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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

and that was quick

Good morning.
Well, it was a fast weekend as they all tend to be, and now it's back to work.
I managed to finish the kitchen and have started on the living room. I have one wall painted, and 3 more blinds cleaned. And I'm still finding more stuff to add to the early summer yard sale I plan on having in early June. We ordered the security/storm door for our Las Vegas home and it should be installed upon our next trip out there.
I've been observing the smart meter for the house, and have determined that unplugging the microwave on our last trip is saving us nearly $3 a month!   :-)
Hey, every little bit helps when you are paying for 2 homes. And it just goes to show how every little thing plugged in at your house adds up. When we leave, we unplug the night lights, clock in the bedroom, and now the microwave.
Well, with that, time for me to get to work. It looks like a busy week ahead.

Monday, March 30, 2015

save my eye

Good afternoon.
Well, my eyesight has finally gotten clearer, so I decided to do a post.  :-)
Sunday, I managed to finish painting the kitchen, and cleaning the other 3 wood blinds. They look real nice.  :-)
This morning, we went out for our usual Monday routine, banking, post office and grocery shopping. 
While at the grocery store, I started to notice a blurred streak across my lower right eye when I looked from left to right. I at first thought it was maybe my eye was tired or I had a film on my eye, so I just tried to ignore it. By the time we got home, I was experiencing flashing halo's around the left side and top of that eye. I got concerned because it was similar to the symptoms I had nearly 2 years ago when I injured my left eye. I mentioned it to Craig who said I should call the doctor right away. I called Lansing Ophthalmology where I went the last time, and they were able to get me in with-in the hour.
Long story short, I had posterior vitreous detachment. The interior of the eye has a gel-like material. When a part of it pulls away from the retina, it causes the symptoms I experienced. It is apparently fairly common, and causes nothing more than new floaters.

So, My eyesight is okay. The flashes are gone, and I now have a new floater in my right eye I didn't have before, But hopefully, it will fade as they tend to do and become less prominent as it is right now. It really doesn't affect my vision, but in fairly bright light, I see it off to the side of my vision.  The doctor said I was right coming in, as it was possible the gel pulling away could have torn the retina at the same time. I was fortunate that wasn't the case. I have an appointment 6 weeks to have a follow up check.
And, in other news........
Amazingly, our 7 seeded Spartans keep winning! On to the Final Four! Where the other 3 teams are one seeds
I didn't get a thing done at home toady, because my eyes were so dilated, I couldn't focus very well. They are better now, nearly 5 hours later.
Time for dinner. We are having Turkey burgers since we can't use the oven.
Tomorrow, open faced roast beef sandwiches, Yummy!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

with a house it's always something.

Good morning.
I've just returned from cleaning the Salon. It's another cold morning.  :-(
I got out of work late Saturday, working until nearly 5pm.
Back home, we started prepping for dinner. I wanted to try a new zucchini dish so I preheated the oven while I prepared the zucchini.  After a few minutes, we heard this loud sparking noise. Looked into the oven to see the heating element on fire! I immediately turned the oven off. The fire subsided, but a hot glow on the element remained. I figured it would slowly burn itself out, but after several minutes realized not only was it not out, but it was progressing along the element, like it was slowly burning up the element. I couldn't believe with the power off, it could still burn. I called the fire dept. for guidance. The person I spoke to hadn't heard of this before, but suggested unplugging the stove. I did that, and it immediately went out. I couldn't believe that even with the oven turned off, it could still draw electricity, but apparently it did!
So, we changed dinner plans and I went online to find a new element. I went to the Sears site, since it was a Kenmore range, and started an online chat with a customer rep. Gave him the model # and this is what he brought up...

But this is what the existing element looks like....
He said the first one would work with our model. I looked at both and couldn't see how that was possible. The he asked if I wanted the element supports too. I said don't they come with it? No he said, it's $6.95 extra. Well, that did it! I told him I was going to think about it, and ended our chat. I looked elsewhere online and found the exact replacement for nearly $20 less.
Now we'll need to adjust future meals around no oven until we get the replacement element. Today is no problem, as Craig already was planning on crock pot corned beef. And we do have a toaster oven we can use for smaller stuff.
And now I'm off to begin my weekend. And watch our Spartans this afternoon in the Elite Eight.

Friday, March 27, 2015

when is 8 x 24 not 8 x 24

 When it's really 9.75 x 25.75. But more on that later.
Good morning.
It's so far been a steady week in the Salon, but I'm booked late today and tomorrow.  I did get out of work early yesterday. My last customer, a foil highlight and haircut, didn't show. I called, and got her voice mail and left a message. Now I'll have to work her in next week.  :-/
And I ordered a return air vent for the living room.
The previous opening was L shaped and used 2 vent covers. One horizontal and one vertical. I didn't like the looks of that, sooo last weekend, I patched the upper part of the opening and extended the horizontal opening. So I needed a longer vent cover. I went online and ordered one from Home Depot. I needed one that was 8 x 24, and found one on their site. It arrived at the store on Wed. so after work, I picked it up on the way home.

Well, the vent was actually 9.75 x 25.75. I was sure they sent me the wrong one. But to make sure, I went back online to double check the measurements.  Sure enough, if you click on the specifications tab. the measurement they give is actually for the grill opening, not the over all size.  :-/
Soooo I couldn't use it because the vent cover needs to fit between the baseboard and a wall outlet. I don't want to hassle with moving up the outlet, so back on line I went and ordered a 6 x 24 vent cover which is actually 7.75 x 25.75. It's a bit longer than I wanted, but it will fit much better. I'll return the first one when I pick up the second one.
It's been a cold week for the end of March, so not much spring out there yet. At least all the snow is gone.  :-)
Now off to work.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

post # 1732

Good morning.
Well, another weekend over and it's back to work.
Not that I haven't been working, I have, just not in the Salon.
I've got the breezeway/TV room painted, and I've been working on the Kitchen. We have 2 inch wood shades in the windows, and as I paint each one, I've been taking down the blinds and cleaning them also. They are a lot dirtier than I thought. There's 4 in the Kitchen and 6 in the living room. It's going to take some time. I'm not going to get the house done before it's time to go out in the yard. I have a lot of things I need to do outside also. It may take a couple of years to get everything done. Good thing I started early.  :-)
But now, time to go to the Salon.