Tuesday, April 14, 2009

For My Sisters

In January I received a utility bill that nearly gave me a heart attack it was so large.
Granted we had had a very long cold spell, but we had also just put in a new furnace. As I began to talk to other people I discovered that I was not alone. I started looking up old bills trying to figure out what could have caused this. I mean I knew the cost of utilities had risen but this was ridiculous!
I started looking for ways to reduce our consumption .
The furnace was turned down.
No one was allowed to let the water just run anymore.
I suggested we might all start taking navy showers. (Turn the shower on, get wet, turn the shower off, soap and shampoo, turn the water on, rinse, turn the water off)
That did not go over well at all! I was already getting many complaints about the heat.
I considered turning off the fridge ( GreenPa http://littlebloginthebigwoods.blogspot.com/ assures me it's possible.)
All in all I went overboard. ( which will come as no surprise to those who know me. . .)
After Henry calmed me down I decided to take a more moderate approach.
On of the first steps was to relearn how to ride a bike as it would only be a 10 minute ride to work, which would allow me to leave the truck at home.
The only problem I had was the fact that I hadn't been on a bike in over 30 years!
I didn't want to buy a bike without knowing if I would actually be able to ride one.
Jesse suggested trying out the bike he had used as a kid. Below you will find a small video of my first ride.

video

Why did I title this post For My Sisters?

Well I thought they might both enjoy a good chuckle.

Tamara, Lisa, if you want another laugh you can check out this last video. Jesse's not the steadiest cameraman, but he sure had fun doing it!

Stay tuned for details on the bike I finally bought. Jesse says it's totally me. . .

video

6 comments:

Tamara Jansen said...

ha ha ha, ho ho ho, he he he, HA HA HA, HO HO HO, HE HE HE......oh that belly laugh you gave me did me a WORLD of good! What a stress reliever.

Now, could you post one of those every day for the rest of the busy season so that I can get my stress relief session in on a regular basis :)

Brenda said...

Not only would we reduce our carbon footprint and save money on gas. Just think of the health benefits! You go, Rosa!
Brenda

Nancy-Mom said...

I'm laughing with Tamara, keep pedaling!!But, how does that reduce your utility bill?? Ours is crazy as well, they're gouging us :o(

Rosa said...

Well Aunty Nancy,it doesn't reduce my utility bill but it does save me gas! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh my Rosa...trust you to try the thing we should all do!! I will think of you as I drive my 30 mins to work...and will probably have a smile on my face too. Miss you, Lisa

curtissann said...

I am fully planning to get a bicycle when I get moved to Alabama. I have not been on one in...well, we won't go there. You give me courage!

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