Month: August 2007

A/C of August (problem solved)

We were in Florida last week, got home on Saturday, and walked into a very, very, very hot house. We knew while we were away that the temperatures had gone insane at home … but inside the house they shouldn’t have, we did leave the A/C on –in the mid-to-high-70’s — but it was so hot that the thermostat couldn’t register the temperature (it’s highest temperature showing on the dial is 90 F. It’s a mercury thermostat.)

Outside it was over 100 degrees f. and inside it felt hotter than that, fwiw.

The A/C just wasn’t working right, so similar to what it was like a few years ago when we had problems with it in another HOT August and eventually abandoned using it in September when I had bad allergies … we had turned it off in August, there was ice in the pipes and once it melted the system worked fine again … but I connected my allergies to the A/C system in September of that year, and when we turned it off my symptoms reduced massively

We didn’t have A/C the next year, and the year after that we got window units for the kitchen and master bedroom and then later a smaller one for the “basement” area. Those 2 and then 3 cooled sufficiently, while being fairly costly, but worth it. The year without A/C was tough, just the Summer, mind you. The next year, which was last year –2006 we used the window units again, but I was tired of using them, the noise being so high, and the blocking of light to much — so I turned the A/C Sytem on and it worked, and I wasn’t getting “ill” from it, so we stopped using the window units and that was fine.

This year, 2007 we have used the A/C fine until now, this heat wave is when it decided to stop working fine and to freeze up again.

We haven’t had it looked at by a professional ever, though we *should* but it’s just too much to consider paying for, as long as we can get it keep running as much as we need until something breaks entirely, or we have the funds to upgrade everything. The whole house can’t be A/C’d or Heated with the system, we have a 3-level house with one small system. Two major rooms downstairs are not even connected to it. Anyhow, we know we need to upgrade everything and will have to do that “when we can” whenever that is. So for now, it just has to work the way it is.

So in the case of the non-correctly-working-A/C recently, I was looking at it outside, and playing with the thermostat to turn it on and off and such, and it seemed that it was iced up somewhere but I never saw any ice, just more water than is normal to be coming down the pipe out there, and under the outside unit as well.

All evening it didn’t work right, just blase cool-ish air, but not A/C’d air really. DH and I decided to put the window unit in the kitchen earlier, just because it was so hot, so very hot and we had to get the house cooler.

Also, earlier I did know we needed to change the filter, and had known it for a couple of weeks. It gets dirty fairly fast in our house. It’s just a matter of buying new one and someone climbing up to the ceiling in the hallway to get out the old one and put in the new one (not horrible, but bad enough and can barely be done by me, and easier done by my DH, but our 11 year old is too small to do it still.) When DH finally got a filter that very day we returned, he took the old one out, and the date I had written on it was May 31. Whoops! We really need to change them out at 1 month — no wonder it was so dirty.

Having a baby threw everything like that for a loop. :blushing:

So the majority of the time I was fussing with the system, there was a new filter in. The window unit cooled the main floor of the house decently, but upstairs was still so very, very warm. The next day was Sunday, and I fooled with the system some more, with out it working to produce “cold” air … but then I thought it wasn’t as warm as it had been all day and had the system on that night, just to do the little it could … and during the night I had to pull the covers up on me, when I hadn’t used them at all due to the warmth in the house at bedtime … so later I got up and checked the thermostat and it was going down in temperature, yay! I went to the kitchen window unit and turned it off and went back to bed. In the morning it was nice in the kitchen still and pretty cold upstairs (upstairs is cold and the main floor just cool enough, traditionally with this system.)

Ever since then it runs nice and cold despite the raging temperatures and humidity outside, like yesterday it was 99 at one point with a “feels like” of 105 degrees. You’d never know it from inside the house.

So this time, the dirty filter had something to do with the system warm-up … maybe there is something else “wrong” that needs fixed, but for now it’s as cold as ever, and working. I’ll hopefully be sure to get that filter changed before it’s too far gone (dirty) this next time. By then the temperatures outside should be getting cooler, and it won’t be long before A/C can go off until Spring ramp-up of temperture and humidity. We still have hot temperatures to get through for the next few weeks, and beyond that still, but it’s most likely to be a lesser need for A/C and that is that.

Time flies — didn’t Summer just begin? Ah, it’s not over yet, but is going fast.

Baby Q is doing great, 7 weeks old, turning 8 weeks tomorrow. See, it is going fast! His birthday was just a few days after the official Summer Solstice. Speaking of Baby Q, I’m overdue in feeding him, so I’ve got to close this post. I’ll just post it, and post again later with the other things I was going to write about. That’s fine anyhow, as this post is LONG ENOUGH already! πŸ™‚ It’s better to split up topics and put them into their own posts, after all. KWIM πŸ˜‰

Baby Q – 6 wks old

Baby Q turned 6 weeks this past Saturday. Today, Tuesday, Aug. 7th, we saw a Ped. for the first time, and all seems fine, as we knew it was. We don’t immu. and that Ped. is OK with it and also with homebirth, and knows we’ll look him up on occassion as needed and that’s alright.

We are going to FL again … don’t know if the baseball game attendance I talked about in the last post will occur for us, probably won’t work out this time … but we’ll do something around the SE sooner than later, as there is only a couple of months left in the season.

It’s been really HOT lately, the house can’t handle it at all, it’s cooler in here than out there — sure, but out there it’s in the high 90’s at the least, just actual temperature, not factoring in the humidity or “how hot it is when the sun is blazingly hitting the side of the house” or in ‘full view’ standing out in it. Ugh. FL is worse though, with the sub-tropical thickness of the humidity and temperatures, it’s worse, to me, with the same readings as anywhere more Northern.

We set the A/C really low and it still is in the high 70’s at best in the house all afternoon, and it takes all night to cool down closer to 70 degrees … by morning, and then it all starts all over again … July in NE GA was so nice, August has been a bear to deal with.

We have had rain of late, some nice homegrown thunderstorms with lots of rain in them, and a couple of trees that weren’t looking so good since that April 2007 late freeze are looking better now. Case in point is the Crepe Myrtle we planted in early Spring, it was coming along, growing with the wonderful Spring we were having, then that Freeze hit and all the leaves and growth was turned to black mush. I ended up having to cut it back and we waited for lovely growth again, but had only some leaves come out and the “growth” we expected just sat there and barely started just “sat there” atrophy-ing-ish, and the leaves that were out seemed lax and so tired, in spite of the decent watering we had given it and starter and all that. So with the last couple of weeks, the rain increased and one good storm last week VOOM! the leaves all perked up green and perky and now the “growth” has finely begun, and I hope it continues, it’s the most promising it’s been since early Spring when it first came alive after planting/winter.

That’s it for now. I hope all goes well for the landscape this week and looks great when we return. πŸ™‚

Baby Q 5 weeks and baseball

Baby Q is 5 weeks old now (going on 6 in a couple of days. ) Everything is going good thus far. I still don’t have any photo’s of the baby online. I know, I know, everyone wants to see him!

I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to do about a birth announcement (I create my own — not for my 1st baby, but ever since, yes.) I have things I am going to use, but have to experiment with the printer we now have, and also decide between a few other ideas once I have the printer end figured out. I’m kind of “old fashioned” about this, I want to show him to family and friends with a memorable thing that can be held, saved, put in a scrapbook or box for the future. THEN I’ll upload photos to Flickr and then post them here, there, where ever.

We went on our first “trip” since Baby Q was born, just this past week. Our nephew (my hubby’s) got married this past weekend, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. So we drove down on Thursday and came home on Sunday. It turned out alright, the wedding events were great, the trip itself alright, but overall a bit more than desired stressful on me/baby. It is good to be home, but Hubby went out-of-town Tues thru tonight, so that homecoming turned out to be restful yet not at all. If that makes much sense.

Hubby needs to go to Florida off and on for his work, and needs to go back to where we just were for the wedding last weekend … this next week. We are toying with having us all go with him, and try to get to see some baseball, Minor League most likely (we like Minor League B-Ball and the pricing is in our ballpark as well, needing 5 seats for the family the past few years … not that we don’t like Major League, we sure do … do the math though.)

So if we can go, we’ll find a team in the west coast of Florida area. It’ll be Baby Q’s first baseball game attendance. If not, we’ll find a team around where we live sooner than later. There is Major League in Atlanta, but I don’t like the Braves really, and don’t particularly like the NL. I am an AL liker. I also really do like Minor League ball, and we enjoy collecting hats and stuff, though we haven’t done that much over the years, mostly not, mind you, but would if we could. Anyhow, last year we did get to a game in Charleston, SC and one in Seiverville, TN. The team in Charleston is the River Dogs, and they are a Single-A Yankee’s affiliate. The TN team is the Smokies … I don’t recall their current affiliation, they are Single-A as well, I think. The teams around here are in “The Southern League” of the Minors.

Years ago in South Florida me and my now hubby used to attend Ft. Lauderdale Yankees games frequently, before we were married. In the beginning of June it was 15 years since he asked me to marry him, right before we went to a game. He was going to do it there, but got excited and asked me in the car in the driveway of my parents house instead.

That was Single-A ball. There is no Minor League team there any more. Those were the days when NYY (Major League) Spring Training was held there in Ft. Lauderdale.

So then, where we are now there is nothing very close, but a grand amount of teams a few or more hours of driving away. So plans must be made to attend, last minute isn’t very doable, unfortunately.

My birthday was on the 18th of July, and my hubby finally got me what I’ve wanted for years, a fine wool fitted NY Yankees cap. πŸ™‚ I have “always” been a Yankee fan, something I got from my Daddy, though he wasn’t a die hard fan, but liked them. He wasn’t a sports guy, liked baseball and mostly that was all. I am also mostly just baseball friendly, but do like watching Golf, and can tolerate SOME football, but grow weary of it fast, and don’t like that other B-ball game which I won’t mention. I’m not very sports inclined, except for baseball though, it’s my first and only love in “sports” of that nature.

My main idea of “sports” is what one does in nature, climbing, hiking, boating, running, etc. for fun mostly. Organized sports are not kindly considered by me. Baseball somehow doesn’t suffer that fate in my mind. Anyhow, we hope to get some good baseball game viewing in person done before the season is over, now that baby is here and older. I just need to get him a Yankees cap and outfit to wear. πŸ™‚

So along those lines, the Yankees are doing well, and I’m enjoying watching them on TV most every game that I can. We have DirecTV and the MLB EXTRA INNINGS and the Sports channels upgrade … so I can watch Yankee away games on the MLB channels and home games on YES Network … also hubby has an MLB.com subscription, so we can watch games on the computer via the internet if they aren’t on TV for some reason, but aren’t “blacked out” … or if they are blacked out we can listen to the audio online, leastwise.

Right now there is a game on YES network, an afternoon game. It’s not really good right now, Top of the 2nd and CHW has 6 runs and 2 on, and just got another hit and those 2 on came in, so there’s 1 on now … on 2 outs … pooh. 8 to 0. Ah, well, Yankees have been hitting up a storm of late, and hopefully we’ll have some good bats in the bottom of the next several innings to make up for this horrible Top of 2nd, poor Clemens.

Well I’ve not paid such good attention to this game while posting this, and now Clemens has been pulled from the game. Whoa. Mike Meyers is in, and so I now will just watch the game and close this post.

One of these days I’ll get a Baby Announcement created and then have the freedom to post pictures. My Baby Q is really cute and getting cuter. He wasn’t so cute for awhile, with some skin condition, but it’s cleared up enough for him not to look so icky now. Phew!

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