Poor Vince. When I left in October, I truly expected he’d be here by Christmas. Between having Covid and it taking him a long time to get his strength back, and I still don’t think he’s at full capacity, and then he got his first Covid vaccine and that made him feel bad for a while, and then the weather setback, I don’t know when he’s going to get moved.
He got the house listed but it’s never shown up as for sale and there’s no sign up yet. The realtor couldn’t get there to take pictures because the weather hasn’t cooperated and she wants good outside pictures, as well as inside pictures. Last I heard, she was coming out today to get pictures so I’m hoping this week it shows up on the market.
A good selling point should be that it had no storm damage – no broken pipes, the well is in good shape. We have always prepared for as much as we could think of that could possibly happen. Since we’re no fan of whole house generators, and since small generators can be so finicky, Vince always has several around. He had sent the propane generators with me because he thought I’d need them before he did so getting gasoline was a bit of a challenge but he had some on hand, was able to fill the tanks one more time and since he only kept the generator on for the well as he needed water in the house, that didn’t take much gas. He used one generator to run the two freezers in the shop but he only ran that one a few hours a day to keep the freezers frozen. He ran one to keep the house fridge going and to run an electric heater in the kitchen. He kept a fire going in the fireplace and slept in his recliner which he can do easily and I could not do if I had been there. It got down below 50 in the house a couple of nights but he said he only got cold when he had to get out from under his covers and add wood to the fire. He was able to cook and make coffee on the gas stove.
We’re very thankful that we insisted on finding a house with an alternate source of heat, a gas stove and a well when we moved there. This last week was exactly why we had that determination.
I know it was a lot of work for Vince to keep everything running. He’ll have to get extra pampering when he gets here.
Cat survived! The first night the power went off somewhere between midnight and 1 or 2 a.m. I should remember since he called me! Cat’s heat lamp went off so he let her in the shop and fixed her a box with blankets.
The second night and third nights, it got down near zero one night and a bit below zero the next night. Vince hooked the heat lamp up to the generator that was keeping a heater going in the well house. The pump was off but he didn’t want the water in the pressure tank to freeze. Because Cat wasn’t used to the sound of the generator, she didn’t come around for two days. How on earth can a cat survive those temps?
Vince said there’s at least one more cat eating and staying under the heat lamp with Cat. There’s no telling how many cats we’ve been feeding. Vince said things are starting to feel normal there. I’d be anxious to see how the fruit trees do. You know this was the kind of weather the cherry trees love so there will probably be a bumper crop of cherries this year and I won’t be there to enjoy them. That’s ok . . they grow here too!
Wish us luck getting that house on the market and a buyer coming along soon!
The only things we learned that we need to do in MO, besides the gas stove and gas heater in the basement, is to probably put in a second propane tank and buy super warm sleeping bags. Even during the day, we could sit in the living room with our legs and lower body in the sleeping bags to stay warm.
This house didn’t have an inside water cut off valve when we bought it and that’s the first thing we did . . had a plumber come out and put in a shut off valve where the water comes inside in the basement. Next time this happens here, and it will happen here again, though less likely to happen in Texas again, we will probably turn on all the faucets, inside and outside, shut the water off to the house and drain the lines. We can just used bottled water and not risk having frozen pipes though it was -16 here and I don’t know how often it gets that cold . . not often I don’t think and hopefully not for a full two weeks like it did this time . . though only one night did it get down to -16. Most nights it was between 5 and -10.
I’m ready for normal . . which means having Vince here and having my cat back to being sweet!