1. I just wanted to do a check in on the clutter challenge. My 30 day clutter free program by picking up one area for 10 minutes a day.
For me the results have been basically this….pick up- throw away. I am finding that most of my stuff virtually has no place in my home right now.
I am really unsympathetic to most things I own right now and I am finding it easy to find the trash can. Every six months I am shocked how much crap we acquire.
2. We had an earthquake last night….4.0 and it shook the house. I am a little shocked, we were at the dinner table and the house just started shaking. I wasn’t sure what to do as I shoved my little kids under the table.
We aren’t in earthquake zones really…so I didn’t even know how to respond.
The USGS says the quake was centered about 20 miles west of Portland, Maine.
3. The night before I had the fire department here for an issue related to our fireplace. We had pushed the ashes down a shoot built in at 10 am, some must have been hot because at 10pm at night might storage room had light smoke from obviously burning ashes in the shoot. I didn’t think too much of it because this had happened in the past, but at 1p the carbon monoxide alarm went off. I went down stairs incoherent thinking it was still the smoke. I moved Chase upstairs.
Then, I had a nasty dream that our house was smoldering…a clear premonition that something was wrong and surely it was. I reawakened knowing that I had been warned and another alarm had sounded. I immediately called the fire department. Our carbon monoxide level was at 79 and the alarm sounds at 20. In my sleepiness, I had no idea what was going on when it first went off….I was slowly creating death in the middle of the night. When they arrived the carbon monoxide was at a high and creeping up the stairs.
The ashes in the wall were creating a carbon monoxide due to the lack of oxygen.
For you who don’t know anything about carbon monoxide poisoning at the 100 level it can be fatal.
Thank heavens for my father in law, who prompted us to buy one an alarm years ago.
We are done putting ashes that direction as we have done for a decade and now will remove them directly outdoors. One ash can still be hot for days even if it looks dead.
So there is your public service message today…get an alarm…it could save your life.
4. Finally, I have agreed to study French to help Chase as a tutor. Sure a native would be the better choice, which his teacher is..but he needs drilling and review. Yesterday, while I was at one of the kid’s lesson I cracked open the book and worked through chapter 1 and 2. Nothing like being in school again! I really want to do Italian but while we have all the information I am going to try French.
I am going to give it one school year and see how I like it because I am not a natural at languages. I would love to speak a european language instead of the asian language I never use.
And….I am dying to just study something in my free time versus just wasting the time I have …which is really very little. But I find that when I am sitting at lessons, I do nothing.