April 12th, 2005


Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

We drove up yesterday afternoon, arriving on the Ranch about 17:30. Met our next door neighbor P, who was feeding the livestock. Everything is OK, other than that the goats found a weak spot in the fence and pushed it down, so they were all following P's car and hoping for more feed. We'll need to do some fence repair soon. I think the whole stretch needs replacement, actually. Fortunately it's a relatively short stretch, and it's an "internal" fence meaning it leads to our property rather than a neighbor's or the road.

Spent a relaxing evening playing with the Border Collie Bros (BOSS! Mrs BOSS! You're back we missed you we're so happy to see you *wagging tails dancing bouncing wagging*). Unpacked from the trip, mostly straight into the laundry baskets. The suits will need to go to dry cleaners but everything else is home laundry. Set out the film shot in N'Orleans to take to the lab (later today). Made a simple dinner of Chicken Noodle Ramen.

Then, after drawing water for soup and eating, discovered... no water. The pump wasn't running. Breaker not tripped. Pressure switch (the actual on-off and is driven by water pressure in line) looking good (and I've seen them after they died, so I know that part). Starter box, condensers not exploded (again, I've seen that, and it's impossible to miss) though there were ants in the box. Cleaned that out. Still no joy.

Called the pump man this morning, same guy who's done our maintenance for a while. "Is the reset tripped?" he asks. Reset? Where? "On the bottom of the starter box." I'll go check... if you don't hear back from us, come on out when you get the chance.

Reset was tripped. It is now re-set. Pump runs. We have water.


I called in sick today.
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Pump ran for about an hour. Stopped. Reset wouldn't reset. OK, still didn't see any other problems, called the pump guy back. He made it out here by 15:00. Condenser was shot; hadn't exploded but the connections were loose, so that's been replaced. On the one hand, easy fix.

On the other hand, one of the two holding tanks is also shot. Hmm, less than a year and a half old and still under warrenty. So he's due back out tomorrow or Thursday to replace the tank. He didn't install that tank, either, but he's got the wherewithal to deal with the warrenty replacement, and he offered. Sure, we'll be happy to have you do that.

On the gripping hand, water is currently on to the house. During the interlude, the water to the old single wide formely known as home and now becoming known as Studio 318 was clipped (pipes already burst under the kitchen, the gate valve's been off since October) and capped. That part of the system is still gated off. You may infer from that comment that I've built in some damage control to the system. Unfortunately we're still point-source dependant on the one well. There are times I debate about sinking a second one.

Did a spot of grocery shopping (we'd emptied the larder and refrigerator of spoilables before I left for N'Orleans, since Ruthie was going to be in Deltona for most of that time), dropped off the film from N'Orleans for processing. I can pick that up tomorrow on the way home from work.

Tomorrow I probably will go to work, because I want to see one of the docs about this cough and congestion. Only reason I won't (and even then I'll still go see a doc) is if I spike a high fever.

So, now for a relaxing evening. Hopefully with a hot tub.
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    okay okay