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Saturday, November 17, 2007

It's A Saturday!


Flirty Girl
She was flirting with me when I first set her down on the floor for picture time.
You know, Saturdays tend to be boom or bust for me. I either get some stuff done, or I get nothing done. There's never really any middle ground like 'I sorta got a few things started, but lost ambition...'

That's probably a Good Thing, but I did manage to get a few things done today. For starters, I finally got the box for the old air conditioner built. And insulated. And mostly painted.

I have two coats of paint done on three of the four box sides (there's no bottom, as that will be insulated separately, and then there's the side which is the house)...so tomorrow's project is to paint the remaining side and give the top an extra coat or two of paint for brevity. Ideally I can get it installed before it gets dark on Monday evening (when it's supposed to be just a little warmer than other days this upcoming week) and that project can be complete.

After I was done with the table saw and had moved some things around in the basement, I cleaned up (specifically swept) down there. It looks almost like a wholly different basement, really. Of course, not having three sheets of pink extruded styrofoam in the middle of the basement kinda helps open it up a bit. Two of those sheets (and the remnants I didn't use for the old A/C box) are in the cistern now against a wall.

I also finally took the time just about an hour ago to drain and flush the water heater. I didn't do it last fall, and it's one of those projects I like to do annually if possible. Not that it really needs it, but it does help to flush out any accumulated scale or other foreign material that may have made its way past the filter and softener. The water heater was pretty empty (of its 105 gallon capacity, approximately 30 gallons was truly hot by the time I got to draining it tonight), which is what I was shooting for.

I noticed when I was outside today feeding the dogs that the power company had indeed shut off the water heater, which they don't always do on the weekends, so I decided to take advantage of the fact it hadn't been heating water most of the day. Gotta love load management stuff. :)

It takes longer to drain the water heater than to fill it, by about 2 to 1. It takes about 20 minutes to drain completely. I usually end up spending five to ten minutes flushing (with brief 'shots' of about a gallon of water each time), and it takes about nine minutes to fill. Not too bad, but it does take some time.

So that was basically my day. Of course, I took a pseudo nap in the midday and spent quality time in the morning just hanging around the house...so I would have to say it's been a pretty productive day.

With all that said, until next time...
"There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life."
- Frank Zappa

--MZ

Thursday, November 15, 2007

It Gets Dark


Help, I'm Falling!
I think this picture turned out pretty cute. Almost like she was losing her grip and falling backwards...
And it does so quite early now. It's the one thing about the wintertime I really don't care much for. It usually means feeding the dogs in the dark and spending copious amounts of time indoors. Where it's light.

Ah well. This too shall pass, just like it does every other year.

Not a whole lot new going on today. I didn't sleep real well last night (probably due to the coffee I intook at 8:30PM), so I'm on the really tired order tonight, which is a Good Thing. I did manage to get a little play time in with Kirstin this evening, so that's cool. She's a lot of fun to make giggle.

Unfortunately, I'm completely devoid of topics tonight, so I'm going to cut this short and head for bed. Well, after I skim a few emails and watch the latest video DeBlog from Jason DeRusha, which I see just arrived in my inbox.

So until next time...
"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
- Antoine de Saint Exupery

--MZ

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Who, What, Where?


Looking On Up
I really like this picture that Beth took of Kirstin this evening. She excels at being cute. I actually think this pose makes her look an awful lot like Ma's (Grandma 'Ma') baby picture.
Where did the day go? If you have any idea, please let me know. It just seemed like today flew by...and I'm not sure where it went.

The thing is that it wasn't really any day out of the ordinary, short of being a Wednesday and thusly the middle of the week. Even still, it just seems crazy that it's already 11PM. Of course, I am yawning a lot, so I know it's the end of the day and not some sort of cruel trick.

In somewhat random news, today marked the day my Flickr account root page reached 4,500 views. Crazy. There have been 4,500 views of the 'home' page there. Somewhat hard to fathom in ways. That's not unique visitors, though...so it's less humbling a statistic than that. And anyone who didn't view that page (but viewed individual pictures via a link or the like) aren't included in that number.

Kirstin's now on some antibiotics for her little ear infection. It's not really too severe, but enough to justify some medication. So hopefully that will start making her feel better and not bouncing her head side to side all the time.

Overall she's been pretty good (at least around me). We still enjoy playtime pretty much as per the usual, so that's good. She's not constantly screaming or anything. And she's cute as ever. So that's nice. :)

She's also growing some hair now. I've really started noticing more hair on her head in the last two weeks. So she's starting to grow out of the mostly bald baby category, which should be fun.

Anyway, I'm going to leave this a bit on the short order tonight. Tomorrow's another day, and hopefully there will be something to slow it down just enough to recall something of interest or importance about which I can ramble.

With that in mind, I sign off. Until next time...
"Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome."
- Isaac Asimov

--MZ

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Mischief?


Mischief?
If you look to the far left of the frame, you'll notice George... Put two and two together... :)
No, I've not been into any real mischief of my own; probably because the time required for mischief hasn't really been available. So sorry to be disappointing right off the bat tonight.

Things have been pretty busy the last few days. I've tried to spend some time outside getting things wrapped up and whatnot, and have been fairly successful in so doing. Tonight I had a meeting, so I wasn't able to go outside. But that's alright, because I'm pretty sure that most of the things I really needed to get done (that require spending much time outside) have now been taken care of.

Short of that, there's not much new going on in my world. Just keeping busy with the regular stuff. I'm hoping to get a few other projects taken care of this weekend (to be outlined later), so perhaps one of these days (or years, rather) the basement stuff will get on its way to being done. Or at least organized better. But in the meantime, I just need to get the sheet of plywood and three sheets of styrofoam out of the way -- that'll do wonders for making the space more appealing. Or at least not cluttered. :)

Since I'm pretty much lacking words tonight that I wish to share with the world, I'm going to call it a night and bid thee adieu. So until next time...
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe."
- Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

--MZ

Sunday, November 11, 2007

It Can All Fit...


Cute Smile
She wasn't all that smiley tonight, but it was awfully cute to catch the few she had. :)
...if you just plan it out a bit.

Tis the lesson I found out this evening while I winterized and organized stuff in the shed. I managed to somehow fit everything in...and have room left to spare. Considering that I added the grill to the shed's already crowded contents, I was amazed.

It didn't really take all that long to do, but I'm glad it's over. All of the hoses are coiled up (and drained of most water), everything with a gas engine has been winterized as much as necessary (namely fuel treatment and a final run), and the shed was swept out. It looks pretty good in there right now.

There are still some outdoor projects that need to be completed yet, but the major bits are now done and things are put away for the year. It's a good feeling to have a project like that complete.

Short of that, it was a pretty normal Sunday. Church, nap, random projects at home, quiet evening...

I did notice tonight when I fed the dogs that they both seem to be much happier now that they're back on the west side of the house. I noticed it particularly in Kurva, whose attitude was much happier when I fed her. She was more excited than she had been over on the east side, so that's a Good Thing. The only real downside to having them to the west is that there's no light over there.

We'll see how it goes this winter; maybe I'll have to add some sort of floodlight system to their areas so we can at least see what's going on. But that's by no means a necessity. The old flashlight method can still work just fine. :)

The next project on the list is to do some electrical work in the basement. Well, at least start planning for that. It's not like a lot is going to change, really...but it needs to be organized differently in coordination with the additional light and outlets that will need to be in the cistern at some point in time.

But in the meantime, it is back to the mill tomorrow. It was awfully nice to be at home for an entire weekend without other commitments, though. It's been a while since that last happened for me.

So until next time...
"It is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one's doubts."
- G. B. Burgin

--MZ

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