Thursday, August 26, 2010

Blades and Motors

Home Depot came out on Tuesday and quoted a price of $3,500 for a new air conditioner, we knew it would be expensive, but the price Was so shocking that it drove Paul to take action. If it had been me I would have been depressed but I would have meekly accepted Home Depot's quote. Anyway Paul took our shattered blade to a Warehouse the only sells to dealers and was able to get a new blade. One of the new scopie types that are more effective than the old ones. He paid $53.00 for the blade. They had an extra that was suppose to have gone to another unit that had not been picked up.
That did not completely solve the problem so he made a phone call to a company that repairs air conditioners, they came out and said it was the motor, but the guy called the same warehouse where we got the blade and gave them his license number. It cost $60 to have him come out and give the warehouse his license number and another $60 for the new motor. So we paid $173.00 instead of $3,500. It may not be as effective as the new air conditioner, but it would have taken a long time to recoup the $3,327 difference. Paul also clean out the unit. I guess there was a lot of debris in the unit. So far it is a lot quieter than before and it is turning it self off and on periodically, like it is suppose to. Before it ran all the time. We are hopeful it will last another year, or two.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Air Conditioner

Our air conditioner died over the weekend and we have been so miserable. Paul is meeting with Home Depot this morning, We know it will be expensive but we can not shop around for better pricing because we can't stand the heat. Debbie L got a new cat and I was going to post a picture, but I forgot the USB wire.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Picnicking alongside Lolo Creek

I have been thinking I should post a couple of pictures of our trip before we got to Portland. They were on the camera I left with Paul so I had to wait until he got home to post.

The first two pictures are of us camping in Lolo National forest which is about 30 miles west of Missoula. Paul told me he though it was the prettiest were had ever been. I didn't say so, but I had a hard time seeing the forest through the lodge poles.

I suppose if you view the lodge poles from a certain angle they are attractive and that is what my next picture is. Then there is a picture of us picnicking along the road side.

The next day we traveled through Idaho and Western Washington. Western Washington looked like the back side of the moon, unfortunately I did not take any pictures, but it would have been hard to capture the desolation of the landscape.

I did take a picture of the wind turbines in eastern Oregon and it kinda shows the desolation, it the same kind of landscape only with windmills.

Then I have a picture of Mt. Hood, this picture was taken about 25 miles from Mt. Hood (in the Dalles).

To my way of thinking Western Oregon is a lot prettier than the Missoula area, but I am not sure I could stand all the rain and rain is the price you pay for green.
Anyway, I have a picture of what it looked like from our campsite in Ainsworth state park.

We have been staying at Ainsworth since we started vacationing in Oregon. Because it is ususally our first stop, we kinda feel the first night at Ainsworth is when the vacation really starts.

The next picture was taken on the road to Portland. Ainsworth is a good 20 miles the Gresham, but we went into town everyday and the trip never got old. This is also the route to Brandy's dog park in the metro Portland area.

The last pictures are of a fish hatchery that we like to stop and visit simply because the gardens are so pretty. The first one is of Paul and Brandy and then one of me and Brandy.

Paul has a hard time not shaking when he takes a picture so I kinda look fuzzy. As you can see I need to get back on the dieting wagon. Now that I have a new camera I don't have to depend on Paul to take my picture.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


I called in sick yesterday because Brandy threw up twice on Sunday and had really bad breathe I wasn't sure how sick she was but, I ended up taking her to the Vet. They tested her for Pancreatitis, Giardia, Heartworm and some other test that I don't remember. Turns out she has Giardia, which is a parasite that attaches to the intestines and makes disgestion difficult. The first sign is suppose to be diarrhea, Brandy did not have diarrhea. I know this because while we were waiting for lab results I decided to her take outside to the lot across the street so she could run around. She poop on the Clinic sidewalk leading to the lot. They gave her a anti bacteria shot in the office and a set of two different kinds of medication. After she came home she threw up, again and then slept the rest of the day. Brandy is being very spoiled right now because the Vet said to only fed her chicken breast and rice for seven days. Brandy develop a taste for that right a way, and it will be hard when we switch her to kibble.

I can remember when employers use to give you a hard time for calling in because of a sick child and now I am taking a PTO day for a sick dog!

On a different note, I am glad you listen to the video I posted, but it is a parody of Katy Perry's "California Gurls" and it is alot funny after you see the original.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Colorado Girls

No much to write about, so I am just posting a link to a U Tube video, that you will both probably disapprove of.