Happy summer Saturday everyone.
It is a HOT one here. I think the weather is supposed to be around 108 today. And that is just too.darn.hot. if you ask me. So the weekend view this week is about the weather, earthquakes, the chickens & the furniture project update.
As I mentioned- it is a *tad* hot this weekend. It honestly has been hot for weeks. It got pretty hot fairly early this year- and it has kind of stayed hot. We are used to hot summer weather- but not usually consistently near or in triple digits without a break so it is unusual. And as I have mentioned before- we don’t have air conditioning in our 1940’s cottage. We don’t usually need it- with the basement and cool evenings- the house stays fairly cool. But right now? It is just warm even early in the morning. No bueno.
Something we worry about with heat like this -the chickens.
They are extra fluffy and start panting when it is even just around 90. We installed a mister for them recently- which they love because it gets the dirt nice and wet so they can scratch and roll around (and get dirty) but just that water mist isn’t enough to keep them cool. So, my husband bought them an air conditioner. He installed it in the barn yesterday and they were much happier when they went inside- some of them even turned around on their branch perch to face the cool air.
The goats on the other hand? They just lay in the blazing sun and nap and don’t seem to be too bothered by it at all. They are in a pen in the barn at night- so they might need a sweater in air conditioning. 🙂
‘I feel the earth move under my feet’
My mom sings that song every time there is an earthquake- and it was an earth moving day on Thursday with several earthquakes in Northern California and on the Nevada border. My husband and I were chatting in the house when the first one started up. It probably lasted only a few seconds- though they always feel much longer. When it stopped- I stood up to check on the china I heard rattling and a few seconds later – a second, stronger quake started. That one shook the chandeliers, mirrors and dishes quite a bit and made us move to the doorway for safety. I haven’t felt an earthquake that big since the Loma Prieta earthquake in 89 in the bay area. That is an earthquake I don’t think I will ever forget.
Oy vey. That is about all I can say about that. As you know we stripped, cleaned and treated those antique pieces for beetles. And we didn’t see any new activity for several days and so- thought we were good to go with finishing up and waxing. Until I opened a couple drawers the other day just.to.check. I noticed what seemed to be a new ‘beetle line’ and tiny sawdust bits in the drawer bottom- and as I stared at it- a tiny beetle popped out. You can imagine how unimpressed I was at his appearance.
I had already read that even after the wood is treated- you might find beetles popping out for a couple months as the insecticide moves further into the wood- but he looked like he was pretty close to the surface so we decided to treat it again. I ordered a stronger insecticide called Bora Care and it arrived yesterday- so my husband is spraying it today and hopefully we will be able to get it waxed and finished up soon.
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Happy Saturday everyone.