Putting a light bulb on the water pump

SwampWoman writes at Red Nation

The temperature is plummeting in Florida, which has already caused a state of emergency for the people that supply fresh fruits and vegetables to the nation. Even though the temperature here in NE Florida is still 39 degrees at 4 p.m., the wind chill is in the 20s.I asked SwampMan while we were in town if we needed to get light bulbs for the pump houses (two). He assured me that he had a plentiful supply of incandescent bulbs that should provide enough heat to keep the pumps from freezing. Shortly after we arrived home, he stuck his head in the office door and asked what I had done with his light bulbs.


“My light bulbs are gone. What did you do with them?”

I use the screw-in type of fluorescent bulbs throughout the house in lamps, closets, outside lighting on the porch, and even in the barn because I’m too lazy to drag out the ladder and change light bulbs every few months they’re more energy efficient.

“I don’t even go into your shop. It is nasty with (shudder) large bugs in there. Ewwwww.”

“Well, SOMEBODY took the lightbulbs AND the trouble lights I used to put on the pumps.” This was said with a dark accusatory look at me, as though I had sold his lamps and bulbs on E-bay when he wasn’t looking (not a bad idea, come to think of it).

Well, at least I can still go to town and get some incandescent light bulbs to keep the pumps from freezing tonight. Since our elected village idiots officials have made various incandescent bulbs illegal over the next few years, I suppose then I’ll have to put a politician in the pump houses to keep the pumps from freezing. I’m not sure I have enough composting space for the bullsh** that would accumulate, though.

7 Responses

  1. She do have a way with words.

  2. don’t she tho’

  3. Some how, I don’t think this girl will be on IowaHawks Hoosegow Honies.

  4. Uhhh…..hmmmm…..shouldn’t that be a light bulb, and not bulp?

  5. Huh? Oh. 😳

  6. Did I do that? After I posted the story at Red Nation, I had to abandon the office and computer because it was just too cold, and I didn’t want to start a fire in the fireplace and accidentally ignite the pecan tree that has huge branches over the roof and then try to explain that to the insurance company.

    It is 1 p.m. and the temperature STILL has not gotten up to 40 degrees. I’m going to have to put on my arctic gear (find a real jacket) and go do the feeding. I hope my plants made it through the night. I’m skeered to look.

  7. Dangit, how am I going back and forth from SwampWoman to Swampie?

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