I couldn't really settle down to do anything. I washed the dishes, replied to comments on my posts, and gave more thought to my quilt. But, although I cut a few more strips of fabric for it, I didn't sew, today.
Later in the afternoon, I decided to take a shower, thinking it will help me cool off (it was another rather hot day). It was a good thing it was such a hot day, after all, because that shower was a lot colder than I would have liked! Even on the hottest of days, I like to add a little hot water to the mix to take away that initial chill of the water, although, very often, I will turn it back to only cold water at the end of the shower. Well, today, there was no hot water at all! Not even warm water! My water heater runs on gas and I guessed that the flame had gone out.
After I got dressed, I checked on the water heater and noticed there was a small pool of water, as well. I called my neighbor E across the street and he came over to check on the water heater for me. As soon as he saw it, he estimated it was about 20 years old and I realized that, yes, it was installed 20 years ago! It had a warranty of 8 years, but it has lasted much longer! He said the water heater was broken and the leak had put out the flame. He turned off the water and the gas and suggested I might want to look into a tankless water heater. Otherwise, he said he could install a new water heater for me, but not tomorrow or the next day as he'd need to make time for it, which is quite reasonable. I am blessed to have such a helpful neighbor.
My cousin P, who lives a few doors down across the street from me (E is her next-door neighbor) has a tankless water heater. So, I called her and she said she can give me the telephone number of the company who installed it for her, just as soon as she located the paperwork. Then, I looked up tankless water heaters and read up a bit about them. They do sound good, but I am thinking I'll go with a regular water heater. I like the idea of having 40 gallons of water on hand in the tank if there is an earthquake, in addition to the bottled water I store for an emergency.
My aunt C called in the late afternoon to check on me. She is the same aunt who visited on Sunday. After that, I had a cup of tea, watched the evening news, and replied to a friend's email.
I needed to go to the grocery store to buy cat food for the stray cats and to start my car, since I hadn't started it since before the weekend! Didn't want that battery to die on me, again! I called one of my friends to see if she needed anything from the grocery store, but she said she had gone earlier, today.
|August 8 Groceries|
1 loaf of bread = $.87
1 lettuce = $.99
1 package cold cuts, 7 oz. = $3.79
1 bunch of 4 bananas ($.59/lb) = $.94
Total = $6.59
|August 8 Receipt|
The receipt includes the cost of the cat food - it was selling for $8.99 and had a $2 off coupon. The tax is for the cat food.
August grocery budget = $75 + $7 carried over from July = $82.00
Amount spent on groceries in August = $2.81 (on 8/1 for bread and grapes) + $6.59 = $9.40
I had just come home from grocery shopping and taken the pictures, when my aunt C called again. Her son surprised her by announcing that he will accompany her and her daughter on the trip to France! Aunt is thrilled that both her children will be with her on her birthday. It's a nice birthday present for her.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Sick time off
- The hot day which made the cold shower bearable
- Helpful neighbors
- Family and friends keeping in touch
- The car started without any problems
Do you have a regular water heater or a tankless water heater? What is your preference?