Blooming cottonwood trees and big winds make for an interesting effect. Hidden Hollow, which is right by the Chevron, must have a bunch of cottonwood trees because at one point I looked out the window and for a second thought it was snowing. I couldn’t get a good picture when it was really “snowing”, but from this one you can see some of the pseudo-flakes. It looked really cool when they were blowing in full force, it really looked like a light snow storm.
I love my swamp cooler. Short of the entire body rusting through, there’s only 3 things that can break down. The fan motor ($90, 20 yrs), the water pump ($30, 3 yrs) and the fan belt ($5.70, 8 yrs). Guess which one I had to replace today? Yeah, last night I noticed that the fan was blowing the same amount of air on both high and low. I got out of the Chevron right around 8 tonight, looked up at the sky and thought “yeah, I have enough time to check out what’s wrong with the cooler.” So I climbed up on the roof, popped out the side and looked at the belt. Hmm, little cracked. Not good. Held the motor wheel tight and pulled on the fan wheel – it turned. Not good either. Oh, and I got the old belt off without loosening any of the bolts. Another bad sign, but convenient for repairs. Got to Home Depot and back, and had it installed before the sun went down. Yeah! Went into the house, turned the fan on low and checked the air flow. ‘Bout the same. Clicked it on to high, checked again and was quite happy about the result. Actual, full fledged normal high air flow. I’m gonna sleep great tonight.