Pond woes – Something wonky happened to our outdoor electrical outlet which shut down the pond bubbler. It’s important to keep an open area in the pond so the gases can exchange and the fish don’t suffocate. At 7 a.m. on Tuesday I was out (with the temperatures hovering around 0 Fahrenheit) with buckets of super-hot water to open up an area in the frozen pond. We got the electric on by disconnecting something else and thought all was good. But the the next morning it was the same drill (and it’s getting pretty old at this point). We rigged up an extension cord to another outdoor GFI outlet and all seems good now. Temperatures are expected to climb this coming week so I’m hoping that the bitter cold is over. We will need to figure it all out later. Like when it’s warm.
Silver linings – Lugging hot water was enough exercise. I excused myself from further movement for the rest of the day. Yes, I did treat myself to a second mocha latte.
Reporting from the ancestry rabbit hole – Over the past few months I’ve received email from six different people asking about ancestry connections. Two had positive results and four didn’t (at least from anything as recent as the 1850’s). One person I knew when he was a child. He’s a second cousin and lives in another state. The other was the granddaughter of another cousin. When I was young, there were picnics and parties where all the cousins got to know each other. As we got older, that stopped. There were too many cousins and with the older generation dying off, no one kept it up. Now it’s fifty years later and I don’t remember all my cousins nor do I know what happened to them all.
So the outcome? – Although I’ve connected with two cousins, we don’t have much in common. I haven’t heard anything from the first one since the initial contact and I doubt I’ll hear much from the second (that contact was more recent). Reconnecting with relatives doesn’t mean getting new best friends. In some cases it’s just filling in a blank on your genealogy chart.
Punxsutawney Phil! – There is a local custom that if the groundhog climbs out of his burrow on Feb. 2 and sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter. Makes no sense to me. If he sees his shadow it means the sun is out and that’s warmer. Anyhow the little rodent did not see his shadow (so “they” say) so he predicted an early spring for us. First time in years. People are rejoicing. Hey, when people are looking for hope, they will grab onto anything, even a rodent! We already know the meteorologists aren’t always on mark.
So how was your week?