Wednesday, February 15, 2017

EXPLOSION, V-Day, Seeds, Clue #2



Explosion #1, get down on the floor.  Explosion 2, 3, & 4 what the hell…..are we under attack?  

My sister was talking to us, standing up against the driver’s window of our truck.  We had already said our goodbyes, when all of a sudden all hell broke loose.

Our initial thought, we were being attacked by cruise missiles.
We all stayed hunkered down around the truck until the explosions stopped.  Then there was a dull silence, and people started coming out of their homes in shock.  
 
Stock Picture Source Electronics-Forensics.com
Fire trucks, along with police cars, are flying toward us.  The neighbors across the street from my sister’s house had their electric meters blown off of the wall of their homes.  The walls were black; all electrical appliances were blown…power was no longer functional.

Bulldog Man and my sister ran back into her house to make sure there was no fire, or electrical damage.  After pulling containers away from the wall, it was evident her home surge protector took a major hit.  It was fried, and the wall around it was totally black.  

The local Fire Chief, along with several city electricians, and the electric company, went door to door making sure everyone was okay.  The game plan was to check homes for miles; to put out fires, pull breakers/meters, and appliances.  

A complete grid of homes and businesses were affected by this electrical accident.  Apparently a high tension electric line was dropped onto a city feed electric line, and this caused the major explosions, along all the damage in every home/business (as of last count, close to 2 million dollars worth of damage).  

There’s never a dull moment in our lives.  If you want some sort of excitement, just hang around Bulldog Man and I. :-)

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On another note, I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day with their loved ones.  Bulldog Man and I have this agreement; we don’t go out and spend money on flowers or candy on this day.  Prices are astronomical for Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day.  Usually the flowers only last a couple of days.  

After Valentine’s Day, I picked up ½ price candy, a small box to satisfy that sweet tooth we all get. 


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I placed an order for seeds this year with Park Seed.  I had a hard time going through 10 separate catalogs to determine who I wanted to order from.  Park Seed was my pick, and I ordered peas, beans, tomatoes, and various flowers to add to my seed stash. 


 
We’ve pulled up all of our feed lot panels used for fencing, and as trellis, in preparation to set them up in a new location on the property.  This year Bulldog Man and I will be starting a little bit later on planting seeds along with planting fruit trees.  You heard right, we’re going to plant fruit trees this year (peaches, plums, & apples).  I also want to plant a Meyer lemon tree in a pot; this way I can move it inside to protect it when it gets downright cold here.  

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Here’s another clue of the surprise coming up in 2 weeks.  Can’t wait to share with y’all this surprise.

22 comments:

  1. Good grief, a person can do without that kind of excitement in their lives, can't they! I have ordered from Park Seed and like them. They carry my favorite pepper, a sweet red Italian called Carmen Peppers. They are prolific. I get probably 18 large peppers per plant. They're incredible.

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    1. Cranberry Morning,

      Yes, they sure can!!! This is the second time I've ordered from them. So far, I like their seeds. Carmen Peppers are amazing, I love them.

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  2. OH HOLY MOLY Sweet Sandy - that must have been so scary for you guys, your sister and her neighbours - everybody! that is a lot of damage!!! i am glad that you guys and your sister are ok!

    that candy box is a keeper - i love fancy boxes and save them to keep important cards and other keepsakes in them...i'm glad you got a bit of sweet - not that you need it! you are already sweet enough!

    fruit trees is a wonderful thing to plant - we haven't bothered because we have enough apple trees here that nobody bothers to pick (nutjobs i say!) and we get the strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and cranberries for free. we also get beautiful fruit from the mainland which is only 80kms away. but i know you will love having fruit trees.

    OH MY GAWD! that surprise is absolutely gorgeous and i can't wait for you to tell me it's yours and BDMan's!!!! what a beautiful spot! i want to see all of it!

    sending love to you and yours my Angel gurl! your friend always,
    kymber

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  3. Sweet Kymber,

    It was scary until we knew what was actually happening. Then we moved into action to make sure my sisters home would be safe.

    I love keeping decorative boxes and cans for storing anything and everything in. I surely don't need any candy. I need to work on getting weight off. Had a little craving, and this box only held 14 pieces of candy.....and I've been sharing the candy with family :-)

    Fruit tree's are a must in our household. So this year we're going to plant a few....maybe a small orchard.

    I will be revealing the surprise soon enough!!! I love that picture myself.

    Sending love back to you and Jam.
    Sandy

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  4. Scary--especially when you don't know what is happening!

    I have whittled down on seed orders, but still use four different companies. I hate the shipping costs............

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    1. Sue,

      That is for sure!

      I try to find a seed company who won't charge for shipping when ever possible.

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  5. Oh my! That was some excitement! Scary excitement. And the suspense of your surprise is killing me!

    I have to agree about those retail holidays. Maybe it's because I'm not terribly sentimental, but once commercialism takes over, things truly lose meaning. So much better to celebrate the little things in life that most people don't even bother to notice.

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    1. Leigh,

      Excitement we weren't expecting, it was pretty scary until we found out what was going on.
      I'm biting the bit, and can't wait to share our surprise.

      I agree with you totally on celebrating the little things :-)

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  6. Omigosh! I've never heard of something like that electrical calamity you experiences. Considering the state our country is in these days, I'm sure the first thing that went through many peoples' minds was much more terrible than it was. Still, the damage caused must be something no one wants to have to deal with.

    With the clues you're tossing out regarding your big reveal, I'm thinking some of us might have a good idea what it may be. Happy dance, happy dance!

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    1. Mama Pea,

      I've never heard anything like it myself. We truly thought this was it, were at war. The damage was bad, several homes next to my sisters house had inside and outside damage. I'm no sure how many people were hurt during this situation.

      I'm thinking some of you know what the surprise is because you know me to well :-)

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  7. Wowser! I am glad you weren't hurt! That must have been so frightening! I have gotten most of my seeds and now I am just waiting - impatiently - for spring to arrive!!! You are such a tease! Whatever this surprise is, it looks beautiful.

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    1. Susan,

      I'm glad we weren't in the garage when this happened. It was very frightening, we had no idea what was going on. The explosions moved the ground, it truly sounded like we were under attack (war).

      Hurry up spring!!! We all want to plant seeds :-)
      The surprise is a gift from the good Lord, and it's gorgeous :-)

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  8. That's worse than a lightning strike - glad y'all are okay!

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    1. Rev. Paul,

      I think so, and its something I don't want to experience again.

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  9. My God. What an awful experience. I bet that the insurance companies will try to wiggle out of paying for repairs.

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    1. Harry,

      Yes it was. The insurance companies want the power company to pay up. Right now, no one wants to accept blame for the situation.

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  10. That was extremely dangerous. Imagine if you were in a hot tube or plugging in an appliance and that surge happened.

    Your surprise, is that a current photo or one from summer?

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    1. should have been "hot tub" :-)

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    2. Mike,

      You're right!!! Many people could of been hurt or killed in this situation. Luckily this happened early in the day.

      The picture was taken in spring, and provided to me by a person.....I can't and won't give you that persons name or title. One must was a few more days :-) to find out more.

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  11. We didn't spend much on St. Valentine's Day either. He bought my a small vase of flowers (still on table) and we got each other a card. Then, for a special, delicious treat, we had fresh, cracked Dungeness crab with melted butter and salad for dinner.

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    1. Rose,

      Dungeness crab and salad sounds delicious!

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