Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I hollered over at Jeana

I said "DON'T LOOK, JEANA!" but it was too late ...


We're ready for it!


I told you the problem with our thermostats, the problem where they don't work. The furnace runs like a well-oiled heating machine, but too often, too long, and too hot. Carolyn suggested pointing a vent at the thermostat, which isn't possible but put us on the right track. If we could localize the heat just around the sensor we could OVERPOWER IT WITH OUR SUPERIOR INTELLECT and cunning mastery of caps lock. Plus, festive, am I right? Maria and MaryGail were impressed with our minimalist decorating.

Still, Annie felt there must be a solution, a real fix, so she kept researching until she found another Bounder owner who resets his thermostats by removing, then replacing, the fuses labeled "ECC" (electronic climate control). She did that last night, and my job today (my only job) was to test it. With the bulbs unplugged, the furnace came on at 61° F (~18° C) and brought a bag lunch. I plugged them back in and they're working again to suppress the sensor. It's so cold in here I can't feel my nose. Success! So sleepy. I'll nap in this snow drift ...

In happier days, we put on this window stuff:


This was the next happy day:


Speaking of happy days, Ralph, I've been taking extra vitamin D for the past two winters to help my mood.

After and before photo

Lily wanted to go out seconds before she wanted to come in:


BREAKING unresolved news: the power just went out in the Duck, but not in the house. Inverter won't come on. GFCI keeps tripping, and I can't find the fault. I just know it's not mine.

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dirtyduck said...

those little paw prints are adorable!! i love how you cropped(?) them! sorry about the troubles with the power...

who does annie think she is? wanting a permanent fix...

¡Vizcacha! said...

Right? She's all let's do this right or whatever.

Thanks! I found the problem with the power and Annie is fixing it. That's fair, right?

Jennifer said...

Sorry about the power outage!

BTW, megadoses of fish oil are also good for mood. You have to take A LOT, though. (It's a blood thinner, so you have to be careful with it.)

¡Vizcacha! said...

Jennifer, thanks for that link. I do take a lot for my triglycerides (about 4 g. a day), so maybe that's also helping my mood. I know Jeana (from Four Windows With a View) suffers with the short, cloudy days, too.

dirtyduck said...

lol "she's all" i love it when people say that!!i really like that first picture, the rainy one. makes me feel all cozy inside:)

The Good Luck Duck said...

It is kind of cozy-looking, isn't it? It was about 51° inside when I took that picture. Every once in a while I went outside to warm up.

Judy and Emma said...

You definitely need to get out of upstate New York. I lived there for 18 years, but wouldn't consider a winter in an RV. :)

¡Vizcacha! said...

Judy, YOU ARE NOT KIDDING. Especially after this last week, when we lost our heat, but didn't move into the house. It's fuzzy to me where pluck stops and passes the baton to crazy.

Where in upstate were you?