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"kathleen birkenshaw" Discussed on Charlotte Readers Podcast

Charlotte Readers Podcast

07:22 min | 4 months ago

"kathleen birkenshaw" Discussed on Charlotte Readers Podcast

"Yes and if you look further down the line from five years the first five years there was a lot more people that would end up dying As a result from it so it wiped out so quickly on you figure in an instant. Eighty thousand people and very few personnel or locations. Were involved in that Disaster all right so on that sobering. Not we're going to take a short break here and then when we come back. We're going to dive in some of the culture. We're gonna talk about the day of the bombing. Renew the ryan life segment. And we got one eight. So hey. Please stay with us listeners. Thank you listeners. I like to share some information with you. bet four more important players are literally community and They're also supporters of the podcast spark publications charlotte charlotte writer's club and north carolina. Riders network sparked provocations is one of the early supporters and they have been sending may some wonderful authors some well-designed books they are an award. 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They server fourteen hundred members in the northland beyond and all genres and all levels of experience with all manner published credits to find out more about the northbound rights network. check out in see writers dot for as a writer and a reader. I have benefited from participating in all three of these writing organizations. Sean club charlotte lit and north on riders network. Spent a great experience for me. I also enjoy collaborating with spark obligations meeting Interviewing your authors and looking for work if you'd like to check out what each of these sports has the offer Good our show notes. Scroll the bottom. And you'll find information about each one links and also the promo code listeners. I'm back with kathleen birkenshaw. She's the author of the last cherry blossom. It's a it's a young adult novel for children who are trying to understand the horror of the What happened in august of nineteen forty-five when the bomb dropped on hiroshima and got a little rating that gets into some of the culture Kathleen say to set up this reading. This takes place where they had. These events called shohei potties and they were basically whenever someone was conscripted untold to fight for the emperor. They would have a little get together so people could go on to say provided now. I wish them luck as well as Be able to take them off to the training kind of being with them all of that so it was a quite often of a response. That happened in her count and she lived in at her. Papa actually had some extra money in a used as extra rations so that he could then help them. Have those parties to celebrate could send the men oft An interesting i'd like to say about that is a lot of times for the young men. They didn't always want to go They were they sometimes. Were a threatened that something would happen to their parents. If they didn't go on they also did not choose to sign up to do the kamikaze bombing as They like to show in a lot of movies. A lot of that is they. Were very scared. Young boys who were told to do with needed to do and sometimes to protect their family and the military was very me to their own people in japan as well so So before you start. I'm just curious but one thing because there was this deification of the emperor in japan that He was like a god that he didn't speak publicly. That maybe the first time they heard and speak was after the bomb drop. Oh so what was your mother's understanding of the emperor of before and after. He was shaimaa well before she believed like everybody else did that. He was a deputy and you know the the reverence that they had for him that could look upon his picture when they had the school assemblies in the morning and then she said she was just very confused when after the war. They said that wasn't true anymore. He was just a man and he the emperor but he wouldn't. You wasn't what they originally ought and she didn't quite get that because it was very hard to go from what you've been taught for twelve years then all of a sudden updates so that's not true anymore and she said it just made her out of other things in her childhood of what they would talk about the war and that's what she started to find out more about what was really happening in why men signed up to go to war and how some of them had to leave and i think for her. It was just kind of a a discover that she didn't expect to make into it really kind of shook her because she didn't know who to believe or what to believe. Afterwards i think it really set hurts beyond the fence and they really fight for something that was worth it. Okay well let's let's if you would read this little section and we'll talk about it as we approached the are. I noticed a photographer taking a picture of what is on her son. Judo under the shade. Of the gingko tree i had learned at the first show hit heidi. I'd attended that this last family portrait was taken in case. The sun die while fighting for japan. Doodo sam looks much older in his army uniform that he did when he was a mechanic. Covered in grease stains. You define actually looks quite handsome. Might chico set..

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"kathleen birkenshaw" Discussed on Charlotte Readers Podcast

Charlotte Readers Podcast

07:24 min | 4 months ago

"kathleen birkenshaw" Discussed on Charlotte Readers Podcast

"Vinny and miracle on thirty fourth street. And i write stories and i love books. I love dogs and love beaches and mountains and flos fishing sports in reading and more and i'm excited about today's episode. So let's get to today's episode. We meet award winning charlotte ryder kathleen birkenshaw author of the last cherry blossom. A particular element book in the seventy fifth year from when the atomic bomb was dropped on hiroshima on august. Sixth nineteen forty five. This is a story that offers young readers insight into the japanese culture matt set and daylight during world war two before the atomic bomb was dropped is based on. Kathleen's mothers firsthand experiences that he was shame survivor and hopes to warn readers of the immense damage nuclear war and bring or reminding us that the enemy in war is often not so different from ourselves in two thousand. Eighteen book route named the book. One of thirty fascinating historical fiction books for middle school readers. Kathleen starts the show at the reading. From the first chapter of the book where air raids are becoming a regular occurrence for the young protagonist and her classmates as the allies close in chapter one imperial japanese army continues successful attacks against china show in nineteen august. Twenty four thursday edition. Get under your desk now. Yokota sense they shouted above the lonesome wail the air raid siren. The teacher's voice did not waver as she barked this command her lips were in a thin line in her hand has like tremor as she pointed toward the floor with stomach. Lurch hear my heart. You my temples. My legs wobble as if made of cooked rahman i was torn between wanting sensitive to review in great microseconds second project and wanted to run for cover. I froze that. Need you to yucca. Moodysson say nudge my elbow to be away from your desk in back my own. The familiar home of the b. San's what we call the american b twenty nine little overhead thunder might ears the engines. Were so loud that the floor vibrated under my feet. I covered my ears scurry beneath by desk. I pull my knees up to my chin. I stretched my uniform skirt down over my ankles. Wrap my arms around my knees clasping. My hands to get your. It's sirens blared at least twice a day. Now you would think. I would have been used to them but my pulse still wrist. Whenever the eerie siren sounded followed by the rumbling. On the beeson. In every time i worry will we actually get bombed. What are the school collapses. Will this task actually protect me. Is my papacy find him. If a bomb hits us is much icho scare designer classroom down the hall. Why do i always have to bathroom when i nervous. Hey listeners before we dive into the interview here. I'd like to thank you for taking some your valuable time to listen to this episode today. Really appreciate it. 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But you know that my free books and the christmas courtroom trilogy or now on audio books and you can find all three wherever you like to get your audio books and also libro dot fm. I'm really excited. About the fact. That i connected with an actor in la who is the narrator for this series. His name is Bill a jones best known for his role as rod remington from the fox. Tv's glee there's also appeared in a number of other Shows days of our lives. The king of queens the drew carey show and much much more. Really funny guy. And he's He's single as well. He does justice to the series. This across to my cousin vinny miracle thirty four straight. You can listen to all three audiobooks. Wherever you like to get you audio books or you can get the i e book for free by signing up for our email list or pretty much on any retail site now and the other two books to listen to audio book. Get those two for the price of one if you join labor dot fm with that promo code charlotte reader. All one work. That said i've got a little bit more about the author. And then the interview more ratings and the writing life segment. So hope you enjoyed sean author. Kathleen show japanese american in the door of a hero. Shimmer survivor is ward winning book. Last cherry blossom distributed by simon schuster scholastic as united nations for disarmament affairs resource for teachers and students. Kathleen enjoy templates. Your career in healthcare management unfortunately cut short by the onset of complex regional pain syndrome riding gifts her now that for a daily struggle with chronic pain and writing historical fiction satisfy sir excessive love of researching anything and everything. She's presented. Her mother experienced shame with united. Nations teaches conferences as well as metal haskell's for the past nine years. She's wife mom and owner of a dog thinks she's kitchen ninja kathleen. Welcome to the show. Thank you for having me. It's so nice to be here and that kitchen ninja. It's been coming out of the kitchen. Hoist record here right if she didn't have the jingling. Colorado should be much better at it. Well congratulations on your book and also this You know that we're going to talk about the united nations connection and everything that goes with it. Thank you thank you very much. This is the story of the bombing of. Here's shame told from the perspective of a young girl and Your mother was a a young twelve year old girl. Living here. shamo in the bomb was dropped on august. Six nineteen forty five. And i wanna talk about that before you do. I wanna talk about how you came to write this book because you focus on this and afterward of the book in evolve your daughter's involvement Who's now twenty three years old. When she was in seventh grade. Something happened that caused you to kind of start moving the story forward right yes Well she came home from school that day and she was really upset. She said we just finished the last chapter about world war two and i overheard some kids talking about that really cool mushroom cloud picture and she said jeez you go in and talk to them about people who were under those clouds like grandma and that really was the first time that i approached my mom so i could talk about it in public because i never done that before. She had always kept very close to.

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"kathleen birkenshaw" Discussed on Charlotte Readers Podcast

Charlotte Readers Podcast

05:59 min | 6 months ago

"kathleen birkenshaw" Discussed on Charlotte Readers Podcast

"Subscribing to our newsletter our email, which is on the website We we. We're not going to spam you that takes too much time as I said but every couple of weeks YOU'LL GET A. Newsletter that gives you a lot of of what's coming both on the season seven and on the under the cover show Also, we're GONNA, put it out on social media, but just briefly, let me just let me just tell you his come because I'm excited about the slot up as I said Danny Ruma pal stores, today September. The eighth we have John Russell He's a novelist whose recent work is. called all the right circles. September fifteenth mcclanahan Talks about her new book in the key of New York City a memoir and S. And then I'll September twenty second we have Kevin Winchester and his novel Sunflower Dog. Ona September the twenty ninth we have Gail Peck Gail is The, two thousand twenty Irene Blair Honeycutt Lifetime Award winner and she's going to be talking about her. Journey and poetry and reading her poetry. they don't October the sex we have. Joe Mills, and his book bleachers, which are fifty four connected works of fiction. On October thirteenth lay madeline and her novel homemaking. October Twentieth Heather Bell Adams and her novel the Good Luck Stone and then we have on October the twenty seven dixie gambling her more which airs. Never Third Charlie love it with his latest novel. Dreamland. Never a tenth the Kathleen Birkenshaw. In her novel the last Cherry. Blossom. I'll never seventeenth. We have Anthony Abbot he has a two thousand twenty inductee into the Carolina Literary Hall of Fame We talking about his literally life and having read some of his poetry. Number Twenty four we have joy calloway and her books, the Fifth Avenue Art Society and Secrets Sisters. and if the final episode of season seven on December. First, we have to poets Christopher Davis with his book oath and Allison Hovercraft, with her book swail. So. Sad is is a great group of authors with that season seven. Also, the Friday releases under the cover should be a great great fall on the shores podcast. Look forward to having you listened to the podcast and so. Anything further let's jump into today's episode with Danny Romance Powell author of in the Sun Room with Raymond carver and other books and Publications Susan. Levinson author of wave is if you can see, me says Danny Powell's poems are inciteful and smart and her gift for the perfect metaphor continues to fill effortless natural. She finds humor in some of the bumps life amply provides. So even poems dealing with difficult moments and tough issues leave the raider feeling uplifted. Patricia Hooper author of while persistence calls the book of Treasure, and Joseph Dante North. Carolina. Poet laureate the thirteenth Sunday after pentecost. Says in the Sun Room with Raymond. Carver underscores Danny roaming Powell's abiding reputation as a poet of breathtaking candor and precision. The consummate crass woman who painstakingly parcels into words as if sifting for gold. Danny start to show with the reading of the tunnel piece in the book in the sunroom with Raymond carver. In, the sunroom with Raymond Carver? Tober. Here in my bright sun, room you Raymond carver granting your cap and sweater like those of the young boys in the happiness. Years Thing Ray may I call you may? Alive you are older than I. Dad However, you're only fifty, and now unbelievably I have a son, your age a son I might add who drinks night in day. I have a question she awry go ahead prop your feet on the coffee table. That's fine. In your about Christine, you said, daughter you can't drink. You said it will kill you lock it did your mother and me. Did. She Listen Ray did she stop? Alcohol is killing my son to. He doesn't listen he keeps right on. So. Here's a real question. Haven't you managed to grab it happiness ray even while Christine drank her life away. In the point for tests you said that at times you felt so happy you had to quit fishing. You said how you lay on the bank with your eyes closed listening to the sound the water made and to win in the top. So the trees. That's a lot of happy ray. I want that to. I'm older now than you and before I die I want to feel the wind in my hair. I want to feel it down to the roots. I want to wrap my arms around the world and seeing. That the words get stuck in my throat ray get stopped. And all that comes out is his name. Listeners before we dive into the interview here, I'd like to thank you for taking. Some your valuable time to listen to this episode today. Really appreciate. It also.

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"kathleen birkenshaw" Discussed on Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast

Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast

05:31 min | 7 months ago

"kathleen birkenshaw" Discussed on Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast

"This should be working toward peace if everyone could understand that in come forward with that and I think we have a good chance but otherwise, we'll just repeat the same mistakes and we've done that in some instances in other ways so. As you say that I'm thinking of the families separated at our southern border, the kids in cages I mean all that's not a was not a war, but it's almost kind of being talked as an invasion right and and so there's there are parallels here that. I think some of the news media have been trying to put the human face, the family's. Not Spin, but but framing on on this issue right and and I think it is important that we see this impacting real people, rural children, real moms, and dads like how would you be thinking feeling? You know if this was this was happening to you and your family so that? Timeless message it's. It's something that always needs to be put out there I think the first. Trick is to dehumanize the opponent the adversary. So. It doesn't register whether it's slave enslaving them or you know genocide or what have you so thank you so much for for taking the time to get your mom to talk about this. Unsure. It was very healing for her before she passed away and for now putting it into this book if People WanNa, get this book. Yes, any any way that they can do that and do you have a website? They can they follow kind of your speech what have you in maybe if you're going to be speaking I, don't know in person virtually in their area that they could find out about these things. Absolutely, I have a website it's www dot kathleen birkenshaw dot com. Also. They'll be linked to my blog post, which also discussed when I'm doing various events Also, if you WANNA purchase my book, it's wherever books are sold right now the hard copy is sold out. So they have the better they are right now and yes and You can also order preorder the paperback which is coming out at August twenty fifth that will be available and what about teachers Teachers out there I'm sure there are who are in our listenership. They're they're now wanting to use this book in a classroom setting. Off. They're also curricular materials that go along with it or is this kind of center? I do have a discussion guide and there are ways that people have used it for language arts as well as social studies. As well, from other schools and you can also get the book through scholastic as well through their we need diverse books club and trying to think. So if they want to go to the website and there's also information about the events, my virtual visits, how those can be set up and to kind of go from there. So. I hope that they'll enjoy if they do pick up the ball. I'm sure that they will thank you again for who you are and what you're doing. Definitely, want to see you get healthier and. You know more Mobile I. Think you shown so much courage and Just, I think brilliants in in doing what you've done in making your mom story. So so accessible to so many people and I share your Ardour to see peacemaking as as definitely an obsession of everybody on this planet. Nobody nobody benefits from war. factly. Exactly. Thank you so very much for your kind words. Thank you. You're welcome and again folks My guess has been Kathleen Birkenshaw and She has written this book that I think a lot of us. Now are GonNa WanNa, get into read and to pass along, and again I want to encourage those in a in a classroom situation This is A. A way to tell this terrible chapter of our our history in a way that I think especially younger people will be able to identify with why this is horrific and should never happen again it's it's horrible that it happened at all but you know, let's let's learn from this and I hope that there are many more trees planted around the world. With little plaques, you know explaining that some things have survived just like your mom and lived to tell the story of learn from our pain learn from our suffering. This should not happen to anybody else. Absolutely absolutely. Well. Thank you again. Kathleen and look forward to seeing the paperback copy of your become out so that even more people can get it. Yes. Thank you. Yes and the United Nations has named it a education resource for teachers and students as well. So. We'll thanks for just inserting that at the very end that that's a great honor. Good for you. All right. Yeah and you you stay safe and rest up and Hopefully, we'll meet in person someday. I would love that. Thank you so very much for all that you do and to get the information for all Asian Americans. Thank you. Oh, you're welcome..

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"kathleen birkenshaw" Discussed on Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast

Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast

08:04 min | 7 months ago

"kathleen birkenshaw" Discussed on Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast

"It. And then it goes and then it turns itself off. And You know we've been using this now for live in Jersey and now for like three or four times of watering. And I literally have forgotten that I did that but. Why is like magic? It doesn't require me remember it just turns itself off, and so I'm thinking Oh. My Gosh, you know how come I didn't think of this sooner and easy to yourself up, but it's like For less than twenty bucks. You know we. Are I, get control of this thing that has to happen watering the vegetable garden. And it's it's not gonNA. See our water bills like skyrocket because of me forgetting in spite of my best intentions. So I don't know if there's anything like that in your life where. You persist in doing it the same way you've done a long time but. Even though maybe you did it. Okay. Fine in the past for whatever reason it's not working out. Fine. Sometimes it's better to think about find another solution that will actually. Remove the problem eliminate it and. You know sometimes, it is simple as as finding little timer Doo. Hickey that you stick between the Faucet in your hose. Other Times it's it's much more complicated, but you know it's easy to get stuck in our ways and even an especially when some of those old ways are causing problems now and again We shouldn't just keep doing it the same old way. Always I. Don't think so and and off to be honest with you I mean part part of me was feeling very prideful. It's like, no, I'm not I'm not losing it. You know I I don't need to have any gadget I I should be able to do this, and now that I've got this gadget a man like how come I didn't do this sooner. So. Anyway this this should be the this next water bills should be the last gigantic one. and. From this earth from this point forward. s just something I don't have to worry about anymore just remember to turn on the time her because they won't turn on itself. I, didn't I didn't WanNA spend the money for one that would turn on itself. I just needed the turn itself off. And I am so grateful to be married to someone. me. For my mistakes. That's that's worth. More than anything money or otherwise and You know just just really really grateful that she has that kind of temperate. Well. It's a time for us to. Get into this conversation that I had recently with Kathleen Birkenshaw. Talk About having to deal with real problems. It's not about water bills. About your whole world. Blowing up and catching on fire. So I. I know you really enjoy this conversation. Oh. It is. The seventy fifth and I hate using this word anniversary of the first week of August of the dropping of two atomic bombs at the end of the war against Japan in world. War. Two and I was contacted recently by one of our podcast listeners who actually wrote a book called the last Cherry Blossom, which is all about it's kind of a fictionalized historical account. If I understand this correctly of of your mother's own experience of being one of the Hibachi, one of the survivors of the atomic bomb but I just want to welcome you Kathleen. Burke Shaw to Birkenshaw gives me to to our podcast because This is a subject that I think we need to talk about just so that this never happens again. So welcome so much to the podcast Paul. Thank you so much Kenneth. Thank you for having me on I'm really excited to talk with you after listening to your podcasts. It's very nice to meet you this way. Well, you know we encourage a very non-asian thing very non-japanese thing which is ask for people to actually take initiative and promote themselves and the things that they do so. Long been paying attention to you know what happened there? Now seventy five years ago and I've even gone to a lecturer of another Hibakusha years ago, but I'm just really fascinated to talk to you about your mom's own experience. So. When are you kind of tell us? In a way of introducing yourself how you came to write this book. kind of finding out about your mom's own story. Sure sure. Well, the book journey really started about ten years ago when my own daughter was in seventh grade and she had come home from school very upset she had said that they just finished the World War Two section an-and she overheard some kids talking about that really cool mushroom cloud picture and she asked if I would go in and talk to them about the people who were under that cloud like her grandmother and I remember going to call my mom because I. needed to ask permission I had never spoken publicly about what she went through. The interesting thing is too is that I didn't even know she was from until I was eleven years old who really Yeah. She always said she was from Tokyo and the only reason I think I found out that years because it was the beginning of August and she had horrible nightmares and she always wake up screaming and I remember that the summer before it was around the same time and I kept asking why was that in? That's when she finally said that she was actually born in the Shema but she lost her family and her home in. At the atomic bombing and she said I can't really talk about it. It's too painful and then she said, please don't tell anyone so. So nothing was said for a long time I remember she still didn't talk about it until I was in high school and I read the book by John Hersey you Shema and that was the first time. I got any inkling of what she might have lived through and I remember just being horrified in in coming out of my room when I was reading it and asking her you know is this what it was like and she just said that it was hell she didn't WanNa talk about it in don't tell your teacher because I really I'm not able to talk about it to the class. So. She really didn't express too much of what happened until I was around thirty I got very ill and I was in the hospital for over a month and so when I came home I needed help take care of myself taking care of my daughter who was four then while my husband worked during the day. So my parents came and my mom would talk a lot about her childhood but then she slowly started to talk about what happened on August six and the days that followed and that was really the first time that she shared that with me. I don't think she may have shared that with me had I not gone ill. I had been diagnosed fire neurological disease, which is Kinda based from some of the radiation exposure that she had for being in the bombing was wondering. If there was a yeah. Yes. Yes. Sadly..

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"kathleen birkenshaw" Discussed on Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast

Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast

09:16 min | 7 months ago

"kathleen birkenshaw" Discussed on Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast

"Greetings everyone. This is Asian America Again Tong podcast and I'm your host Ken phone. Welcome back to the pod, and this is episode number two, hundred and fifty, four our guest. This first week in August is Kathleen Birkenshaw Kathleen. Happens to be inhabited listener to our podcast, and so already she scored big points. But when she reached out a couple of weeks ago, she said would you know her particular life story. May Have. Extra special significance for the first week in August turns out that. This first week is. The I hate calling Culligan Anniversary marked seventy five years since America dropped the first of two atomic bombs in Japan, I on here or Shema, and then on Nagasaki. and. Kathleen is actually the daughter of someone who was twelve years old in here Shema when that first atomic bomb dropped and she is what is known as he box Ya. Which means that she is a survivor of that terrible Holocaust. That was caused by the dropping of this atomic bomb. So Very. Fascinated and she had. Published several years ago a fictionalized history based on her mom's story that is used at various schools of starting from middle school all the way up to college, and so I definitely was very, very keen on getting her onto the pod and so that. At this particular time in history that we can remember. What was what was? Done. during this. War The end of world, War Two and I think it's important as we hit this marker to to reflect a little bit deeply about just how terrible war is and certainly weapons of war and to able to see this through the lens of not only Kathleen. Mom. But the impact it's had on captain's life including her physical health today I. Think. All very, very important reasons for her to be our guest this week. So after my introduction, I knew you really really going to be fascinated with her story. We hear in ceremony A had years and years of drought and So you know there's there's always been extra special attention paid to how often we water and certainly our water bills. Well, on the last couple of years We actually had a lot of rain and a lot of snow pack in in the mountains north of us, and so kind of drought restriction came off and yet you know it still weren't selling California it's a desert You know we have to be mindful of this now we have. A fairly sizable property I mean it's not fancy, but it sizable it's it's almost one hundred feet wide by one hundred, fifty feet deep, and especially since I retired, I'm the one that's kind of patrolling. All of this square footage. To eradicate. Fill bare spots and to. Plant new things and take out dead things and so on and so forth. Well, several years ago my wife had asked me to install a raised garden at the very back part of our property and This is not visible. From the House you because we we have this refurbished used to be a woodshed, and now it's kind of a studio about five hundred square foot studio so. Things that have been planted back there. Easily are ignored and die because. They. They just don't get enough water. Well so you know last year. Miniature go at planting some vegetables and. Nothing really exciting to share and so this year as spring run I just decided to ignore it. You know I'm not GonNa do anything again enough to do and apparently some of the seeds. That it's build out of some of the Japanese pumpkins these culture. They planted themselves in the soil and so as they started to sprout and grow I felt obligated to I actually have to water them now. and. So several plants in particular are doing really well, I mean some of the vines. Probably about ten twelve feet long now and. We're starting to see some of those Japanese Pumpkins. Here's. The problem. I'm a multitasker when I'm out doing yard work. There for several hours, picking up dog poop Hunt and watering the potted plants and pruning and all myriad kind of things and so I'll turn on the water back there and I just have to make a mental note to make sure to go back and turn it off. And a couple of weeks ago. I turned on the water in a win about doing other things and as I was puttering around the various parts of the yard, I would think of some other projects now I start to. Get very focused on that. And I completely forgot that my water still on. And so several hours later as I was going outside I mean son had already said, it was dark I was going outside with the dogs I think for for them to relieve themselves before they come in for the. So this is like ten, ten, thirty I heard this. Kind of hissing sound. Like What that noises and could be our neighbor's pool whatever enough say, Oh, crap of the water still. So I went back there and they turned it off. And you know almost kind of reverted back to small kids. Don't tell mom. Don't tell that. You know just feeling really stupid but it completely. Just dropped out of my consciousness. But. This is not something that a you're literally this is not something you're literally going to have you're going to have to pay for. I when the water bill comes, you're going to see like what's going on and my wife pays those utility bills. So I decided to let her know the next morning because she had already gone to bed and I said, oh brace yourself for the next water bill because I left the. Hose, running back in our raised guard in there and it was on for several hours and so as just. Now to the major credit of this saint I'm married to. She doesn't hardly ever like we just celebrated thirty nine years of marriage. He she ever. Blows her stack aunt. She she's She counts the pennies and as she pinches them, you know and we're retired so but anyway. I apologized and she didn't blame me and As expected. The water bill This past month was several. Well, let's just say. It was big. Okay and as she paid it you know she she's at Oh you know the water bills and she didn't say and that's because you left the water running she just said just just so you know right so it's like okay. I wish I could take back but I can't. Right. So earlier, this week. I noticed that. The chaplains back there needed some water. So I turned on, turned on the hose and one about all my chores. and. Once. Again, completely got distracted. Forgot to turn it off and. This time I found. I. Heard that sound the next morning as as I was. Out Watering. Grass seedlings. and. I'm like, Oh my God who was on all night. And you know again I I, my wife, we haven't got the bill for that yet So finally. I said I I've got to do something that's not GonNa require me to remember to turn off the water after I turned it on because it's just too big of a property and I've I've got bazillion things going on and yeah I'm sixty five and a half so. You know the gray matter is slowly deteriorating. So I searched on Amazon and I found this probably less than twenty dollars little faucet. Timer. Requires. No battery no electricity, and you basically said it like a a timer that you do on your stove just by turning the dial and I said it for like twelve minutes..

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