Friday night, on my way home from work, Marc called to say that his Mother had gone into the hospital and wasn’t doing well. Instead of packing boxes and clearing off all the furniture for our move on Saturday, we drove 2 hours to the Gridley Hospital. We arrived at 8:30 PM. His mom died at 12:45 Saturday morning. She was a great woman and will be sorely missed.
On the way to Gridley we called everyone who said they’d help us move to tell them we wouldn’t be there.. they all said, “it doesn’t matter, we’ll show up and move you anyway”. We have great friends. I can’t think of any way to repay them.

We didn’t get back to town until late on Saturday. We went out to dinner with our friends and they offered to stay another day to help us finish moving (or at least finish up with the big stuff). We’d planned to move everything with pickups.. but it had rained all day on Saturday. They didn’t want our furniture to get soaked so they had been only able to move boxes.
On Sunday we rented a U-Haul truck and moved the big furniture. We still have quite a lot of small stuff to move but Marc and I can move this stuff without help.
Sunday night we stayed at the new house. Not an auspicious start to our lives in the house.
The garage roof leaked. Water pooled on top of the drywall Mr. O had installed. We had to poke a hole in it to get the puddle to drain (better a hole poked than having the whole ceiling collapse on us). A couple boxes got wet.
The thermostat is set at 70 but there’s no heat coming out of the furnace. We hope it’s just that the pilot light has blown out. PG&E says they can be out to re-light it on Thursday morning. Lucky thing we live in California and the lows are in the 50s.
Ants invaded the house and attacked the dog food. I contacted the Pest company and they’re coming tomorrow to spray the house.
At best, the shower I took this morning could be described as tepid. The water temperature definately won’t do. Shivering in the shower is -NOT- acceptable. The bathtub has a wonky knob. You twist it one way and you get cold water. You twist it the other way, the water shuts off.. and then comes on slightly warmer. You twist it all the way towards the warmer side and the water approaches tepid. I’m hoping that this wonky knob is causing cold water to mix in with the hot water even when it’s twisted all the way to hot. That way just fixing the knob will fix the tepid shower problem. After my shower I turned on the bathroom faucet to test the water temperature. The water from the faucet felt MUCH hotter than the shower had.
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In all fairness, Marc requires that I tell everyone reading this blog that in my opinion, the acceptable temperature for a shower is “lava”. If it doesn’t peel the skin off of your back it’s not nearly hot enough. That said, “tepid” is NO WHERE NEAR “lava”.

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