The last few days have been a nightmare-

Repair man came out, but couldn’t sort out where the smell was coming from. He told me to call the gas company, so that they could get a detailed reading with their equipment.

When I called the gas company, they said they were sending someone IMMEDIATELY (it was 9 pm) and to EVACUATE THE HOUSE. Well, we’d been living with the gas and stove turned off for two days- we have three 150 lb each Newfoundland dogs- and a tired baby- plus my back was going out… needless to say, we did NOT evacuate.

The gas guy came an hour later and confirmed that evacuation was unnecessary. He found no gas leaks, but after turning the oven on, the carbon monoxide meter went insanely high!

“Well, this explains your problem” he said, “this would have killed you all faster than a gas leak would”


Apparently, something is wrong with the oven- so he red-tagged it and we’re waiting for the repair guy to come back to tell us if it can be repaired- or if we need a new range.

We’re still waiting for the repair man to show up. Until then it’s just take out and cooking on a hot plate/microwave for us.


Scary Gas Stove Leak… No Cooked Food for ANYONE until the repair people come out

This evening scared the crap out of me.

I have a reasonably new Jenn Air gas stove- was cooking dinner and had C preheat the oven tonight for cookies- and the entire house FILLED with a thick gas smell! I shut everything off- the oven was heating and the stove worked- called the Fire Department- and turned off the gas valve to the stove.

I posted about it on my Facebook and some friends said that they had the same thing happen 4 yrs earlier- AND THEIR HOUSE EXPLODED FROM IT.

My cousin rushed out with his family to check (thank goodness) and is sending a repair man over this week.

No cooking will happen until the repairs are done.

This week has been much too stressful for me.


Shark Attack … In a Lake?!

Shark Attack … In a Lake?!
By Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer | August 14, 2014 03:20pm ET


You don’t expect to be attacked by a shark in a lake, but that’s what happened to this boy, who was bitten on his foot. Credit: Screenshot, USA Today

The idea of a shark attacking someone in the ocean is scary enough, but this week, a 7-year-old boy was bitten by one of these fearsome fish in a lake.

The boy was swimming in Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana, when something bumped into him in the water and chomped down on his foot, USA Today reported. The bite’s appearance suggests it was probably a bull shark measuring about 5 feet (1.5 meters) long, experts say. The boy is expected to recover from the incident.

While it may seem unusual for a shark to turn up in this part of Louisiana, Lake Pontchartrain isn’t strictly a lake — it’s an estuary, a coastal body of brackish water connected by rivers or streams to the open ocean. The lake is connected to the Rigolets strait and Chef Menteur Pass to Lake Borgne, which opens into the Gulf of Mexico. [8 Weird Facts About Sharks]
Bull sharks can survive in both saltwater and freshwater, and have been known to frequent the lake. But shark attacks are extremely rare, said John Carlson, a research biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service in Panama City, Florida.

“I can’t recall the last time there was a shark attack in Lake Pontchartrain,” Carlson told Live Science.

Sharks don’t usually attack humans. In fact, “you have a better chance of being struck by lighting on a golf course” than being bitten by a shark, Carlson said.

When it does happen though, as in this case, a shark will commonly mistake the flashing movement of a human foot for its natural prey — a mullet or catfish, for example. The shark will go up and bite it, and then realize it’s not food. “We call it ‘bite and run,'” Carlson said.

Bull sharks can survive in freshwater by regulating the amount of salt in their bodies. That’s why when some sharks are cut open, they smell like urine, Carlson said. Salt in a shark’s body normally has a tendency to make it swell up with water, but bull sharks have a special salt gland that keeps the concentration of sodium chloride inside their bodies in balance with the concentration outside — a phenomenon known as osmoregulation.

In addition to the bull shark in Lake Pontchartrain, there have been accounts of other sharks found in lakes. In July 2013, a man and his grandson spotted what may have been a great white shark in Lake Macquarie, Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake, the Newcastle Herald reported.

Great white sharks generally aren’t found in estuaries, however — they usually stick to more coastal regions, Carlson said.

If you’re going to swim in places that sharks are known to frequent, however, it’s best to avoid areas or times of day when the sharks are more active and water visibility is low, such as dawn or dusk, Carlson said. Avoid wearing shiny jewelry, he said, because it can resemble a struggling baitfish. And there is safety in numbers, so swim in groups, and don’t swim near fishermen, he said.

Read more at: http://www.livescience.com/47364-shark-attack-louisiana-lake.html?cmpid=514629_20150718_47644056&adbid=1092827640745270&adbpl=fb&adbpr=123862014308509




Gnome madness continues.

Mr. Tickles the Gnome (that’s what he was named, so he wouldn’t scare the baby) is one scary m*thaf*cka.

This is NOT something I want to see when I am half-awake and going out to the porch to get my paper.