Maytag Appliance Repair

4/2/15 Thursday in Whitney, TX (Lake Whitney-TT)

Great news! John tried a variety of things with our pedestal and the surge protector to get the juice moving again. Yes, we had no electricity all night, but the batteries were fine still at 12.6 volts this morning. The news is that after a couple times of turning the surge protector off, it let the power come through! Whew. I was worried that it had “fried” because of the power surge last night.

While waiting for “Mr. Appliance”, I realized that we didn’t have any cell phone service. He was supposed to call us a half hour before he arrived. So I walked to the clubhouse to call them on a land line. They happened to be swamped and their phone didn’t work for me, but thankfully a ranger let me use her cell phone (AT&T) which was working, so I got through. In the end, he never got their message and struggled to call my phone. The good news is he decided to come anyway. He got through to my phone by 10:30 – he was at the gate!

Meanwhile John was working on those dirt spots on our roof because it was still cooler than it would be later. The great news is that the “Mr. Appliance” tech noted that the gasket was the problem. He showed me how to use a hair dryer to soften it (all around the freezer drawer), then you just close the freezer drawer and let it be (cool/set) for about 3-4 hours. For that he only charged the house visit fee. He also showed me where the gasket was broken (I could feel it). So this is just a temporary fix but we both agreed that he wouldn’t be able to get the part (new gasket) here and another appointment to replace our old one before we left Tuesday. He did show me how you can just pull the gasket out from the door, then push it back in (Maytag French Door fridge). Amazing!!! So we’ll work at that when we’re at Verde Valley for a longer time.

John noted to our neighbor his struggles with cleaning the roof and learned that “Awesome” (available at Dollar General) worked well, if allowed to sit awhile and then using a scrub sponge on it. It really worked!

So after lunch we drove to the Whitney Dollar General for a jug of “Awesome” and a couple of those no scratch sponges. By the way, nearby Hillsboro has a beautiful old courthouse building, right at the corner where you need to turn to go on to this TT campground.

Whitney Courthouse 1

At home I took a nap until “Emergency” was over, then cut John’s hair. Our helpful neighbor (Richard) came by to tease us. I asked if he knew a good way through Fort Worth. Yes, he said he’d grown up here and was a trucker for 32 years. Wow, I hit the jack pot. He said to take I-35N until I-20W, taking that road to Hwy 820N until Hwy 156, then Hwy 114, THEN back to I-35W/I-35N. Apparently not only is the traffic there always congested except for around midnight, but they have lots of construction holding things up even more all along I-35. Good to know.

Normal night of supper and TV.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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