My family in Kansas is very colorful. They tend to live for ever and have way too much free time on their hands. This is not a good combination. Apparently my 94 year old Avon Lady grandmother went to visit her sister (my great-aunt) in the nursing home over Easter. Keep in mind that my great-aunt has Alzheimer's and my grandmother doesn't think that is a real disease. She thinks that my great-aunt is being difficult when she can't remember and that she just needs to stop it. My great-aunt, who is the calmer of the two, tried to bash my grandmother with her cane. Again. Apparently this has happened before. My grandmother also walks with a cane now, so I am sure that one of these days there will be a cane fight in the old folks home. This time it just turned into a shouting match (again) that the staff had to break up before it was necessary to break out the fire hoses or tear gas. I don't know if every retirement home has bouncers, but that one probably has some on duty just for my family.
For Christmas my wife gave me a Netatmo weather station because I am a home weather station nerd. The Netatmo is very cool, but it has an unexpected feature: it measures indoor Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels. As soon as I set it up, the Netatmo began to alert that our indoor CO2 was at an unsafe level. The notes said that outdoor CO2 is usually around 400 ppm, and numbers above 1500 ppm could be unhealthy. On that first day, my house was at around 1300 ppm. Prior to that, I never gave indoor CO2 levels a thought. I began to do some research and discovered high levels of CO2 can cause symptoms such as fatigue, headache, breathing difficulties, strained eyes and itchy skin. My family does have all of these issues, especially on the weekends when we are home all day, but I never connected that to indoor air quality. Previously, I installed a Nest thermostat . The Nest is very smart and saves energy by learning your habits and programming itself. Unfortunately, it is so efficient, that t