Saturday, June 27, 2009
Please share with me the ways you stay cool in hot weather. I stay inside as much as possible but I long to be outside working in the yard. Today, though, the heat felt like it was pressing me into the ground. I guess that is the high pressure system that has been sitting on top of us for more than a week creating our above-normal heat.
I am praying for rain and a break in this heat wave!
Friday, June 26, 2009
*For starters I don't put my hot car in the garage when I come home during the day, but I leave it out on the driveway until it has cooled off in the evening.
*I hang my clothes outside to dry rather than allowing my clothes dryer to put more hot air into our already high temperatures.
*I am hand washing my dishes (like we did in Chaco Canyon--no dishwasher there) and letting them air dry. That way I don't have the dishwasher running for a long period using up water and electricity.
*I shut down my computer at night to save energy.
*I unplug recharge cords for phone and camera the minute I finish recharging those items because I understand that those cords left plugged in still use energy even though they are not connected to anything.
*I unplugged all our electrical appliances, lamps, computers, TVs and clocks while we were gone on our trip, AND I ran our thermostat up several degrees.
*I only run the washing machine when I have a full load of clothes to wash and I use the cold water setting when I wash.
*I keep the shades closed on the sunny side of our house.
I am trying to pay attention to our energy consumption so that I can live more efficiently. If you have any suggestions, please pass them on!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The next picture shows their backyard as seen from their back porch. Everything there is lovely and green because they have had regular rains for several weeks.
The picture above shows the view from the porch outside our bedroom. And the next picture shows the petroglyph that they discovered in the cliffs just below their house. We had quite a hike down hills to see it.
And then we had to tell them good-bye as they waved at us from the doorway to their front courtyard.
We really hated to leave...
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
We started climbing up a small crack in the bluff and we climbed and we climbed and finally got to the top. The view was wonderful and the descent was MUCH easier--mostly on the seat of my pants!
This afternoon we drove to a ruin that is quite a distance from the other ruins located close by. We went with a group of Sierra Club people who are here doing volunteer work in the park.
The road was little more than a cow path and we dodged afternoon showers and vivid lightning all the way out there. It was a beautiful site with a building that had been built about 900 A.D. It is a stretch of my imagination to think about people living in this vast wilderness that many centuries ago. And their buildings were quite spectacular!On the way back we even saw a herd of elk! And more adventure tomorrow!
Monday, June 15, 2009
I am not sure what our accommodations will be like but we will be staying with a forest ranger friend in his quarters. I believe he said something about shared facilities. We are taking food in for the days we will be there as the nearest grocery store is almost 4 hours away. I can hardly wait!!
Pictures and more information will follow the next time I get access to a computer!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
The Mall incident made me think back to a meeting I attended recently where some builders were talking about bids for buildings and how they were coming in higher than expected. They knew that suppliers had lower material costs and the cost of labor is lower right now, but it seems that subcontractors are padding their bids anyway. Guess Dillards caught on and figured if the blouse did not sell at $148.00 this week, then they could mark it 50% off next week and still make a bundle selling it at $74.00 or mark it down to 70% off in a few weeks and still rake in more than $40 for a blouse that probably cost less than $20 to have it made in China.
I think I am going back to sewing! I used to make all my clothes and then I got busy doing other things. Now, with prices as outrageous as the blouse I saw in Dillards I can easily save a bundle of money! Or--do my shopping at resale shops where the $148.00 blouse will probably end up for about $20 if I wait long enough and stay vigilant!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Miss Ella Bella was so glad to see us!
We visited Son #4 at his fire station and Miss Ella Bella showed us how she can "drive" the firetruck.
Son #4 and his family at the fire station.
Grandmommy with Miss Ella Bella in the Birthday Girl's chair at her party.
Granddaddy got to take care of Grandson #2 during the party--they got along just great!
Party time--Miss Ella Bella and some of her friends. A great time was had by all!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
We only live about 4 blocks from a grocery store, so it would have been mighty easy to run over there to get things for fixing breakfast for company this week. Instead of going to the store for breakfast tacos or ingredients for some fancy breakfast dish, I decided to use what I had. The night before I checked and saw that I had more than a dozen eggs, plenty of milk and some cheese for scrambled eggs. I rummaged in my freezer and found some turkey sausage links that I put out to thaw. I also had a can of biscuits that I needed to use before the expiration date ran out. I also had butter, two kinds of preserves, salsa and catsup for the eggs and orange juice, coffee or tea to drink. Voila! Breakfast without even leaving the house for a run to the grocery store--and it did not cost me anything except some pre-planning time.
Thinking ahead might be the key to using what I have rather than doing the last-minute run to the grocery store for whatever pops into my head to fix for a meal. This use of what I have also prevents having to throw things out because they have spoiled or gone past their expiration date. And, this evening I did find some spinach leaves in the bottom of my vegetable drawer that had seen better days. A little pre-planning would have allowed me to toss them in a salad a couple of days ago. What a shame!
Daughter-in-law #1 checking to see if the girls are loaded up and ready to go.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
All of these advances in technology are marvelous and I really am excited when I master them, but the learning curve for me is often quite a stretch. I grind my teeth, make attempts by myself, and when all else fails I call one or more of my sons who know far more than I will EVER learn. They certainly did not inherit their technological skills from me, but I am really grateful that they are willing to share their expertise with me. And they do it so nicely. Thank you, boys!
Anyhow! When I have a block of time, I will figure out how to join Twitter and I will hopefully learn how to put a bit of video on my blog. Meanwhile, I continue being proud of the techie skills I have acquired so far as I prepare to post this message to my blog.