Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday musings


First off, the power went out Sunday evening for several hours, starting around sundown... fortunately our plucky heroine is prepared for this sort of eventuality... When the power is out, candles help. To burn safely indoors the flame must be contained - three tealights inside a glass cookie jar, backed with a three-sided cut-glass mirror... Even with candles, I don't have enough alternative lighting to be able to DO much of anything when the power is off at night. If it hadn't come back on, was thinking about getting out the emergency stove to heat up some food, but wasn't needed. Also noticed that having multiple candles/matches access points might be helpful, though wee flashlight lives in pocket anyway...

When the power went out (high winds and driving rain) I was winding down after the long weekend with four houseguests... though initially only two were expected! This just cracked me up! With four people come to visit for the weekend, it was a very good thing that the family brought their own camping bedding, but to actually use the living room while awake, we stacked all the bedding in the bedroom - looked rather a lot like "the princess and the pea" and had to dissuade the five-year-old from clambering around atop it all...

And, in other good news, courtesy of SR&R had a short side trip to the Keen warehouse sale on Saturday, and managed to acquire a pair of Useful Shoes... they look to be the Barkley Lace style; I wear a very common size of womens' shoes, which means that I also wear a quite small size of men's shoes, and since the foots are shaped a lot more like men's than women's feet, the Keen men's last fits me much better anyway. That little excursion saved me over a hundred dollars, whilst I'd not planned on buying shoes, spending $30 for a pair of all leather US made oxfords makes all kinds of sense. They are comfy and I think also cute in their own quirky way...

On Sunday morning my pal Bill helped with a few additional projects, as it was far too much weather for he and his wife to do any more yard work...
There is now a place to store the pavilion poles inside, above the back door, with sturdy brackets (and extra bungee cords for earthquake safety) Easily accessible and out of the way at the same time, in a space not useful for much else...

...and, in attempting to change a burned out light bulb, our plucky heroine managed to drop the light fixture on her head (ow!) and not catch it before it fell to the concrete floor... so a trip to the ReBuilding Center was necessary, where this new slightly older light was acquired. The laundry zone is even brighter than before...

There was also some Helpful Discussion and Demonstration of how to sharpen cutlery and pocket knives with a diamond hone. I think that I might need to acquire add these tools to my long wishlist of future acquisition. Mindy's husband Bill makes beautiful and fascinating custom knives, and after the demonstration, several of my kitchen knives are a lot sharper, as is my pocket Opinel...

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