Meh me

ir·ri·ta·ble
  ˈirədəb(ə)l/
adjective
        having or showing a tendency to be easily annoyed or made angry.

I’m not sure when this adjective became me but it’s a good description of me lately.

And I don’t like it.

It seems like every little thing makes me snarl either inwardly or outwardly.

I’ve been bad-tempered, short-tempered, irascible, testy, touchy, grumpy, grouchy, moody, crotchety, in a (bad) mood, cantankerous, bilious, curmudgeonly, ill-tempered, annoyed, cross, ill-humored, peevish, fractious, pettish, crabby, bitchy, waspish, prickly, splenetic, dyspeptic, choleric, cranky, ornery, shitty, on a short fuse, soreheaded and just plain irritable.

Ain’t nobody got time for this.

 

Keeping it warm

We’ve been experiencing a very, very cold spell on the east coast.  Our water pipes under the kitchen sink froze three four times and with the aid of a regular hairdryer, we didn’t have to call a plumber for burst pipes.  This issue was caused by a poor plumbing plan when our house was built. We know exactly where the pipes freeze and have tried to insulate that area but when the temperature gets below 15ºF and the wind blows, there is not much we can do other than be diligent…periodically run the water at that tap and keep the doors open under the sink so some warm air gets in.

We bought a new faucet when we remodeled our kitchen and it automatically shuts off after running for four minutes.  So we can’t just let the water drip all night.

If that fails, we get out the hairdryer and blast the frozen pipes with hot air.  That usually only takes a few minutes but it’s still not fun standing on a ladder, reaching into the wall cavity through the floor joists while finagling a flashlight and the hairdryer in the COLD basement wearing heavy gloves.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the keeping warm part.

I am a tea/hot chocolate drinker.  My mornings usually consist of a cuppa tea in my new mug while leisurely reading email, blogs or doing a crossword puzzle. The only trouble with that is that the tea gets cold.

Yeah, I could get up and microwave it but I don’t want to.  Then I remembered I bought a teapot warmer several years ago.  I’ve used it in the past but out of sight, out of mind.

It’s a bit large for the mug but works just fine.  And with the little tea light, there is no need to drape an electric cord over the table.

 

Saved a bundle

We noticed some frozen veggies in the crisper drawer in our freezer-on-the-bottom refrigerator.  They are not suppose to freeze.  Frozen romaine lettuce is pretty disgusting.

After several Internet searches, I found a fix to problem.  A frozen defrost line in the back of the refrigerator.  So you ask: If the freezer is on the bottom, how come the defrost is up there?  The ice maker and water dispenser are in the upper part so we can get water and ice through the door.  The water from the defrost cycle from the ice maker couldn’t get down to the evaporator pan as it was clogged with ice so it ran into the bottom of the refrigerator, pooled under the crisper drawers and froze.  The veggies in the crisper were sitting right on top of ice and froze, too.

I watched a couple of YouTube videos on how to repair the frozen line and keep it from happening again.  Only time will tell if the fix worked.

Figured I saved a hundred dollars.  Or two.  That’s a bundle to me.