I am cold and that wakes me up early this morning (2:35).  So I get up and check the heat.  Not good.  The heat pump is not making heat.  It isn’t even pretending to make heat. It isn’t making a sound.

I try all that I can try from inside and still not a sound or btu from the heat pump.  It’s like it isn’t getting power. I check the circuit breakers. That isn’t it.

I light the gas logs so I won’t freeze, have a little coffee, cook some breakfast, write a little, and listen to some jazz.

Now that it is light outside I go out and see if there is anything I can do.  Maybe there is another circuit breaker. Yes, there is. But that isn’t the problem either. I don’t think I’ll be able to fix this.   I see a repair person in my immediate future.

I call for a repair person who should be showing up anytime. lol You know how that is. I do too. I go to the building supply store for some portable heaters. There are hardly any left, but I do manage to get three.

I hope this isn’t expensive (the portable heaters were $100) and I hope it can be resolved quickly.  Today would be nice. The coldest night of the year is predicted in couple of days.  I really don’t want to have frozen plumbing to go with this. brrrr

Update Part Next
The repairman came and went. He opened the heat pump, did some tests, and flipped a breaker that was tripped. He has no clue what tripped it. He said he would have to come back if it happens again. $40 later I’m warm and know how to open the heat pump, find the breaker, and flip it myself.

I’m happy with this outcome. 🙂

Streetcar Ride


One muggy afternoon we rode a National Historic Landmark,  the St. Charles Streetcar,  through the Garden District in New Orleans.

This area was originally known and named for the spacious gardens surrounding the mansions.  The “Garden District” is now known for its architecture more than gardens.

I didn’t have a lot of time to compose these pictures.

They were taken from a forward facing seat in a moving streetcar.

I was only able to identify one of the homes.

Van Benthuysen-Elms Mansion

Back Story

Christy, Jesse, and I took the Amtrak Crescent from the train depot in Anniston AL to New Orleans for a week of adventure and photography. This train station is a classical revival depot and is listed in the National Registry of Historical Places. Jesse loves to ride the train. Heck, we all love to ride the train. We left August 8, 2013 and returned August 14th. Unfortunately Jeremy couldn’t go this time. He had to work.
Christy’s father was kind enough to drive us to the train station and pick us up so we wouldn’t have to leave a vehicle parked there for a week.
We stayed at our usual place, the historic 905 Royal Hotel in the French Quarter. The 905 Royal was built in the late 1890’s.

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