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Monday, January 24, 2022 9:40 PM

SIGNYM

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Originally posted by 1KIKI:

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Originally posted by SIGNYM:
So, how're things on the home front, KIKI?

Going well, I trust?

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Well, thanks to help from a tall person with strong hands I got my front light bulbs replaced. I'd been trying to get the glass shades off for literally months, trying with my hands, using rust-remover, WD40 then thicker oil, and two oil-filter wrenches (one for the fitting and one for the glass). My last effort before calling someone in was going to be heating the outer metal bands up that have the bayonet fittings, that hold the glass in place. But that VERY helpful person was able to take them off by hand for me!

Anyway, I super-cleaned everything up and put some teflon tape around the glass shades where the bayonet fittings are, so with any luck I won't have that problem again.

But there's some other problem I may need to deal with tonight or very early tomorrow. Wait and see.

Glad it got fixed!

Over at this end, I switched my plan and did the big vacuuming first bc I figured if I didn't get most of the dust we'd just wind up kicking it around.

Got about 1/4 of the way thru, went to flick the switch off... well, the switch flicked but the vacuum stayed on! Flicked it again but I noticed the switch was VERY hot, do I yanked the cord (big spark) and called Mr Fixit... er, hubby.... and he bypassed the switch with some wire ties and electrical tape, and attached an extension cord with its own switch at the plug end.

Not the most convenient, but at least I could finish the vacuuming and the floor doesn't disgust me anymore!

So I accomplished something today!

I hope that other problem, whatever it is, resolves itself.

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Monday, January 24, 2022 9:46 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



Good for you!!! I still hope to get something completely done by the end of the day here!

It's a wall outlet controlled by wall switch? How's the switch doing?

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Monday, January 24, 2022 11:37 PM

BRENDA


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Also had an ambulance in front of the building when I got in today. Don't know what happened.

I live on the top street that goes side to side across a hill. Maybe because it's the only through street from one end of the hill to the other, idk, but it seems like it gets a lot of police/ ambulance/ rescue/ fire traffic. Every 3 weeks or so I see flashing red lights shining through the curtains when I'm watching TV as the whatever goes quietly by. I always wonder what's going on, and where.



The building I am in is on a main street and a paramedic got off the working elevator as I was waiting to get on.

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Monday, January 24, 2022 11:39 PM

BRENDA


More fog this evening.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 12:17 AM

SIGNYM

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No, there is a rocker switch on the vacuum cleaner that fried. Hubby took that part of the housing off, pulled out/ clipped out the switch and literally bypassed it b

But on the plug end of the vacuum cleaner cord, he plugged it up into one of those short multi- outlet surge protectors - the kind with it's own on/off switch. So I have to practically go all the way back to the wall outlet to get to the switch, but at least I got to finish the job!

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 12:19 AM

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Originally posted by Brenda:
More fog this evening.

Quiet night then.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 1:31 PM

BRENDA


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Originally posted by SIGNYM:
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Originally posted by Brenda:
More fog this evening.

Quiet night then.

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Yup, by the time I went to bed could hardly see anything out my balcony windows.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 1:32 PM

BRENDA


And more fog caused by an inversion pattern up here. All week and if we are lucky some will burn off and we'll get sun.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 4:46 PM

BRENDA


Back and I managed to get the vacuuming done.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 6:57 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


So cold... 8 degrees right now.

Negative 10 tonight. Negative 20+ with the wind chill...

Think I'll be leaving the sinks running just in case.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 8:59 PM

SIGNYM

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
So cold... 8 degrees right now.

Negative 10 tonight. Negative 20+ with the wind chill...

Think I'll be leaving the sinks running just in case.

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I checked on WNY, they've got the same thing today/tomorrow. I think they call it an "Alberta clipper"... a big swoop from the north. Bitterly cold, but not much snow.

Pipes run thru the basement, and house is well- insulated so I guess the pipes don't freeze. How fast do you have to run the water? Drips?


We're going to get a significant change in terms of dryness; dew point set to fall by 20F and stay dry thru Saturday. My sinuses are going to take a beating. Setting up the humidifier tonight.

*****

Anyone heard from JSF or JO lately? I hope they're ok



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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 9:23 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


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Originally posted by SIGNYM:
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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
So cold... 8 degrees right now.

Negative 10 tonight. Negative 20+ with the wind chill...

Think I'll be leaving the sinks running just in case.

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I checked on WNY, they've got the same thing today/tomorrow. I think they call it an "Alberta clipper"... a big swoop from the north. Bitterly cold, but not much snow.



Not a fan of the cold. I'll take the lack of snow gladly though.



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Pipes run thru the basement, and house is well- insulated so I guess the pipes don't freeze.


I have no heat in the basement, due to a 2 duct system HVAC solution Uncle Bob put together, and I still haven't put a furnace on the slab for it in the crawl space. Only heat I have comes from the attic and through 6 ceiling vents in the two bedrooms, the bathroom, the kitchen and the living room and pushes downward. The 2nd duct system would push through 5 vents... One from the lower half of the wall in each large room in the basement, two from the livingroom floor and one from the livingroom kitchen.



My pipes have only froze on me once since I've been here, on a night that was probably a little colder than this one was. Back then though, I kept the thermostat on the 2nd floor 7 degrees colder than I've been keeping it for the last 3 or so winters. These pipes run right along the side of the foundation where it's exposed above the dirt in the front of the house, so sadly except for the foundation itself and the foam I put around them, there is no insulation for them.

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How fast do you have to run the water? Drips?


I could probably get away with drips, but water is so cheap around here that I leave a trickle going down. About as little as I can get it to go without breaking the stream of water. Fortunately, my pipes didn't burst that one night they froze, but after having to do two emergency sump pump replacements while naked in bitter cold water, I'd rather just pay $1 or $2 more on my water bill just to be safe.

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We're going to get a significant change in terms of dryness; dew point set to fall by 20F and stay dry thru Saturday. My sinuses are going to take a beating. Setting up the humidifier tonight.


Sorry to hear that. I wish there were a way that we could trade a bit of each other's situations. I get way too much water and you never get enough of it. :(


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Anyone heard from JSF or JO lately? I hope they're ok


I saw JSF respond to a post just a day or two ago I think. He's no stranger to the cold weather up in Wisconsin, and he's perfectly capable of dealing with anything out of the ordinary. I think he's going to be fine.

I haven't heard from JO though. I hope he's doing alright.



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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 9:30 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Ugggghhh...

I've got to find my mojo.

I've been back from my brother's a week tomorrow, and all I've accomplished since then is snowblowing/shoveling twice and clearing out my pantry. Nothing is getting done.

I hate winter. :(

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 11:12 PM

BRENDA


Heading for a rain by the weekend. Only good thing about that is it will clear out all this fog.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 11:16 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


I'm glad it's warm enough to rain by you Brenda.



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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 12:03 AM

SIGNYM

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This really belongs in the "recipes" thread, but today I made "chicken and dumpling soup" without chicken OR dumplings bc the family wanted something really light.

I DID start out with a good chicken stock tho! Made it from 1lb chicken feet simmered for 3 hours in about 4c water with about 1/2T peppercorns and 3 bay leaves.

Lightly brown 2c onions in a big pot in a little oil

Add
3c carrot slices
2c zucchini chunks [or 1c frozen peas -add peas later if using]
2c celery slices

Sautee carrots, celery, and zucchini (if using) with stirring on medium heat in a little oil until lightly softened, about 10 minutes

Add 3-4T flour, stir thru the veggies.

Add 3T sherry (optional)

Add 2c good chicken stock plus 1 box (4c) commercial lo salt chix broth, stir to mix flour

Add 1-2 bay leaves, 1/4t dried thyme, 1/2 t salt

Bring to a simmer, and simmer covered until veggies are almost tender (about 20 minutes)

Add peas [if using] and simmer an additional 10 minutes

Add 1/4 c cream or canned milk

Serve over noodles if desired (I used no-calorie noodles), garnish with a fresh grinding of black pepper and fresh chopped parsley


Family liked it, a lot!



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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 12:13 AM

SIGNYM

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Ugggghhh...

I've got to find my mojo.

I've been back from my brother's a week tomorrow, and all I've accomplished since then is snowblowing/shoveling twice and clearing out my pantry. Nothing is getting done.

I hate winter. :(

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Good to know JSF is hanging in there. I know he was sick and I worry if he goes absent.

Sounds like you've done a lot, SIX!



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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 6:34 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



I'm just popping in to say hey all! And that I was able to solve what was looking like a problem before it needed professional intervention. So far, so good!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 1:04 PM

SIGNYM

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Originally posted by 1KIKI:

I'm just popping in to say hey all! And that I was able to solve what was looking like a problem before it needed professional intervention. So far, so good!

Good deal!!

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Yes BRENDA, a occasional weather-swap would be appreciated!

I got the humidifier going last night... lay in bed thinking about it for a while but decided it was worth getting out from under the covers. It's just an el-cheapo water-boiler, and it ran out of water partway thru the night, but there was enuf moisture in the air for the night and it made for comfortable sleeping. I'm glad I bothered with it!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 1:21 PM

BRENDA


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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
I'm glad it's warm enough to rain by you Brenda.



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Fingers crossed that it will. Should be here by late Friday into Saturday if it does.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 1:23 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:

I'm just popping in to say hey all! And that I was able to solve what was looking like a problem before it needed professional intervention. So far, so good!

Good deal!!

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Yes BRENDA, a occasional weather-swap would be appreciated!

I got the humidifier going last night... lay in bed thinking about it for a while but decided it was worth getting out from under the covers. It's just an el-cheapo water-boiler, and it ran out of water partway thru the night, but there was enuf moisture in the air for the night and it made for comfortable sleeping. I'm glad I bothered with it!

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It would be good SIG.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 1:24 PM

BRENDA


Out for my walk in a bit in the fog as I mentioned. Need a couple of things.


Hey KIKI.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 2:48 PM

SIGNYM

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One of my formerly veggie beds has been taken over by nasturtiums, which bloom and reseed prolifically! This is what they look like


I don't mind bc they keep noxious weeds from growing.

But one thing about the flowers... they're edible! They taste like radish. I just put some on hubby's ham/Swiss/lettuce/tomato/onion/mayo sandwich, and not only do they add flavor and healthy colors, they look pretty!

Also great to garnish salads and dinner plates.



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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 4:41 PM

BRENDA


Back in from my walk and got a bit of sun breaking through the fog. Bit cold when I was out and wished I had put on my scarf.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 7:16 PM

BRENDA


The sun is out now at 4:15pm. *L* Fog is all burned off.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 11:14 PM

BRENDA


Fog went away and there were mountains again before supper. Then when I sat down to eat my supper the fog was back.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 11:14 PM

BRENDA


Off to mah jong in the morning.

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Thursday, January 27, 2022 5:02 PM

BRENDA


Managed 3rd place today at mah jong. Horrible morning for everyone except 1 lady who had 10,000 points in the first hand.

Sun is out now and burned off a portion of the fog. Have to see what happens later.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 12:04 AM

BRENDA


Off to work for me tomorrow.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 2:08 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



Brenda, OMG you are having a foggy time of it!

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Friday, January 28, 2022 2:13 AM

SIGNYM

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Originally posted by Brenda:
Managed 3rd place today at mah jong. Horrible morning for everyone except 1 lady who had 10,000 points in the first hand.

Sun is out now and burned off a portion of the fog. Have to see what happens later.

Congrats! Sounds like one person had most of the luck, but at least you had some!

Usually when we have an inversion there's bad air quality to go with it. I hope that doesn't happen where you live.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 2:23 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



I mentioned a while back that after we got so much rain in such a short period of time I was wondering about the stability of the hill I live on.

And believe it or not, my yard is STILL wet. And I live near the top of the hill's ridge, not near the bottom. (The only people who live uphill from me are the houses across the street, which runs along the length of the ridge.)

Since my water main runs under that low side of the yard, I figured I'd check for water main and plumbing leaks by reading my meter and NOT using any water for 5 hours. And, no major leaks. If there's a leak keeping my yard wet, it's uphill from me.

Anyway, it was most certainly a very abnormal rain event! I got roughly 9" of rain - roughly 6" above normal, most of it over just a few days. In all my time here, I've never seen something like that. So this may be just unusual conditions because of an unusual event. So I'll just see how things are going forward.

The other thing I've been doing is shopping for a new mattress. My old one is SO old I'm embarrassed to say just how old it is. It's definitely time for a new one!


This graph is from a station that's not near me, it's in downtown Los Angeles. But it gives an idea just how extreme the atmospheric river was that came through.


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Friday, January 28, 2022 5:55 AM

MAGONSDAUGHTER


Hot week here. It was okay to start as I was at the beach but arrived home and the house was like a furnace. Sadly, I currently have no air con, waiting to be installed.

Then the storms hit again, flash flooding and loads of lightening and thunder, huge claps of thunger, sounded like a bomb going off.

It's still warm but much cooler and the humidity is high, which gives everything a tropical holiday feel.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 3:36 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



As much as I dislike the day-after-day unrelenting heat for most of the year here, right now your weather sounds warm and cozy.

With your thunderstorm, where your clouds WAY up high and all the action WAY up there? Or was everything low and seriously threatening? Because I used to enjoy extreme weather until I had a (small) tornado pass low directly overhead. And that was truly frightening. So I'm curious what your t-storm was like.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 4:48 PM

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Originally posted by 1KIKI:

As much as I dislike the day-after-day unrelenting heat for most of the year here, right now your weather sounds warm and cozy.

With your thunderstorm, where your clouds WAY up high and all the action WAY up there? Or was everything low and seriously threatening? Because I used to enjoy extreme weather until I had a (small) tornado pass low directly overhead. And that was truly frightening. So I'm curious what your t-storm was like.



I appreciate our mild winters when I read the posts here, notwithstanding I love the snow, but want it when I am on holidays, at some resort, not navigating it in day to day life.

The heat wasn't cosy, it was oppressive but I understand where you are coming from.

I'm not sure about the clouds, I was actually in the office, first time this year as we are back to working from home. It got pitch black, then some enormous cracks of thunder and then the deluge. By the time I was driving home the rain had eased to something more gentle.

I'm glad I dont live where there are hurricanes or cyclones - too far south for that. Terrifying. We had massive wind storms mid last year which were the worst I could remember. Parts of the forest were annihalated - we are talking mountain ash here, enormous trees. Luckily and unbelievably really, no one was killed.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 6:29 PM

BRENDA


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Originally posted by 1KIKI:

Brenda, OMG you are having a foggy time of it!



We surely have been Kiki. Been beautiful this Friday. No fog at all. The sun is out and I can see the mountains again.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 6:31 PM

BRENDA


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Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Managed 3rd place today at mah jong. Horrible morning for everyone except 1 lady who had 10,000 points in the first hand.

Sun is out now and burned off a portion of the fog. Have to see what happens later.

Congrats! Sounds like one person had most of the luck, but at least you had some!

Usually when we have an inversion there's bad air quality to go with it. I hope that doesn't happen where you live.

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That can happen with mah jong. Just one of those mornings. I was surprised that I got 3rd.

We got lucky SIG. No weather advisories.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 6:37 PM

BRENDA


Back home from work. My boss's husband decided today to play around with the fireplace that is in the house. He had a fireplace company come by and talked to the guys in person then after they left, he lit it.

Well, long story short even after talking to the guys he still doesn't know what he is doing. He almost smoked out the living room. They were in 2 separate rooms not far from the living room but they couldn't smell the smoke. I had to TELL him what was happening.

The whole idea behind this is to use the fireplace in the winter as they have a pile of firewood in the yard. They brought it in about 3 winters ago. The last time he tried the fire place, he said he smoked out the living room and their guests had to leave.

ETA: I think I smell a bit like smoke.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 7:37 PM

SIGNYM

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Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Back home from work. My boss's husband decided today to play around with the fireplace that is in the house. He had a fireplace company come by and talked to the guys in person then after they left, he lit it.

Well, long story short even after talking to the guys he still doesn't know what he is doing. He almost smoked out the living room. They were in 2 separate rooms not far from the living room but they couldn't smell the smoke. I had to TELL him what was happening.

The whole idea behind this is to use the fireplace in the winter as they have a pile of firewood in the yard. They brought it in about 3 winters ago. The last time he tried the fire place, he said he smoked out the living room and their guests had to leave.

ETA: I think I smell a bit like smoke.

There is a lever-activated damper in the top of the fireplace. Normally it is closed to keep cold air from swooping down the flue. It needs to be opened to let the hot air and smoke rise and escape out the chimney. Sounds like he didn't open it.

Another possibility is that the flue is partially blocked with creosote. When a fire is started in the fireplace and wood begins to burn, the oils in the wood volatilize and rise up the flue, but then they meet the still-cold flue surface and condense there. It's like tar. It can create quite a plug! So either you have your flue cleaned or you build a hot enough fire to catch the creosote on fire, creating what is called a 'chimney fire' to burn off the creosote. Small chimney fires are goodvthings.

I did THAT once, accidentally, only it wasn't a small chimney fire, it was loud like a fast-moving freight train, and scary, with flames shooting out the top of the chimney and burning chunks of creosote landing on the roof! But by the time my sis and i got it under control, by god the flue was clean!


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Friday, January 28, 2022 9:49 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


We missed the 5"-6" that was supposed to hit us last night. My old man and Grandma/Aunt got it instead, so we're about even now for snowfall this year so far. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 13 to 15" so far.

That coming off of a record winter where we went longer than ever since they started keeping track without any snowfall.

They're saying next week that Midway (the airport, where they track these things) is supposed to get 21" to 25" inches!

That's not too far from me.

Right now the forecast is only showing around 6"-8" next week, with 5" of them on one day. If things don't change, my family back west is going to get slammed. If they do, I might be the one getting slammed.

I hate winter.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 10:16 PM

SIGNYM

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So I wandered into the backyard to see how things were faring without attention.

The grass is tall in some spots and the weeds are taking over but- dang!- wouldn't you know but I spotted a few red, ripe tomatoes on my one tomato bush, and some green ones as well!

I had two tomato bushes last year, both Early Girl, and they grew spectacularly (taller than hubby) and bore prolifically. One bush does what Early Girl tomatoes do in the winter: it died down to the ground. The other, a mere 4' away, is still green and producing. I have no idea what's with that one plant, I'm very happy to be able to harvest garden tomatoes in the dead of winter, but why it wants to be a perennial is beyond me! Maybe I can save some seeds and see if new plants would come true to the original.

Gotta water, tho. Last significant rainfall was late Dec IIRC, and altho we got a good soaking the ground is probably dried out by now.

As usual I over planned my day, assuming I could accomplish more than I was capable of, but I did manage to walk the dog, roast a pork picnic roast, do a kitchen cleanup (the kind I hate the most, a couple of sinksful of cups, containers, caps, jars, utensils, pots, pans... took me almost 2 hours washing!, tidy up the house and make dinner

Have some bills pending in my email, need to unbox a bunch of stuff, freeze the pork, make dig food, fix a sprinkler head, water the property, sort the mail... make dinner tomorrow and Sunday, and... that'll be the weekend. Doesn't sound like much, but I bet I don't get ALLA if that done, either!

Hubby and daughter are working on finishing the platform bed. He just oiled it today with Tung oil, and it is a thing of beauty!!

Most of it is Euro steamed beech. We spent a HUGE amt of time picking out planks at the lumberyard looking for boards that were straight and with good figure and... OMG it's amazing! I'll try and post pix when I get a chance.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 11:13 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Back home from work. My boss's husband decided today to play around with the fireplace that is in the house. He had a fireplace company come by and talked to the guys in person then after they left, he lit it.

Well, long story short even after talking to the guys he still doesn't know what he is doing. He almost smoked out the living room. They were in 2 separate rooms not far from the living room but they couldn't smell the smoke. I had to TELL him what was happening.

The whole idea behind this is to use the fireplace in the winter as they have a pile of firewood in the yard. They brought it in about 3 winters ago. The last time he tried the fire place, he said he smoked out the living room and their guests had to leave.

ETA: I think I smell a bit like smoke.

There is a lever-activated damper in the top of the fireplace. Normally it is closed to keep cold air from swooping down the flue. It needs to be opened to let the hot air and smoke rise and escape out the chimney. Sounds like he didn't open it.

Another possibility is that the flue is partially blocked with creosote. When a fire is started in the fireplace and wood begins to burn, the oils in the wood volatilize and rise up the flue, but then they meet the still-cold flue surface and condense there. It's like tar. It can create quite a plug! So either you have your flue cleaned or you build a hot enough fire to catch the creosote on fire, creating what is called a 'chimney fire' to burn off the creosote. Small chimney fires are goodvthings.

I did THAT once, accidentally, only it wasn't a small chimney fire, it was loud like a fast-moving freight train, and scary, with flames shooting out the top of the chimney and burning chunks of creosote landing on the roof! But by the time my sis and i got it under control, by god the flue was clean!


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He was told about the lever and about cold air getting trapped and such but I still don't think he understood. That and he just ignored the fireplace after he lit it and as the fire burned down that was when the smoke was starting to collect.

You can't ignore things like that after you start them.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 11:15 PM

BRENDA


According to the weather people my area of BC got 51.8cm of snow between last December and this January.

Rain over the weekend with a slim chance of snow and rain by next Wednesday.

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Saturday, January 29, 2022 1:26 AM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


The other day weatherguessers said it was the coldest temps in 3 years. That Global Warming must be attacking here, thanks to algore inventing it.

The only Nobel Laureate I actually know has his certificate for Global Warming, and he very clearly tells folk that all that Global Warming creation is complete bunk.




Here we have not gotten more than a couple inches of snow at a time, and then mostly melted. Has been too cold for snow a bit lately. Undisturbed depths are a few inches. If not for roadways, can barely call it winter. When it warms in March, Feb, we usually get a bunch. But normally by now we would have a foot or 2.

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Saturday, January 29, 2022 1:16 PM

BRENDA


Laundry day and my boss is an idiot.

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Saturday, January 29, 2022 4:58 PM

BRENDA


Laundry done, walk in and now waiting on my boss to call to say she is coming by to drop something off for me.

Suppose to rain tonight.

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Saturday, January 29, 2022 11:30 PM

BRENDA


Rain right now.

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Sunday, January 30, 2022 12:33 AM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
my boss is an idiot.

I don't think that is news.

What revealed it this time?

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Sunday, January 30, 2022 1:56 AM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
my boss is an idiot.

I don't think that is news.

What revealed it this time?



She had to deliver my check to me on Friday then I got a call Saturday morning that she had made a mistake on it. Told her I had some stuff to do and that I would be home by 2pm and she should call and leave a message and I would get back to her. Well, she didn't call by 2:30 so I called her and she asked me if I was calling her while I was out or if I was home. She knows I don't have a cell phone. Anyways she got her by about 3pm to bring me a new check with her correction to my pay.

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Sunday, January 30, 2022 9:36 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
So I wandered into the backyard to see how things were faring without attention.

The grass is tall in some spots and the weeds are taking over but- dang!- wouldn't you know but I spotted a few red, ripe tomatoes on my one tomato bush, and some green ones as well!

I had two tomato bushes last year, both Early Girl, and they grew spectacularly (taller than hubby) and bore prolifically. One bush does what Early Girl tomatoes do in the winter: it died down to the ground. The other, a mere 4' away, is still green and producing. I have no idea what's with that one plant, I'm very happy to be able to harvest garden tomatoes in the dead of winter, but why it wants to be a perennial is beyond me! Maybe I can save some seeds and see if new plants would come true to the original.

Gotta water, tho. Last significant rainfall was late Dec IIRC, and altho we got a good soaking the ground is probably dried out by now.

As usual I over planned my day, assuming I could accomplish more than I was capable of, but I did manage to walk the dog, roast a pork picnic roast, do a kitchen cleanup (the kind I hate the most, a couple of sinksful of cups, containers, caps, jars, utensils, pots, pans... took me almost 2 hours washing!, tidy up the house and make dinner

Have some bills pending in my email, need to unbox a bunch of stuff, freeze the pork, make dig food, fix a sprinkler head, water the property, sort the mail... make dinner tomorrow and Sunday, and... that'll be the weekend. Doesn't sound like much, but I bet I don't get ALLA if that done, either!

Hubby and daughter are working on finishing the platform bed. He just oiled it today with Tung oil, and it is a thing of beauty!!

Most of it is Euro steamed beech. We spent a HUGE amt of time picking out planks at the lumberyard looking for boards that were straight and with good figure and... OMG it's amazing! I'll try and post pix when I get a chance.

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If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake





Is this a new bed or the one you were talking about quite a while ago?

I've never actually seen any pictures of this. Looking forward to it.


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