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Fireplace Update & A/C Forecast

Our fireplace is still in use, and the part was supposedly ordered, but hasn’t come in yet.

It’ll be a couple more weeks of fireplace use, at least. Maybe more. Spring doesn’t look too far away looking at Accuweather data.

Then it’ll be back to the A/C to keep pollen to a minimum and hope for the best that the air will be cool enough throughout the house, but not too cold anywhere, and not too warm or hot anywhere else.

We got a new A/C system a few years ago and they had to repair a leaky outside pipe the next year, which showed us WHY it didn’t function (the A/C) very well the first year. I have more complaints about it though ever since. I despise the multiple digital zones we have. Master bedroom has the upstairs thermostat in it. That room gains so much heat winter or summer, and the attached bathroom seems like no air goes to it, just like before the A/C was fine-tuned (or was it really fine-tooned, that seems more fitting a name for it.)

The rest of the upstairs is much warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter.

The main floor has another thermostat. It’s OK, but the kitchen is still much more dramatically affected by outside weather, making it uncomfortable in their when cooking in the Spring through Fall, and miserable in the winter for the most part.

The basement has another thermostat in the hall. My office has a door and is the first room on the left, another room straight ahead, and the more open space of the basement to the right through french doors. It’s a cold hallway in the winter, with that heat turned on most of the time. My office though, it’s blasting hot in there and I HATE HEAT like that. The other room is a bedroom and kind of cold most of the time in the winter. The main basement is always either warmer or cooler, really not seeming to be much connected to the other parts I referred to before. Summer flips the switch and everything is opposite in the basement. I can tolerate colder in my office in the summer, but not so cold as it has to be to make it chilly enough elsehwhere.

My house needs per room thermostats, I swear it does. I don’t have much faith that it would even work well that way though.

So that’s what’s coming up soon. The no fires, A/C battle of pollen and heat.

Fireplace

We had our chimney swept and the guy was impressed with the lack of … saying we must burn good stuff. Yes. Hardwood, as well Seasoned as can be.

Our back panel will be replaced, the rest of it can get by for another couple of years. He said it’s safe to use it as is for now too. 🙂

It’s more than heat, it’s the flicker and colored light from within that hole in the wall is what I need on any winter day.

Summer nearing it’s end

The Summer has blown by. Autumn is close, and it feels that way. One tree we have has a lovely orange-red leaf on a branch visible through the kitchen window by the sink. I’ve seen a few turned leaves on other trees, many trees shedding their leaves (My Yoshino’s have been doing that in August … not always, but the last few years, yes.) The gorgeous Japanese ‘Bloodgood’ Maple in the front yard has tired looking leaves (more green than red, as they get in the Summer) but their bright blood-red seed pods are getting bigger and brighter, and it won’t be long until the leaves regain that bloody red color and get into their gorgeous deep burgundy autumn splendor.

Lovely Buttermilk Sky This Morning

The sky is filled with layers of clouds, yesterday we had a large swath of buttermilk over our area, but not as far as the eye can see, it was limited, with plenty of puffy, or flat, fanned out, other clouds all around. Later there was evidence of a high level scant buttermilk pattern several miles away from our morning buttermilk.

Buttermilk Sky This Morning

I don’t have any pictures of the later vision. We were driving back from Costco then, so …

The Summer heat has dissipated, it’s still hot a-times, but the one-two punch that is Summer’s Thing is thin, at best. Mornings are warm, but gentle. I love the idea of Summer, it’s a fantasy world from my childhood in Pennsylvania, it gets hot, but MOST days not too hot, not too humid, just nice, nice, nice! Summer … my favorite. Except for I hate HUMIDITY & HEAT as the SOUTH gets, but at least where we are now it’s not ALWAYS HOT, like it was in Florida, where we moved when I was 13, when life took a decided turn to cynical attitudes for me. Naturally disposed to such, my lessons were harsh and that’s not what this post is about, it’s just my explanation for why Summer is a fantasy world kind of thing for me.

So we are coming upon my favorite time of the year in Georgia. It gets cooler from here on out, and sometime in November or December I can start setting fires in the fireplace. I have enjoyed that part of living here so much, and last year I stepped it up getting into a stacked Top Down methodology. This will be my second year, So it’s 2.0 … I will figure out a name and reasoning for 1.0 and 2.0 … of course there is a 1.01, and a 1.3, I’m thinking this year will be a major upgrade, so it’s 2.0.

Okay, bring on the chill!

(Note to Frank, we need to get wood soon. Would of should of gotten some to bake in the yard all summer. FWIW)

Winter Begins

Winter has begun fully for us this week. It’s not “officially Winter” but the “season is here. Yesterday it snow flurried for hours, but no accumulation. Today it’s very cold, still below freezing, reaching that mark maybe, but probably not quite. It’s 31.6 degrees F. on my front porch digital temperature thing, it’s connected wirelessly to an inside panel (a cheap little gadget I got at Staples on clearance a couple of years ago.) It’s not necessarily correct, but close, I figure, usually. I really want a nice full system to collect data and see what’s going on entirely around me. It’s not a priority for my husband, just a nicety for me, not a necessity (Saize).

We got the fireplace going for the first time for this end of year cold season. Usually we have started in mid-November, and would have this year several times from then to now, but our ‘living room’ has been such a mess since we are living in the house and putting down new wood flooring in the living room. It’s a slow go, 3/4ths of it is done, but it now languishes away since the piano and device stuff for the TV are on that side, and there is no easy way to move the piano anywhere else except for the kitchen (no way!)

I am stuck with my christmas cards. I need a picture for inside and that is holding me up. I tried a few weeks ago to get one good one outside of my children, but over 70 photos, and nothing good enough, not even to photoshop something together.

I’m doing December Daily this year for the first time, but I’ve fallen off the cart. I have it in my head, but haven’t gotten the ideas down or pictures taken, daily. Time marches on and now it’s the 13th, so after 6 days I fell off, and am now that much behind. Ack!

I wish I could figure all this stuff out, but I feel stuck on all sides. I did get some video off of my Sony Handycam today, and uploaded a few things to YouTube. (I have so much to do with all my video too, I still do not have the software to do what I want to with it all.)

Anyhow,  I did get a new food processor this weekend. Finally able to replace my broken Kitchen Aid 11-cup UltraPower one. (Broken collar on post, cracked case here and there, bowl broken, small work bowl lost, post for discs lost … not very useful or nice to use for what it COULD do with my help.) The one we got is a Cuisinart 12-cup Elite, it is different, but solid, and has a wonderful case to hold all the pieces (my old KA had a case, long gone, not very good for what it held and how.) Now I can grate, shred, cut, mix, even better than ever before. I love this unit.

We also got two tall cabinets for the kitchen at Home Depot … they are the future for the kitchen, along with the sink cabinet that we already have. The other cabinets with slowly (but as fast as we can) be replaced until we are done replacing and ahead with finishing everything. The two new cabinets are a whole new world for me. Something I’ve wanted, places to put canned foods and such, never had anything but some lower and upper cabinets. Then I also have wanted a place to put my big things that I don’t always use, away, like my Nutrimill, crockpot, cake stand, etc. as well as a place for my cloth kitchen towels (for bread & baking) and for future things like tablecloths (which I love for holidays, but don’t have.) So I have a tall cabinet just for all that kind of stuff, with two wide but short drawers (for cloth) and lower and upper shelves behind two doors, that hold big things, with room to grow.

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