I can’t believe that I’m about to type this to you — but here it is Sunday night and I’ve got nothing to write about.
Maybe it’s the heat! I usually start our stories Saturday morning, but then I always look forward to getting up early on Sunday, making our coffee and then I sit and typing to you. It’s the way that I like to start just about every Sunday. Saturday is kind of my warm up session.
Well here, it is 9:53 p.m. Sunday evening and still I've got nothing.
Maybe it’s this heat spell that hit us the last few days. Did I mention that our air conditioning unit died, yes died, right on the very first day of the heatwave?
You just can’t make this stuff up! Just a couple weeks ago, we were visiting with our family in Connecticut, and they told us that their air conditioning system was done.
They were in the process of figuring it out, hot house, three different quotes from three different companies, ranging from $5,000 to $8,000, what can you do? We felt bad for them of course, but you know how it is, you listen and feel bad for a minute, because let’s face it things could be a lot worse.
You even kind of think to yourself “Gee, that’s too bad for them, so glad it’s not us."
Jump ahead not even 10 days later and guess what — it's us.
Our poor air conditioning unit outside started to sound as though it was gasping for air itself. The engine kept increasing speed and then decreasing, up and down — but God bless her she kept going for us. In the middle of the night, we woke up to a very warm house and that nice hum of the air conditioning unit outside was gone.
Silence was definitely not golden this week.
Now the strange thing was that John’s brother Pat and his wife Christine bought their house about 20 years ago too, only a few months before we bought our home. Here we are both in the same situation as I’m typing to you now. Well thank goodness John always kicks into action fast…. me, I’m more the let’s take our time, think this through, who knows maybe the weatherman is wrong and those 95 degree temps will completely miss us type.
John called our guy Cole Hull of C. S. Heating, he said he’d be out before the end of the day and he was. The next thing John did will probably surprise you too.
He rented air conditioning units that would just get us through until Cole had time to replace our entire air conditioning unit. In my book, John is one of the only people who would think outside of the box like that. Actually John would tell you it was his brother Pat that thought of the idea first.
Me, I had planned to have us all hunker down with our fans, 95 degrees or not.
John called Rent-A-Center right in our own Derry. Much cheaper than buying units and when you are done with them you just give them back. I think to rent one for $30 a week and you just need to sign up for 30 days. That’s pretty darn fair. Now the best part is that they have different sizes and that they will deliver to you. The three that came to our house were brand new, still in the boxes. Rent-A-Center is located on Manchester Road. John just called them at 603-434-1820. On the website it looks like they have all kinds of things that you can rent, televisions, washers, dryers, furniture, the list goes on.
Anyway, we almost had a real disaster on our hands. The one thing they forgot to tell us, or let’s be honest we didn’t take the time to read in the directions, was that you have to drain the condensation tray in the unit every day or so. Well by the grace of God only, a dear friend stopped by for lunch on Saturday and she was admiring John’s quick Band-Aid on the problem.
Marion noticed the free standing unit that was cooling our downstairs. Thank goodness, for us Marion just happened to mention that they have a similar one, but that when they first got theirs they found out the hard way about the importance of emptying the water out of the condensation tray.
Water from their unit overflowed, seeped through their kitchen floor and even did damage to their basement.
John somewhat casually got up, saying something like, “I didn’t…..” Sure enough if Marion hadn’t stopped by we would have been in a hot house with a flooded kitchen floor. As John found the area and opened it, water started to splash out the back onto the floor. I guess you could say we dodged that bullet thanks to Marion Maney.
As the weekend and heat continued, John suggested I try a nice cold beer to quench my thirst and to help me cool down. I’m not a beer drinker, well I should say I only like to try beers for fun from our own local breweries, but I tell you this heat could turn even a teetotaler in a beer-drinking woman.
I’d been telling him I would like to try one of those very low-calorie beers. He had gone to the store and found one that had only 55 calories for the entire bottle and it was delicious.
Heat or no heat I guess I do have something that I wanted to tell you about. Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. where our Londonderry Commons Plaza will be hosting its first Business After Hours open house.
All of the businesses in what I still call the Papa Gino’s Plaza will be open and ready to welcome us. The Blackberry Bakery side of the plaza will be included too. Come on out, sample food and support our local small business owners.
On a very special note, we should all congratulate John the owner of Blackberry Bakery. It is Blackberry Bakery’s 10th anniversary this year. My newest addiction is their seven- layer bars. The heat can’t take that away from me.
Sherry Farrell is Londonderry Town Clerk and a lifelong resident of New Hampshire.