If I Make it Through January

18 Jan

You know, I started the new year living in the soap room because my furnace broke down and I had CO in my cold house.

Bob Cat

We got through that, and everything’s good now.  We’re in the house and warm.

Sky and Bob

Snickers

Four days after my furnace was fixed, my car was having some problems, and I took it to the shop.  The engine was diagnosed with “multiple issues.”  I now have a farm truck to try and help the car last longer.  I do really like the truck, and I’ve needed a farm truck for a while.  It was not the best timing though.  I’m not excited about learning to drive a truck in Iowa’s horrible winters, but sand in the back helps, and I am getting snow tires.

This past Monday (one week after the car break down), when I went to get water for the chickens, the hydrant didn’t work.  The well was frozen because my heater in the well house wasn’t working.

I put the heater I had gotten as a back-up in there, but it doesn’t work right either.  It won’t run or won’t shut off.  Well, I set it in the way it doesn’t turn off, so by the time I got home with a new heater the next afternoon, it was 90*F (32.2* C) in there.  My pipes were not frozen!

Now the new heater I got has a stupid safety feature that doesn’t like the rough floor in there.  I finally got it set to run, and it wouldn’t shut of either.  It was up to 110* F (43.3* C) the next morning.

I switched back to my original backup heater, and I think I have it now.  The temperature seems to be holding steady in there.  I swear, it should not be this difficult.  I am done with things breaking down.

7 Responses to “If I Make it Through January”

  1. anotherday2paradise January 18, 2019 at 5:49 pm #

    I’m exhausted just reading about all the problems you’ve had, Theresa. Go carefully in that truck. xx

    • Teresa January 18, 2019 at 5:59 pm #

      I am snuggled in my safe warm house tonight with a snowstorm outside.

  2. Alica January 18, 2019 at 6:29 pm #

    I’m so sorry, that really stinks!! May January finish on a good note for you!

    • Teresa January 18, 2019 at 6:32 pm #

      Thanks. Hope things are going well for you.

      • Alica January 19, 2019 at 7:16 am #

        They are, mostly. Thanks! Bracing for our first “major” winter event here this weekend.

  3. Jeanne January 18, 2019 at 9:27 pm #

    We’ll you’ve certainly had more than your share of problems – enough for several months!! I hope it stops!

  4. Margaret Birding For Pleasure January 19, 2019 at 1:34 am #

    You certainly have been through the mill with problems recently so hope that is an end to them now. Keep warm. i hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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