Twitter Updates for 2012-01-02

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Twitter Updates for 2011-01-02

  • Happy New Year. #
  • The new year is treating me good so far. Long afternoon nap for me. Dancing in the living room with my daughter, and a whole pan of lasagna! #
  • Bellers stood by herself just now. Katie handed her a spoon to distract her from falling and she stood for 20 seconds! #


Home Made Chicken & Dumpling Soup from dehydrated veggies and such

A few weeks ago, I dehydrated some veggies, and made a jar of mixxed veggies. Let me tell you, I have been eating more veggies in the last couple of weeks then I have the last year! These dried veggies go into everything that involves boiling water.

I have also been on a dumpling craze as of late. Tonight’s dumplings where caraway-seseme-cumin dumplings. Actually pretty good.

Everything was off the pantry shelf tonight except for the chicken base, of which I added a bit too much of.

The meat was some retort-pouch turkey I got on sale when back in Florida. It expires near the end of the year, and I have a few pouches of it, so I am trying to eat some of it up before it expires.

I think I will let the photos do the rest of the talking…
food storage dehydrated vegitable chicken dumpling soup 
food storage dehydrated vegitable chicken dumpling soup 
food storage dehydrated vegitable chicken dumpling soup 
food storage dehydrated vegitable chicken dumpling soup 

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Wedding decorations on Clearance

Funny thing, wedding decorations. They can be found in the after Christmas clearance section at Home Depot and Walmart.

Katie said she wanted lights. White icicle lights and blue lights. The room is 108×58 give or take. That’s a lot of lights.

Good thing they are 75% off.

Me, being the retard that I am, can’t pass up a good bargain. So, I went a bit overboard. I bought over ten thousand lights. Katie’s specs only called for about 7 thousand lights. Maybe a few less. I bought extra in case there is a bad strand. No need fussing with it, just put up a different one.

I guess I will have those white icicle lights up around the whole place for the wedding – or at least 3 sides of it. There will also be blue lights along the walkway down the center of the room too I guess.

I also found some LED lights that didn’t fit into her request. I bought them anyhow. LED lights are going to be the wave of the future. I wanted some to play with.

The LED package says ‘Save 80%’. Oh really? So I ran the numbers. Yep, it’s 80% judging from the power consumption labels.

I made up a spreadsheet. I am such a geek.

I had to figure out my electricity cost, as they don’t tell you what they charge, just an uber-itemized bill that I think is designed to confuse. Disregarding the fixed costs for meter charge, etc. which is roughly $10 a month, it looks like my electricity costs roughly $0.07 per kilowatt hour.

At that rate. All the lights I bought today would cost $16 a year to run 24/7. The icicle lights are $0.38 a strand a year. The LED lights are a penny a year. Now, that’s comparing apples to peppercorns. The icicle lights have 300 bulbs per strand, the LED lights, 25. If you go bulb per bulb, and use a dozen LED strands, your still looking at around 1/3 the price – which, when you figure it without the rough rounding of the above numbers, is the 80% savings they claim on the box. Granted, the LED lights cost over 10 times more per bulb. They should have a much longer lifespan, so if they last 10 times longer then regular bulbs, they would break even just in that respect. However, regular lights use less then 1/10 of their purchase price in electricity a year.

If I did my math right, the point where LED lights are overall cheaper then regular bulbs is after running them continuously for fifty years (assuming that they both last that long). That doesn’t seem right, does it? Somebody check my math. 1 strand of 100 regular lights – $2.38. 1.33 strands of LED lights, 60 lights per string at 6.98 is $9.28 worth of string lights so we are comparing equal bulb counts. $0.19 a year difference in electricity costs (using the longer string here, three cents a year). That’s almost 50 years of continuously running the lights before you saved more in electricity then you spent on the more expensive bulbs.

Doesn’t hardly seem worth it, does it?

One thing I did notice about the LED lights. The sum of the current for the individual bulbs is 1/3 to 1/2 that of the string as a whole is rated for.
That means that 1/3 to 1/2 of the electricity being used by a string of LED lights is wasted in the current limiting resisters in the string of lights.

That means, that if we can figure out how to wire them up more efficiently, they will run even more efficiently yet..