November 24, 2010

Bucolic





  • We are spoiled. The days are cold, and we plug on slowly using space heaters and senses of humor. Gee, that sounds like almost everyone I know. Both space heaters are upstairs now, one on each floor. I go from room to room turning off heaters as I leave one room moving on into the next one. G walks on the treadmill and rides a bike an hour before I head out to the pool. We both shower there, but the heater use brings the electric bill back up. Still, all this is better than the almost $150.00+ a day that the old style radiant heating runs us.


  • I finished the photo album of our 2010 road trip. Ugly album that we bought. We took thousands of pictures, but I printed only a few. Each page ended up a composite of faded background images, three to nine reduced photos printed directly on the background, and two to four glossy photos. We get to see more of our shots….and there are some really good ones, at a total cost (not counting my time) or twelve bucks. I like that.


  • Under the heading of “long deferred projects” falls the slipcover on my living room chair. The Geezer picked one up at IKEA…not at all designed to fit that chair. I’ve been living with this mass of wadded fabrics for years while my brain processed how to deal with it. I really can’t fix the front. It bulges where my chair is straight. I did finally open up the back, add a placket and ties, while on one side I cut out the extra and added a gusset. It’s in the wash now. I’ll let you know if my alfresco sewing design works. He paid five bucks for the slipcover VS $500.00. Sometimes I don’t think the money saved is worth the effort.


  • It’s going to be a simple day today. This morning the keyboard is working fine. Maybe those eight hours of sleep helped us both. It’s the Geezer’s Friday, and I’ll be at the Discovery shop sorting books till mid afternoon. Tonight dinner out with Don….fish she says. We can do this. Absolutely bucolic like the fields near Grover Beach with the fog gently coming in.

12 comments:

  1. When you talk about saving money, you have to factor in your own time. (And your enjoyment of the project.)

    When it took my husband and me 12 manhours to assemble a bike, I told him that, from that day on, I would pay the $25 extra to buy one that was already assembled.

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  2. Love your keyboard comment. Perhaps all technological problems are better after the device has had a good night's sleep.

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  3. I don't factor in time because I have more time than money mostly. For me, it's a question of convenience. Space heaters? You're lucky. It's full tilt boogie time for my furnace and will just get worse. I have nightmares about my gas bills.

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  4. Sometimes it just not worth the effort it takes. And the heat is on here too (it was 5 last night)and the faucets are on drip all night to avoid a freeze up and a plumbing bill so I suppose the water bill will be up too. Still, it's warm in here and I'm feeling lucky today. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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  5. Still below freezing in Seattle. This beautiful city apartment comes with heat. That is, heat is included in the rent. Apparently that does not mean that heat is included in the apartment! The radiators are warmish..my space heater (electricity included at my expense) is doing the rest. Happy Thanksgiving Maggie - your daily thoughts and beautiful images have been a gift to me this year.

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  6. I cannot believe that it costs you $150.00 a day to heat!!.

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  7. We use mostly space heaters anymore..the "big boy"
    heat is too expensive so we save it for the Really cold days-
    Good thing you got your keyboard working, I had one that all the letters and numbers rubbed off--reminded me of those old typewriters we learned on back in the days at school.

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  8. Space heaters at work. Moderate heat at home. I hung some Christmas lights and I huddle around them for warmth.

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  9. Lovely photo indeed. I hope the slipcover turns out like the keyboard.. just fine after a rest. ;)

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  10. Great picture. Sky is gorgeous. I'm all caught up now reading backwards. Had an RA flare the past three days and haven't been able to use my left hand. Thank God for prednisone; it's what got me through the holidays. (And I didn't have to wash dishes.)

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  11. That is one nice thing about living in the tropics. We don't have to pay for heating. Granted, we do have to pay for the air conditioner.

    I love your photo! The colors are incredible!

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  12. Absolutely bucolic is right! I'd love to see some green around here. The high today is about 42 -- 29 tonight.

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