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Happy Va-LENT-ines

Wednesday, Valentines Day, my mother called to remind me that she'd ordered us bagels from the bagel shop down the street. These, in lieu of the traditional box of sugar cookies that usually comes a day or two before minor holidays. We're not complaining. The bagel shop makes great bagels, and they came with two different flavors of cream cheese spread. In all, we made out like bandits. Of course, we've been eating them every morning since, and they're gone. So it was glorious, but short lived. Thanks, mom!

Wednesday was also Ash Wednesday. It's the first time I remember the two coinciding. Fo...

Feb 17, 2018

Reading Lists

My picture was in the paper this week. Since the beginning of the year, I've been getting out more.

When I'm not out more, I've been reading more. This week I read Orwell's 1984. It's been on my list for more than a year, but it's never on the shelf at the library. Somehow or another I got to pick a few free books on the Kindle app and 1984 was one of the options. So I even got to read it for free. The irony is having read it on the Kindle, so Amazon knows what I've been reading. Orwell predicted Big Brother. What we got instead is Big Data.

I'm not worried about Amazon having a record of what...

Feb 10, 2018

Odds and Ends

We missed the super blue eclypse on Wednesday night. I wanted to see it, but somehow got the days of the week mixed up and thought it was Thursday night. People started posting pictures of it on Thursday morning. Oh well.

Last Saturday afternoon, though, we went to the Colton church where they were having a chili and corn bread lunch to celebrate Colton's Winterfest. Along with the chili they had a "white elephant" sale -- 5 or 6 tables of old junk you could pick through and leave a donation for it on your way out. I found an old gyroscope! I hadn't seen one of them in years. I had one when I ...

Feb 03, 2018

Taking Care of Business

I told Brooke earlier this month: "This year is the year I'm going to start making the big bucks." She laughed. It's ok. Knowing me, it's kinda funny.

For years I've had this business doing websites. iCaspar Web Development. It started out as Town Fool Web Design, but Town Fool didn't exactly inspire confidence in potential customers. (It's not as bad as it could have been. I once met another guy who was also in the website business who had somehow named his business Trailer Trash Media.)

I've done many kinds of website work. Always more or less part time. Sometimes behind the scenes for other...

Jan 27, 2018

New Year, New Books

Over the Christmas - New Year break I had a lot of time to kill, and I spent a lot of it reading. After break finished I've managed to continue sneaking in reading time. We'll see how long it lasts.

Last week the kid and I started reading together. I've got a list of books to choose from. He picks. We started The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy on Monday. I'd forgotten how entertaining the book was. We read a couple or three chapters per night, each on our own (he has a paper copy checked out of the library, and I downloaded it on the Kindle app) but at the same time.

I started a new book lis...

Jan 20, 2018

First Look at High School

It's been a weather rollercoaster this week. Starting off on Sunday with temperatures at 20 below (°F), climbing to 58° on Thursday, and Friday night dropping back to single digits. The snow that had accumulated to between a foot and 2 feet, depending on where you were standing, had nearly all melted down to bare grass, and overnight has been replaced to nearly 6 inches with no signs of slowing down now on Saturday morning.

Still, digging out from a few inches of snow is not as bad as digging out from a few feet of mud and rock.

On Thursday evening we went to the middle school for a presentati...

Jan 13, 2018

Hell Has Frozen Over

Folks have been calling this week to ask about how cold it is. Well, it's cold. We started the New Year with sub-zero (°F) temps, and got up into the mid 20s mid week. This weekend we're back to sub-zero. As highs.

Whoever designed our kitchen put the dishwasher on an exterior wall with no insullation. In this kind of cold, we discovered that to get it started I needed to remove the front kick-panel and us a hair dryer to blow on the pipes for 10 minutes whenever it's time to run it. We've started referring affectionately to the hair dryer as "the jumper cables".

Friday was also a snow day for...

Jan 06, 2018

Last Thoughts, 2017

Between Christmas and New Years it's been a quiet week. Almost too quiet.

Or, to put it another way, I noticed that I'm not very good at taking time off. When I'm doing nothing in particular around the house I have a constant restless feeling that I should be doing something else. Even though there is nothing at the moment that needs to be done. I have constant thoughts of "I should be getting a jump on things that will be coming up in the new year" running through my head. And, while there may be a few things I could "get a jump on", they're trivial.

That's left me with lots of time to rumina...

Dec 30, 2017

Christmas Amaryllis

My mother sent us an Amaryllis for Christmas. It arrived a little over a week ago. Over the course of this week it's started to open. I took a picture of it every day. Enjoy. Merry Christmas.

Amaryllis, Day 1

Amaryllis, Day 2

Amaryllis, Day 3

Amaryllis, Day 4

Amaryllis, Day 5

Amaryllis, Day 6

Dec 23, 2017

Pressure Guages and Wobble Chairs

We had our first real cold snap of the winter this week. Tuesday night temperatures fell to around 0°F. Wednesday and Thursday the highest I saw the bank thermometer across the street go was 14°. Then on Friday, we got what felt like a heat wave with temperatures back into the low 20s.

The cold caused the tire pressure indicators to come on in both cars. One tire on Brooke's car that I think had probably been on the low side to start with actually did lose most of it's pressure. By the time I got over to the gas station with it to put air in, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) had gon...

Dec 16, 2017