We went to Warwick yesterday to check on a few of the key systems at the house. We needed to find the well and the septic system. The previous owners had never bothered to find or service either of them in the year that they owned the place and we wanted to make sure that they were located on the property.
The Propane company was coincidentally there when we got there. They were taking away a big old ugly tank for the pool heater that was not located on our property. They replaced it with 2 smaller new ones and put them on our property next to the shack by the pool.
The pool had been opened, but it was only half full of water and very dirty. The sellers think there may be a leak and have offered to have it checked out, cleaned and made operational for us. I hope that they replace the liner for us, instead of just repairing it. The first thing I'm doing up there when we move in is taking a swim!!
The well guy was able to locate the well head, it's on the edge of the circle of grass in front of the guest house and thankfully on our property! When he checked the box on the hot water heater though, there was a spark and a flame that shot out when the hot water heater kicked on. It's a fire hazard and he was very concerned about it to say the least! He turned everything off and will be back to fix it next week for $180, hopefully on the seller's tab.
The septic company also came out and found the tank, it's in the clearing below the house, but closer to the house than I thought. They cleaned it and checked it out. They said it's in good shape and to have it emptied again in 2 years. Then they can determine how we use it and how often we need to have it serviced.
We also found out that the septic system should be newer than the house. The original owners, the Firestones, were using the house as a weekend place, but the leach field was wet and the tank was always full. They had it checked out and it turned out that Mr. Hillman, the guy who subdivided the property, had originally installed only one septic system for our house and the 3 houses just down the road! All four houses were emptying into one system! Firestone sued his title company and had the septic systems separated and had his tank and leach field redone.
We also found out that Skip, the septic guy, grew up in the community around the lake (his parents still live on the road above ours) and that he used to swim in the lake, but now there were too many weeds. Hillman, who dug the lake himself in the 50's, used to drain the lake every year when he was alive and tractor out the weeds. Now, because there are fish in there, the home owners association can't just drain the lake, they need to have the environmental agency involved and it would be expensive and complicated. The history of this Hillman character and the community around the lake is pretty interesting and we love hearing all the stories.
It was almost 10 degrees cooler up there than it was here in Ridgewood! That's good news, we hate the swampy humid heat around here. It was 98 degrees in Ridgewood yesterday and we had a really good thunderstorm early last night. Chris and I were taking a break, sitting out on the front step watching the lightning, when we saw an amazing streak come down. We saw pink flashing on the clouds for a while after that, so I think it must have hit an electrical wire or something. The energy in the air was just magnificent and perfectly reflected what's going on in our lives. I was glad that our last night here was marked by a thunderstorm and lots of electric energy.
I can't believe we are leaving here today! I cried a bit up in the bedroom when I said good bye to the house this morning. As exciting as it is to move to a new place, I will miss it here. We've had so many good things happen and it was the beginning of not only our life together, but also Milo's. I'm sure in the future the memories of this place will be sweet.
Chris broke out in hives on Monday night for some unknown reason. He had a wicked looking raised rash in his armpits and on his neck. We think maybe he got bitten by something in the attic or he's allergic to all the dust we have been stirring up with packing. He got Claritin, an antihistamine, but it just kept getting worse, it spread to his chest and arms and back, so he went to the ER and got a shot of Presnidone and some Benadryl. He was gone for 2 hours and finally got home at 1am. We didn't get to sleep until 2am. Not good with a move going on! Tuesday morning it was better, but after moving stuff in the heat, it flared up again and he had a bad night on Tuesday. He couldn't sleep and was very itchy and uncomfortable, pacing around in the kitchen all night. By Wednesday morning the spotty rash was raging again on his legs and back, so he went back to the ER and they took him off the Claritin and Benedryl and gave him Zyrtec and Zantac instead. I think that is working better for him and he felt much better yesterday and got a good sleep last night.
Wednesday was junk night, where we can put anything we want out on the street and the town will pick it up in the morning and trash it. It was interesting to see and meet the people who came to pick through the pile. There was a line of 3 cars at one point and people were fighting over stuff! We really should have had a garage sale, but just couldn't manage to make that happen. A lot of what we put out wasn't junk at all, but good stuff we just didn't want anymore. I'm sure to those people we looked like crazies for throwing away good stuff, but I knew none of it would make it to the garbage pit so I see it like a donation.
One guy was picking through the old computer parts that Chris had collected to make art with, he cut cords off stuff and took things apart looking for good parts. Chris had put out a very old Apple computer that he was going to take and so I also gave him my old laptop that wouldn't turn on anymore and smelled burnt. I was going to keep it, because I didn't want to just throw it in the trash, but I was glad that this guy might get some use of it. I told him we were moving to a place with no basement, but a big open living area and he was horrified! No basement!? or garage?! He asked where I was going to put all my stuff and I told him that I was getting rid of a lot of it!!
Another car came by later on while I was taking out an old coffee maker and some bowls and they took all that good stuff and then I spotted cans of paint in the back of their car and asked if they wanted paint too. They were thrilled! You can only throw out latex paint that is dried but we had like 40 cans that we didn't open soon enough to dry out, so we were going to have to take them down to the toxic waste place, but these people took them all! I wonder what they will do with them?
Well, I've got to finish packing, the movers will be here soon and Milo needs a nap!