Happy Caulking Day! It’s probably not really Caulking Day officially, but who says that any day can’t be Caulking Day? I realized yesterday that there was some pretty serious crackage going on around the window frames in our house, so today Travis and I bought some caulk at Lowes and set about trying to seal them up. For some reason, our heating bills are always uber-high, even though our house is on the small side (1200 square feet). We’ve been adding insulation to the attic (which is already pretty well insulated) here and there over the years, but it doesn’t seem to help much, so I’m pretty sure we have a giant heat sink somewhere else. I hope the big Caulking/Weatherstripping extravaganza we did earlier will help some, but as Travis said, it certainly can’t hurt.
While at Lowes, I bought an impulse plant:
It’s a smallish aloe. It only cost about $3, so I figured I wasn’t out much if (more like “when”) it finally croaks. In addition to living in Heat Sink Manor, we are also unfortunately situated in No Natural Light Village. It doesn’t seem like we get hardly any natural light in this house. The one place where we have a ton is in our dining room, which has a bumped out bank of 4 windows and faces west. So in the afternoon, especially in the summer between 4:30 and 6:30 pm, the heat, it burns! In addition to this, I just happen to be really bad at keeping houseplants alive.
We have two – one is a biggish orange tree that we bought from Franklin Park Conservatory in the spring of 2001, before we moved to Ohio (we took a week’s vacation and had started looking for houses when we purchased it). The orange tree desperately needs transplanted to a larger pot. Also, it gets horribly crunchy during the winter. As soon as it gets warm enough in the spring, I stick it outside and let it fend for itself.
Our other plant is a really sad looking lucky bamboo that we’ve had for about 5 or 6 years. It’s recently started turning yellow and generally seems like it needs Prozac or something.
So today, at Lowe’s, I actually went ahead and bought some fertilizer for my poor plants. Amazing, I know! And since I figured I was (sorry, can’t help myself here) turning over a new leaf (again, sorry for the plant related pun), I went ahead and boldly picked out my baby aloe. I think Aloes are cool because their leaves are chunky, they don’t need much of anything, and when you burn yourself making Christmas cookies, you can relieve the hurt by squishing some of the aloey goodness from them. Hooray, aloe!
In other news, I have a new imaginary boyfriend. His name is Chris Hardwick (snicker! I’m 12!). He hosts, or co-hosts, or just appears randomly on some PBS show called Wired Science. Here’s a clip of him and Rainn (“Dwight” from The Office) Wilson looking at a bunch of ingredients for a mystery product:
I think I’m in love with him because he hates high fructose corn syrup as much as I do! [Swoon!]
Anyway, there are some other clips with him available on YouTube, and you can check out his snarky science blog here.
No new knitting content as of yet, as I’m just plugging away on gifty things. I may try to spin later, if I can control the rampant static electricity in the house.