We don’t truly appreciate things in life until they’re gone. How many times I’ve seen posts on Facebook, usually around Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, lamenting the times and people who are lost.
Certainly not on that level, but our air conditioning decided to take a break a few days ago. How can you blame it, working basically non-stop through this searing heat of early summer. My family has never known life with it. I was not going to hear the end of the wailing until something was done to bring that A/C back to life.
The HVAC company I’ve always used (always being 20 years in this house now) told me it was time. Time to put the A/C down, remove it from its years of service, replace it with a better unit. Very well, I agreed. It really wasn’t turning out the cool air like it used to.
Second opinions are always a good idea. I know this is good advice. Not that I always abide by it, but the cost of that new unit made me take note. I’d be calling for quotes the next day.
We couldn’t bear to sweat through another dinner at home, so we went out to our favorite the local restaurant that night. We ran into a friend, who we never see out. She listened to my hot tale, and recommended a guy who had replaced their unit not long ago. Get a quote.
I called her guy the next day. Some service guys really mean service. This one called me back after he had completed his service calls for the day. It was already 6:30 in the evening. He would grab a bite to eat and come take a look at the old unit. He wasn’t going to replace anything he hadn’t tried to fix.
And fix it he did! He was at the house for 3 hours that night, flashlights aglow, umbrellas overhead during the torrential downpour, he ignored the lightning in the distance. He wasn’t going to let us go through another night in that heat. Listen to the master – his quote, not mine! And mark my word, when that A/C unit breaths its final breath, the master will get my business for the replacement.
The following morning, I went out to check the area he had been working in. The outside unit sits right in the middle of one of my borders. A neglected border. (How do you control thistles? I need to find out.) But one of the plants he had trampled (not judging, as he did fix the unit) was blooming – a tall phlox I have not seen for a couple of years.
I’ve missed this plant so. It hadn’t bloomed in years, I thought it was gone. These tall flowers are great for the rear of this border, as the bright pink flowers show up so nice next to the dark brown brick of the house.
However, it’s always a good idea to place plants in locations where they will thrive, for optimal growth. A quick check in my trusted flower book tells me this tall phlox is not in its optimal location. It’s not a shade loving variety. Most likely the reason I hadn’t seen it bloom for so long. It needs a sunny location, protected from the wind.
There’s a challenge for me. Most of my sunny beds are smack dab in the middle of the yard – no protection from wind. There’s a new bed along the fence, and yes, it gets sun, so I’ll most likely put it there.
Occasionally, we get a second chance. A/C units can be fixed, plants can be relocated. Not always with people, though, so make an effort today to appreciate those who you know you will miss.