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First Night in my new house

May 15, 2010

Even though I’ve had my new house for almost two weeks, I had yet to spend the night in it until last night.  It dawned on me that I was a bit scared of it, which I think is why I’d been putting off actually moving in.  Well, with Devin back, there was no choice.  I either had to move in and begin living in my new house or…I don’t know….become homeless or move in with another friend or something equally as silly. 

It’s the “systems” that scare me.  There are 3 main systems.  I think.  Who knows, there may be more, but these are the ones I know about at the moment:  (1)the electrical system including battery power, regular or “shore” power, and generator power, (2)the water/septic system, including multiple fresh, grey, black tanks and drains, knobs and hoses, and (3)the propane system, which can explode.  In addition to these “systems”, there are myriad associated and unassociated appliances to be reckoned with along with determining the appropriate type of power for each: the range and oven, the microwave, the water heater and water pump, the furnace and A/C units, TV antennae, inverter, DVD player, the refrigerator, the toilets, the shower, the automatic hydraulic jacks and slides. 

I’m sure they are all very simple and easy once one knows how, but until one crosses over into the world of knowledge, one can find them daunting.

Having survived the first night without blowing anything up, I am proud to report that I have used and flushed a toilet, manipulated the StarTrek style thermostat to successfully turn on the heat,  heated water in a kettle on the stove for this morning’s coffee and have disinfected the fresh water system and have filled the tanks. 

There are many more things I have to learn, but I feel much more confident today than I was yesterday.  I am grateful to have all the time in the world (insert, until August) to become completely familiar with my new house.

My plan of  “firsts” for tomorrow is to go get the propane tank filled, fill the gas tank with gas, and tackle shore power.  How to go from a 20amp outlet, to a 30 amp adaptor, to a 50 amp surge protector, to my house.  Hmmmmmmm.  Wish me luck!

Below is a photo of my house at Carol’s house.  I’ll be here until the 21st, at which time I’ll move down the road to my home for the summer.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Devin Nix permalink
    May 16, 2010 1:04 am

    Drove by and saw your home. Wow, it’s huge. And soon you get to park it with a golden view. Lucky you. Pretty soon all those bells and whistles will be part of the routine.

  2. May 17, 2010 9:45 pm

    Yippee, you did it!!! I think the Browns (former owners, for those of you who don’t know) would really enjoy this post–might cheer them up a bit–surely they need all of cheering up they can get.

    Now about tonight, I will be listening out for a loud noise from the hillside—-if I don’t hear one tonight I’ll know the propane did not blow up.

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