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22 hours ago, Sari ONeal said:

Sheila - could you put a window A/C unit upstairs to keep the top floor cool? That cold air would probably also sink down to the next floor.

It would be a challenge to do this. I've mentioned it to my husband a few times. He also has some severe aversion to window ac units. Not sure why. I would probably over rule this if I could find one that would work with our windows. It's a bit of a challenge since our windows don't slide sideways or upwards like most houses do. the windows are on a hinge and they crank outwards from the house, but are inset several inches into the actual window when open. Here's the window above my desk. They're all like this (the ones that open. A third of the windows don't even open at all).

 

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Debbie, we went to London the summer of 2011, and I thought the weather was perfect there. I'm more inclined to see if I can find some place in the US though so I wouldn't have to deal with international issues :)  Most of our earth quakes in recent years have been smaller too. I've actually never been closer than 100 miles from the epicenter for any of the larger ones, so we didn't sustain any significant damage from any of them. HOpefully we never do. We don't have earthquake insurance. It's just too expensive. The regular home insurance is expensive enough as it is.

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Sheila we have casement windows like that.  (All our windows are like that, except the biggest ones just open on the sides, not in the middle). We just take the window out (for summer, we just put it back for winter) and fill in the rest of the hole above the A/C; we have styrofoam, but anything to fill it where bugs and weather can't get in will work. Since yours is towards the street you'd probably use something that looks good to the outside.

Also, you'd need a support for it because it'll stick out and it'll have to hold the weight.

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Yeah, my parents had one in their living room, but it was a huge unit. We called it a swamp cooler because it made a swamp underneath it. If the pads weren't kept wet, it just blew hot air, so they fixed the hose up to drip slowly all the time and keep the pads wet. We were much cooler today, by more than 20 degrees. It got downright cold this evening. Hopefully this'll be the last of the horrid heat for the season.

 

We got another kitten to foster today. She's just barely 6 weeks old but she's huge. They think she's part Norwegian Forest Cat, and they apparently get larger than a Maine Coon from what I saw online. She's so bouncy and playful. Hopefully I'll get some good photos with her, but we'll see. The really playful ones can be more of a challenge to work with.

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I have to admit that I am not keen on the window units there are far more efficient AC units now. ....out present units are bolted to the wall and are fed from a unit on the floor outside. We can also just use it on fan only. It is far more efficient than a window unit.

 

Rudy I think I would rather have met Clyde Butcher than Peter Lik (who I have met and found to be an arrogant phallus) ...

 

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9 hours ago, Sheila Fitzgerald said:

Yeah, my parents had one in their living room, but it was a huge unit. We called it a swamp cooler because it made a swamp underneath it. If the pads weren't kept wet, it just blew hot air, so they fixed the hose up to drip slowly all the time and keep the pads wet.

I've never seen an actual swamp cooler, but what your parents had sounds like one.

 

The difference between a swamp cooler and an A/C is how they cool the air, and what they do to it -

a swamp cooler passes air over a wet pad, which evaporates into the air, cools it, and adds moisture to it from that water. So you get cooler, somewhat humid air into your house.

A/C  - air conditioner, does the opposite - it takes the warm air from inside your house, runs it through a system with refrigerant and condenser, the humidity turns into water (in the condenser) and it gets drained to the outside, and the unit cools down the air with the help of the refrigerant, and blows it back into your house. So, you get rid of the hot, humid air and get it replaced with cold, dry air.

 

Our window A/C  is a true A/C, not a swamp cooler. It doesn't need water to be added for it to function, and the cheap little unit we have can efficiently cool down the house so much that my husband (!!!) even complained it was too cold and he went and set it warmer.....LOL I'm usually the one to complain it's too cold, you know,  but him actually agreeing that was the case - yeah, the A/C is doing its job for sure.

But of course, our house is small and it being so open aids with the free flow of air so it's cool everywhere even with one little A/C.

 

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Charles - it's the arctic blast everyone's been taking about. Something about the remnants of a typhoon hitting the jetstream sometime last week or earlier, and causing the jetstream to dip much farther south than normal, bringing in arctic air from the north.

We were at 90F yesterday, and we're at 61F right now, and it feels like we've been hit with winter....LOL!!

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It's apocolyptic looking here right now from all the smoke and ash. It's 9AM and you'd think it was 9PM it's so dark. The sky is a brownish orange. Just got a push notification that the skies are apocolyptic too. How ironic.

https://abc7news.com/weather/if-air-quality-isnt-bad-why-is-the-sky-so-orange/6414147/

I guess today is not a good day to spend outside with the crappy air quality. No chance of rain in sight. Hoping for at least some off shore breeze to clear it away (but then that's just spreading it inland to other people so not sure which is worse).

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Ugh on the weather changes  .... makes it hard to adjust.

Sheila another plus for an AC system besides being able to set it at a comfortable temp is that it will filter the crap out of the air making it better for you in the house. An excellent investment for those with breathing issues.

Patrick, I met him a few times socially, His work is good I agree, but I have seen many as good and many who are better, he is an excellent marketer which is why he gets attention when others do not. I was not young enough, slim enough or pretty enough to warrant much conversation. I think he knew that I was not "impressed" by him. He liked to have his acolytes around him feeding his ego. Other's may have a different opinion of him, that was just my experience.

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Wendy, I attended a book launch by Peter Dobre, one of South Australia's best known landscape / nature photographers. I have spoken on the phone with him as well. Very friendly person. Actually, once on the road, we passed by his car. I just assume that was Pete inside driving. You could see all his sponsors all over the car in the form of stickers. 

A very nice sunset courtesy of Pete Dobre

https://petedobre.com.au/product/simpson-desert-in-flood/

I like this Tasmanian waterfall image from him too.

https://petedobre.com.au/product/horseshoe-falls-tasmania/

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15 hours ago, Sheila Fitzgerald said:

It's apocolyptic looking here right now from all the smoke and ash. It's 9AM and you'd think it was 9PM it's so dark. The sky is a brownish orange. Just got a push notification that the skies are apocolyptic too. How ironic.

https://abc7news.com/weather/if-air-quality-isnt-bad-why-is-the-sky-so-orange/6414147/

I guess today is not a good day to spend outside with the crappy air quality. No chance of rain in sight. Hoping for at least some off shore breeze to clear it away (but then that's just spreading it inland to other people so not sure which is worse).

I heard on the news this morning that you had orange skies, smoke and ash. I hope it clears up soon for you. Sounds awful :( 
Are you getting pictures of it all? 

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5 hours ago, Patrick Cooper said:

Wendy, I attended a book launch by Peter Dobre, one of South Australia's best known landscape / nature photographers. I have spoken on the phone with him as well. Very friendly person. Actually, once on the road, we passed by his car. I just assume that was Pete inside driving. You could see all his sponsors all over the car in the form of stickers. 

A very nice sunset courtesy of Pete Dobre

https://petedobre.com.au/product/simpson-desert-in-flood/

I like this Tasmanian waterfall image from him too.

https://petedobre.com.au/product/horseshoe-falls-tasmania/

Yes very nice work!

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Sheila - yeah those orange pics are all over the net, it's quite awful! 😮

 

In the meantime it's cold here (55F / 13C right now, ugh) and rainy. I hate it for the outside animals, domestic or wild, it's not good for any of them for the temps to drop like that and rain to make it worse on top.

Yesterday morning I found a Hummingbird in grass, and I expected him to fly off after I got him some nectar and a place to rest, but when I tried to turn him loose he'd try to fly and crash in the grass mere feet away.

So we ended up taking him to a wildlife rehabber so they can nurture him back to flying condition. From what I could tell, he was missing half of his tail feathers, which I assume prevented him from getting enough lift to fly. I don't know what got him, since he had to have flown where he was originally, it's far from any trees, but close to a feeder; something must have tried to grab him and in the process the long tail feathers were lost. There are birds that will snatch a Hummer, but it could have been anything that got close enough.

He was so sweet, I held him in my hand while giving him nectar, and when I tried to move him on the little perch on the feeder so he could sit there instead, he'd climb back into my hand right away. I guess it was warmer :P

 

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Wendy oh yes indeed. Actually, there are some places over here on Kangaroo Island that have large framed prints of Pete Dobre's work hanging up on the walls.

Oh and I can't forget this one he did of the Twelve Apostles in Victoria. I really like the composition. 

https://petedobre.com.au/product/the-12-apostles-01/

 

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Wow Sari, glad you were able to get the hummer to someone who could nurture him back to health. There are a few places in California that do that too, but I don't think any of them are close to me. The wildlife rescue I was volunteering at last year is in Fairfield, which is about 50 min drive from here. The lindsey wildlife center in Walnut Creek takes raptors. The one in fairfield takes water foul. there's one around the corner from the fairfield one, but I'm not sure what they take. I helped transfer a mourning dove there at the end of one of my shifts, so it's possible they might take smaller birds too. Hummingbirds are my favorite.

 

Deb and Linda, the skies are less orange today. It's actually somewhat light outside, although the air quailty is said to be worse today than it was yesterday. I really didn't take a lot of photos. Lighting was bad and what I did take was kind of soft on the focus. It's like taking photos with just street lighting and night time photography has never really been my thing. 

 

I'll probably try and do some work with the new kitten today. She's a bit of a spit fire. Likes to prance around jumping sideways and attacking feet, etc. Very playful. Hopefully the new room will make her slow down a bit and look around more than darting around as it's harder to photograph a moving subject. She is adorable though. Long hair will need to be brushed first too. She curls up on Meg's desk when she's in class. If she gets to be as big as they expect, that'll be much harder as she gets older for whom ever takes her.

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We have no bird rescues in our county, so I had to hunt down the closest one which was nearly 40 miles out.

I don't know if there's any chance for him to be able to grow those tail feathers before it's migration time - as most Hummers will be gone within a couple of weeks. If not, then maybe they can hold him till next spring when the weather is appropriate for them here again. I don't know, I just wish best for the little guy.

 

 

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Deb, that's quite an extensive collection of cameras. Though I wonder how many of those cameras he actually uses. Although they're nice to look as part of a display, it's also a bit of a shame in a way that there are some people who buy old cameras just to put them on a shelf and not use them whereas there are other people who would be willing to put film in them and shoot with them but can't because they're snatched up by collectors. 

What has annoyed me in the past is other people assuming that I'm buying old super 8 movie cameras to display them on a shelf or something like that. And that is complete nonsense. I buy them because I use them. 

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On 12/27/2017 at 3:10 AM, Linda Bestwick said:

I like the look of that Alexa Show, I've got a Google Home. Can't get Spotify on that without a subscription either. I just get it to play radio stations instead. Comp is only in the next room for Spotify anyway :)

I know some people don't like these smart speakers because they listen all the time. And they do keep track of all you ask so they can learn. I think they are great though, and I wonder where this technology will end up too. Agree, very Sci Fi!!

I'm using Google Home too, but I'm not usually tuning in for Spotify, there're some podcasts that I want to check out but it seems they also require Premium, and so I ask for my sound engineer friend to help me get some of the podcasts. He told me just download tools like TunesKit Spotify Music Converter and get the mp3 version of the podcasts, they can be played anywhere. Amazingly, it works.

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