Sometimes you just have to take some time off. Today was one of those days.
Sunday, right in the middle of Super Bowl, my furnace went out. When you live in North Dakota losing the ability to heat your home is one of the hazards of winter, and is not to be taken lightly.
So, I contacted my plumbing and heating guys at Ralph’s, and they came to check it out the next morning. Turns out the heat exchanger was cracked, and that was the death knell for that furnace. Ralph’s hooked us up with a temporary heater, and today they put a new furnace in. We struggled with that furnace almost the whole time it’s been in the house, and I’m looking forward to more efficient heating, and smaller electric and gas bills. Blessings sometimes come in ridiculous packages.
I feel pretty lucky to own a very tiny home, because I only needed a small furnace, and it was half as expensive as I thought it might be. Because it was so reasonable, I think I’m going to replace the AC too. I might as well, as ours was put in 20 years ago along with the furnace. Anything I can replace now will help in the long run.
I’m always looking for ways to update my house. At some point I will want to move and all the updates will help the sale. Until then, I want to be happy and comfortable in my home.
I took half a day off in case I needed to be home for the installation, but the guys from Ralph’s are so efficient I have some free time. So I ran some errands, and stopped by Prairie Sky Breads for a coffee and a scone. Let me tell you, their scones are to die for, and their bread is amazing. Now that they have a brick and mortar building they are serving breakfast and lunch as well as all of their delicious breads.
Today is their opening day, in a really cool old building, at the corner of 1st St SE and Central Ave. The building has been lovingly redone, and many of the things that went into putting it together are up cycled.
I’m sitting in a little back room away from where there were kids playing up front. I see out the window that there is a building across the street that is being renovated, and I’m glad to see that another if Minot’s old buildings is being preserved.
Minot, ND has been blessed with a population of young entrepreneurs who just have a feel for what the city needs, and Prairie Sky Breads is one result of that. Check this place out, as there will be lots of activities taking place here going forward. If nothing else, it’s a great place to blog from!
Having consumed my coffee and scone (yum!), I’m off to finish my errands. This has been a lovely afternoon away from the office.
Here’s hoping you all have the opportunity to take some time away and just do something for you. Recharging your batteries is nice. When you can do that and buy a loaf of fresh jalapeño cheddar sourdough bread, it’s even better! Blessings all!