It’s been one of those days for me, it started with a desire to have a hot shower.
Perhaps this is where I should share a bit about the building that I am living in, which is also going to be the café. I have not been able to get a firm date yet on when it was built, but it was well over 100 years ago. The building is built on stilts over Bear River, which I am reminded of on a daily basis when the tide is high , and the ice packs are hitting the stilts that make up the foundation. I am getting used to that. I am hooked up to a ‘municipal’ sewer system, one that at one time was a first for Canada, a solar aquatics processing plant but , because of a lack of funding from any level of government, this wonderful system is now classified as nothing more than a processing plant. There is a holding tank in front of my building that holds a pump that moves the waste to the plant and at this point I am responsible for plugging in this pump on a daily basis to ensure that the tank is drained. If I forget to do this, I run the risk of having the contents back up into the pipes in my building. No need to explain that one further, except to say that in winter, that can result in the freezing of those same pipes that the waste backs up into. You get the idea. This town straddles two counties, neither of which seems to want to take responsibility for the basic needs of this town. Now I must say that I really don’t use very much water, I have always been conscious of my use, which is a good thing here as…
…I don’t have water in this building either, that’s right, we are still far enough removed that our town does not have municipal water. At one time this building was supplied with water from a few wells that were servicing a good portion of the downtown businesses, that has since changed, and the wells that were once plentiful are struggling to service what few businesses are still attached to them. This building has since had a tank installed
this tank holds approximately 350 gallons of water, which was great when there was a service available that would fill the tank on demand, that too has changed. Suffice it to say that water is a major concern, as it is now the responsibility of the owner of the building to fill that tank. In order to do that the owner must be a registered water carrier, oh, and before the café opens a ‘ultra violet water filtration system’ must be installed. As I have said, I am very careful with my water consumption.
The most recent concern with the building is the hot water. Apparently I have hot water on demand, goes with the hot water radiant heat.
The heat is great, but I guess I am just not making my demand for the hot water in the right tone. Perhaps I am just not demanding enough, but I seem to get wonderful hot water that lasts about 30 seconds, and then it just stops. I can turn the tap back on again within a minute and get more, but again only about 30 seconds worth. So do you see where I am going with this…first of all, do I call a plumber, a furnace tech, who knows. Do I need to get this sorted out before I open… kind of important to have hot water in a café and at this point a hot shower would be divine. There are still some hurdles to overcome as you can see, but I still continue to be positive, and determined.
It’s been ‘one of those days’, and it started with a desire to take a hot shower.