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Posts from Home in Potsdam, NY

Pi Day "Dinner"

After last week's spring cleaning winter set in again. Tuesday night into Wednesday morning dropped just over a foot of snow and bought us a school snow day.

Our old friend, Regina Haag, came for a visit on Sunday and managed to get out before the snow started on Tuesday. When we lived in Glens Falls, we got together frequently, along with her husband, Dennis, and son, Andy. Then we moved north, and they have since moved south, to Old Chatham, NY. We'll take a turn to travel and make a trip down there for a day or two in April, during the school's "spring break" week.

Between things, I managed...

Mar 17, 2018

Spring Cleaning

It's been a spring cleaning week, even though we've had snow nearly every day. (Here in the far reaches of northern New York, it's not been the kind of snow that has made the news. Just a couple inches of wet slushy mess.)

So vacuuming, laundry, making runs to the bottle return, scrubbing down counter-tops, dusting all the horizontal surfaces. We would have used the wet mop, except that the mop head needed replacing and they change the mops every year or so in order to make sure the new mop heads will not work on the old mop poles; the replacement mop head we had on hand was useless, so we'll ...

Mar 10, 2018

Rarified Air

On Tuesday I got an invitation to become a contributor to the Beans Wordpress Theme project. A mentor and friend, Tonya Mork, is one of the project leads, asked if I'd be interested. In spite of the odd name, Beans is something that has been on my list of things to look into. The invitation gave me the excuse I needed to do it, and to put another notch in my website development belt at the same time.

When I got the invitation to join the project I thought there would be a large crew working on the project. It turns out there are only 5 other contributors, all of whom are people I have looked u...

Mar 03, 2018

Break Week

This week was "Winter Break Week". School was out. It was also the first full week of Lent, which for pastors means additional mid-week church happenings. So, while several of the kid's friends were off on week-long vacations -- warmer places like the Dominican Republic -- we remained close to home.

On Monday, the one day when neither Brooke or I had to be in town, we took a day trip to Syracuse. We left mid morning and got into town in time for lunch at the Dinosaur Barbeque. Then Wegman's. And for the afternoon we caught the 3:15 showing of The Black Panther on the IMAX screen.

Black Panther...

Feb 24, 2018

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