November 29, 2008

Walk Around the Block

It's time for another walk around the block.  Now it's winter and there's a bit more to see since the leaves aren't in the way.

We came across this kitty who regarded us with utter disdain as I stopped to grab a shot of him/her...



The local pond has no more of the fall colors around it, but it does create a lovely reflection.



Apparently there is a beaver or two living around this pond... we have run across more than one downed tree.



Too bad this was a camera instead of an air gun.  These dratted things are still out making pests of themselves.



I find it amazing we don't see more trees down around here.  But every once in a while we come across one that has fallen over.



Now here's a Thanksgiving decorating idea that would have lasted about 30 seconds in any other place we've lived.  Around here though, no one bothers it.  Amazing.



We also have these natural things that many people pay huge $$ to create in their yards...



and



Some people around here have had their rock walls reworked.  I like this one, they used a naturally occurring rock as a cornerstone.  (of course getting rid of it would have meant having to blast, so it's not surprising they used it)



Yes, we have quite a number of these large rocks all over the place.



And since we are basically in a forest - lots and lots of trees everywhere.



No matter which way you look.



Biggest surprise so far has been this house.



The pic above was taken in June.  It has been empty since we moved here.  We often wondered who owned it, how old it was, what it might look like inside, how many families had lived there and raised kids...

It was more than a surprise to walk by yesterday and see this...



Yes, it's completely gone.  The bare dirt you see in the back is all that's left of where the house stood.  Disconcerting.  Maybe the house had severe issues and wasn't worth saving.  Still it's a bit sad to see it gone.

Now we wonder if they're going to build something new.  It will give us something to watch for.


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November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving All

Slept late.  Will soon put my pie in the oven, have dinner 3/4 done, it's sunny, and I've had my Starbucks. 

I love Thankgiving.

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November 26, 2008

Headlines - Because We Should All Be Informed!

I ran across this one and just can't stop giggling...

U.N. Urged to Take Action Against Killer Asteroids

Are they going to have a "serious talk" to the asteroids?  Are they going to draft security resolutions and send them out to the asteroids?  Are they going to deploy unarmed troops to keep them in line?  Are they going to send consultants who will gripe about the lack of good accommodations on the asteroids?  Will there be a vote by the security council about the barbarity of the threats to the asteroids?

Inquiring minds want to know.

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While I'm sad for the poor turtles...

Endangered sea turtles killed by cold snap

I can't help but wonder how the environmentalists will spin this so they can blame global warming.

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Google admits to violating iPhone development terms

Once again it sounds like Google's motto has left off 2 words...

Don't be evil... to google.

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New Cases of Cancer Decline in the U.S.

Oops - someone at the NYT slipped. They actually printed - good - news. This shall wreak havoc for all news reporters going forward because they rely on scaring us with reports of how every thing we do or don't do will cause cancer.

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Does this mean President-elect Obama is saying "up yours" to the feminists?

The Return of Larry Summers

Last I heard, most of the radical feminists would settle for no less than the man's scalp in payment for his remarks about women and science. (Not that they had a single solitary FACT to dispute him - no they couldn't be bothered with FACTS - just burn him at the stake please.) Oh yeah, it's gonna be a fun 4 years...

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Last of all...

Obama: 'Help is on the way'

Alrighty then!  I feel MUCH better. 

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And now you know.  This should get you through the long weekend and even put you to sleep after the big meal tomorrow. 



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November 23, 2008

Vermont In Winter

Or maybe I should make that quasi-winter. The leaves had fallen, but the snow hadn't when we headed to Quechee last weekend.  No matter the time of year, it's very pretty up there.  See...



We met Barb and had lunch at Simon Pearce.  It's a terrific place - there is an outstanding restaurant plus they do lovely glass.  The portion of the building jutting over the river is the restaurant.  And sadly part of my sleeve ended up in the pic.  Oh well. 



Maybe you will notice... it was just a tad bit windy that day.  And a leetle chilly. I would be the jolly green giant in that pic (or would that be blue giant - blue with cold that is)

I'm covered for the rest of the winter though - Barb knit me this terrific pair of socks...



I love 'em - great colors.  (yes the carpet is really that green - as I said over  at smugmug... the people we bought the house from LOVED green... this is my office carpet - I feel like I should be playing golf - heh) Anyhow, Barb makes it sound like knitting is so easy.  I know it's not, I can't even knit a scarf, but she does gorgeous work.  The pattern and everything - just outstanding.

All in all it was a wonderful day.  There are a few more pics with captions over at smugmug.  So, head over and check them out.

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November 19, 2008

Oh the Possibilities!

Saw this headline and really - I don't need to read the story. All I have to do is sit here and think of the hilarity of the reporting...

Could a politician's DNA be abused in a campaign?

We already have idiot news people who get "a story" from somewhere and don't bother to check whether or not it's true.  Now we'll watch while they get more scientific about their ineptness. 

Oh yeah, the possibilities of high humor are incredible.

Imagine how funny it will be - watching as these clueless reporters try to explain things they don't even begin to understand to other scientificly deficient idiots in their audience.  The grave nodding of heads is sure to be prominent... along with hushed voices as they ponder these weighty matters.

Now if they could just get this rolling so I can start laughing at them.

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November 15, 2008

Saturday This n That

I was in Starbucks this morning - long line. Generally Saturdays are pretty slow there, but I guess it's the rainy weather bringing all the people out for coffee.  Behind me in line was a National Guard Soldier in uniform.  He was heading down to the Cape for a training exercise (I think he was doing the training).  I bought him coffee.

Tomorrow we're taking the minivan out for the 200+ mile spin.  If the check engine light stays off, we can get the inspection completed on Monday.  If it comes back on, we have to take it to the dealership mechanics.  We're going to head to this place - way more than 200 miles round trip - because I've wanted to go there for quite a while and this seems like a good excuse.

I decided to pick up Rosetta Stone's German lessons.  One of the podcasts I listen to is by Chris Marquardt a photographer.  Since he's German, he also does a German podcast called Happy Shooting and he twitters in English and German.  Good practice.  One thing that's always held me back with languages is there was never enough easy exposure to them, so I don't retain the information. 

Spanish is the exception now in the states. But, I very much disliked my Spanish classes way back in my school years - the teacher didn't like me - so I have no real wish to go back to it.  (yes I know - it's a silly prejudice) 

In any case, my grandmother was German... I know now, I should've gone with my first instinct in middle school and taken German.  When I told my grandmother I could take German in school, her response was "Ach, that's high German, I speak low German, we won't be able to talk."  Feeling rather deflated, I went with Spanish instead.   We'll see if it's too late for me to learn now.  Of course I won't be able to talk to my Grandmother - who passed away in the early 1980's at the age of 99.  I wish I had given it a try back then.

Now, off to do all the things I've been putting off all week.  It's so gloomy outside, I still don't want to do them so I'll need to kick myself into gear and make myself get things done.

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November 04, 2008

I'm Outta Here

I've joined facebook so if I missed you when it did the friend thing (because I have a scattered email address book and not everyone is in my gmail book) and you want to be my friend, let me know.

Right now I'm trying to get a grip on all the different things going on with facebook.  It will take me some time to get my act together on there. Heh.

Now I'm going to go watch a movie and chill out with my glass of wine.  Ah - it's a wonderful thing.

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November 01, 2008

Arriving At Any Time Now

The new entertainment console for our television. 

We have 2 televisions in the house.  The guest room has a television because it belongs to my son who left it with us when he joined the Army.  The main television is in the basement.  

For over 10 years we have used an old rolling computer stand to hold the tv and the extra components.  It's not pretty, but with the old 27 inch tv, it worked fine. 

Then we bought a wide screen last year.  Unfortunately - it hangs off either side of the 29 inch wide computer stand, so we went looking for something else.

Why is it nearly impossible to find something that looks right and has functionality? 

We did finally find the right thing and today it's being delivered. 

This means, we had to take apart the set up that is there, move things around to let the furniture movers come through easily, vacuum underneath the area where the old stand was, put away a ton of DVDs that had piled up on flat surfaces after being watched. 

Yes, it was a couple of hours worth of moving and unplugging. 

Of course once they deliver the piece, we'll go through the same thing in reverse to get it all hooked up again.  I hope the end result is worth all this work.

One thing I won't have to do anymore is worry that we'll knock over the television accidentally when we have to unplug it.  (We do that during the relatively few times we have lightning storms as I don't trust any surge protectors in a fight against mother nature).

Here's hoping it looks as nice as I think it will and that all the components work once we've put them back together.

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