Thursday, March 31, 2016

Sweet Surprises

My sweetie is a wonderful man. He's kind, sweet, generous, cuddly, loving, handsome....and smells like pine trees. Everything I ever wanted in a man. 
There are times he makes me want to punch him in the nose, of course....nobody's perfect. 

But then he'll turn around and do something so incredibly sweet and thoughtful that I can't possibly stay mad at him.

He is always picking me up little things to make my life better and/or easier. 


It might be a new pan because my old pan's finish was all scratched. 


Or a new mattress pad just because it's fluffier and nicer than the one I had.


Sometimes it's more romantic like chocolates from my favorite chocolatier


Or beautiful roses for Valentine's Day. 

He has gifted me multiple times with beautiful jewelry, which I adore and cherish and wear with love. 

And every single time he's off the mountain he comes home with 'be-prizes' for both me and the pups. Without fail. 


He'll do anything if he thinks it will make me smile. And it does, big time. 

I smile right down to my toes. 

He always helps out around my house even though he's got his own large house to take care of. 

As a matter of fact, he was at my house this morning when I left, fixing the gate on the deck. And installing a new dryer vent. Filling holes along the roof-line of the garage where the yellow jackets were nesting last year....because he knows I'm afraid of yellow jackets. 

Little things....and big things. 

All done with love. Or, as my sweetie says, done with L-L-L-L-L. 

But this time he really took the cake. 

He went above and beyond. 

He had been mentioning off and on since I moved into my house that he wanted to do something special for me, for a housewarming gift. 

So, he combined it with my birthday gift....and my house-aversary gift. 

And it's a whopper. 

I came home to this yesterday after work:


A 'whole-house generator' - can you believe it?

He contacted the propane company, got an estimate, had them order the unit and they installed it yesterday. 

Oh. My. Gosh. 


It will replace this portable generator that came with the house. 

Which is fantastic because to be quite truthful I was really doubtful I would be able to start that thing up on my own when the need arose. 

Wouldn't be much use to me, would it, if I couldn't get it started? 

Plus, it only ran a few things in the house. Honestly, I'm not sure even what it was hooked up to. Of course, it was better than no generator....if I got it running. 


But this handy dandy sweet new whole-house model is hard wired to the house, and hooked up directly to one of the propane tanks that supplies gas to the house. 

It will come on automatically the second the power kicks off. 

Are you kidding me? How awesome is that?

Via
I don't know how it is where you live but in my neck of the woods we lose power regularly, especially in the winter. This year was an exception with the mild winter we had. 

Via
And of course, when Hurricane Irene hit, our area was without power for weeks. 

Weeks!

Do you know what that means? The well pump doesn't work so not only are you without lights (I can deal, I hoard candles after all....) but you are without water. 

No showers. No flushing toilets. No washing dishes. 

Ick. 

And of course, no fridge. Say bye-bye to all the food I've prepared and frozen out of our garden. 

In the winter? No heat. I do have a wood-stove, so I'd survive that....but the fan wouldn't work on the wood-stove so the heat would be limited to the living room area. 


What a marvelous gift. Incredibly generous....and incredibly thoughtful. 

My sweetie doesn't want me to suffer even for a minute without power. 

He's always looking out for me. 

He even had them position it right between a little pine tree that he knew I liked and a baby lilac that's growing to the left of it. 

Not a plant was harmed in the installation of this miracle worker!

He truly thought of everything. 

As he often does. 

I am a lucky woman, no doubt. 

Thank you, my sweet man. 

I L-L-L-L-L you. 








40 comments:

  1. Oh wow, I use to live in snow country and had a generator, so I know how fabulous this really is. Wow, what a gift. He is definitely a keeper.

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    1. You're not kidding, Marty! I remember being without power for weeks - not fun! I was lugging over big 5 gallon water jugs from my sweetie's house to my rental....that was how I cooked, washed up, flushed toilets. We showered at his house, though. What a pain!

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  2. He sounds wonderful, Deb. And the first time you have to use this you'll love him even more. ;-)

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    1. You better believe it, Deb - I feel a little bit spoiled! :)

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  3. Your guy definitely sounds like a keeper! He is watching out for you. I would love to have a generator like that, but we just can't afford one. We lose power frequently here, too. And, like you, we have a private well, so no water when the power goes out. Another big problem we have is that we have a basement, so we have a sump pump. We have a battery back-up, but it only lasts 6 hours. Any more outage than that, especially if it's raining, and our basement floods. We've already had two major floods.

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    1. Yikes - I hadn't even thought about a sump pump - wow, yeah, that would totally stink! I've seen my sweetie's basement during a big flood (probably Hurricane Irene) when he had at least a foot of water down there - his sump pump just couldn't keep up. It was awful!

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  4. As if you didn't already have it made. I am so envious. Does he have a brother that's available?lol

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    1. Ha ha no, he doesn't have a brother - sorry! :)

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  6. Cadillac's of generators!! Girl you hit the jackpot with this one, I'd say he's a keeper!

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    1. No doubt, Patti - he's a good man! We've been through a lot together in the 5+ years we're together and we're still going strong!!

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  7. How wonderful...and so very thoughtful! Sounds like a keeper to me, too!

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    1. You know he's going to get a big head with all these compliments! :)

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  8. You have a keeper. He sounds smart and a real good gift giver. He knows not only what you want but also what you need. We rarely loose power here in North Carolina, but when we do its usually only because a tree has fallen on a line up the road.
    Lisa

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    1. You're fortunate, Lisa. It's not much fun to be without power for days on end.

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  9. What a guy!! Such a wonderful gift. And one that will keep giving every time the power goes out and the generator kicks in. That is such a beautiful sound. :)

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    1. I'm guessing you guys must have one in the Adirondack house?

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  10. I have a country home with a well and septic system so I appreciate this 100%. He did good.
    When the power goes out in these areas a generator is priceless.
    Monica

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    1. Isn't it funny how few people actually have one, though? I feel so very fortunate!

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  11. He is definitely looking out for his lady...I agree, KEEPER!!

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    1. I might just have to give him some extra cuddles today, Karen!

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  12. Oh Debbie, he is a keeper! We lose power a lot at the cottage, but only have a portable because we only live there in the summer. I wouldn't be able to start the one we have, either. You are one lucky gal!

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    1. I honestly never tried but the whole concept of it just seems so foreign to me....I was truly hoping if I ever needed to start it my sweetie would be around to do it for me....or I could call him and he'd come over! :)

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  13. Did you see the little movie about "she sheds" on Pepper Medley's blog? I think you would love it if you havent seen it!

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    1. I did and I was totally green with envy....just like her shed! But the thing that got me most on that was the photo of her on the dock with her little dog....oh my gosh, tears!!

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  14. What a gift--the generator and the man! He sounds like a keeper alright. I'm glad you found someone who appreciates you, supports you and spoils you too! You deserve it!!

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    1. Thanks, Diane - he does spoil me a little for sure!!

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  15. That's quite the surprise, I'd say! Must be a hell of a man.
    Brenda

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  16. What a generous and thoughtful gift! Your man rocks! My parents have a whole house generator hardwired into their home on the lake in Montana and it has been a lifesaver time and time again. They frequently lose power there too and it could be out for a few hours or a few days at a time. Your man sure got you a gift that keeps on giving for sure. He is a keeper!

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  17. What a generous and thoughtful gift! Your man rocks! My parents have a whole house generator hardwired into their home on the lake in Montana and it has been a lifesaver time and time again. They frequently lose power there too and it could be out for a few hours or a few days at a time. Your man sure got you a gift that keeps on giving for sure. He is a keeper!

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    1. So true, Debbie - he seriously is a keeper!

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  18. How cool. I want one now too. Sheila

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    1. Ha ha you'll have to talk to your own sweetie about that one, Sheila! :)

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  19. Your sweetie is definitely a keeper! I'm sure your dogs think so also...

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    1. I think they like him more than they like me, ha ha!!

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