After several weeks I thought I would have nothing to write about. How interesting could daily life be? The answer is, it becomes more interesting when things go wrong.
Saturday Afternoon we returned to a sweltering home. I wasn’t too surprised since we reached a 106 degrees in Atlanta. The A/C was set to 77 but the thermostat said 85. I checked the condenser outside and the fan wasn’t turning. After several phone calls to my uncle Gary and cousin Paul the problem was clear; a blown capacitor. Tomorrow morning I am headed to Johnstone Supply near our house to get the part. If they don’t have any I’ll have to spend the day tracking one down.
Saturday night we knew the house would be too hot so we moved the crib into our bedroom. What was once a carport is now our master bedroom and laundry room. The addition has a dedicated unit so it’s staying cool. After weeks of her sleeping in her own room and our protestations against her sleeping in our room, Penelope has made it to the master.
Stephanie gave us a toy that hangs on the side of the crib. Charlie loved it, now Penelope loves it. It’s a plastic fish swimming in shallow water illuminated in blue light and serenaded with a brief piece of music. Now she is next to a 55 gallon fish tank with the constant rhythm of flowing water for the filter. As long as the light is on Penelope is awake, no matter how late. We’re fairly certain she didn’t get to sleep until after 11:30 Saturday night. Maybe it was midnight.
On the positive side we had some wonderful times with my mother and grandfather. I’m thankful they were able to visit since I don’t know when we’ll make it to Pensacola. We had some outstanding meals, especially R. Thomas. Love the fish tacos! Jenn, her mother, and my mother were able to do some retail therapy on Sunday. Jenn came home with a number of children’s books, including “Guess How Much I Love You”, one I’ve been looking forward to getting.
While they were away I shot some terrific video of Penelope playing with her teddy bear. When discussion about emailing (too large of a file) or burning to a DVD came up I thought about just posting it on YouTube. That got me thinking about Penelope’s future privacy. Will she be upset that so much of her life is, or could be, public? No way to know.
In the mean time here are two photos I took of her after she finished her lunch and before she started playing with teddy.
A quick update. My family was right. It was the capacitor. I installed it and put the breaker back in place. Glorious, cool AC. It took what seemed like forever to get the house down from 85 to 78 but after an hour or so it was there.