Well, it’s been quite a day. Day 5 with no hot water or air conditioning, in case you’re keeping track. I was a woman on a mission this morning. Having finished my class outline for this weekend (a whole day early!), I decided I would boldly attempt my second-ever PowerPoint presentation.
PowerPoint is not intuitive for me, but since I had a whole day to do it, I went ahead and Googled everything I couldn’t figure out. It was tedious and mentally taxing, but by midafternoon I had a 53-slide presentation to put together. And yes, I do know I’m going to have to gallop through them very fast to get through in one hour!
Meanwhile, other stuff happened too. I did three sink loads of laundry by hand because I was out of time and my clothes have to have time to dry before tomorrow!
Late in the morning our flooring was delivered! The guy had a cool semi-truck with a forklift on the back. And when he got out to talk to me, it turned out to be a guy that Walter and I went to college with. Jasper got out the dolly and made many trips from the driveway to the living room to get all those boxes of flooring brought into the house.
Once the flooring was here, Lucy and I went to Walmart to get a few necessary things, and quite a few unnecessary things. She had this vision of making a Halloween carrot cake that would be stuffed with candy. In other words, something I couldn’t even look at without spiking my blood sugar!
It was another glorious warm but not hot day, and Jasper climbed up to his treehouse and took a nap!
After Walter got off work (his first job), he worked on putting the new motor into the air conditioner, but when he was done, it still didn’t work. It was pretty discouraging. Spencer called his boss (the heating and air conditioning guy on campus) and he came by after work and guess what? He got it going! That was a relief.
When Walter got back from his second job, we had supper and then he went off to buy a new water heater. It is hard to lose the money we had saved for van repairs, but having hot water in the house is definitely a higher priority at the moment!
After he returned, Spencer helped him manhandle the new heater into the laundry room and get it hooked up. As I type this there is warm water coming from the tap! So after the deprivations of the week, our flooring arrived, our air conditioner was fixed, and our hot water heater was replaced all in the same day!
Obviously this has been a very stressful week for my husband, with all these problems hanging over his head. Of course it has been very inconvenient for me to do without hot water, but I haven’t stressed out over it, and you know why? Because I have complete and total confidence in my husband. When stuff breaks down around here, I know I don’t need to panic because my husband will take care of it. In the last couple of weeks he has built a very sturdy treehouse, patched up and painted our living room, figured out what was wrong with our air conditioner, got the right motor for it, put it back in, done everything that could be done to fix our old water heater, researched and bought a new one, and installed it. That kind of peace of mind is priceless!
Tomorrow I head to Marshall for the writers’ conference and I would appreciate your prayers. I have worked so hard to prepare and I want it to go well! It would be really nice if I actually get some people in my workshops too. . . .