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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 42 EmptyMon Jul 08, 2024 3:12 pm

Al - most definitely take cuttings of your tomato plant. They root super easy. And if they start to language over winter, take cuttings of your cuttings. What kind of lie temps do you get, anyway? You may have better luck getting tomorrow in fall or spring without the killing temperatures. We've got 88⁰ coming today. I'll cope by doing errands in the 4 Runner. Had functional air conditioning. Otherwise it's lazing around in bed with Ami and the air conditioning (only room in the house with an air conditioner - central air want needed here until the last several years. Another plus for potential geothermal)
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 42 EmptyTue Jul 09, 2024 1:46 am

I looked into geothermal and discovered they banned it here because of what it did in pagosa springs.

Dont get me started on weather. Trying to explain that 82 is a heatwave to texans just doesnt seem to compute. But watching them look like they took a bath in borscht is hilarious. They seem to miss the concept of uv and that at 8400 ft, the uv is actually 70% stronger then at sea level.

Lucky for me other then barking my dogs dont really care about fireworks, 3 of the 4 are bombproofed (thank you air force) amd spider doesnt care.

Speaking of spider, she has been banned from my mechanics shop. She has a curiosity about things that is sometimes bad. Its one thing for a dog to not care about power tools but a dog that eants to play with power tools... not good. And i have never seen a dog get in the way of dropping a tranny like she tried to do.

So al finally took the jeep in? And maybe you can explain something i keep hearing because maybe my brain is melting or im missing the insult. Customers keep saying "and god bless texas" when i say have a nice rest of your (insert day here) now i would expect hearing that in texas but since this is colorado is that a polite way to say "fuck you" or did the heat melt my brain?

Jenn congrats, im slightly jealous because i gave up and went on birth control after the 6th miscarriage, but im also extremely happy for you.

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 42 EmptyTue Jul 09, 2024 9:53 am

So here we can get a rebate through our electric cooperative to go with the federal tax rebates (while/if those last) and when it's all done you aren't in geothermal anymore than you would be into a new hvac system. Think when I looked it would cost us about $12k, which by the time we shell out $5k for a new heat pump and condenser unit, plus modification to the '90s setup for a modern system, and then installation there's no difference in cost to us. My biggest crux is I don't want a horizontal run system, I want the vertical wells. We have space for horizontal but I don't want the yard dug out in every direction so we would have some wait time on the one company that does it that way around here. The soil where we are is pretty safe for geothermal, now you go further north and the karst gets worse and poking holes in it can be iffy.

Last year we would have killed for a quarter of the rain we've gotten this year. Rain stopped in April last year and we didn't see a drop at our house again until pushing October. My parent's ponds almost dried up and they are deep ponds.

I'm not going back on BC after baby. When I went off it after 13 years my mental health made a huge turn around. I knew the stuff was giving me rage fits because I could feel it, that weird anger that just sits there for no apparent reason. Spent years controlling it and that all went away when I went off BC. The natural me doesn't really have mood swings, even pregnant I haven't, and so I am firm in not going back on the toxic stuff. Just really makes me wonder how many women who struggle with mental health do so simply because of their BC that they have been put on for a whole host of non-contraceptive reasons.

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 42 EmptyTue Jul 09, 2024 11:42 am

Jenn, wondering if the BC you were using had high progestins? I never used hormonal BC - back in the late 60s when it first came out, the first patient my dad prescribed it for, a young woman just getting married, stepped out and died. The pills were very high estrogen in those days. But the story sort of scared me off, big time. I used IUDs (with much monthly distress, unfortunately) and after my third baby, tubes were tied. But I still had rampant PMS with the family walking on eggshells 2 weeks a month. After my hysterectomy, went on a bioidentical bucchal troche and I can't believe how it evened out my mood (once we ditched the progesterone - that was rage City and created a storm in a local grocery store with 2 make store managers that probably still don't know what hot them 🙄.) I still use it today - mostly for bone health and colon cancer risk reduction.
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 42 EmptyTue Jul 09, 2024 5:27 pm

I've been on several different kinds of pills over the years. Never did IUD or shots. Always just pills that would get changed every couple years as my body would break free of their scheduling.

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 42 EmptyWed Jul 10, 2024 8:52 pm

Welp, today was a throwaway day. Remnants of Beryl, a system descending out of Canada and other complex weather phenomena have had the region on alert most of the day. Not just heat but, I think, the highest potential for tornados ever seen around here. Ten percent chance. There were warnings coming at us, skimming by just to the north and ditto to the south. I took down the pool umbrellas, all small side tables in the shed, potted flowers on the shed porch and electronics unplugged. Talk of torrential rain ( which my pool could have used.) the severe storms and tornados skipped us completely. Thankfully. And though there was rain, not sure it was even measurable. Not sure about areas around us, they were pretty much orange and red on the radar and more tornado warnings them I've ever seen up here. But I think they were probably minimal.
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 42 EmptyThu Jul 11, 2024 3:10 am

I have endometriosis so the bc helps with things but it does make me weird sometimes. Weird sometimes beats half the month in bed or only partially functional. Other then bleeding half the month i was controlling it fairly well with tramadol. Then the docs here all signed contracts saying they wouldnt prescribe it for more then 3 days and i had to explore other options. I have adhd so im already prone to weird moods.

Nothing but hot and dry here. I put the ginger outside yesterday. I will see if it can handle the uv. Like my rose that should love full sun will burn if i let it have full sun and not sure about the ginger.
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 42 EmptySat Jul 13, 2024 2:33 pm

I'm going to have to back up a bit since I haven't had anything to say to any of the last few days posts.

@amymeme - definitely going to take some cutting of the tomatoes since they've been blooming and bearing (sorta) all summer long and in this heat most tomatoes just wither and die.  I picked up the plant at our local (80 miles is local, right?) Home & Garden along with the Strawberries ... I'm going to have to see who the vendor was but I do remember that neither plant had a 'breed' on the tag.  The strawberries are suffering a bit in the heat but still blooming ... but not producing.  Sokay, we'll see what later in the year brings.

Y'all were talking about something called 'BC' and since I have no idea what that is, I guess it's not something that pertains to me.  Smile  Oddly interesting though.

I'll ignore the discussion about geotherm ... it's always been an interest of mine but it seems to have a need for electricity and getting enough solar panels and batteries to make one work would be, I think, prohibitive. I've wondered a few times about using 'heat' to cool the house. Warm house, a field of pipe with a lay that causes the air to come in from the outside, run through the pipes to cool off (relatively) and then into the house -- air being pulled into the house by the hot air rising and being pulled out. Don't tell me, it makes sense to me ....

In Texas, at least, electricity co-ops don't have to 'buy back' solar energy (if the house produces more than it uses) so there's no incentive to bulk up on panels.  But then Texas and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) seem to be hand in glove on how to use our money ...

Beryl, it's not fair that Beryl went north!  Y'all already have more water than you need and we didn't get more than some shade (which sucks when you're getting electricity from solar!) For all y'all I hope it isn't as bad a summer for hurricanes as they're predicting. We could use the water and we have a pretty steady breeze anyway ... but Louisiana (where a friend lives) has no standing trees if I listen to her. So wet that it doesn't take much to just blow them over.

Had to laugh at the (relative) puppy.  She and Avalanche have had the same discussion a few times ...  both sprawled out asleep on the floor and Belle stretches ... Avalanche thinks someone is infringing on his space so wakes up enough to tear her (what'd *I* do??) a new one.  They're gradually learning to leave a little more space between themselves ... but they both tend to be slow learners at some things.

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 42 EmptySun Jul 14, 2024 12:23 am

Yeah the "bc" i dont think you need to worry about getting pregnant.

https://www.drought.gov/states/colorado/county/rio%20grande shows us as having the 3rd wettest june in 130 years.

I get the idea of a cold room using pipes as a heat exchanger. I looked into it as a way to both cool and heat a greenhouse. But here i would have to do a sset of flowing water pipes in the floor along with the ceiling pipes. Seems like you could do a closed loop water system. My crazy neighbor built a wannabe perpetual motion machine that he uses during power outages. And yeah a real perpetual motion machine is even less likely to exist then a time machine, but his has a very small battery powered motor that kicks in to restart the machine when it goes too slow. I think if i was somewhere like west texas where its hot and dry most of the year i would look into energy generating bricks
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 42 EmptyYesterday at 9:57 am

We had considered doing a heat pump water heater. Pulls heat from the air to warm the water in the tank and then expels cool air pulled off the water. Would have been a nice little boost to our AC system in the summer. Our machine room in the basement though where it's already 60 degrees most of the time so we nixed that. If our machine room was upstairs where it's naturally warmer we would have went that route rather than a traditional water heater this last time. We had intended to go tankless but our water heater went down a little more suddenly than expected and didn't have time to do all the extra electric work to put in the tankless.

Beryl went through earlier, gave us a couple nice days and about 5 more inches of rain. Now we have a heat index of 110 today. Our humidity is through the roof and it's just gross out.

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   The Desert Pack - Page 42 EmptyYesterday at 12:09 pm

Since our humidity is normally in single digits - except for when I cuss it! - we don't normally concern ourselves with the heat index (and I don't know how to calculate it in the first place.  On the other hand since Beryl threw her weight around it's been hot and humid over here (86° w/ 56% humidity.)  We've had a couple of nice (for the water tanks) showers but really need more much more my tanks are about 1/4 full - say 2000 gallons - and that's not going to make it through the next summer -> spring.

ETA:  Oh, this is how you calculate the heat index .... right!

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The house weather station said 93 degrees with 71% humidity when I got home from work yesterday. Gross would be an understatement. More rain possible today into tomorrow then heat should break.

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