Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Better Things

The locals tell me that we are having an unusually mild winter.  The weather does seem odd to me.  I've never lived anywhere before where it rains in January.  I can't complain about the beautiful weather, though.  Last Saturday we had blue skies and it was "jacket weather."

T. decided to burn some piles of branches from his clean-up efforts around the place.  

Stella and I decided that meant it was time for roasted marshmallows.

I only had mini-marshmallows - but they did the trick.


 Here are some photos of a recent frosty morning at the Nobel House:

Driving up to the gate.

T. holding the gate

And off to work we go.


Thankfully, the day after my last post we were able to thaw out our sewer line; so no more troubles there (I knew you were wondering.)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

The Ugly Blog Post

Well, I hate to start out the New Year with a post titled "The Ugly Blog Post" but reality is reality, so here goes:

For the past 5 weeks, we have been dealing with plumbing that doesn't work properly.  To say I am frustrated about this would be an understatement!

During the Thanksgiving weekend, we traveled out of state to attend my dad's funeral.  As soon as we arrived back home, our little area of the country was hit by a cold snap and our water stopped running.  We did what we needed to do to get the water running, only to find out that are gray water drain had frozen up!

So -- we had running water with nowhere for it to go except up the shower drain and all over the bathroom floor.  After trying to get that thawed out (heaters under the house, heaters in the pump house, heaters under a makeshift tent at the drain outlet) -- Yes, our electric bill went up dramatically -- we finally gave up and put in a makeshift drain for the gray water.  See photos below.

Every night when we are done running water for the night, we unhook the hose, drain it and hang it over a tree branch in the yard.  When we get up in the morning, before we take our showers, we go out in the yard and hook the hose back up.

Make-shift tent mess at gray water outlet.

We solved the gray-water-drain problem just in time for an out-of-town trip to visit our son for Christmas.  When we arrived home 4 days later, and went to use the toilet after a long drive, it overflowed all over the bathroom floor and into the kitchen -- Did I mention this is a post about "ugly" things?

T. said, "Well, the sewer pipe must have froze up while we were gone."  I said, "No way!  Who ever heard of a sewer pipe freezing up!"  Well, to make a long story short, we called a plumber who came out and looked and said, "Your sewer is froze up, because your pipe is only 8 inches below the surface of the ground."

Good Grief!! Who buries they're sewer pipe 8 inches below the ground?  --- That explains why there were areas of the yard with gobs and gobs of ugly straw lying around.  Ugly straw that we hauled away last summer.......... Ugly straw that the former owners used to insulate the pipe that was only 8 inches below the surface of the ground!

The plumber dug down to the pipe, cut a hole in it and told us to run hot water into the hole until it thaws out.  See photos below:

Messy, dirty and smelly - and, as of this evening, it hasn't worked.

I guess I can be grateful that we own an outhouse.

                                                                           The End.