Sunday, November 9, 2008
The house was almost fully decked out in CFLs when we moved in, but they were all changed out within days. I cannot- CANNOT- deal with the putrid greeny tinged light that comes out of those bulbs. I have passed apartments up in the past due to a sickly lit entrance way, or exterior lights.
Now, considering there are plans in the works to phase out incandescent bulbs by 2012- not to mention CFLs use less energy, and burn longer- I'm going to have to make the switch, and yes, would probably feel better about it.
However, my question is this- is there such thing as a CFL that gives off an incandescent glow? When I walk by houses with those greeny little things burning at night, I wrinkle up my nose- are those just the older models?. I know that CFL light colour is based on a lower K rating, but is it true? I'm looking for testimonials. One thing I don't want during the long, cold winter is a coldly lit home.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
"The WHAT?!" I exclaimed. After some imdb-ing, and perusing viewer comments with titles like "Want to give your kids nightmares for the rest of their lives?" I knew it would be right up my alley.
The taxidermied white rabbit escaping from his glass box!
The skeletal menagerie, and the cabinet (or broom closet) of curiosities!
Why have I never seen this movie before?!?
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I know it's nothing to with our poor little house in and of itself, but it's just one. more. thing.
Monday, October 6, 2008
-hot water knob falling off bathtub, preventing hot water from being shut off.
-resultant leaking faucet from the above encounter. (calling plumber tomorrow)
-washing machine (still not fixed- actually was the first in this list to break.) Shawn spent his day off at the laundromat. The repairman is finally showing up tomorrow afternoon to assess the situation- though if repairs are more than $200, landlord has advised us against fixage, and she will buy new machines. Even though it could mean further weeks without a washer, I'm kind of hoping for this option. Go stacking HE models!
-and today's event: front door deadbolt breaking TWO keys in half! My own, and the acting landlord's, who I had to disturb so I could get spares, and try and get into my house. Good thing he also gave me the side door keys- which we never received when we moved in- or I would have been sitting very sadly on the front porch with my eggs.
Things of note that should probably have been replaced long ago:
-front door in its entirety- deadbolt especially.
-cracked airflow vents
-bathroom window (that OPENS to prevent mildew and rot)
-bedroom window (that OPENS, allowing inhabitants to breathe during the summer, or escape in the event of a disaster- is this a fire code hazard? anyone know?)
-inside front door (cracked panels, tricky door knob, single pane glass allowing for cold drafts to flow freely from uninsulated boot room into living room.)
-water damage to roof and ceramic tiles in boot room.
I keep saying "It's all good practice for when we own our own house...", but generally I'm getting fed up with something breaking every 2 days here, and living in fear of what's going to break next.
It's too bad, too. Because I really do like this house.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
It's seems to be a fertile year in the mountains- we saw more wildlife than either of us ever had in one day. Alas, my photography skills were rarely quick enough to capture them! We saw a herd of lady and baby elk, a manly lone elk, a mama black bear and her two babies, bighorn sheep, loons, a grey fox, white-tailed deer, and a beaver lodge!
Location: Lake Louise, Jasper, Icefields Parkway, Mount Edith Cavell, bear country, Columbia Glacier.