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Friday, May 16, 2014

Just Odds and Ends

This is my late Friday post. I normally like to do my post early in the day. When I feel like my brain is fresh and I can spell. We had our first 100 degree day yesterday. I like 100 degrees pretty well, but when it gets hotter then it is harder for me to be happy about it. I feel better when it is hot. I can get more done. When it is cold I just want to curl up with a blanket.

When we built this house, by state law you have to have fire detectors. Which is good. But in this house there are so many that buying batteries for them takes a chunk out of my food budget. Just kidding and I never have the right kind of batteries. Last night at 10:00 P.M. the power went out and all of the smoke alarms started going off.  I was sound asleep. Now when the smoke alarms go off, they all go off every single one, and they do this echo thing, it is quite disturbing. To be woke up from a sound sleep, and the power being out makes it really scary.

Through trial and error we found out that the one that controls them all is in Peter's room. Elliot said, that when they started going off he walked to his room to get a pool cue to push the button, he said as fast as he walked to his room and came back, his Dad was standing there in the dark. Elliot said, " I stood there trying to figure out how in the world Dad got from his room all the way upstairs to Peter's room in the dark without even a flashlight." Elliot used the pool cue to turn it off, and then we tried to go to sleep.
Except, it was a night of torture. I would just be falling back to sleep, and the alarms would go off again. It has something to do with the power being out because they are wired on a different circuit. Ron tried to explain it to me but I didn't understand it. It was still over ninety so the house heated up. I looked out and as far as I could see the power was out every where. This morning, PG&E still didn't know why it went out in the first place.

I thought of things off and on like between screams of the smoke alarms like...the poor men that have to go fix the electricity. I was also glad that the smoke alarms work so well so we don't burn up in our sleep in case of a fire. I am glad that Elliot bought those pool cues. ( We don't have a pool table, but he thought they would look neat in his room.)
I realized, I really am a fan of air conditioning. I was also very happy, that the coffee maker worked this morning when I woke up. I had a doctor's appointment and I didn't get up on the right side of the bed. I was glad that I didn't have to go outside and fire up the burner on the BBQ to boil water.

I read for the first time today, without glasses!!! Isn't that amazing? Now that I got a clean bill of health, I can't wait to work. I have missed work.

I hope your weekend is very nice, so sorry this is rather scatterbrained. Lack of sleep makes me like this, yeah, that is what I will blame it on.
Have a wonderful weekend,

"At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done,
Then they see it can be done---then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done
centuries ago."
---The Secret Garden, Francis Hodgson Burnett, 1911
( What I am reading now.)


  1. Stupid fire alarms! I hope you sleep good tonight. Also, I'm so glad you got a clean bill of health!

  2. Sorry about your sleep interruption and the power outage.
    Those fire alarms are a great safety feature but can also be a nuisance when they go off for the wrong reason. I'm glad there were no fires. I heard of so many wild fires in Southern California.

    I'm glad that you had a clean bill of health and that you can read without glasses. I wish I could read without glasses....

    Take care and I hope you get a decent sleep tonight.

  3. Oh how frustrating on the fire alarms. They have always driven me crazy as they seem to go off for no reason soo much of the time. But ever since they alerted us to AN ACTUAL FIRE once, I have a different attitude. I am sorry they kept you awake though, sooo annoying. As for the heat....glad that someone out there like's it 100 degree! haha...Cuz it sure isn't me! Honestly i don't mind low 90's, but not anything over 95. Talk about making me lazy. All I want to do is sit and not move so as to not sweat, lol. Soo glad you can read now. What a wonder thing for you. Enjoy your week-end! We are cooling down though I heard!

  4. Nothing worse than being woke up in the night with beeping smoke detectors! Ugh! 100? In May? Yikes! I assume you got power back? Hope so!

  5. The power going off and the fire alarms all sounding. No wonder you didn't get much sleep.

    It is so wonderful that you are able to read without glasses! Awesome!

  6. I am sorry you did not get a good nights sleep. That must have been scary.
    I am glad you have a good bill of health. That is peace of mind.
    It is quite chilly here today and very rainy. I can't imagine the 100 degrees where you are.
    I hope you have a beautiful weekend and blessings, Catherine

  7. hoping the fire alarms are all re-set and glad the power is back! 100 degrees this early in the year would be rough to take!

  8. What a torturous night! So glad you got a good report from the doctor though. I love the nights during these heat waves with their clear skies and the fragrance wafting around from all the plant life that breathes at night. Daytime is a little hotter than I'd like though.

  9. Yay...reading without glasses! And I sure hope you can sleep better tonight. If it gets too hot out there,just come to PA...we're having a cool stretch right now.

  10. Reading the paper without glasses...lucky you !!
    I have always said...I can do anything during the day, as long as I get a good night of sleep ;)
    Wish we had those warm days here in Pennsylvania !

  11. Yes, the AC at night makes it possible for you to enjoy 100 degrees in the daytime. Those smoke alarms are the most jarring way to be awakened - ugh!


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