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Monday, August 28, 2017


Charlie and I arrived in Seattle around 12:15 and were out the door with luggage in tow to find Charlie's dad right there waiting... At that hour, no airport cops were there to push him off. At his house we were greeted by the two cats living there now. One of them is the last of the herd we once had in Olympia, who knows us both, and is very nearly as old as Embers. As soon as he realized we were not folk who are normally around--he fled to a safe place. The other is Gemma, Marika's rescue cat... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

eclipse photos

We only saw it ~90% of total, so no corona, no dark hole in the fabric of the heavens. These were taken aiming the camera through safety glasses, and it was so very very far away! Then there were the leaf-shadows... Sign in to see full entry.

The first batch is out!

It only took 20 hours, in fact, so we may even have time for another batch before we fly out tomorrow evening. The fruit makes great snacks without reconstituting, and we'll take some with us when we go. The beef is very strange, dry, so we properly packed and sealed that away for future use. Our Embers as ever hated the trip to the vet. She gets car-sick every time. The vet says her teeth are again the problem, and will likely have to come out. But since we caught it at the start of the cycle... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 25, 2017

First batch is in!

We loaded the first batch of food--strawberries, apples, figs, and some sliced roast beef--into the freeze-dryer last night at 11pm. It will alternate freezing and drying cycles until all the moisture has been sublimated out of all the food, then it will shut off automatically. This could be around 5 or 6am tomorrow morning, if the sliced fruit and meat are thin enough. If not, then later. We hope for the earliest possible time as we are flying off Sunday evening to Seattle. This is not a device... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

New adventures!

It has been a busy week! We went on Friday night to see MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, the annual Shakespeare-inna-Tent which closed Saturday night, so all day Sunday and half of Monday Charlie was assisting with striking the set. I picked him up around 11:15 before lunch to be home to observe as much as the eclipse as we got in this area which was around 90% total. Rob, the housemate, made a pinhole box to watch it, and a neighbor had the special glasses, I was live-streaming it on my laptop, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

woohoo! Internet is back!

From Friday night until Tuesday night, we have had no home internet access. It has been beyond annoying, being cut off from all my long-distance connections, being unable to watch my one week free trial of Britbox, and having nothing to do but clean up the gardens front and back, do housekeeping chores, and get more exercise than I get sitting tapping at a keyboard. The week before, GISHWHES kept me running around, doing a number of pointless things for points, and a number of wothy things for... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Comcast, Century Link... phbttttt...

Since Friday night we have had no internet available at home. Can't get a good answer as to why, or whether only we are affected... They wanted to charge us to come out on a weekend to mend a service we are already paying for and not getting. So, Monday they say. Full weekend without connection. Whichever one it is currently, I suggested to Charlie that he explain to them if it isn't fixed before then, then Monday he goes back to the other guy. He says they both suck, but in different ways. Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 11, 2017

This is where you get to join in on a bit of GISHWHES

This is what GISHWHES is really all about: The power of good-hearted people to make the world a better, brighter place, despite the shadows all around us. Please consider sharing a little of what you have--as little as the cost of a nice lunch out, maybe, or even just a really good coffee--to bring light and hope and encouragement to this lady and her students who must soon go on without her. It all comes down to the power of One.... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

voting has started

in the photo contest I put several photos in last month, and continues until Sept 1st. There is a shortcut to see my entries, but there are many fine entries besides mine, and you can vote once a day for one of them. The daily rain showers here are cheering gardeners and depressing those who have to mow lawns. There is a patch of sunlit blue this morning to raise the spirits that don't care for the days of grey. The cool... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The air is dirty

...from the drift of smoke of the terrible wildfires in British Columbia. It isn't very pretty here in Colorado, but it is downright dangerous to breathe right now in Seattle and the Pacific NW. Folks are being told to stay indoors, but those without airconditioning are at a great disadvantage. My daughter who just moved back there from England is finding the 80s F around Seattle very uncomfortably hot and in the house they have been supplied by his employer until they find their own home does... Sign in to see full entry.

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