Friday, June 29, 2018

5 Things Friday

I am joining Carla, simply from a lack of what to write about.  It is the summer doldrums for sure. 

1. Today, I need to finish the top of a T-shirt Quilt I am working on.  This is one of two for a customer - the other one is ready to be sandwiched, so it would be nice to get these both done at the same time.  The customer is picking up next Saturday, so I need to get moving on this.  Overall - this is two out of eight quilts that are on order right now.

2. Whole House Generator.  We put in a generator this week.  It was an expense, but the peace of mind is tremendous!  I never knew!  We live kind of out in the middle of nowhere and we have our own transformer.  If our transformer blows in a major storm - aka hurricane, we are the last people on the list.  Electric companies repair the lines with the gas stations and grocery stores first, then the most people.  The individuals will be last.  We have 2 freezers and a fridge freezer, but beyond that, we cannot run water or toilets without electricity.   Everything is on a pump.  Hopefully, we won't have to use it, but I have lived through 3 hurricanes and lost power every time.  

Something new we learned, it is actually a law here that if a generator is installed, it has to feed the total amount of electricity that feeds the house.  You cannot break it up unless you split the breaker box. Of course, it is up to us how much we use it when the electricity goes out.  It will run on our propane and the tank we have can run the full amount of electricity for about 4 days.  We can run it longer, obviously, if we cut down on the usage.  So, limited air conditioning, limited plug ins, etc.  The main thing is the freezers, the pumps for water and sewage, charging cell phones and lights to see at night.  Of course, if it is hot, we will run the air conditioning, but MUCH less.

3. The Saharan Desert is sending dust and sand our way.  Allergies will be a high.  There will be a haziness to our area and we were told to stay inside if possible.  Although the sunsets are supposed to be tremendous.  So, I guess we are not working on the yard this weekend - we will see though.

4. This is how boring we are right now - I cannot think of even 5 things to say!  LOL  Oh, My son did well on his first month with a retainer.  Only 2 more appointments and then no more orthodontist!  YEAH!!  A trip there every single month for over 2 years.  I am not sure what I am going to do with myself now.

5.  Just now, a red bird was knocking on my window - I looked it up - it is a summer tanager - part of the cardinal family.  I don't doubt it.  Everyone thinks cardinals are so beautiful and lovely, but they are the biggest pain in the ass!  They knock on our windows all day and hard too!  They are known to break windows!  We put these metal little bug sculptures (dollar store) in the windows and it helped at first, but not now.  They really are the the dumbest birds.  Supposedly, they are attacking another male that is encroaching on their territory.  They see a reflection of themselves.  Dumb birds!

Ok, I finally figured it out a few things to tell you!  I am off to the races!  Have a great day!

10 comments:

  1. We eventually want to put in a house generator too, as water runs on electric pump (and we'd want heat, freezer, etc). At our old house were were on the very last street of our power company too, and always last to get power back up. One winter ice storm we were without for 5 days. It was so cold that DH went to look out one of our vinyl miniblinds and it snapped in two on the slat. The kids and I had to stay at my moms. Finally, after years of this every winter, they finally came through one summer and trimmed back all trees near power lines. After that we never lost power for more than a few hours.

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    1. There are tree galore our here, so I would not hold my breath. Without a storm, they are really quick, but since we get hit by Tropical Storms or Hurricane yearly, we felt it was warranted.

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  2. Thanks for the laugh re: the dumb birds. LOL...love it
    We need to do the generator thing. Peace of mind.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Monica

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    1. LOL - I crack everyone up with that!

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  3. I watched as everyone got power but me. I called and asked why. The guy said that My transformer would only serve four houses. Other transformers would restore dozens of houses. RATS! So, we live in the middle of town and were the last four houses to get electricity restored.

    There are dozens of cardinals in my bushes. They never come near the house or ever peck a window. Wonder why?

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    1. Yeah, they take their time! We sort of think that we cut down their home when we built ours. They live very, very close to the house. Maybe there is more sun reflecting - who knows! We have been around cardinals our whole lives and never had this happen!

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    2. They live very close to my house, too.

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  4. 8 T-shirt quilts on order, omg! ACK! Hahah!! Awesome though! I’ve never made one because the thought of working with stretch knits on a quilt doesn’t appeal to me at all.. lol! Good for you on getting a storm generator, *Definitely* a good idea and well worth peace of mind!!!

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    1. If you want one - I will make one for you!! You are my muse!

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  5. I wonder why this post showed up at the top of my blog one hour ago when you wrote it last week. This is strange.

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