; Life is like champagne......: 2010-05-09

Friday, May 14, 2010

Thinning out

This is not about dieting but about taking some of my plants out of the gardens and either moving them to another garden or giving them away.
Today was a threat of rain, thunderstorms and not the nicest day weather wise. I took the opportunity to raid my mother-in-law's garden of plants instead of going to my favorite garden shop, Acer's. I came home with a couple of bucket fulls of various flowers and wanted to get them in before the rain, am not the best at watering so this was a good opportunity. My daughter and I worked all morning planting the flowers and I also called over one of my nursery school friends to stop by and pick up a few iris' and wood sorrel. She got here about noon, heard one rumble of thunder and that was it! After lunch time, the sun broke out and felt humid upper 80's. so much for natural watering! I am off to water my plants before they wilt in the sun.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Dark sky at night...tax payers delight

A couple of weeks ago I went to a GFOA conference for work. There were a few key note speakers, one being the IRS on new tax codes which thankfully the place where we had this conference kept the room cold to keep us awake! The speaker I was really interested in hearing about was a topic about turning your street light out from midnight to 6am, saving money and energy. This was the National Dark Sky Association promoting this and the fact the CL&P is going to have to give a reduce rate in June for this option.

Our town has a budget of $43,000 to spend on street lights. I am looking to try and reduce this over the next two years. I was able to request a street, wattage and age of lamp from CL&P detailing what we have. What surprised me is we pay for street lighting on the state roads, a point that was brought up by the speaker in which many towns do not realize they have ownership of. The key to this detail list is to look at wattage of the bulbs in which you can reduce this in areas that do not need the higher amount. Of course you would not do this near a street light or a high risk area but there are areas where you could use an 80 watt versus a 300 watt bulb. there also may be street lights next to each other with completely different wattage bulbs for no reason. CL&P also changes the bulbs every four years so you have to do a study before then to be able to change the bulb wattage. You can also remove lamps that are not needed at no charge if they are over 14 years old, saving even more money.

So how does the midnight lighting work? When CL&P does the bulb change, you have them install a timer choosing the time you want the lights to go out and turn back on. There is definitely a need for a group to review all of these key points and there is also a lot of room to save money and energy. The Town of Stamford, CT has changed all of their bulbs to 80 watt. I want to find out how much money they save percentage wise on their electric bill.
I found one odd item in our detail which was two lamps marked the same ID number and one of them using an 1100 watt bulb, right on the road of where our town hall is located. this is the only 1100 watt bulb in town, now I just have to figure out which one this is!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Crystal Light Pure Fitness

I am the first to admit that I do not drink enough water. I do not think about needing one until it is too late when I am thirsty and I should have had at least two glasses already! This often occurs with a busy day of gardening, playing with my daughter or just errands being done. My other issue is that I do not like the fact there is no taste. Recently Kraft Foods sent me a sample of Crystal Light Pure Fitness, a new product to add to your water. I wanted to see if this product would help me drink more water and enjoy the taste. I found myself bringing it with me to work, day trips and using it while at home. What surprised me was what was and was not in the mix, along with no bad after taste often associated with other drink mixes.
Crystal Light Pure Fitness is the first nationally-available, low-calorie fitness beverage mix with no artificial flavors, preservatives or sweeteners and colored with natural ingredients. With only 15 calories per serving, it’s sweetened with evaporated cane juice and TruviaTM, an all-natural, calorie-free sweetener derived from the stevia plant, and it’s colored and flavored with natural ingredients.
Pure Fitness also contains electrolytes to aid hydration during light physical activity, making it a great fitness partner. Each packet will transform a 16.9-ounce bottle or cup of water into a light, refreshing beverage in any one of three flavors – Lemon Lime, Strawberry Kiwi or Grape. Learn more at www.Facebook.com/CrystalLight, and follow them on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/CrystalLight.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Well..... it's official!

My personal laptop is no longer working. Evidently a nasty virus attacked it and destroyed the windows programing were it did not recognize it at all. Luckily I was able to salvage my pictures which have been downloaded onto my work computer. I have to clean them up and save them on a disc.
We have talked about getting another laptop or a new desk top computer. Right now I am on another laptop but need to decide if I will start downloading my new pictures on this one, or wait to get a new personal computer to start loading new pictures. A decision which will probably not occur this month.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Go Betty!

If you missed SNL this past Saturday, it was the best one in over a year...since the elections. Here is one of the best, NPR and "Dusty Muffin".

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/npr/1226057/

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