WEEK 1 2019
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Saturday - Typical weather.
Went for a 3 mile walk, just to keep limber.
I'd swapped out the AA batteries in the wall clocks before Christmas.
These were Duracells, from a pack I'd bought a few years ago, and dated to
last until 2024. But by midweek most of the clocks were stopped.
Friday 4 January
Friday - A
rather warm day, actually, in the 50's.
I took the opportunity to mop the floors, since it was relatively warm and
dry. The hallway linoleum had a lot of paint splatters - I hadn't been
particularly careful painting the walls and ceilings because I expected to
have new flooring by now ( ...another best laid plan... ). So I took a
couple of hours to scrape all that off, before mopping. It looks
better, not perfect, but it's what I could do to still have time to mop and
have the floor dry.
I was pretty beat by the time this was done: not much on crawling around on
my hands and knees anymore, and mopping always makes my lower back hurt.
S called, she's having serious problems with her brand new Dell
laptop. Serious enough that she's been hours on the phone with Dell,
and completely re-installed system on it. She's a calm and methodical
type: and is in a killing mood right now, just like anyone who has to deal
with Dell technical support.
Ahhhh. Nice to know I'm not the only sufferer out there...
It was a quiet evening. Quieter than usual because I had unplugged the
turtle tank filter pump, and it didn't want to start again. It was so
quiet it was eerie. Mr. Turtle huddled at the bottom of his tank, the
cats walked around spooked.
Once I'd cleared algae out of the pump, before going to bed, the pump
worked. I changed the carbon and filter as well, though it's about
time for another algae-cide infusion, which has to be done without the
A friend in San Diego sent me a query about the death in Lancaster of an
older guy, in his 60's. I hadn't heard, and had to look it up online:
there's a video. I guess he said something to a guy blocking his car in at a
Jack In The Box parking lot and the other guy punched him, knocked him down
and killed him, and then drove off. Police are looking for the
I keep telling my friends to get out of town, it's become lawless and
dangerous, but like boiling frogs they don't take the warning
Thursday 3 January
Thursday - A
reasonably warm day, in the low 50s.
I went for about a 3 mile walk, came back and had a nice bowl of home made
Did various things around the house.
In the evening I went next door and we finished watching Season 1 of Star
Trek: Discovery. Meh, the finale itself was kind of a letdown, the
last couple of episodes were better. It was fun to watch, but...
The plot was just plain stupid in part: the USS Discovery has a super
secret drive that was the deciding factor in defeating the Klingons.
So who do they let walk off the ship knowing the secret?
Firstly: Harcourt Fenton Mudd, here played as a brilliant
psychopathic killer, and his arms dealing in-laws.
Secondly: a human that has been transformed into a Klingon, and
committed murder, goes off with the new (human hating) supreme commander of
Thirdly: the murderous racist cannibalistic Emperor from an alternate
universe, who has committed genocide on at least one occasion.
Wednesday 2 January
Wednesday - Cold overnight. I went around
the other day and taped a couple layers of cloth over the house's exterior
spigots, to avoid pipe freezing in case it was very cold.
But it's only flirted with the high teens, I think you'd need single digit
temperatures for house spigots to freeze.
Around noon I went for a walk, about 2.25 miles, in wool shirt and hoodie,
with a hat and the hood up. It was tolerable.
I went into town with AH and did a few banking things, dropped off an
overdue book; he had to drop off a borrowed tool at O'Reilly's.
Then I went through a bunch of paperwork and bill stuff. I need to do
a preliminary pass through my taxes for last year as well.
I received a grand total of three Christmas Cards this year, one from my
veterinarian, two from friends.
Well, I've been bad about it myself for the last couple of years, so I
suppose I shouldn't complain.
Tuesday - New Years Day!
Another year gone...
Quiet. Not much going on. I actually want to mop floors and vacuum and
stuff, but it's so darn cold that I can't open doors and windows to air
The pellet stove hopper will hold enough pellets for about 13 hours of burn
time, left on low overnight. This will keep the front room and kitchen at
60F+, but the rest of the house - particularly the master bedroom and west
bedroom with their large windows, drop into the low 50's. I'm trying
some floor fan arrangements to spread the heat out a bit.
New Years Dinner was at A&Hs place, with the Honey-Baked Ham I'd picked
up a while ago in Ventura, and some nice potato casserole and spinach as a
side dish. Delicious!
Monday - New Years Eve.
See last week.
Sunday - See last week.