a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Talkative Thursday


I wanted to share this on Wordless Wednesday, but then I forgot, so decided to do a Talkative Thursday post.  I have nothing to say, but that won't stop me from talking, you know me.

Isn't it pretty?  Its outside in our front yard.  We've been having really pretty mild temperatures (sorry to those who are struggling with cold and record amounts of snow).  This being our first winter here, we really have no idea what to expect, but are enjoying the low 70's and lots of sun. Nights cool down to the mid 30's.  I guess the "natives" here say we will get at least one more bout of freezing weather.  I wonder what it will do to those plants and trees that are starting to bloom.

A little lizard comes out and enjoys our back patio and the area by the air conditioner.  He is only about 3 inches long including the tail.  Must be warm enough for him.

Settling in to the routines.  Hubby gets up at 6 a.m. to leave for work at 7 a.m.  I get up with him, read my blogs, after he leaves I get ready for the day, do my Bible reading and prayer, a little bit of housework and then take a walk before I start work at 9:30 a.m.  My schedule used to be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. when I was in Pacific time, now I'm in Mountain Standard Time so I had to start an hour later and finish an hour later than before.  It actually works out quite well.  Strange, but I like the long time in the morning to get things done before I start to work.  I'm a morning person so by evening after work, I'm ready to "chill" and decompress.

Looking forward to the A/Z challenge; sign ups are still in progress, so if you are interested, head over here to do so.  Lots of craziness in the month of April, but lots of fun too.

The other night in the wee hours of the morning, hubby and me both heard a "chirping" sound, the sound like a battery that is starting to go from your smoke detector makes.  Just one chirp.  Being the brave woman that I am, I stayed in bed while hubby went to check things out.  Everything was fine.  No other chirps.

The next morning I started to investigate to see if I could figure out what needed to be changed. I counted, we have SEVEN (I kid you not) smoke detectors in this 1900 square foot house.  They are all smoke detectors, not carbon monoxide detectors.  75% of the house has tall ceilings.  Supposely, as told to us by our property management people, someone comes twice a year to change the batteries in the smoke detectors.  By process of elimination, we changed the battery of the smoke detector closest to the bedroom, hoping that is the right one. 

Hubby possibly is going out of town soon.  I hope I'm not awakened in the middle of the night with chirping because I don't think I'll be able to negotiate the ladder that it will take to change the battery if it is a high ceiling smoke detector. 

However, I feel really safe with seven smoke detectors. 

Geesh, I did manage to write a lot, though I had nothing to say :)


45 comments:

Bijoux said...

Your news neighborhood looks lovely, Betty!

We've had quite the time with smoke and CO detectors here. There are 5 just in our basement! It's very frustrating to not be able to figure out which one is going off, and it always happens at night.

Big Mark 243 said...

... must be a fairly large house... 7 smoke detectors...

...glad that you have settled in and finding your comfort zone in AZ..!

Liz A. said...

Hopefully it is the smoke detector. When the battery to the alarm system started to fail, we had to reset it once a day until someone could come out and replace it (which took a little over a week). And that alarm when it goes off...

Or, there was the time the FIOS's battery needed replacement. That was only a chirp, but it was loud and in my closet, and it liked to chirp just as I was falling asleep. It also needed a reset once a day until the battery could be replaced, which took over a week to arrive.

Juli G said...

We have two. And once they start chirping I MUST change them... even if it's 9pm and I must subject everyone to my "People of Walmart" attire as I head to the grocery store for anew battery.

jack69 said...

I love it when you have nothing to say and you wing it. It is real.
Sounds like great weather. I don't think I have ever been a morning person although I always have gotten up early when I was working.
I look back and laugh. When I started the const. business I listened to Earl Nightingale. What a great motivator. He had me up running a mile early in the mornings. It worked....
Enjoyed the bench, nice chat.

Joanne Noragon said...

I hear it may rise to thirty here this weekend. Soak up that sunshine for us back east.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sounds like your mornings are nice and you haven settled in well. We had chirp over the weekend. Dogs shake and hide. I told Mark that we definitely need to set this up for every two years so we don't have to go through this every time one decides to go out! Debby

Pat Hatt said...

Wow, with seven you will sure hear them if there is ever a fire. Nice to get things done in the morning indeed.

Linda said...

Betty,you WORDLESS Wed., I'd think something was seriously wrong with you! :)
Here they say to change batteries with the change of clocks, twice a year, but we do it the first of the year. Call management if chirping, especially if home alone. So an Arizona lizard or did one hitchhike in your belongings. I remember some stories about lizard in CA. Glad you didn't post photo of it. Your tree is gorgeous, ours will be in full bloom around mid May, but barely got above zero today. Sounds like things are going very well, so happy for you!!!

Melanie said...

Oh, I'm glad you're enjoying your nice weather. It's a balmy 11º right now where I live. There's hardly a snow shovel or bag of ice melt to be had!
I remember a lizard getting into our apartment when we lived in Florida. Our dog went crazy knocking over our plant stand to get to it. What a mess - dirt and plants everywhere!
Your tree is so pretty. I'll have to enjoy the picture. I don't think we'll see anything like that for a while here yet.

susie said...

Looks pretty there. Looks like the moon here. You could always try a baseball on that potentially pesky smoke detector...

Birgit said...

7 is a bit of an overkill but the last people must have felt warranted to have that many. Your tree looks so pretty and for one person where her footsies are cold and it is -22C right now, that picture is nice to see

Mevely317 said...

What an enjoyable read!
It's nice how you've shared your and hubby's daily routines ... and a bit comforting to realize how many bloggers' ordinary moments intertwine.
This isn't such a big old world, after all, is it!
(When you're getting up I'm about half-way to work.)

Lovely tree!

yaya said...

Your view has me wishing for Spring. You live on a pretty street! When friends tell me they could never blog because they don't have anything to write about, I always smile and say "you'd be surprised!" Enjoy your warm weather for me!

Jerralea said...

I adore that tree! I always wanted a flowering tree in my yard ...

I'm a morning person, too. After dinner, I can't think straight to do any real work. Of course, my whole entire family are night owls!

Paula Kaye said...

Love the flowering tree in the yard! Looks like a beautiful neighborhood. Ick with the chirping alarms. I change my batteries twice a year but I had so much trouble with the one in the kitchen that I just left the battery out this last time. I know that's bad but the kitchen is just too small for a smoke detector. I can't wait for the A to Z challenge either

Sue Elvis said...

Betty,

We use the Celsius scale here in Australia so I'm not too sure about the temperatures at your place right now. But seeing a lizard and the tree in bloom makes me think it's getting quite mild. Spring is on its way!

It's time to sign up for the A - Z Challenge already? Oh my! Time passes quickly. It doesn't seem like nearly a year since the last one.

As usual, I enjoyed your post!

TARYTERRE said...

What a pretty tree. Sounds like you are adapting to the new routine with no trouble at all. Hope you got the right fire detector. I have had that happen and it is no fun climbing up on a ladder.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

It looks so...warm...where you are! Maybe we can swap homes for awhile? LOL... These types of posts are always fun. When we have nothing to say, it's a pretty interesting kind of nothing.

Jeff Bushman said...

Love the tree. Looks like a Cherry of some sort. Chirping alarms or giant crickets?

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

How wonderful to be experiencing a breath of Springtime there. Glad you are enjoying your morning routine and hope there are no more chirps in the night. I'm looking forward to hearing the early morning chirps that come from the birds outside when spring finally finds it's way here.

Jen Forbes said...

What a lovely view and what a wonderful temperature. I'm sitting on the couch in my living room and the temp outside is 0 degrees...and I live in Virginia. It's madness!

Megan Whitson Lee said...

Wow! 70?? I can't believe that someone somewhere in the nation is getting such temperatures. How wonderful for you!! We are enduring 0-5 today, which is actually quite nice for me since it means teachers get a snow (cold temperatures) day! Also, thanks for the reminder about A-Z. I will sign up this morning!

Jacquelineand.... said...

Wanted to let you know that you've won Joanne's beautiful infinity scarf!

Cranberry Morning said...

A gorgeous blooming tree in your front yard? Lucky you! Our trees aren't even dreaming of leaves or blossoms yet. They're in total hibernation. :-)

Don't apologize for 'not having anything to say.' It's never kept ME from publishing a blog post. LOL

I'm your newest follower. :-)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Love that photo!! It is so hard sometimes to find out which smoke detector is going off LOL

SweetMarie said...

sounds like you're getting comfy. :)
love your tree pic, so pretty!
hugs,
Marie

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Hey, better too many smoke detectors than not enough. One saved me and Bubba when he was a toddler. We were napping in the summer and the cord that plugged in our huge window fan caught fire. Smoke detector went off. I woke up and saw the flames by the outlet. Grabbed the cord a foot or so away from the wall and jerked. The fire died. Our house was 50+ years old and made of rich white pine. God is good.

Cindi said...

Where is it written that socks will go missing while doing the laundry, and smoke detectors will beep in the wee hours of the morning?

I must have missed that notation in the life lessons rule book. lol

DMS said...

Beautiful picture! I love flowering trees and look forward to my white yard melting away and spring blooming again. I am glad you have had nice weather, it has been bitter cold here.

Hope you changed the right smoke detector! :)
~Jess

salemslot9 said...

we live in a lil haus ;)

Stephanie Faris said...

We have three smoke detectors in this 800 square foot house, so I guess your numbers make sense. Hubby was showing me a 3100 square foot house last night...can you imagine how many smoke detectors are there? But 1,000 of it is a finished basement... I may be dealing with a move soon, so I'll be going through what you went through. Although moving locally isn't quite the same as moving to a completely different area.

Chatty Crone said...

The area looks beautiful there and the temps seem heavenly. You can't get enough smoke alarms - we have 11.

Chrys Fey said...

I hate smoke alarms! Especially when they make noise. I've had one chirp all night long. Ugh!

Beautiful tree! Every time I see one like that, I wish I had one. :)

Stephen Tremp said...

We had someone come in and install new smoke and radon detectors. The smoke detectors are so sensitive. Anything slightly burning in the kitchen like toast sets them all off.

Danielle L Zecher said...

That is pretty! I hope you don't have anymore cold weather to mess up the plants.

I don't blame you for not wanting to deal with the smoke alarm. Those are hubby's job in our house. He's a firefighter, so I think it makes sense. :-)

SuperLux said...

Sometimes I say I have nothing tk write snd then I sit and start to type and then the words just start gushing out. I think that's what happened to you here. :)

Glad to have found your blog.

Sharon said...

I never tire of reading your words. You're such a fun person, Betty, and you always bring a smile to my face!

And I'm so glad that you're enjoying your new home!

:-)

netablogs said...

You DO live in a pretty area! So happy the move has gone well for you (except for those smoke detectors!). We are having mild days here, which means just above freezing, but the sun has finally decided to hang out several days in a row! I am so looking forward to Spring. I can't wait to read your A-Z Challenge posts!

Kat said...

Oooo! What a beautiful area and neighborhood you live in! I can't wait for blossoms and warm weather. Post all the pics you like! I'm happy to live vicariously through you. ;)

Ha! That chirping noise is enough to make a person crazy. It reminds me of an episode on Friends when Phoebe can't get her smoke detector to stop chirping. Even after she takes the battery out it still goes on. Pretty funny.
Hope you find the culprit!

Linda said...

I just noticed, after the aliens A-Z, that you have listed Walk Humbly with My God- Facebook. Beautiful photos and scripture, Betty!

Intense Guy said...

7 smoke detectors??

Good grief Charlie Brown!

That flowering tree looks lovely!! I wish it was MY front yard!!!

Secret Agent Woman said...

I like the new neighborhood! Think the 7 smoke detectors may be overkill, though.

Veronica Lee said...

Your neighbourhood looks lovely, Betty. So glad you're enjoying your new home.

TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

Love the tree...and it looks like you live in the cutest neighborhood! Best I remember, though, you don't like lizards very much. lolz

I am sure I would love the extra time in the mornings! Not so much the extra hour in the afternoon. Is there a quota that you have to meet, and if you meet it can you stop work earlier?

I'm looking forward to the A to Z challenge, too. Yes, last year I did wing it, and this year I'll probably wing some of them, but hopefully, I'll have a really good jump on it!

I don't like chirping, and I don't like staying home alone! I'm not a grown up when it comes to being along at night. ☺