Saturday, February 9, 2013

Drowning in snow

When I got up this morning it was still dark, so I didn't really get a good feel for how much snow was actually out there. Hubby had left me a note before he went to bed, that there was no hot water, the snow amount was f'ed up, and not to start anything before he got up.

As I opened the garage door to venture down to the barn for the morning chores, I got a good grip on the lay of the land. The snow  was almost to my waist, and all I could do was wade or wobble, call it whatever you want, down to the barn. I don't know how many times I lost balance and just keeled over. Getting to the barn I had to dig out enough room to open the door. Once that was done, easy breezy. The boys and girls were warm and dry.

Once the chores were done, I figured I'd have a look at the hot water issue as there will be need for hot showers for sure. We have a wall hung on demand water heater and propane. After looking through the instructions manual, and finding the various error codes I tried to reset the whole thing. Nope, didn't work. But at least the error code gave an idea that it had something to do with not enough pressure. Aha!! The vent!! The boiler was working just fine and gave plenty hot air. So I figured the vent must be blocked or something. I ventured out and made my way behind the house where I thought the vent was, and started digging. Sure enough. Cleared the vent so the system could breath, and waded back inside to test it out. Bingo!! We have hot water again.

From then on I went into procrastination mode for a bit. Made some lip balms, tied up some loose ends on some mittens, and made my mite salve. Now I have to muster up enough gusto to just get out there and get going. First thing is getting the driveway cleared, then the rest will have to come after that. Trying to figure out where the best place will be to dig out for a poop pile. Will figure that out as we move along. Also have to dig out around the doors in the barn, so I can open up and the critters can have a view and not feel too cooped up. Not that they would venture outside anyway, but at least they can look outside. I hate having them cooped up.

Putting on plenty elbow grease and out we go!!

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