March 31, 2010

They're Back

Pictures that is... I haven't gotten around to putting much of anything up lately.  Too much else happening.  So tonight I made myself sit down and pull out some pics and fix them up. 

It looks as if the horses that used to live in this barn are gone.  The Mercedes is nice, but honestly I would love to see the horses.  However, since I didn't have to care for them, I guess I don't get much say.  heh.

Time to make the syrup.  The people at this house do syrup, honey, and maybe one or two more things.  They have the buckets up and working. I wonder how that works in the rain...

My husband would really love to have this tractor to play around with.  Other than moving snow, I'm not sure how much use it would be. However it would be his toy and so far he hasn't bought one. 

This was the erosion before the rain of the last 2 days.  I wonder how this stretch of road (nearly completely broken down to gravel in places) is looking after the last 2 days and 4.25 inches of rain. 

We have even managed to have a fire or two this year.  Didn't quite get around to it last year. That's sad because we have an outstanding fireplace. 

And while it might have proven entertaining in some respects, we did not set off the fireworks that had been in this particular canister.  I'm sure they were delightful.


Last of all... I wish I had known there were groomers who would come to your house back when our dog was around.  That would have been excellent - they come to you and you don't have to schlep the dog all over the place just to get their coats clean. Bonus - no trauma to the dog who always thought she was toast whenever we took her to the groomer.

That's it for tonight.  It's supposed to be beautiful this weekend so maybe I'll finally get into the mood to take lots of pictures.  We'll see.

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March 30, 2010


I just checked the NOAA site.  Our local airport has measured about 4 inches of rain since yesterday.  Not bad.  That's about 5 inches less than other places have received.  (one assumes the NOAA has correct water measurements - I wouldn't trust their temperatures, but maybe water... I still want to get my own rain gauge). 

Luckily we are up on a hill.  So far, other than the rain we bring in on coats, the major portion of the water has remained outside.  The local newsies are having palpitations trying to bring all the "flood news".  In a moment of hilarity (to me) I watched a reporter step into the rain run-off next to some sandbags.  All the while shouting about how strongly the water was flowing... around the soles of his shoes...  right.


In other news, the latest on the "is it good for you or will it kill you"... chocolate is once again in the position of favored child.   I better start eating it before they change their minds again, tell us it's evil, and take it off the market.


Job stress makes you fat?  How often do we need to say it?  Correlation is not causation.  If it was, my husband would be excessively overweight.  He has had quite a bit of stress in his job over the years.  Yet he is quite a normal weight.   How I wish they'd quit harping on this crap and find out what really causes weight increase biologically.  Then again I guess a bunch of people would lose lots and lots of grant money if they couldn't study habits and try to fit those in with all kinds of different things.


Last of all, if you don't have your system updates set to automatic, do check and see if there are any new Windows updates for your machine.  There was an out of cycle patch for Internet Explorer.  Even if you don't use IE to surf the net, get it patched please.

If you run Apple Leopard or Snow Leopard there was a HUGE update yesterday. Make sure yours got installed.

Thank you for your support.


Now I'm going to go read and try not to listen to the rain tapping on the house.  I'm tired of it.

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March 29, 2010

Still Here But Busy

I have pictures that I haven't managed to wade through yet and I keep seeing things I want to blog, but at the end of the day I haven't gotten to it... We're being deluged by rain for the next day or so.  If I don't get washed away down the hill maybe I can finally get to blogging.

In the meantime, I saw this commercial on television.  The Border Collie looks so much like our dog Sam I just had to watch it several times.  The markings and color are almost exactly the same... even the head tilt.  Love it!

More later.  Once I can make time.

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March 25, 2010

But Officer... I AM over 21!

In an effort to make the roads "safer" (how this will be accomplished is not quite clear).  New Jersey wants all young drivers to display a red sticker on their license plate.

Should other drivers be aware that the vehicle they're tailing is piloted by someone under the age of 21? New Jersey thinks so and has become the first state to enact a law requiring drivers under 21 to affix a red sticker to both their front and rear license plates.

So you know the person in the car is a young driver... I see many drivers in this world, they've been driving a long time, and they are dangerous.  What kind of sticker do they get? Oh, that's right, they have experience so it's okay if they drive erratically.


Now for the crucial questions. 

Does this apply only to kids who drive their own cars?  Or does this apply to the "family car"?   I know that many kids do have their own cars, but is it fair to flag a car as being driven by a new driver when the car may actually be driven by mom, dad, or older sibling 90% of the time?

Will this cause accidents as people not only peer at license plates instead of where they are going, but then try to peer at the driver to determine the age of the person?  

Here's one of the things they want to use it for:

According to the state, the stickers will help local police to enforce the state's 11 o'clock curfew for young drivers and to enforce other laws specific to restricted license drivers.

I guess this means that the adults in the family will not be able to drive after curfew without being stopped.  How fun for everyone!  The joy of working late or going to a party and being stopped continually by cops.

Or how about this, mom and dad go out with some of their friends - they drive.  Most states now don't allow new drivers to have friends in the car with them.  Does this mean that the car gets pulled over in every jurisdiction because the cops think Junior is out illegally with his buddies?

Leaving that aside, what is with these people and RED stickers?  There are any number of people in this country who are RED/GREEN color blind.  It's the highest percentage of color blindness there is.  And yet they decided that RED would be the color of choice.  As usual the pols are really with it.

But we all know what this really is don't we... We all know you'll have to PAY for the sticker.  It's basically a tax on young drivers.  These stickers will not be handed out for free.  So, moms and dads in NJ, get out your wallet yet again.  For your own protection, the government is going to take yet more of your money.  That little red sticker will make us all safer!

Yeah right. 

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March 23, 2010

Small Progress

Remember the broken window? 

Yes this one.

Someone from the window company came and fixed it today. 


In other news, I have a meeting tomorrow that will have me out of the house and in rush hour traffic.  That means up very early for me.

Whoever invented morning should be shot at sunrise.  Poetic justice I'd call it. Heh.

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March 22, 2010

Well It Was Certainly Monday Today

It has been the most ridiculous day. I have nothing at all to blog.

All the weekend pictures are still on the camera cards because I'm too tired to mess with them.

So here's some video my husband took at the hockey game on Saturday night. The last 30 seconds of regulation time.  Maine ties the score at 6 all.  Boston College won in overtime.  It was a great game.  (if you want to see it in HD - go here - or ignore it all if you aren't interested - heh)

Here's hoping tomorrow is better.

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March 19, 2010

Work Overtakes

I can't quite turn my brain to blogging mode for the last few days.  I've been working on a new ftp server for work (something that should be simple but naturally the "helpful" instructions omit a few major steps *sigh* I guess you're supposed to pick them up through osmosis).  Finally got it working right on the back end. Seeing if it works right as a regular user comes next week when it's in place at the office.

After all that, I sit and look at my blog and not one single thing comes to mind.

The weather has been gorgeous and is expected to continue the same through the weekend.  Hopefully we'll get out for a walk tomorrow, then it's off to Boston. 

We decided at the last minute to go see the College Hockey East Tournament final at "The Gahden" (TD Garden where the Bruins usually play).   It will be Boston College vs University of Maine - Orono.  Maine played a spectacular game against Boston University tonight, so the final should be fantastic.  If nothing else it will be fun... lovely weather, dinner in Boston, and a hockey game - works for me.

Weekends are good.

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March 17, 2010

The Tax Man Cometh

And since I don't happen to be a favored person on the White House staff, have a cushy Cabinet position, or sit in the HoR/Senate - where it's been expected lately that one doesn't have to do such mundane things as pay taxes (that's for the world's peons) - we have to get our act together an send in the tax return. 

My husband has been working on the papers we send to the accountant and tonight I've been digging up receipts.  He needs to make copies of a few things then we get it to the accountant who will send us the results.

Almost done. 

Are we having fun yet?

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March 16, 2010

This and That

Today is our anniversary.  Yes, it's hard to believe but 31 years ago my husband and I were married.  Where did the time go?  It can't have been that long!


I took my computer with me while I was on the road and it didn't help a bit.   I came back and I'm still trying to dig out from under the pile of work that accumulated while I was gone.  Amazing. 


I'm once again behind on my blog reading.  *sigh*   Will hopefully catch up soon.


I love Zappos... just sayin'...


About 3/4 of the way through pilates yesterday, someone got a bright idea.  Under discussion - Dr. Oz claims that a fit woman (in the age group of our class) should be able to do 35 pushups from the knee down position.  Whatever. I don't watch Oprah nor do I follow Dr. Oz so I had to take their word for it. 

The second step is to build muscle by lifting weights for 30 minutes a week. You can lift a dumbbell, a gallon of milk or your toddler…just start lifting! According to Dr. Oz, the average 30-year-old woman should be able to do 45 bent-leg push-ups (and five fewer every following decade of her life), and the average 30-year-old man should be able to do 35 regular pushups (and five fewer every following decade of his life).

So we did the 35 push-ups just because.

Of course this was after we had done many and varied arm sets using 10 and 5 pound weights.

When I work up the energy I'll have to see how many I can do straight out now.  Last time I checked it was 12 that was last year


That's it for now.  Still have work to finish (of course) before I get ready to go out for dinner. 

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March 14, 2010

Daylight Savings Time...

Bah - Humbug.  Pick a time and just stick with it.

That is all.

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