Water Heater Blues

It is winter again and everyone’s electric bills are hitting the roof. I might have stumbled upon an answer. The hot water tanks. It makes sense. The water temperature is just above freezing when it hits a greedy money sucking one-hundred-forty degree temperature demand. The little wheel on the electric heater goes berserk and our wallets get thinner and our tempers get hotter.

The fix seems to be a temper tank; a second tank of water which sits at room temperature and then is piped into the water heater. The idea is great but… where do you put the extra tank in a cramped, tiny, little house?  The tank must not leak. It must not sweat and create a mold condition. It must be open to the heat of a room to allow the water to raise in temp.

The closer to a heat source would be a grand idea. If you have a wood burner I would put the tank as close as I could get.

Where in tarnation do find one of the dagblasted things? The right size? It fits the space?

You can find safety expansion tanks, water heaters, even the inside guts to the tank, but, could someone come up with a dag nab twenty gallon, non-sweating temper tank I can just plumb-in? Good Grief Charlie Brown. I have been on this internet half an hour and I am so frustrated I finally had to sit down and write about it.

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Do you know how much money I could be saving right now? Somehow I think the girls on the couch are thinking I am making a big deal out this. I could buy all their dog food for the extra money this issue is costing! It is a big deal. Stop looking at me like that…

May the electric companies shudder once I find a link to a temper tank and share it with all my friends.

Okay, that is it. I can not find a link to anything for this idea. You know, why not just take and put the cold water line into a big coil of copper pipe? Enough pipe might hold about twenty gallons of water and skip the whole tank idea. Heck, if I had a wood stove I could wrap the copper around the stove pipe and be dancing in the shower by the end of the night… and not even turn on the confounded money hungry water heater…so there Mr. Power Company…Ha!

Hmmmm… I see an addition to the house is needed. Time to pull out the saws, hammers and nails. One wood burning stove with a long black pipe wrapped in a copper spiral standing in a stonewall den coming right up- in about twenty years.

Done to Dogresied

Awe- look what all my ranting and raving has done to the dog. Guess I’ll have to pull out a dog bone to get her  untwisted. Those are in the same cupboard with the elderberry wine- yep- that should get me untwisted, too, in about fifteen minutes… well until next time.. bottoms up.

 

Farm Humor Pictured Here

Some of our fun farm moments. Enjoy.

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Skeeter-Dot’s normal sleep mode…

Yah, not sure how the cat got named that, but she did.

 

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Jeremy is taking a snooze. He is April’s pup.

 

goat flapMaster Sergeant Chicken says: Flap those wings goat! Faster!

 

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Moya is visiting our girls, Maya, Junzia, and April.

Don’t Look Back 2017

I was going to do a recap of the progress on the farm this year, but, the year was so awful I quit. I could hear the Country Blues band striking up their instruments and the song going like this:

We were flash flooded three times and the pond blew out…    da-du-da-dunt

Two cows died and the twister knocked our trees about…     da-du-da-dunt

My favorite computer crashed-the mother board is fried….  da-du-da-dunt

My best friend and neighbor- she just up and died…        da-du-da-dunt

A guy sold me a car he did not own…

Now I got to chew on him like some old bone…      da-du-da-dunt

We had to toss a renter to the curb…

’cause he liked expensive wacky herbs…    da-du-da-dunt

An idiot wrecked my car, the fools…

Yet another jerk,  stole my tools…   da-du-da-dunt

When you think it can  get no worse…

Taxes raise and  I got to handover a horse!    da-du-da-dunt

The cow prices are too low to sell…   da-du-da-dunt

My stallion was injured and struck the reaper’s bell…     da-du-da-dunt

The fox and coons wiped out the hens…  da-du-da-dunt

A coyote has the goats scared in their pens…   da-du-da-dunt

A hawk flew in and got the cat…

who would have even thought of that!    da-du-da-dunt

At least the hubby finally found a good job…

but the rest of this song makes me want to sob!    da-du-da-dunt

On the bright side mother  decided to stay…

and I found strength in God and learned to pray!     da-du-da-dunt

I think we’ll end this blues with a loud: “Hallelujah!”

Then a mumbled:    “Five more days and this year is over!”

We are “alive and kickin'” as my friend Mary would always say when I would call. I sure do miss the ole girl and I know she would have loved my song.  Sure hope 2018 starts off better.  Five more days. Five more days…