Archive for April, 2018

Sigh

Posted April 22, 2018 By Ruth

Yesterday morning, getting ready for work, making coffee, feeding cats…….reached across the kitchen counter to where Trouble’s food bowl sits on top of Apollo’s crate (yes, his crate is actually taller than the kitchen counters, a side effect of owning a really big dog)…….and slammed the side of my  head into the corner of the upper kitchen cabinet door that had been left open a couple inches.

Now, this was not, by any stretch, the first time I’ve done that.  I’m short enough that the cabinet doors are just above eye level on me, perfectly placed to catch me in the forehead if they get left open.  I’d actually pulled down a different upper cabinet door several months ago after I hit my head on it for the umpteenth time.  But this door was one that I didn’t usually catch, so I’d left it.

I didn’t initially think it was that bad of a hit.  Went into work like normal.  Except that by the time I got to work the side of my head was pretty sore.  By the time I’d been at work for a couple hours the whole left side of my face felt funny, and while my balance wasn’t ACTUALLY being affected it felt like it SHOULD be affected.  So I ended up leaving work early.  Get home, and it occured to me that I hadn’t put ice on the bump, and it was a definite goose egg at that point, so I dug out the ice pack, and after an hour of 15 minutes on, 15 off, the swelling had gone down some, and the side of my face felt much more normal.  In retrospect I suspect the swelling was pulling on the side of my face, and ear, resulting in the weird feelings.

Once I felt more stable I got out the step ladder and screwdriver, and pulled down the upper cabinet door that I’d hit:

These cabinets aren’t right next to the stove, so there shouldn’t be much  grease residue to cause problems, and I can live without cabinet doors.  Especially if it gives me fewer things to slam my head into.

Since I was feeling better at that point I decided I was going to take advantage of the sun making everything feel awesome warm (it was technically barely in the 40’s, with enough breeze to be chilly, but the SUN!  It was awesome, I felt bad for leaving work at that point, cause I’m sure they were slammed all afternoon), and went out to rearrange the greenhouse.  Partially so I could make space for the tomato seedlings and partially to actually check the pepper plants over.  And found that apparently I forgot to tell the peppers that we’re having a delayed spring this year:

That is a Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper, and a Cayenne Pepper, with good sized peppers on each plant!  Oh well, at least I know the greenhouse has been doing its job at keeping the plants warm!

The biggest tomato seedlings are now out in the greenhouse, some of them are over a foot tall already!  Average last frost for me is mid May, here’s hoping I can plant out not TO much later than that, or the greenhouse is going to be crazy.

Also, SPRING!!!!  While making my coffee yesterday not only did I see the Bluebird pair again, but I saw Tree Swallows!  Tree Swallows are straight up flying insect eaters, if they’re in town then it means they think it’s going to stay warm enough to have plenty for them to eat.  So cross your fingers!

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Weather

Posted April 20, 2018 By Ruth

The weather forecasters are holding firm in their prediction that next week we’re supposed to get a warm up:

 

So of course I woke up this morning to this:

 

While I’m aware that folks at various points west of me have quite a bit more snow on the ground that doesn’t make me any happier to wake up to a white yard.  I guess Father Winter is trying for one last gasp?  Or else every single weather forecaster is wrong and we’re all screwed…..

I started my tomatoes over the last couple weeks.  A few here and a few there.  Apparently the tomatoes really like the grow lights in my little grow tent:

 

I plan to move them out to the greenhouse this coming week, assuming the weather holds anyway.

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All I wanted was a hot shower……

Posted April 9, 2018 By Ruth

The new water heater install worked perfectly for a load of laundry, hand washing of a variety of dishes, and Husband’s shower.

I decide I desperately want a hot shower before bed, because sponge baths just don’t cut it, and the cold water intake pipe pops off the water heater.

I’m not sure who sent a curse my way, but you can stop now……

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General update

Posted April 9, 2018 By Ruth

I can’t decide if Mother Nature is a little moody or just outright batshit.  But I’m really looking forward to actual spring weather.  To be fair, this isn’t the first year we’ve had extreme cold and snow in April, just a couple years ago we got over 6″ of snow the first week of April, and my first spring living in this area we had snow in Mothers Day (though it didn’t stick thankfully).  But that doesn’t make me any happier about it.  I want spring.  The ground was white with snow Saturday morning when I got up.  *sigh*

Had a huge windstorm go through this past week, trees down everywhere, resulting in us losing power for almost 24hrs.  Not the end of the world, the wood burning stove kept us warm, but not fun.  I had to bring all the pepper plants in from the greenhouse because without power it wouldn’t stay warm enough overnight.  But I left the flower seedlings I started, and amazingly enough all the flower seedlings survived it.

Tomato seedlings have been started.

I have been delighted to see a pair of Bluebirds guarding a nesting box for the last couple weeks.  I spent last fall trapping as many House Sparrows as I could, and even managed to catch a few this spring, so hopefully the Bluebirds will have a fighting chance this year.

The weather has resulted in poor sales at work.  This weekend is “Spring Black Friday”, big huge sales to start off the spring season.  And it snowed off and on all weekend.  Needless to say management isn’t happy.  But such is life in Upstate NY!

I’m starting to wonder if there was a power spike when the power went out.  At some point after about noon on Friday the water heater electrocuted itself.  Originally it was just another burst pipe thanks to the recalled water pipe thats all over the house, I found it Saturday morning, and everything around it was saturated with water, but after fixing the pipe, and turning the water heater back on, the water it was putting out was scalding.  We turned it back off till we could look at it closer, and by Sunday morning it had stopped heating completely.  A closer inspection showed that the upper heating element control knob had melted.  That explained that weird smell we’d both been noticing.  We took a deep breath, put it down to life beating us over the head, and bought a new water heater.  My FIL will be installing it later this morning.  But then, while cooking supper Sunday night, my Instant Pot just quit right in the middle of cooking.  And nothing I’ve done has made it turn back on.  Checked the plug, checked the breaker, checked to be sure the outlet had power…..nothing.  And the Pot was plugged in when the power went out.  *sigh* I put in a service ticket with the IP folks, but I fully expect to be told that its out of warranty so there’s nothing to be done.

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April Fools

Posted April 1, 2018 By Ruth

I’m not much for the standard pranking that happens on April 1st.  As a kid the occasional harmless prank was fun (I managed to sneak a baggy of ice cubes into the toe of one of my mom’s shoes one year, she screamed when her toes found it), but these days it seems that the pranking just gets wilder and wilder, and more likely to get someone hurt.

However King Arthur Flour has been doing a yearly blog on April 1st that I enjoy quite a bit.  It’s easy to think of a professional kitchen as a place where everything goes right.  But sometimes things go wrong!  Click the link at the bottom of the post to see the previous years posts!

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