all my troubles seem so far away

Now it looks as though they’re here to stay

Oh, I believe in yesterday”

– The Beatles

That song has been stuck in my head for the last 24 hours or so. I don’t know why…yeah, I have troubles, but I try not to dwell on them.

Anyway, I was busy all day yesterday. I upgraded by blog site, just now figured out how to add a page and have it on display. Going to add another one later. I also started selling photos on PicFair – which is why I upgraded the blog and added a page. Later, I’m going to add a page for Shutterstock, I hope.

Didn’t do much yesterday – I did get the cold water tank drained. It is suggested that the hot and cold water tanks be drained once or twice a year (I drain the hot water twice and the cold water once a year). It helps with the performance of the tanks and clears out any sludge that might be in the tanks (especially the hot water).

I hook a hose up the the tank I’m draining and run it outside. As soon as the pump kicks back on, close the drain spout. ( I guess I should’ve taken pictures of this, didn’t think it would be necessary.) When the pump turns off, open the spout again. For the hot water tank, it takes about 4 times/cycles to get the water clear. The cold water tank, only two cycles. You could hire a plumber to come out and do this, but it’s fairly easy to do…the hardest part is making sure no one runs any water while you’re doing this.

When we first started doing this, we’d have two five gallon buckets – one is being filled while the other is being dumped. You definitely need two people if you do it this way. It’s back killing as well. Five gallons of water is heavy! Then, we figured out we could hook up a hose to the tank and run it outside. When you first start draining, the water will more than likely be brown (you’re getting all the sludge and brown water off the bottom of the tank). After a couple of cycles, the water should be clear.

Over time, naturally occurring minerals can settle in the bottom of the tank. The build up can potentially reduce the efficiency and capacity of the hot water heater/tank. It can also plug the drain and interfere with ongoing maintenance, leading to early failure. (diynetwork) DIYNetwork suggests draning it ever year or two, while Dave Moody (plumbing pro with Service Experts) says that if you live on a well, you may need to drain more frequently. (I drain my hot water heater twice a year, my water supply is a well.)

So, all I took pictures of is the running water coming from the hose that’s hooked up to the tanks. If you want more info on how to drain the tank(s), let me know and I’ll make another post…or you can look it up on the internet. There’s lots of info out there.


I did go out and take some pics of insects and flowers.

purple iris and rose
bee on red rose
wild roses and pink rose
deep purple crepe myrtle

I guess that’s about all for today…

I am going to work on the walkway today, so I will be posting about that. I guess I’m a little bummed because I have to go back to work on Friday, need to pay the bills. I would love to do this and take pictures all day…soon, I guess that will happen. But not today.

So, until next time…

“Magic is seeing wonder in nature’s every little thing, seeing how wonderful the fireflies are and how magical are the dragonflies.”

– Ama H. Vanniarachchy

“My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature.”

  • Claude Monet

“Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it.”

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

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