"Getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter allows you to remember who you are. Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are."

Saturday, March 29, 2014

It's a Trap!

The rain held off until the afternoon so I am happy to report that the "salad garden" is in. 

I hoed two of the raised beds to fluff up the soil.  One of the beds was infested with the long runners of Bermuda grass (Bastards!!!).  So I spent a fair amount of time dealing with that.  (Geez!  I can't even keep that stuff out of a raised bed!) 

The onion starts look like tiny little solders all in a row.  I planted 4 varieties of leaf lettuce and planted a patch of sugar peas.  I really like to grow carrots as a fall crop since it usually gets so hot here so quick the carrots just aren't as sweet but I went ahead and planted some too on the off chance that the cooler than normal weather sticks around this year. 

(Heck, maybe I should see if I can get my hands on some Brussel sprouts , broccoli and cauliflower.  You never know...@;)

By the time I was finished, I was beat.  I hadn't slept well the night before.  You know, one of those nights where you just never go down deep, not that I ever do THAT anymore anyway.  Plus I'd gotten up at 3am out of frustration with the fact that I couldn't sleep....

Anyhoo...I thought I deserved a nap so after cleaning up, I sacked out in the recliner for an on and off nap fest.  I had the TV on HGTV and finally woke up to someone pointing out that you should check your dryer vent for lint every once in a while since that is the number one cause of house fires.

Now this caught my attention not only because I'd been doing laundry all day but mostly because this was the THIRD time in as many days that I'd heard or read about this. 

Add to the fact that I was in that "tweener" state of dream vs reality. 

I sat there blinking for a few minutes and came to the conclusion that the universe was trying to tell me something. 

I didn't need to get "beaned" upside the head to know that this time I'd better do what I was told.

"Whatcha doing?"  I heard SM call from the other room as he hears me rootiling around in the laundry room, shoving the dryer over so I can squeeze in behind.

I brought SM up to speed with the situation.  "You know that's why I installed that flexible metal tubing.  It's supposed to be better that the other stuff." 

"Yeah well...When was the last time we actually LOOKED?"  I asked. 

(insert crickets chirping)

I am happy to report that there really wasn't any lint in the vent.  Just dust.  There was more dust and lint and spiderwebs around the backside of the dryer space than anything actually in the tube.  So it was a good thing just from the point of view that it needed cleaning back there.

So there you are.
Consider this a hint.
Take a moment and check your dryer vent trap. 


  1. Dandy good reminder especially since we've all been doing so much drying inside (as opposed to hanging clothes out on the clothesline) this past winter!

    I had a friend who had a chipmunk or squirrel or some little varmint stuff her outside dryer vent full of nest making materials. Now that could have caused some serious fire danger!

  2. This post is the 3rd time this week I've been warned about the dryer vent...so thank you Tami, I'm checking the dryer vent!

  3. I've been talking about doing this for months, so I guess we better get at it! Glad you were able to get in a few winks. Yay for the salad garden!