Category Archives: Mini-Rancho

Now the washer doesn’t work

Joining the dishwasher and the kitchen sink faucets. And no word from the plumber. Time to find another one if we can. Start with Lowes, where I bought the washer. And the dishwasher, as it happens.

UPDATE: Washer repair coming today! Dishwasher and kitchen sink water pressure repair possibly this week.

MORE: Washer fixed but still waiting on water pressure repair two weeks later. One company told us they have 500 orders for service with just six plumbers.

Waiting for the plumber

Outfit said Saturday they’d get back to schedule me on Monday or Tuesday. Didn’t hear from them on Monday and, as of noon, no word on Tuesday either. Meanwhile we have no water pressure in the kitchen, including the dishwasher.

UPDATE: Contacted them on Wednesday. Learned longtime association counts for nothing. We’ve been prioritized behind people with no water or burst pipes. Next week possible they said.


It’s 60 degrees and sunny. Lot of melting going on. Actually lost power for 2 and 1/2 hours. A falling tree limb mostly likely. No burst water pipes noticeable yet.

Chills and thrills

Tis 23 degrees at Neely’s Canyon in Austin with more ice and snow on the way. Forecast says 10 by tomorrow morning. 7 by Tuesday morning. And, naturally, I’m out of cigarettes. A good time to quit? Or to make a slow and careful “run” to the nearby drugstore.

UPDATE: Chickened out. Too cold out there. I’m going to make one pack last four days.

MORE: It didn’t. But there’s enough snow in the parking lot to keep me inside. Plus the nearest stores are closed. I’m just imagining it’s a series of 12-hour flights to Israel and savoring how good it will taste when I finally get one.

Power outage

For 12 hours overnight from yesterday afternoon. Back on this morning. Ice accumulation on the power lines, apparently, or nearby trees falling on them. Indeed, all night we heard trees falling in the canyon from ice accumulation. Waiting for full daylight to see the carnage.

Bitter cold

Thermometer is hovering around 31 degrees, with rain and wintery mix and icing expected according to the National Weather Service. Tomorrow and Saturday-Sunday expected to be even colder, dipping into the 20s and teens. Good for killing hibernating bugs such as scorpions. But potentially bad in the form of power outages from the ice on the lines.

UPDATE: Local news reporting a 26-car pileup on a highway near us on the edge of the Hill Country. Police “begging” drivers “to drive to the conditions.” Ha! Fat chance.

Rain, rain, rain

Boy, we’ve had a lot of it the past few days. Even got some city-wide flash flooding of streets and streams. Nice, though, after almost two months of hundred degree days and no rain.