The White Cottage


Well, I’ll Be Damned!!

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Just when you think some of the weird things in this house are done with, one more pops up!! Early this morning Nat was downstairs checking the sump pump (after the repairs from Sunday) and out of curiosity he plugged in the hot water tank to see if there was a spark of life. Well, guess what? The damn thing started up!!!!! He couldn’t believe his dumb luck and waited for a minute or two, then came running upstairs to tell me. All this while I’m on the phone to Direct Energy finding out when the new parts would arrive and be installed!!

We were both dumbfounded and the only explanation we could find was in the manual left by the installers. One of the troubleshooting tricks after trying to start it up several times, is to unplug it and let it rest for over an hour. We thought this was done already, as the tank sat for a couple of hours before the Direct Energy serviceman came by and still had no luck getting a spark out of it. We could only surmise that it had a really good rest overnight and by morning was ready to start it’s new life in our new little home!! Talk about weird – this one took the cake. After 2 installers and one professional technician tried every trick in the book to get the damn thing started, all it wanted was to be left alone for a wee bit. Whatever happened we were eternally grateful that it did.

We said nothing to Direct Energy while I had them on the phone. We wanted to give the tank an hour or two of running to see if it was in fact good to go. We also had concerns about the parts that may or may not have to be replaced, as the technician mentioned he had heard of one incident where there was trouble with this particular tank model. After lunch and several trips up and down the stairs to check on the tank to see if it was in fact turning off and on regularly, we called Direct Energy to give them an update. We’ve still got the technician coming out on Tuesday just to ensure everything else is in order and to double check on the parts that, again, may or may not need replacing.

I hollered out to Nat “first dibs on the shower” and sighed a huge sigh of relief as I could now shower, wash my hair, get the dishwasher running and finally do laundry. We were running out of underwear, socks, dishes and utensils, along with my hair starting to stand straight up from all of the hairspray its received these past couple of days!!!

Naturally the rest of the afternoon was spent doing laundry, but that was fine by me. Nat decided to take advantage of some now free time and take his bicycle down to the repair shop in Fort Erie to get it tuned up and the chain sorted out so we can start exploring some of the great bike trails we have around here. Once he returned he was wandering around the front and back yards checking out what was going to need work, and he had a chance to meet another one of our neighbours from across the road. A nice gentleman whose been away for the past 3 months with his wife, and after hearing about the long hard winter we’ve had, remarked “So I’ve heard”. We were jealous.

Tomorrow I’ve got my bone density test and will have to go it alone. Nat is going to stay put and wait for the Direct Energy technician to come by one more time and hopefully not spook our hot water tank, but double check that everything is copesetic (sp?) – otherwise good to go!! Keep your fingers crossed people!!!


Author: Twila

Born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada, with 5 sisters and a brother. Now retired, my husband and I travel, play golf and am slowly renovating our new (old) home. After my kidney transplant in 1999, we've learned to enjoy life to the fullest. Nat and I have driven across Canada, taken an Alaskan cruise and drove home via the Northern United States. We've also been to Mexico, the Caribbean, the East Coast of Canada and Cape Breton. We've done the "Snowbird" thing, having lived in Destin, Florida for a couple of months of the year. In 2007 we changed our travel plans in order to move into and renovate our new "old" home, but hope to someday get back on the road again. We also love returning to Scotland (Nat's origin of birth) to visit his family and tour the Highlands and surrounding Isles.

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