Explosive weekend

At 6:44 Saturday morning Mr. Aitch and I were sound asleep in our bed when all of a sudden we were awakened by what sounded like an explosion and I swear that I saw a bright flash through my closed eyes. The sound was a tremendous clap of thunder and the bright light was a lightning strike. Close by.

Other than some thunder rumbles, the house was eerily quiet.  No aquarium gurgling.  No CPAP machine running. Nothing.  No electricity.  Fortunately, it was getting light outside and we could see.  I called the power company and about 45 minutes later the power was restored.  It took till 12:30 for the internet to return.

Then yesterday afternoon I heard another explosion.  It wasn’t real loud but it got my attention.  Mr. Aitch was in the garage and I thought something fell and shattered.  On my way out to the garage to check on him, I saw what exploded out on the deck.shattered tabletop

We didn’t see anything that might have hit the glass table.  The sun was shining and there was a puddle of water on a part of the tabletop.  I don’t know if the sudden warmth (it was 77 degrees) and the cool water caused the glass to shatter or what happened.  We did get some information several years ago that this particular tabletop could self-destruct.shattered glass tabletop

Some winters we cover the table to protect it and some we don’t.  This time we didn’t and we lucked out as it was a mild winter.shattered glass tabletop

The safety glass shatters into small pieces and looks like tiny ice cubes.shattered glass tabletop

And it is a royal pain in the backside to clean up!

We wanted to replace the deck this year and now that tiny pieces of glass are imbedded between the boards, that project has moved up the list to the number 1 spot.  I just wonder if I can get anyone to come and do the work…

Any excitement for you this past weekend?

 

A special shoutout to our son and son-in-law who both celebrated their birthdays yesterday and to our step-grandson who is celebrating his today!  Love you guys!!

New knitting tool

I am not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Manhasset music stands.

Mr. Aitch is a retired music/band teacher.  He used to play piano, saxophone. clarinet, trumpet, and flute on a regular basis and owned all of those instruments of torture (just kidding) at one time.  We still have the piano and he plays his saxophone in the college/community jazz band.  He practices at home between rehearsals. As of now all rehearsals and concerts are on hold because of, well, you know.

Anyway, the point of this was to tell you about my new knitting tool. I wanted a way to watch videos or read books on my iPad while knitting.  I tried to prop it up enough so I could see the screen and not hurt my neck but no matter what I did, I was not comfortable.  When I mentioned my dilemma to Mr. Aitch, he suggested his music stand.

Voila!  It was perfect…almost.  It was a bit too tall even when in the lowest position but it was something we had and it worked…until he needed it to practice.  Then I was out of luck.

So I did some research and found the perfect solution for me.Manhasset 48CA music stand, knitting stand

The Manhasset 48CA stand is the same stand but the concertina size so it’s shorter than a regular music stand and designed for those who sit when performing.  This is great as I can sit comfortably in my favorite chair and watch videos, read, or listen to a book or music and knit!  No more straining my neck to see over the stand when Mr. Aitch is talking to me.Manhasset 48CA music stand, knitting stand

The stand is a sturdy metal and heavy so it would not tip over though it can be moved.  The height is adjustable and the stand can be tilted from almost verticle to horizontal as desired.  The lip is wide enough for books, pens, pencils, note pad, and/or an iPad.  Manhasset 48CA music stand, knitting stand

I love how all my knitting necessities fit nicely on the stand.

Have you taken something unusual and made it fit your needs?

 

Quick knit

I picked up this ball of Red Heart Scrubby Sparkle last week because:

  1. It looked interesting
  2. I needed something different to knit
  3. I might actually use it

Following the ball band pattern, I cast 27 stitches onto US #8 needles.  I slipped the first stitch of every row to make the edges neater and knit 40 rows before binding off.  90 minutes later I had one finished.

Approximately 6-inches square, each one used about 14 grams of yarn so this one ball should yield about six scrubbies.

I’ll let you know how I like/use it.

 

I fixed this and that

Mr. Aitch’s leaf blower/vacuum fell over in the garage earlier this year.  He didn’t realize it at the time but the knob handle cracked.  Later when I was vacuuming some leaves and after laying the blower on the ground, I grabbed the handle to pick it up and the knob section came off in my hand.

I tried to glue it but that didn’t work.

I thought about Sugru ( which looks awesome) but I didn’t want any flexibility on the handle.

Enter Oatey Fix-it Stick™ Epoxy Putty*.

When the outer light grey material mixes with the darker grey core, it is pliable for about 5-10  minutes before it begins to harden.

I cut off about an inch and mixed it together in my hands (wearing disposable gloves) until it was a uniform color.  Then I set the knob handle back in place and squished the soft putty around the broken sections bonding the two pieces together.

Voila!  The Fix-it Stick™ hardens quickly and securely. It repairs leaks, holes or cracks in a wide range of materials. It is lightweight and is as strong as (if not stronger) than the original!Fix#2… We have an original Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Pot™ from the1980s.  It still works great, however……the handle cracked 20-some years ago.

I never replaced the pitcher but continued to use it with the tea maker.  It worked but we just couldn’t hold it by the handle so we just transferred the iced tea to a different pitcher.

Oatey Fix-it Stick™ to the rescue again.

This does not come in contact with any food or drink and works perfectly for this type of repair. Though not necessary I still transfer my iced tea to another pitcher that isn’t as tall and fits in our refrigerator better.

*I am not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Oatey. I received no compensation for this product.  I use it, like it and thought you might as well.