I went outside with my 3-year old twin boys to practice playing baseball (repost with picture imbedded in comments)
Last night I turned everything off and watched Arrival on my laptop in the dark.
@[email protected] I this!! Does she have fun turning off the lights?
@That Son Of A Bitz those boys are so cute!!!
User @giraffes_67 shared pictures of garden and turtle with me for all of you to see:
If it is in the evening around 6-7 then it's a good time to shut everything off and go out for dinner.
Now that it doesn't get dark so early it's also a good time to take the dogs out for a good walk around the neighborhood. This would normally be preferential but at times we have Coyotes (we have been stopped in the past and told there was a pack of around 10 marauding) wandering our neighborhood and they have become more brazen. It used to be you wouldn't see them until it was dark and then several months ago we encountered one (albeit harmlessly as it went across the street from us and away from us) when it was still light and barely dusk.
**BEFORE AN OHMHOUR......CHECK THE CONNECT TAB!!! **I thought my wiser plugs were being controlled during an ohmHour, but when I checked the connect tab, it said my 3 devices were not connected? Not sure how I lost that connection.....or when!! Now I just have to remember where I put those "Catch Phrases".
The best is to just leave the house!
The Little Free Library at 1033 Calle Mesita reopened today. Please feel free to come grab a book to fill your next OHM Hour! Current Offerings Include:
Austin, Jane. Northanger Abbey.
Blume, Judy. Blubber.
Bombeck, Erma. I Want to Grow Hair, I Want to Grow Up, I Want to Go to Boise.
Brashares, Ann. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Brightfield, Richard. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicle #6.
Christie, Agatha. The A.B.C. Murders.
DiCamillo, Kate. Because of Winn-Dixie.
Fforde, Jasper. The Big Over Easy.
Follett, Ken. The Pillars of the Earth.
Frazier, Charles. Cold Mountain.
Kidd, Sue Monk. The Secret Life of Bees.
Hiassen, Carl. Basket Case.
Hillenbrand, Laura. Unbroken.
L’Amour, Louis. Haunted Mesa.
Larsson, Stieg. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Lee, Harper. Go Set a Watchman.
Martin, George R. R. Game of Thrones.
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. Love in the Time of Cholera.
Melville, Herman. Moby-Dick.
Moore, Christopher. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal.
O’Dell, Scott. Island of the Blue Dolphins.
Patterson, James. I Funny.
Picoult, Jodi. Songs of the Humpback Whale.
Sachar, Louis. Holes.
Sayers, Dorothy L. Gaudy Night.
Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square.
Sharra, Jeff. Gods and Generals.
Smith, Alexander McCall. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.
Stockett, Kathryn. The Help.
Twain, Mark. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
Zusak, Marcus. The Book Thief.
Most books currently are in the fiction, history, humor, mystery, young adults, and classics genres. An additional box with room for Juvenile, Magazines, and Larger books will be added soon. There will also be a board for requests shortly.
Please feel free to come take a book. If you wish to share any books you really liked, we would appreciate it, but it is not required. Please come and enjoy!
Thanks, Tamara Smith
My husband and I play board games or go visit with the in-laws
Sounds like you have the same one coming up as I do @Kenneth Boyd . Getting the same temps here. Live in the central valley? I usually just shut all the blinds and use a handheld fan thing and turn on my tower fan if it gets so hot i can't stand it. Haven't done two hours in this heat before though. We'll see how hot it gets!
This sounds a little cheesy, but regardless of what I'm doing during an OhmHour, I like to use the opportunity to consider how fortunate we are to have a reliable grid most of the time. I lived abroad for several years, and stayed in places that either weren't grid-tied or experienced frequent power cuts. It would reach temperatures over 120 degrees during the hot season, and those ultra-hot nights without fans or AC were pretty miserable. Giving up electrical power for an hour every now and then reminds me of that time abroad, helps me feel connected to my friends that live like that all the time, and reminds me not to take our infrastructure for granted.
I live in the Ocean Beach Neighborhood of San Diego near a fishing pier. I love walking out there...Here's what it's like:
I tend to procrastinate, so when I'm unplugged for an hour, I go over material for classes I'll be teaching at work starting in September. It makes the hour go by fast AND I'm doing something that really needs to get done. Win-Win.
I sweat. A lot.
No devices means we can actually sit here and just talk. If I'm home alone I usually read.
Usually the Ohmhours happen when its still pretty hot outside (100-115), so I turn off AC, unplug unused appliances and sometimes turn off my water heater. We stay in the house if its just an hour, but stay low key playing because the temperature climbs pretty fast. We had a 3 hour Ohmhour during the heat and dinner time, so we went out to eat.
Sit outside and read. Ironic though...the last OhmHour I had was the 25th. My energy utility is SCE. The ONLY day in the last 21 that is unavailable in terms of hour by hour usage on their website, is the 25th. Somehow, I don't think that's a coincidence. I'm getting updates from TODAY...but the one day I had an OhmHour I know I'm gonna be under (flipped the breaker off), isn't updating. That's suspicious.