Thursday, September 01, 2005

How to get your electricity back on

How to get your electricity back on:

Move 600 pounds of soap to another location.

They got our power back on last night! Thank you Alabama Power.

Now I'm so far behind in my show preparations that I don't have time to write much though.

We've done the Yellow Daisy craft show the past three years and have a lot of fun there. People come from all over. But I'm not sure that they're going to drive across several states with gasoline going up 20 cents every day... keeping my fingers crossed.

This tree in our old neighborhood had a little problem.



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Edited to add:

In my addle-brained state I didn't explain things well I suppose!

I make handmade soap. The soap in question is the soap I'm wrapping for the upcoming craft show. I didn't want to leave it in the workshop, because without electricity it gets very hot & humid in there. Unlike most soap, handmade soap contains a lot of glycerin. When it's very humid, the glycerin attracts moisture and the soap looks like it's sweating! Not good.

So I edited the above to say "Move 600 pounds of soap to another location". ("Move all the soap" didn't sound enough like the colossal pain in the patootie that it was. And of course now I've got to move it all back!)

I still had a small amount of $2.15 gasoline in my tank when I grumbled about having to refill with $2.54 gas. Then yesterday I still had some of the $2.54 gas in the tank when I refilled at $2.80 a gallon. And felt lucky to get that, as it went up to $3.00 later in the day. Then last night I noticed one station that had already changed their sign to read $3.10 a gallon.

Several stations in Birmingham are out of gasoline altogether. Someone told me they'd seen the owner of an SUV filling up several gas cans stowed in their cargo area. The radio said there was a rumor of a gas shortage, but I think it's more likely that people are just trying to beat the daily gas inflation.

Also: it's not our tree. It belongs to someone in our old neighborhood.

25 comments:

The Whippy Curly Tails said...

Glad your back! Soap, how interesting. Poor tree. Love your blog...sweet dog.

LauraP said...

Poor old tree. Good luck with the soap & the fair. You'll still get a good turnout, even if it's only local folks. People need a good time and fun stuff after a disaster - celebrate life.

~ J ~ said...

Glad you are back safe and sound!

Ontario Wanderer said...

I'd say you were very lucky to only lose a tree. It's good to see your blog with words again and know that things are OK with you as there are so many nasty stories coming from the south these days.
Good luck with the soaps!

Lorianne said...

Wooo-hoooo on the restored power!

Anonymous said...

I am glad you're back, but you already knew that.

megabethcom said...

I think it's just rumors making people rush to the gas pump to fill up. On top of that, there's an upcoming holiday/travel weekend.

BUT... if it continues to be a problem, I suggest a 10 gallon ration per person, so that all the SUV owners who drive around carrying nothing other than themselves can suffer.

Niobium said...

Glad your home. animals all ok?

Wolf and I have three vehicles for two people: a pick up to plow the driveway with, a Cherokee, and a Focus. I haven't left the house at all this week so he could have the Focus to go to and from work with.

I'm hoping the prices will go down by next Tues when i start the 650 mile a week commute to school and Wolf has to take the Cherokee on his 120 mile a week commute.

Anonymous said...

So glad the electricity has been restored and you are back online. Hope the show goes well.
Blogger won't let me sign in with my blogger identity--
Rexroth's Daughter, so I'll be anonymous.

Hick said...

Your soap will sell like hotcakes.

Yesterday when I was filling up my car their was a lady at the next pump who was filling up her SUV and screaming. She was literally screamin while she was filling up her tank...wailing, "I've never paid this much for gas in my life. Oh my G**. What will I do?"

Everyone else stayed far away from her.

Floridacracker said...

Same gas rumors, same price jumps, and same gas can style hoarding going on down here.
Good to hear from you again!

Ron Sullivan said...

Glad your power is back on and you're safe. Best oif luck with the fair.

Man, that tree photo is hard to look at, ouch. It's also diagnostic. That dark area running down the center of the trunk is rot, and the tree doesn't seem to have managed to compartmentalize it. ("Trees don't heal; they compartmentalize." -Shigo.) That is, it hasn't managed to form a chemical barrier that stops the rot organisms from "eating" farther into the wood.

It looks as if the rot started from a big cut, where a major limb was pruned off, something that was on the far side of the trunk. Might have happened even if the cut was done correctly, and I don't see any obvious reason to think it was done wrong. That's just a major amputation, and those can kill a ttree. People don't figure that out because trees usually die slowly.

Ow, though.

TroutGrrrl said...

Hey, glad to hear from you. Good luck with your show despite difficult conditions. Let us know how it goes.

Sharfa said...

Welcome back! Best of luck with the craft show.

The whole gas thing is ridiculous. The gas/oil companies are taking full advantage of Katrina to up their prices. It's nothing more than price gouging!

roger said...

gotta be a workout moving 600 lbs of anything. at least you have soap to clean up afterward. good luck at the fair.

swamp4me said...

Several gas stations in our area have run out of regular gas. At work we are restricted to absolutely essential travel only, and we have been given guidelines as to what "absolutely essential" means. The only vehicles allowed to gas up are law enforcement, rescue, and fire. We are under these restrictions for at least the next two weeks.

MissBossyPants said...

We lost three trees in our back yard. Thankfully they didn't hit our house! And they were trees we needed to take out anyway. And I think the only way we'll have a REAL gas shortage is if people freak out and rush to the gas station and start filling up their gas containers! I'm driving FAR less than before, though.

Jenn said...

Well, the folks that do make the show will be looking for some 'feel good' - let's hope that means spending money.

I was working at the Michigan Rennaisance Festival the weekend after 9/11 - folks were looking for some relief and normalcy in their immediate lives. I have to confess that not much money was spent that weekend.

Look at it as community service, an opportunity to play cheerleader if you never were one...

happyandblue2 said...

Glad you saved your soap. And got a workout in the process. Bonus.
The remains of that tree will provide homes for a lot of critters somewhere..

L said...

I occasionally make homemade soap too-- so I know how annoying the "sweating" can be, especially if you've taken trouble over an interesting design...

KFarmer said...

So glad to know you are home and safe.

Gas prices- humph. I had to go to two stores yesterday morning to find gas to fill her up. $3.09-Craziness.

Good luck with your soap show!

Jenn said...

How'd the show go?

Magazine Man said...

Just checking in to see how you are Art Lad heard that there's lots of snakes in the water now because of the hurricane and he's worried about you and Jasmine (he likes snakes, but only if they're not going to bite his friends). I know you're swamped (no pun intended) right now, but let us know how things are going.

Rexroth's Daughter said...

It's been awfully quiet on your blog lately. Hope everything is okay there. Just checking in and shouting hello hello!

Walter Jeffries said...

Wow! That photo o the tree really shows the power o the storm. And people think they can control such forces of nature. We have a 100' ash tree up at the top of our home field and in a wind storm last year it was bent in half, repeatedly, each time springing back up. It was an amazing sight to see. Amazing that the wind could bend such a huge tree like that and amazing that the tree could repeatedly spring back like a bow! I wish I knew what the wind speed was that did that...