Usually, Cookie is ecstatic around Ground Hog Day - because it's the beginning of the end of winter. And this past February 2nd, Cookie was high as a kite on the idea that January was done. And you know March, in like a like lion, and out like a lion, with a week or ten days of lamb time.
And here we are the first of March, and mother nature has dealt everyone a punishing month.
But a week of warming, and rain has turned our backyard into a water meadow and is making our sump pump work overtime. At least something in this house is working. The effing timer for the light over the front door is not.
Our latest problem is that the electric timer we had that turned our front door light on and off died. Now, you have to understand that we have used an intermatic timer for our outdoor porchlights for the last 30+ years. Set it and forget is wonderful.
Our problem is it is no longer 1990, but 2021, and things don't use electricity like they used to. The problem is that our house has the original 1928 BX wiring, which is safe if you just don't taunt it. So none of the timers they make today - ALL of which are for these upgraded systems - work with our older wiring. Oh, we can buy one of the few remaining timers that will work with our house, but they only work with incandescent lightbulbs - the rough service variety that we used are up to nine dollars a bulb. So we either spend $150 for a $15 dollar timer, and nine dollars a bulb, OR, we spend a thousand on rewiring that switch and another $500 for plaster repair, OR we live with the manual switch.
And so we decided to be screwed with the manual switch. The problem with that is that neither of us can remember to turn that damned thing off in the morning. And because we're both stuck here at home, the damned light stays on all of the time, OR, gets turned off at 2 PMish. Some savings.
Oh, we have left tickler notes in paper, on our phones, set off alarms, but we keep forgetting to turn the fucking light out.
We are just pathetic.
Looking at the week ahead - it's pledge weeks on PBS which means a lack of decent programming. I am thinking that I am just going to run through the two seasons of Derry Girls that we have.
Oh, tell me you have watched Derry Girls, popkins. Don't let Cookie be disappointed in you. Make you a deal, watch it if you haven't done it. Once you get the hang of the accents, it's a snap. Or you can turn on the SAP feature on the television, eh?
Hope your lives are at least more soothing than mine.