Surge Protectors

We have a variety of surge protectors scattered around the house and don’t usually give them much thought. I have felt like I did my part – buying not the cheapest but reasonably priced equipment and protecting my electronics.

All of this expense and effort on my part was completely wasted this morning when lightning hit my house. It burned a hole by the front door, attracted by a tiny finishing nail that was holding the trim onto the wall. The lightning made the doorbell ring and then everything that was plugged into a wall socket came on for a brief instant and then everything went permanently dark. The computers, the printer, the TVs, the surround sound speakers, my fairly new rex speaker, the component stereo, the Playstation, the Wii, the telephone, the DVD player – all are dead.

All my electronics fried, even though they were plugged into surge protectors. I guess the lightning was too big of a surge for them to work. I don’t know what else I could have done to protect my electronics other than completely unplugging them from the wall every night before bed. Who wants to do that every night?

Now Darlene Has Started A Blog

There seems to be a pattern here lately! As well as my other two friends, my friend, (a former co worker) Darlene, started a blog recently, and asked me what I think she should use for software. I told her to get a WordPress blog, since they are the best, in my opinion. She almost spent money on a type-pad blog, but decided against it after I showed her how cool my blog was.

If her blog is anything like she is in real life, it will be worth reading over and over again, and I am looking forward to reading her thoughts on her blog – as should you at DarleneMackenzie.com.

Monica Now Has Her Own Blog Too

Monica, my neighbor, recently launched her WordPress blog and has been posting on it ever since seeing mine. She has so many great stories to tell whenever we get together, so I know her blog will be worth reading time and time again.

If you have a friend that always entertains and makes jokes and is always in good mood, Monica is like that person. Always outgoing and witty, she is sure to brighten anyone’s day with her charm and passion for life.

Marilyn Is Getting Started

Another friend of mine, named Marilyn Mueller, has joined the band wagon (or should I say, blog wagon) and started up a blog about her life and thoughts. I am always excited to find other people I know blogging, it is like a connection we then share.

I am glad to read and hear and sometimes see what other people have to say about what is important to them. She has some great tips for bloggers on her blog, so anyone interested in making your blog a little better should check out her SEO posts.

Lori McKenna – Worth a Listen

This woman is such an inspiration. She is a talented songwriter and singer, and has an album out called, “Unglamourous.” The title song has a video out that is such a sweet nostalgic trip back to a typical middle class childhood. She sings about how plain their life was but also how good it was. To think that Lori McKenna raised five kids and kept a home in Boston, looks great, and still found time to launch a recording career is just awesome.

Lori is on tour with Trisha Yearwood this year. If you have a chance to catch their concert, I think you will be as impressed as I was.