Wednesday, November 12, 2014

That Cricket Again

One thing I have heard over and over is to change the batteries on the smoke detectors when you change the clocks for Daylight Savings Time!

You would think I would learn.

At least I wasn't completely fooled this time like I was a couple of years ago.

I still laugh about my silly mistake:

Being previously informed I went right after the smoke detectors and sure enough it was the upstairs one that was serenading me every now and then.

Talk about learning the hard way. At least I saved a lot on bug spray this time.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This Is For The Birds!

In my previous post I described the cold feeling in the house with the furnace disabled.

In the process of finding the cause of the problem the remains of two birds were found in the chimney outlet from the furnace. I guess how they got in there will remain a mystery but the chimney outlet was plugged.

After the birds were cleaned out it was found the blower motor was not working. What next?

The maintenance guy replaced the start capacitor and everything seems to be ok.

Who ever heard of birds disabling a furnace?

I was thankful again that it is not deepest Winter!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Things Are A Bit Chilly In Here Right Now

What do you do when you start to get out of bed in the morning and notice it is quite a bit cooler than usual?

Only one logical solution - pull up the covers again and think this over.

I then checked a register. The air was cool.
I checked the furnace as it blew all sorts of cool air through the house.
I checked the thermostat and turned it way up - just in case.

Nothing except continually dropping temperatures.

Time to be a little thankful - it is not Winter so there is no problem with the pipes freezing - only me getting chilled.

Shut off the furnace to stop it from pushing cool air around the house. Also noted that the chimney pipe was cold. Not a good sign.

Called for help.

A couple of hours later in conversation with the maintenance man he told me he had checked the thermostat and igniter and no luck so far. Has to get some parts and would return later or early tomorrow.

I do have electric heaters running in my bedroom and the bathroom so I think I will survive. Again thankful it is only in the upper 40s or low 50s outside so the heaters are helping a little. I really would like to expand my horizons beyond the bedroom and bathroom though.

So as I move into the future it is nice to have some really significant immediate goals. Forget about world politics. Forget about the national debt. Just warm it up a little bit right here!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Gaelic Proverb?

Some people make things happen,
some watch things happen
and some wonder what happened.

I thought this was worth remembering. It is also ascribed to a couple of recent authors in one form or another but the Gaelic proverb seems the earliest and most likely to be first.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Interesting How Things Pop Up

It is very seldom you can place yourself as to where you were and what you were doing at a particular date and time a long time ago.

All of a sudden I realized that I got married on this date Sept.6, 1969. It was a Saturday too.

Years after a divorce and with many losses in the families the reminders just are not there any more. I am probably the only person who is aware of this date any more. 45 years is a bit of time and this is not something that is in the front of anyone's mind.

Life is full of peaks and valleys and this was a definite peak. It was definitely a good experience for all involved, I believe.

There is a definite tendency to dwell on what could have been but life is not like that. It just happens and we live it. Probably quite a few peaks and valleys to cross yet.

It is always interesting - not to be a Pollyanna but in good ways if you let it be.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Schools Are Opening And All's Right With The World

The normal things are happening around here and that is one of the best signs.

Schools are starting. Buildings are being built. It is good when things stay the same about most things.

The headlines about wars in other parts of the world belong in other parts of the world. A big part of our need for government is for safety and consistency. Let us get on with our lives without needing to worry about idiots trying to blow up buildings.

I do not know what most of them hope to gain anyway. You still live and die and pay taxes no matter who is in charge. Keep the government as unobtrusive as possible while still doing its job.

You should not even completely stop people from making mistakes. Mistakes can turn into innovations in the right circumstances. Who really knows until it all works itself through?

So let the dummy have his way as long as it does not hurt some one else.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In The Blink Of An Eye

Today is the big day of the eye examination. It happens every couple of years.

You look at a little house in a field. Then you look at a spot and they blow air into your eye.

Nothing much to it.

You look at a row of letters with each eye and then you look at them again through a bunch of different lenses.

Finally you get drops in the eyes and after a while get another examination..

If you are lucky and your eyes have changed you get to pick some new frames and lenses  to look through.

I actually got an added benefit - genuine Polaroid to cover my eyes when I walked outside because my eyes were dilated from the drops and the glare can be pretty intense.

Not bad for about an hours time.