Saturday, September 03, 2011

August TUSAL

Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend so far and taking a break from laboring. I'm just doing a quick fly by post to share my August TUSAL. You can see that Christmas Rules has been my focus with those reds and greens towards the top.


This morning I woke up at 5am because I heard airbrakes and rumbling. May not be a huge concern to most but I knew that sound in an instant and knew there was trouble. I hurried to the front windows and saw my street was blocked and there was a fire truck, fire engine, Chief's vehicle and police cars. I knew that with only 2 "engines", it was something minor but still, my heart leapt in my throat and I hurried to get presentable (starting to think I should just sleep fully clothed with bra on from now on after the alarm issue and now this!) in case there really was a big fire in my building and I had to hurry down the fire escape. Luckily, it was just a pot fire down on the first floor but I seriously wonder if the other tenants in the building even had a clue! One of the downfalls to living in a beautiful old building like I do is that fire alarms and fire sprinklers are not required so we depend on individual smoke detectors. I basically live in a firetrap. Be sure to have smoke detectors and change out your batteries annually. A $25 smoke detector and single 9-volt battery may be the difference between life and death. I managed to fall asleep after with the windows open to air out the burnt toast smell that permeated the building after but let me tell you, I feel sluggish now and I am supposed to be up and smiley for plans in the city in a couple of hours. I think I will need a double espresso to perk up!

I have another post in the works about dating observations that I've been debating on sharing. It's not G-rated...because things in dating can get weird. And well, stitching is always G-rated.

Ok, I'm off to get ready for the city. Remember to check your smoke detectors, change the batteries, check your stove/oven/appliances after cooking, love one another and have a happy and safe holiday.

Until next time...

17 comments:

Catherine said...

Glad to hear you are okay and it was nothing more serious.

You have peeked my curiosity about dating, it's been a long time since I had to worry about that, and I'm sure much has changed!

Beth said...

Wow! What a scary way to wake up! I am surprised that you all weren't forced to evacuate the building even if it was a small fire.

Take care.

Laura said...

Glad you are okay!!! Hope you are having a great 3 day weekend!!!

Siobhan said...

Scary indeed!! I'm glad it wasn't anything serious.

Myra said...

What a scary wake up call! Glad it wasn't anything serious. Lovely orts you have there. :o)

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

You're right - old buildings are just the best as far as architecture and ambiance go but there is a tradeoff. We change the batteries on our smoke detectors and CO2 detectors 2x a year. Thanks for the reminder.

Looking forward to your not G-rated post! ;-o

Sally said...

Glad it wasn't serious, Valerie, and that you are OK>

Katrina said...

I can imagine it's scary to wake up to sirens!!! Glad it wasn't anything too serious. And do tell on the dating ;-)!!???

Deb said...

That is definitely something scary to wake up to. I had that happen in an apartment that I was living in - the manager of the building lived across the hall and about 100 years old and set his kitchen on fire. Luckily the fire department was there in a flash! Glad that you are okay!

Very interested in your non-G rated post.

Giovanna said...

Ouch, I would have been scared stiff - glad it wasn't anything more serious. Take care.

I can think of some non-G-rated stitching :-)

mainely stitching said...

Hope you catch up on your sleep!

Valerie said...

Glad to hear that you are ok...yes, it is scary when fire engines and first resonders are in front of you building!

I had a similar situation in college and yes, I too had that conversation with myself about wearing a bra to bed!

Hope you are able to enjoy the rest of the weekend! Get some rest!

Melanie said...

Oh god. I wouldn't sleep for days after that, I'm so scared of fire. I was in a small house fire when I was kid because my father fell asleep with a lit cigarette and I still have nightmares about it today. Glad it turned out okay.

I almost always, uhh, sleep with a bra on. (What can I say? A C cup at almost-40. Pffft. It's more comfortable WITH it on. lol)

Meari said...

Glad the fire wasn't serious.

I want to hear about the dating! LOL

Carol said...

You and me and our firemen stories, Valerie! Too funny... Glad it wasn't anything serious, but it does make you worry about apartment living. Think I need to remind my sons to check their smoke alarms and alert their two neighbors as well... Thanks for the reminder!

Joysze said...

How scary!!! I'm glad that you're fine. How was your trip to the city?

Pumpkin said...

Gee, what a way to wake up :oS Glad everything is okay though!