Thursday, February 26, 2009

Another Light Out

I forgot to water my plants again this week, much later than usual, but they usually fair ok with the delay. As I descended the stairs down into the basement, where my light stand is located, I am greeted with extra darkness...more so than the one fixture that burned out, prolly due to the power surge that also ruined a few other things. Florescent tubes don't usually burn out together so I assume the surge got this fixture too. I didn't test it....but I did get everything watered. Moved some plants around so that those in bud could get some light. The rest of them can sit in darkness for awhile until I get around to picking up new lights. What I don't understand is that all the lights were plugged into surge protectors. Doesn't seem like it did any good...

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Electrical Short

For once, since starting school I felt like fussing with my plants today. Maybe it was fate b/c as I groomed my plants and was looking them over I heard this noise that sounded as if someone was walking around the kitchen and the floor was creaking. The floor never creaked before.... Then the telltale "sssssstt!" sound came about above my head as I was squatting looking at the lower two shelves of my orchids. I looked up...I knew what that sound was! I just had to locate where it came from. I saw the smoke, but wasn't sure where it came from still...all the lights were working! I flipped the switch off so that it wouldn't start a house fire and went and got J. He came over to look at it. We could definitely smell it now....electronics burning. After his lookover we turned on the lights again on the grow stand and it wasn't the light I thought it was (top light), but instead it was the second shelf that was out! I guess the smoke rose... I unplugged that one. I guess now instead of buying more bulbs I have to buy a whole new unit too! Ugh...they are not easy to get in once the stand is where it is supposed to be with plants underneath it! I don't know what would've happened had I not been there. How is it that I am always around when electrical shortages happen???

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Last Warm Day...

I hate it when winter teases us like this. The last few days have been spectacular! Tomorrow it'll get cold again :( Hope nothing is coming out of dormancy yet. I've taken the dog for walks since it's been so nice and it's been nice to be able to get out of the house! I'm sure he appreciates it as much as I do! I am ready for spring!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Warming Up!

Wow spring is just right around the corner because today was warm enough to wear just a light jacket or none at all if you are hot bodied! Got to clean up the yard a little...all those dead tomato plants got cut down except I missed one. Oh well!