Sunday, August 31, 2008

Today's Flowers - Bird of Paradise



This beautiful Bird of Paradise is in the parking lot of one of the beaches between here and La Jolla.

We were in La Jolla, at the Green Hospital, for Bob to see the neuro-surgeon. We finally have a date for him to have is back surgery, Sept. 25th. It took almost two years to get clearance from the cardiologist, and Bob probably avoided a major stroke or heart attack by doing this. After we left the hospital, we drove the coastal route home, instead of our usual, (shortest), route home. It was wonderful. We've lived in Murrieta for 10 years, now, and really love it, but I still miss the beach and ocean, especially that wonderful ocean smell. I got some great photos that I'll share, but for the past week, Bob and I have been sharing his PC. He's not thrilled, but we had a situation and this is the best solution.

Our situation was, two Saturdays ago, 1/3 of our house lost electrical power, hallway, guest bath, my office and the dining room. So, I went to the yellow pages and found an electrician who would sent some one out on the weekend. A really nice young man came, Jim. He worked 5 hours on Saturday, but couldn't find the problem. He'd find something, repair it, then we'd loose power, again. Jim kept looking. Finally, it was getting dark, and that make working in the attic difficult, so he offered to return on Sunday. After two more hours of work on Sunday he found the problem. Inside a wall in the garage was a smoking wire. Holy Cow, we had avoided a house fire, a la Aunt Sis. When I called to tell her about it she kept saying Holy Cow.

Jim said we needed to add a dedicated outlet and circuit breaker for my computer, and for the sake of the budget, the tariff for the weekend work was pretty stiff, I decided to wait until this week to have it done.

Now that you've read my tale, go visit Luiz to see the other Flower People.

21 comments:

Attila The Mom said...

Gak! Glad to hear he found it! What a nightmare!

Funny thing---our electrician's name is Jim too. LOL

Gorgeous pic!

dot said...

Glad ya'll got that problem fixed!
I love the bird of paradise picture. I can see why they call it that. Beautiful!!

Wammy said...

Lucky for you! Could have been a disaster! Come back to GAG and you can play...everyone says welcome. email me and I will send 'rules' HA!

Allie said...

That's so scary! I'm so glad that you avoided what could have been your worst nightmare. I'm also sorry that you are sharing a PC, welcome to my little world. ;)

Louise said...

That's a beautiful shot of the Bird of Paradise. The blue sky is a magnificent background!

Seems like you're "avoiding" a lot of hassles recently!

countrymouse said...

Wow! So glad the problem was fixed before it became a disaster!

Best of luck with the surgery!

Alison said...

I am so glad you avoided a fire!! I love that flower, it just doesn't grow as good up here as it does down there!!

Sherry said...

Glad your electrical problem is fixed.

I love your bird of paradise shot! It's such a striking and gorgeous flower.

Carletta said...

Yay for Jim! I'd say he earned his pay.
This image of the bird of paradise is stunning! Love it against that sky. Nice job.

ilanadavita said...

Very exotic looking flower.

Maria said...

Oh I'm glad you got that severe problem fixed! The flower is so beautiful and exotic, wow! All the best wishes!

Jules said...

Wow! Thank goodness you don't procrastinate. And that you were lucky enough to find a guy who works on weekends! Wow!

Greyscale Territory said...

This is a spectacular bird of paradise! Great perspective!

Abraham Lincoln said...

A beautiful flower. I don't think I have ever seen a shabby one.

My flower is posted at > Thunder Maker

Paz said...

Very nice flower shot. Best wishes for the upcoming surgery.

Paz

Kahshe Cottager said...

Stunning photo of the Bird of Paradise. You have presented to show the 'bird' very well.

I am so glad that things are going well both for your husband and finding the smoking wire before there was a tragedy! What a scare that must have been.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Glad ypo found that smoking wire before something really terrible happened! That was close!!!

I thought bird of Paradise only grew in Hawaii. Hey, what do I know? LOL

lisaschaos said...

I love that Bird! I wish I got to see more of them. :( At least you shared a beautiful photo for me too ew and ah at!

Denise said...

Gorgeous picture Jan, such a beutiful flower. And happy to hear your husband can have his back surgery. Hey, what a coincidence, my son works for Barnes and Noble here in Virginia. He was born in Long Beach, and we lived in San Diego for many years, so we know La Jolla well and used to visit the Cove all the time. I still miss that area and having lived near the ocean most of my life, miss the smell of it and always will, but I do love Virginia.

fishing guy said...

Jan: Lovely capture of a very special flower.

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Jan

Interesting and fantastic flower!
Geat capture!
Thanks for post in TODAYS FLOWERS.

Hope you come bach every week!

Santilli

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