How is that for a crazy post name? I often have things I want to share or blog about, but sometimes it’s just not enough to warrant a full post. So today I’m lumping a few things together, thus the wacky title.
Recently, I’ve been feeling sooo tired…just want to sleep, sleep and sleep. I can’t make it through the day without taking a nap and even after a nap I’m still tired. Very strange and totally not like me.
I’ve been hypothyroid for years and take Synthroid for it every day. At a recent checkup, my doctor told me I was in the hypo range again (high TSH level) so he increased my Synthroid. Just went for blood work again so will find out soon if I’m still hypo…sure feels like it.
Anyway, while I’ve been trying to figure out why I just want to sleep all the time, I started eyeing my old carbon monoxide detector. I was wondering if it was still working. I have two fairly new, efficient Trane furnaces and they are awesome, but just to be safe I decided to buy a new carbon monoxide detector. The old one was looking kind of, well…yellow and strange.
Turns out, you’re supposed to replace these things every 5 years! Did you know that? I have two, one on the main level of my home and one of the top level. They are ancient, probably going on 15 years old.
Here is one of the new ones and I’m happy to say, there’s no carbon monoxide issues going on. It feels good though, knowing that for sure. So, if your carbon monoxide detectors are ancient like mine, it’s time to buy new ones. Life span for a carbon monoxide detector is only 5 years. They are a good thing to have in your home because carbon monoxide is a silent killer.
Changing gears, remember all the photos I shared of the birdies dining on my feeder recently?
Here’s how my feeder looks now. Great, huh?
I’m virtually positive I know who is responsible for this. I believe it’s the same masked intruder who took a liking to the sparkly, glass globes on the outdoor chandelier that hangs from the pergola.
Here’s how it looked “before” my masked friend visited.
And here’s how it looked after his visit. This happened about two years ago.
I still haven’t been able to find a replacement globe. So who is responsible for all this destruction?
Him! How could something so cute be so destructive? I know it has to be a raccoon because the guys at Wild Birds Unlimited told me only a raccoon has the dexterity to do this kind of stuff. Before my visiting raccoon actually broke a globe on the chandelier, I found one of the globes on the deck floor, still all in one piece and not even chipped. The WBU folks say they are attracted to shiny objects so they think he took it off and down to the deck floor without breaking it. I should have taken in all the globes then, but I didn’t. Next time, he was a clumsy little raccoon and dropped the globe.
The recent bird feeder incident happened during the night. It was hanging there and fine when I went to bed and G.O.N.E. when I awoke. It had been hanging from a small S-hook that was hanging from the metal rod, so it would have been pretty easy to get it off the hook, although it was heavy with all the birdseed in it.
Picture from Wikipedia
I’ve put another feeder back out and I don’t think Mr. Wiley Raccoon will be able to get this one off the curled hook. It’s the one you see hanging on the right side of the picture. He would have to turn it just right and know exactly what he was doing to get it off. Ummm, I may wire it onto the pole just in case. Do you ever have any raccoon visitors? Are they as destructive as mine?
Bonnie emailed over this adorable picture! She said, “One night, about 2AM we were awoken by a loud clanking noise. I flipped on the lights and looked out the window and.. nothing. This happened several times. Well, as it turns out… we’d installed a peanut feeder for the squirrels and Mr. Raccoon was opening it, grabbing a peanut and slamming the lid, over and over. I finally caught him and snapped this picture.” What a cute face!