mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)

After re-filling and re-hanging the bird feeders, I decided to make nice and clean the sidewalk. To avoid having to pick up my mail at the post office I included the sidewalk up to the porch and the porch itself. The maxim says that few environmental factors shall "stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds," but nothing mandates that they have to wade through a twenty-four inch high drift and up a flight of slick stairs to get to your particular mailbox, because, you know...fuck you and your unused snow shovel. 

Having been out in it for an hour, I wouldn't blame our carrier. The breeze when I followed the sidewalk past the shelter of the house was shocking.

I love winter nights. I love the light off the clouds and snow, and the dim, gray faux-daylight it all creates. A couple of summers ago, I installed low-voltage pathway lights: they are now buried, the snow topping out at about 4" above their tops. Because of the timer in the garage, they're on whether you can see them or not - they're just a glow in the drifts.

Freezing, cheeks burning, nose running, I came inside and did what any sane person would do: I grabbed a tripod and the camera and went back outside to get pictures of the glowing snowdrifts.

Pictures under the click... )
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)

After re-filling and re-hanging the bird feeders, I decided to make nice and clean the sidewalk. To avoid having to pick up my mail at the post office I included the sidewalk up to the porch and the porch itself. The maxim says that few environmental factors shall "stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds," but nothing mandates that they have to wade through a twenty-four inch high drift and up a flight of slick stairs to get to your particular mailbox, because, you know...fuck you and your unused snow shovel. 

Having been out in it for an hour, I wouldn't blame our carrier. The breeze when I followed the sidewalk past the shelter of the house was shocking.

I love winter nights. I love the light off the clouds and snow, and the dim, gray faux-daylight it all creates. A couple of summers ago, I installed low-voltage pathway lights: they are now buried, the snow topping out at about 4" above their tops. Because of the timer in the garage, they're on whether you can see them or not - they're just a glow in the drifts.

Freezing, cheeks burning, nose running, I came inside and did what any sane person would do: I grabbed a tripod and the camera and went back outside to get pictures of the glowing snowdrifts.

Pictures under the click... )
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Titanic)
Back in May 2008, I replaced the windows in the living room. Remodeling follows the money and time, so they sat unfinished for a while. Before money and opportunity could coincide again, winter arrived, so the front of the house has been unfinished ever since. Last month I was able to spend a weekend and do some work on it, but then the weather turned cold again.

My father had a saying, apropos to today: "The man's an idiot who doesn't have enough sense to come in out of the rain."

Courtesy snip, for length... )
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Titanic)
Back in May 2008, I replaced the windows in the living room. Remodeling follows the money and time, so they sat unfinished for a while. Before money and opportunity could coincide again, winter arrived, so the front of the house has been unfinished ever since. Last month I was able to spend a weekend and do some work on it, but then the weather turned cold again.

My father had a saying, apropos to today: "The man's an idiot who doesn't have enough sense to come in out of the rain."

Courtesy snip, for length... )
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Mr. Director)
Quote for the day:

Using Linux gives me a satisfying sense of “sticking it to the man,” although at times I get the feeling that the person I’m sticking it to ends up being me.
 
Amen, bro.  My Linux box stopped connecting to the network this weekend, and I have no idea how to begin to fix it.
Courtesy snip... )
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Mr. Director)
Quote for the day:

Using Linux gives me a satisfying sense of “sticking it to the man,” although at times I get the feeling that the person I’m sticking it to ends up being me.
 
Amen, bro.  My Linux box stopped connecting to the network this weekend, and I have no idea how to begin to fix it.
Courtesy snip... )
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
So here I am, drinking really strong coffee, waiting for two things: for the furnace to kick off and the kids to finally settle for the night. When those two things happen, I'm going to record.

I've wanted to lay fresh tracks for White Hills of Home1 for a long time, and while I'm at it I might sketch out my newest song, titled for now Prairie Departure2.

For the coffee, I mixed two varietals, both Millstone: Columbian Supremo and Mayan Black Onyx. It's not bad - kinda bitter, which I'm in the mood for, but with a nice aroma and finish. I'm going to switch to Roasterie eventually, but old habits die hard. Well, that, and Hy-Vee is the only place close that carries it, and we don't shop there as a rule.

I've put a strip of carpet as a sweep under the door to the "freezer" room, closing the gap and putting an end to the breeze that was coming under it. I'm hoping that will address where the cold air's been coming from so my office will finally benefit from the space heater. Fingers crossed.

1 No, it's not online anywhere that I know of. Well, one place, if you know where to look :)

2 Not done yet, therefore, not online anywhere. It won't stay that name either.
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
So here I am, drinking really strong coffee, waiting for two things: for the furnace to kick off and the kids to finally settle for the night. When those two things happen, I'm going to record.

I've wanted to lay fresh tracks for White Hills of Home1 for a long time, and while I'm at it I might sketch out my newest song, titled for now Prairie Departure2.

For the coffee, I mixed two varietals, both Millstone: Columbian Supremo and Mayan Black Onyx. It's not bad - kinda bitter, which I'm in the mood for, but with a nice aroma and finish. I'm going to switch to Roasterie eventually, but old habits die hard. Well, that, and Hy-Vee is the only place close that carries it, and we don't shop there as a rule.

I've put a strip of carpet as a sweep under the door to the "freezer" room, closing the gap and putting an end to the breeze that was coming under it. I'm hoping that will address where the cold air's been coming from so my office will finally benefit from the space heater. Fingers crossed.

1 No, it's not online anywhere that I know of. Well, one place, if you know where to look :)

2 Not done yet, therefore, not online anywhere. It won't stay that name either.
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
...is a perfectly good reason to work from home. I got a call from my partner at the office telling me not to bother coming in. "Rather have you working than spending an hour driving in." Welcome news, that.

So, for the time being at least until Michelle is showered and dressed and armored against the day, I'm sitting in the dining room working.

And for you folks in Oklahoma: Gayla Peevey, the little girl who sings "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas" is an Oklahoma City native. She was ten when she recorded the song in 1953.
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
...is a perfectly good reason to work from home. I got a call from my partner at the office telling me not to bother coming in. "Rather have you working than spending an hour driving in." Welcome news, that.

So, for the time being at least until Michelle is showered and dressed and armored against the day, I'm sitting in the dining room working.

And for you folks in Oklahoma: Gayla Peevey, the little girl who sings "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas" is an Oklahoma City native. She was ten when she recorded the song in 1953.
mapsedge: (scowl)
Waiting for the office to warm up. The thermostat was set to "COOL" on Friday, and never turned back to heat. Since I'm usually not the first person here it didn't occur to me to check it: it wasn't until the secretary for the law office flipped the switch that I realized what was up.

Maybe if I type enough my fingers will warm up...
mapsedge: (scowl)
Waiting for the office to warm up. The thermostat was set to "COOL" on Friday, and never turned back to heat. Since I'm usually not the first person here it didn't occur to me to check it: it wasn't until the secretary for the law office flipped the switch that I realized what was up.

Maybe if I type enough my fingers will warm up...
mapsedge: (eyebrows up)
One of our local weather forecasters, who claims (incorrectly) to be the most accurate weather forecaster in Kansas City, says that we'll be walking the edge of 100 degrees this weekend. Yet, neither NOAA nor the Weather Channel websites have the temp above 92 degrees for the foreseeable future.

Kinda far from the edge, there, Gary. You own stock in a cool beverage company or something?
mapsedge: (eyebrows up)
One of our local weather forecasters, who claims (incorrectly) to be the most accurate weather forecaster in Kansas City, says that we'll be walking the edge of 100 degrees this weekend. Yet, neither NOAA nor the Weather Channel websites have the temp above 92 degrees for the foreseeable future.

Kinda far from the edge, there, Gary. You own stock in a cool beverage company or something?
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
Definitely a male weather forecast. Call for 6-8", get just under 1".

Folks in Nebraska got hammered though, and I heard that I70 was closed west of Goodland. How're you doing up there, [livejournal.com profile] bonnyann?
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
Definitely a male weather forecast. Call for 6-8", get just under 1".

Folks in Nebraska got hammered though, and I heard that I70 was closed west of Goodland. How're you doing up there, [livejournal.com profile] bonnyann?

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