Monday, December 17, 2012

No heat, hot water or stove, oh my! A birthday and an anniversary too.

This weekend was not a great weekend.  I'm glad it wasn't too cold as we had no heat, hot water or stove.  We came in Thursday night and noticed a slight gassy smell outside. We went over to our propane tank (we live in the country) and there was a strong odor. Normally, there is no smell unless you get close to the end of your gas in the tank.  We felt along the regulator and could feel air coming out of it.  Not good...We didn't turn the heat on or turn any fires on Thursday night. First thing Friday morning, my husband called our gas company and they came out to check the leak.  Yes, there was a leak at the tank and some place else.  They couldn't locate the leak so they capped off the tank and said we had to have a plumber come out before they could turn us back on.  We called about ten different plumbers and no one was certified for LP gas.  We finally found one but he was out of town until Monday.  He could come see us then.  Ok, no heat, no stove, no hot water....I'm just glad it was warm here in Texas!  We went and took showers at my son's house and my MIL's too over the weekend.  The only way I could cook was the microwave and I did a few meals that way but then I had dirty dishes and had to heat water to wash them.  Wow, I am so glad I didn't live in pioneer days, those women had it rough!  The plumber came out today and there was another leak but it was also on the outside of the house. Our pipes in the house were ok.  So glad of that!  We were worried it was going to be hard to find the leak...He said we probably had this leak for a long time and just never realized it.  It's nice to have hot water again and I can take a bath at my own house! First thing we did was turn the dish washer on and wash some clothes. Now to take a shower in my own house! 

I  did sew a little this weekend but it was just my nine patches for the month.  Forty more nine patches!  Only 2 more months to go, whoo hoo! 

Sunday was our 34th wedding anniversary and we went out to celebrate, looked at a few Christmas lights and went and showered at my MIL's. 

Tonight, we went out to dinner again to celebrate my sweet husband's birthday today....Now, we are watching a football game and relaxing.  Life is back to normal. 
I'm hoping this is our last thing to go out for awhile.  We've had the air conditioning go out, our hot water heater had to be replaced, my internet connection was faulty and now the gas connection...I'm glad these were all fixable and we were able to figure them out but I'm ready for some relaxation time.  Ah, the joys of owning your own home!  We were planning on putting new floors in the house over the holidays but we've decided to put that on hold.  We are just going to relax and enjoy the season.  I hope you are enjoying the holiday season and getting to sew or craft too. Til next time, happy sewing!


Jane Galley said...

Not the time of year you want to be without heating. Glad it was relatively simple to fix, nothing like being able to jump in the bath

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

We would have had to move out of the house here in Illinois! It's way too cold to live without heat, let alone all the other inconveniences. I'm very happy that all is back to normal, and I hope that the rest of your holiday season is lovely and uneventful!

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

Things like that come in three's around here. I hope I don't see anymore for awhile, because those 3's are stacking up, back to back.

Anonymous said...

I lived with a propane tank (plus cistern and septic tank) for many years. They were the things I disliked about our country home. Never had your problem, though. That would have been difficult in December in Ohio. Glad everything is taken care of.

Anonymous said...

Good to be reminded of how blessed we are to live in this century! I do keep a small propane heater and two propane lamps around from our camping days. You never know when they will come in handy! Happy anniversary, and a happy birthday to your hubby, too. December babies are the best. =)

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