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Monday, Day One

.65 inches of rain in the wee hours. Look, I don't wish doom and destruction on anyone, but those hurricanes downgrading to tropical storms as they come inland are bread and butter around here for eliminating drought conditions. We're just not going to do it a half inch at a time.

So far, the well is holding up, but it's only 85 feet deep. The A/C is also holding up in 90+ temperatures. The thirty year-old A/C machine cooling the bedrooms is used only at night. It's never used in the hottest part of the day because it trips the circuit breaker every time. So the thermostat has a timer and is set for 78 during the day and around 66 after 9pm through to 6am or so. The heat pump in the 'living' section of the house (bloody useless thing) has been acting weird. It's about 7 years old now and on the hottest days it has started kicking out hot air instead of cool. Evaporator issue, the Dude says. You turn it off and wait 5 minutes and then turn it back on and it seems to work again. Time will tell if it's a maintenance or replacement issue. I'm hoping for maintenance because the Dude wants to invest in a geothermal system which will cost a lot of money and at the same time we'll wrap and reroute the ducts.

The chickens have a fan going in the coop. No A/C, poor dears. I can just see trying to find one small enough to jam into the entry hatch. The groundhog continues to annoy. I asked the Dude to help me in my fight and he immediately disappeared into the basement. Half an hour later, he shows up at my office doorway (no door, sadly) with a trap. No, I said. Not that drastic. Interim measures first. Grumbling that nothing will work, he put the trap in his woodshop (for now) and put curry and cayenne where the little guy comes into the run. Didn't stop him this morning, but I want to keep trying. I just want this to be difficult for him to the point that it seems more trouble than it's worth. I don't want to trap him or hurt him. He's part of the property. The Dude is strictly catch and release, but his idea is to release at the edge of a neighboring property.

It says "Day One" above because E and I had our first morning together. We'll have these for four weeks until school starts. One hour reading, one hour on math and a half hour on writing. No schoolwork, no tv. She's pretty rusty in her first grade skills, so I think this is important. She thinks hanging around in jammies is important. Sigh. So do I, but I'm the Mom. Now we're done and I get to focus on The Girl Who Slept With The Sun for an hour or two.

Frog Out