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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Knights In Shining Armor

That’s what Rollie and Michael were to me this morning.  I got up at 5:30am when Michael left, drank my coffee, read some blogs and started some spaghetti sauce.  About the time I was going to get in the shower, the propane hot water heater ignited and my power surged and died—completely, no juice, nothing!  The electric element in our hot water heater is dead, the new one is ordered but in the mean time we are using propane.  We’ve been struggling with some strange electrical problem—the water heater ignites, power surges, microwave blinks, then everything goes back to normal.  This morning it didn’t go back to normal

I flipped breakers, unplugged things—nothing I did restored power.  About that time, Rollie drove up—I explained my dilemma  to him out the kitchen window asking him to send my husband home a little early—I could deal with no power for the day—the quilting studio had power! Smile Nope, Rollie called Michael and told him to come home—my knights in shining armor.  Power is back on but Michael has some things to troubleshoot when he has his week off!

Gina and I spent the day quilting and sewing.  I would sew for a while, frustration would set in and I would use the longarm for a while.  One of these days I’m going to write a quilting/bag/gadget pattern and write it so people get it!  Maybe pattern makers assume you know more than you do??? 

This afternoon late we were outside and noticed Rick had a new toy—a remote control helicopter.  Emmi was outside at the time—the thing scared her to death, she retreated to the motorhome.


Rollie and Gina joined us for dinner tonight—spaghetti with homemade bread.  Thomas, Ashley and Abigail stopped by for a few minutes—Abigail is a beautiful baby—her second birthday is approaching fast! 

Michael is on the downhill side now, last week of work coming up.


  1. There has to be a good reason for the power to bump up and down. Good success with the fix on that.

  2. Every time I see one of those remote control helicopters, I'm brought back to a time when my kids were in grade school. My son had the helicopter flying and don't ask me how but the blades got caught in my daughter's long hair. Oh what a mess, and they still tell that story!!

  3. I'm sure Michael will make short work of your electrical problem as soon as he gets a chance to look at it. I can just imagine Emmi scurrying away from that scary remote helicopter.

  4. After reading your post to my husband we both are wondering how the eletric is affected when you are on propane. He suggested that while on the propnae you switch off the circuit for the electric to the water heater. Somehow when the heater is on propane electric is still getting to it. If you find switching the circuit off and the problem goes away you may have a bad connection or even a bad board in the heater. Just sayin, but do hope this helps and that you find the problem before something bad happens, God forbid!

  5. butterbean carpenterFebruary 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Howdy Janna & Mike, & Emmi
    Sure do hope Mike finds that electrical problem and GET IT FIXED!!! Coal oil was dangerous, but at least you knew if it was on fire; with electric you only know when it really gets HOT!!! Give Emmi a hug & pat for us!!!
    Don't blow away in this wind(35-55mph) up here!!!
    Spaghetti sounds like a great meal especially with some of your homemade bread!!!


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