Sunday, December 30, 2007


I started to go with Hank Williams Sr.'s (one of the few country artists that I will listen to) "Cold, Cold Heart" but then remembered this song by Annie Lennox. Wonderful, haunting song. Well, things are going fine living in my house! It is taking some getting used to as far as all the windows and space. I have to fight the urge to just get up in the middle of the night and take a hot shower. This is the refrigerator that I finally decided on and am glad I did. It is a Whirlpool 22 cubic foot standard model. It is an Energy Star model and only uses $41 per year to operate. So they say. I like it and even the BFA liked it. I plan on having all stainless appliances. And no, I don't normally keep the top of the fridge junked up like that but I am a little short of storage space right now. I don't know why I really thought I wanted a big side by side fridge; I don't need all that space. I have really tried to keep the idea of real necessity in mind while building this house. I think often times we are convinced that we really need this or that, that giant house or 50" TV etc. and you know, there is a lot that we really don't need and actually would not miss if we didn't have it. Maintenance of all that stuff is the really big issue too. The more you have, the more effort you have to put into taking care of it. Now, I think most of you know I am by no means lazy but I had much rather spend my day doing some gardening or art rather than spending half the day cleaning around a bunch of junk I don't need or working to pay the power bill to run $3,000 worth of entertainment electronics. I read a survey not to long ago that said that like 70% of women had rather have a clean house than make love.....??? what?? Excuse me??? That's just crazy talk. Well, if we would cut down on having so much junk maybe we could do both!!
Anyway, one really cool thing about my fridge is this magic box in the freezer portion! It was empty when I first plugged the fridge in but only a few hours later, it was full of ice cubes!! My God! What sorcery! And if I come and get a bunch of these ice cubes out and then go away for just a little while, it is full again when I come back! Is technology not wonderful? I love this thing! And I don't have to do anything to make it make ice! I'm tempted to just throw some of the ice out the window just to see it make some more! AHH, hahahahaha! Iced tea, anyone? Unsweet, of course. I was talking to one of the guys at work who is about my age and he was telling me how his daughters had never seen ice cube trays before until they found some over at their grandmother's house in the garage. You remember the old metal kind with the lever you pulled up. And we were talking about how we used to make Kool-Aid popsicles with them. Oh well, damn those things I'll keep my magic ice maker.
I have not done much work on the house since moving in. We had Christmas off but have had to work 10's since to make up and I have had some other stuff going on. I'm not sure what my next project will be. Siding probably and some more exterior work.
Hope you all had great holidays and I wish you all the best for the new year coming.


pabl said...

I thought that in the South it was like a law or something that you had to put sugar (or Splenda) in iced tea. I'm glad to learn that some people don't do it. (Are you a scofflaw?)

I'm delighted that you're finally in your house. That means even more posts on the blog!

Anonymous said...

vvaxnhdhCongrats on moving into your digs!

Make sure your propane tank is full and your pipes are wrapped cause I just looked at the weather forecast for ya'll over the next few days!!! It's gonna be cold!!!!!

Do you plan to add a wood heater or fireplace later on or just use propane?

I'm glad to see we're finally getting some rain back in North Alabama. My brother said he got 2.5 inches Friday. Take care and God bless.

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

The ice cube come in handy when you hurt youself leaving a hematoma! You won't need to use a bag of frozen peas any more.!

You do have to dump all the ice once in a while. The ones in the bottom go "stale" take of the taste of food in freezer. I found that the case with my ice maker.

All the best in the New Year.

edifice rex said...

Hey Pablo! Yeah, I think it may be a minor law and that tea with the crappy Splenda should be against the law! I'm not sure that I'm a scofflaw but I come from a long line of hooligans and basic rowdies. ;) I'm trying to keep up the posting but I'm still having to use the computer in Allen's office (not at the house) so it is still inconvienent. I am working on phone, internet connections now.

Thanks Anon! Yes, the next few days are going to be very cold and we got a good bit of rain lately too. I haven't seen it rain that hard in some time. I plan on just using the propane but adding a geothermal HVAC system after the whole house is built.

Hey Philip! I have had to just turn the ice maker off at times because I just don't use that much. I know it would do that itself eventually but it was piling ice cubes up to the ceiling!
Happy New Year to you also!

Floridacracker said...

There's true wisdom in this post.
I'm in awe.
Have a wonderful new year in your new and well deserved house.

Woody said...

The miracles of modern science! My mother-in-law calls those cubes "lectrified ice" says its not as good as the regular kind. I have been scratching my head on that one for over ten years...


karl said...

seeds should arrive today.