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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cool is coming in...

with a strong breeze that dropped the temperature in the house upstairs 10 degrees in an hour or so. Tomorrow, the highs are forecast around mid 70s. Then next week, up to the 90s again. From now until Monday mid-moring, it is a time to savor! In 1964, the film BECKET was released. It starred Richard Burton as Thomas Becket and Peter O'Toole as Henry II who made his old carousing buddy Chancellor of England, and then, thinking he was being very clever, named Becket Archbishop of Canterbury.... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Temperature rising...

90s F today, they say... I love the cool mornings when I can get things done, then feel fine about hanging out when the heat is oppressive until the sun goes down and cool evening comes on. That's how it goes if we don't get thunderstorms to cool the air earlier. There is always the Bunker downstairs where I can hang out, taking the laptop to be busy writing, or watch netflix or connect up for some conversation with a real person somewhere out in the world. When it gets really too warm upstairs,... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Okay, so here is what happened: I was coming inside from the back porch carrying a big old hammer and some other stuff, caught my foot on the leg of the plant stand by the door, had no hands free nor room to swing the other leg out to catch myself, ended up face-planting with the hammer and my glasses in between me and the carpet. So basically, I hit myself in the face with a hammer. I wore an icepack for a while, and cleaned the half-inch cut from the edge of the glasses. There are some odd and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dwatted Wabbit!

Note about house bunnies: You can't bunny-proof before the bunny arrives in the house because you can't imagine where the bunny will choose its hideouts. Also, you can't guage the bunny's determination to work around obstacles. And just because the bunny showed no interest in eating the plants in your garden on its first visit doesn't mean you can let it hang out in the garden unsupervised, ever. Getting more exercise is a good thing, it's true and needed. It takes a fair amount of exercise to... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Return of the Lagomorph

Bunnabee is due back this afternoon, now my guest is departed. Her previous people are going away for a couple of weeks, so there is no delaying it, but happily I am feeling much better now, the worst of the cold and congestion is also departed, so it was not a great chore to finish bunny-proofing. It is a summer heat day here, temps rising to 90F this afternoon. Any time now the over-loud ice cream truck will probably cruise the neighborhood playing Christmas toons, pop toons, miscellaneous... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 5, 2017

It got me and I got it!

Last time, it turned out to be a false alarm... Today, since yesterday, I really do have a cold. Not surprising: Charlie had one, then my houseguest had one, and nearly everyone I've talked to lately has had one, so it just finally got around to here, to me. I, who normally am up around 6 am have intermittantly slept until 10 this morning, and am feeling far more put-upon by the little germs than is probab ly fair just because it has been so long since I have had to put up with them. So I will... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

storm season

This past week we have had several thunderstorms sweep over and around the Springs, mostly fairly quiet ones locally, but a look across the skies in any direction, any afternoon shows huge thunderheads growing and spreading over the mountains, the Front Range and the Ramparts, and sailing like galleons over the prairies to the east. Sometimes they are white and towering; sometimes, they are dark and spreading, and you can see below them the darkness of the downpours they are dropping--rain and... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


I was out on the deck just now, as Dave with his two perfectly-trained off-leash German short-hair pointers went by. Dave is the guy who railed and ranted at Davy whenever Davy barked at him and his dogs on their daily walks. He could never just walk on by, ignoring Davy's rudeness, but reacting to it in such a way that Davy knew him for an enemy, and never failed to bark at him with a special bark all Dave's. My first encounters with Dave were arguments, mean and unfriendly. As it happens, one... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Bunny's up! It can be a challenge to get a photo of a rabbit in focus: always on the move or about to move! But I have managed to get a few good enough ones to share. A rabbit is not a cat, to be sure, not a dog either. A rabbit is most definitely itself! Active, inquisitive, preferring low dim places to loaf--and looking very loaf-like while doing it! This one is not in the least a cuddler, does not need or desire much attention, but she does prefer to be in... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Saturday afternoon

...and now it is raining, Bunnabee has spent most of the day upstairs where the action is. It seems she likes to be around other critters. It is now apparent that she is not over the wire-chewing habit, which I discovered when attempting to bunny-proof the area around my comfy chair where I sit with laptop and lamp, and have a heavy duty extension cord/surge protector with a tangle of wires and plugs around it. Several have been at least nipped, and some very thin ones, severed. Sadly, they are... Sign in to see full entry.

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