We are all bundled up today, in blankets, sweat suits and cuddled with warm doggies whether we want to or not. Our heat went out Saturday, taking all the power to the house with it. I was home alone, working on the computer, when I heard a loud bang and the power crashed. I thought it was probably the transformer outside due to the cold weather and demands of all the heaters in the neighborhood. I went to look out the backdoor and smelled smoke. Turns out the breaker for the heater blew and was burning, inside the house. Fortunately, the box is right at the back door so I could see and smell right away it was the issue. I shut all the breakers and called my hubby to get his advice. Once I realized it had burnt and was done, I calmed down. I had been having visions of having to toss my photo albums and dogs outside and wondering what else I should grab if there was a fire inside the wall.
When he and the girls got home he called the electrician he uses on his property. They were able to get out a few hours later and restore the power. Our heat however, is still out. Our breaker box and breakers are original, 31 years old, and very hard to find. They will be trying to find a replacement today or else we'll have to replace the whole setup. I don't care which, but I hope it is soon!
The highs since then and for most of this week won't make it out of the mid 50's and are hitting low 30's-high 20's. That is darn cold for central Florida. We've all been keeping bundled up and it hasn't been terrible, but I can totally respect the idea of a Snuggie now! It truly is difficult to manage a keyboard/mouse when under a blanket. It's 45 out right now at 12:30, feels like 40. It's 57 right now inside. While I'm mostly toasty from the mobile fuzzy heat sources that follow me around, my toes and fingers aren't even a bit warm.
Somewhat related to this, my computer monitor is dead. A few weeks ago we'd noticed that if the monitor was off for more than the time it took to reboot, it was slow to turn back on. After being off for several hours while the power was down, it won't come back up. I'll be taking it apart later to see if the capacitors can be replaced. That may sound like I know what I'm doing, but I totally don't. It's not under warranty anymore and would likely be more expensive to have serviced than it would cost to replace, so it won't hurt if I tinker with it. Fortunately, I set up my computer to connect to our big screen in the other room a few weeks ago, so I can still access my computer without having to drag and old CRT out of a closet.
My SIL asked several families about homeschooling via email, she plans to start homeschooling her oldest next school year. I'm afraid I went overboard with giving her information, the email reply was very long. I hope she takes it in the spirit given, sharing all the info I can, not telling her what I think she should do. We've been at this so long, I have lots of opinions on what I think works and doesn't work, at least for my family.
Tori starts College Composition I this Wed at Polk State-dual enrolled. She starts American Govt through FLVS next week. This is supposed to be her last week in American History through FLVS, but a glitch has kept her from working in the class since last week, so it may be a week longer than expected. Evie will start M/J Comprehensive Science 2 in two weeks and we just requested World Cultures to start at the same time. We are waiting to do Welcome calls with the teachers for both of those classes. We'll be skipping HomeschoolPE this week due to the cold, and it is cancelled next week. We've only been out twice or maybe three times this year due to weather, illness and scheduling problems. We have a Lighthouse field trip to Crystal Springs and archery Thursday afternoon. I need to get with my co-op buddy to plan for art co-op, and hopefully will see the electrician soon!
Here are a few pictures to end this longish post...
The girls asked me to give Bubba a mohawk while I was getting ready to groom him. Our dogs are Bichons but we keep them in a home done puppy cut, which means cut short except the head. It's $35 to get them groomed, so I just do it myself with clippers. We don't brush them as often as we should, so Bubba had several mats around his mouth. I just trimmed it all down, but left the mohawk.
Phil and the girls love to play with face paint. I don't, it really irritates my skin, plus I'm not such a playful person. Good thing he loves the silly stuff.
Does he look tough?
Is that a mer*man* or maybe a genie ready to grant wishes?