As the song goes…”I wake up every mornin’ I stumble out of bed Stretchin’ and yawnin’ Another day ahead.”
My routine is a morning shower and yesterday was no different, except…the water never got past barely warm. Needless to say, I didn’t linger as I normally would. After I got dressed and woke Larry up, I told him “he may want to check the hot water heater before he tried taking a shower.” He did, and found out the pilot was out. Our house was built in 2001, which makes the hot water heater only eight years old. We have lived in this house for almost four years and have had to replace some little gizmo, (thermocouple) on it twice already.
Monday’s I usually attend Ladies Bible Class, that didn’t work out for obvious reasons. Instead we headed to Owasso to Home Depot after I researched Hot Water Heaters on the Internet. I was “quite surprised” when I saw the prices. Our existing tank was 50 gallons which is the size I was pricing. We had talked about going with a tankless if we ever had to replace this one, but with the labor costs of converting over etc., we decided to stay with the conventional gas heater.
We have not always had good experiences at Home Depot (or Lowe’s for that matter) with getting help. Yesterday was different; and pleasantly so. We had unexpectedly helpful service from knowledgeable workers. We chose a 50 gallon hot water heater with a twelve year warranty. It was cough…cough…$588.00 and just under $250.00 labor to have it installed. We didn’t know if we would be fortunate enough to have it installed yesterday, thankfully, they were able to do it.
Originally the installation was scheduled for between five and six; to our amazement the plumber showed up at around one and about three hours later we were back in business.
To my feminine readers-imagine spending just under $900.00 and leaving the store without a single bag!! That’s just wrong!! Not that I’ve ever spent that kind of money shopping, still….I’m just saying.
Actually, we “went on our way rejoicing.” In our almost thirty years of marriage we have never had to replace a hot water heater, so I’m thinking we have no room for complaints there. We had very good service and same day installation…AND…we both enjoyed hot showers this morning. We were also blessed to have the funds for the project and we stimulated the economy a wee bit.
So…unexpected things aren’t always bad. We did get caught in a torrential downpour on the way home and I got some great “cloud” pictures. You can view them on my FB page. I haven’t had a lot of luck putting photos on my website. I will have to check with the web guru one of these days for tips on putting multiply pictures on here.
I shall close with another thought concerning the unexpected. This one is for spiritual awareness rather than physical. This too will be a day of victory if we are ready.
So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. Matt 24:44