Thursday, September 24, 2009

"Surprise" Day

I started to call this Good Day/Bad Day, but really it was probably all good when I get right down to it. So today was the day to Get Things Done. I had a list!

And first on the list was having the chimney cleaned. It's been quite some time since that service has been performed and I knew it wasn't safe to even have a fire in the house (which is why I banned all of them last year, much to hub's dismay). While we were miraculously spared the horrible days/weeks long power outage from the ice storm of 2007 (thank you God) that year had it's fair share of other power outages, one which occurred on a particularly cold night (it was like 14 out). Lots and lots of firewood was burned that night. All of which made me acutely aware of the need to have it cleaned.
After my chimney cleaner inspected it, we learned there had been at least one chimney fire that had already occurred. Yikes. I won't bore you with the details on how this is determined but it was pretty conclusive. And the inside of it was glazed. This translates into:
1. Very unsafe and 2. going to cost more money to clean/fix. SURPRISE! kinda
But good news: no cracks or other damage and hey OUR HOUSE DIDN'T CATCH FIRE whenever this happened. Best of all, it's getting fixed so we can have fires all winter long and not worry.

Next up: my sewing machine.

Oh, that sounds so trivial. My machine is waaaaay more than just a sewing machine. My Baby is a Rolls Royce of sewing/embroidery/quilting machines. Lately I have been on a tear making these cute aprons for my booth:

And at some point, my Baby started making this groaning sound, like something was bound up (you know, like thread) in it. So, off to the great store I bought it at and SURPRISE! the extended "gold" warranty on it is STILL GOOD! Which means it will be moved up in the line to be fixed and, of course, cost me zero dollars. So that's a good thing.

My trip to stores and the bank were surprise-free, so back home I came and sat down to rest. Then the doorbell rang. SURPRISE! The guys from the awning company were here to replace our old awning with our brand new one! They were supposed to be here tomorrow or Monday (which had me wondering what day it really was). But it's great to have it done now! So here it is:

And I'm hoping that this is IT for Surprise Day. All in all, I cannot complain because, as I said, it's all good. Hmm.....maybe we should go out to the casino tonight.....

UPDATE: So, we did in fact go to the casino this evening. Although its the season premier of one of my most favorite shows (Greys Anatomy) I always record it so I can FF through commercials. Luck was good to me at the casino- at first. Then it sorta went south. Hub's back started hurting and we decided to call it a night after a couple of hours. No problem, said I. I'll just come home and start watching Greys. SURPRISE! Recorder wasn't set!!! Oh the panic!! Of course I immediately hit "record" and did in fact get the last hour of it recorded. So that's the good news. I'll just have to watch the first hour of it on the computer tomorrow. OK. Enough surprises for 1 day. No more please. Thank you.

1 comment:

  1. That reminds me! I must get my Rolls Royce Orek vacumn in for its yearly checkup! ;-)
    Awning is very nice!


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