it. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I was drooling like a teething baby. I had a wet spot in my fur under my chin and got my neck strap of my harness pretty wet too.

 

Until next time, stop and smell the catnip! You know I always do!