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Sump pump connection

You may recall that one of the features of my sump pump alarm was that I could theoretically hear it from bed.

It turns out that I can not only hear it from bed, I can hear it from bed while the train that woke me up is still passing through and the life companion is snoring. At almost exactly two AM. So that’s good to know. I would have been OK if that theory had never been confirmed, though.

And as I stumbled into my clothes and outside to the basement door, trying to avoid opening my eyes at all, I remembered Candace asking whether I really wanted a gadget that would read more...

Go Nutz!


p>Equipment: saucepan, STRONG wooden spoon.


ol> Maple-covered nuts

  • Bring syrup to a boil in a saucepan (preferably nonstick) that is larger than you think you will need. The syrup will foam up, plus you will eventually be stirring the nuts vigorously.

  • The time this step takes will depend on your equipment:
    If you have a candy thermometer, bring the syrup to 235 F.
    If not, bring the syrup to the “soft ball” stage. No, not so it read more...

  • Sump pump victory!

    Sump pump alarm - beauty shot

    So last night, we were sitting around with Karen, Lou, and Molly, and both Karen and Katherine said they heard an alarm beeping. I listened for a few seconds, and heard the distinctive “long, long, short short short” of my sump pump alarm. I swung into action! read more...

    New pictures

    New pictures, mostly of Clara of course, are up in the Gallery. These include shots from my new camera phone. The picture quality isn’t great, but it sure is handy that I’ve always got it with me.

    Green cup

    C: Want sumpin’a drink.
    K: OK… here’s some water.
    (hands her a green plastic cup)
    C: Green cup. Deacon Darby! Deacon green cup; Darby blue cup.
    K: Uh, yeah, it is the same kind of cup they used when they came over for dinner…
    T: … two weeks ago?!

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