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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Grilled Food!


So Cute
She's my adorable little girl.
So I officially broke out the grill today. And the first of the season -- bratwurst! Most excellent.

There's really nothing quite like grilled sausage. Yeah, it's pretty much that simple. :)

Short of that, the week has been busy, but in a unique way. I spent Wednesday hanging around after I got home from an evening meeting. And tonight I worked on getting out a release of some software. One thing I've not been able to do much of is get many good pictures over the last few days (namely due to time). But, there's another weekend coming around... :)

In other news, the sump basin has (as of this evening) 4.25" of water in it. This is the basin with holes drilled into it that I installed last summer. Water started seeping in to it (as the water table changes) over the weekend, and through Wednesday was rising at a rate of about an three-quarters of an inch per day. It's slowed down now and seeing how there's no longer any snow on the ground, we might not have enough water rise this spring to cause the basement problems we've had the last few years. We'll see -- time will tell.

At any rate, I'm glad that it's taking in water. It's a relatively successful proof-of-concept if nothing else.

I am really quite tired, though, so I'm going to call it a night and sign off early. So until next time...
"Talent does what it can; genius does what it must."
- Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

--MZ

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Just A Week This Time


Intimidation
They were both fighing over my attention; this time I was closer to Kurva. I love Koshka's reaction. :)
So I was on a sort of pseudo-roll, when life went and got busy enough to prevent me from having lots of time to write. :)

It all started last week on Tuesday with an evening meeting. By the time I got home, I didn't feel like doing anything but going to bed. So I did just that. And during the evenings for the remainder of the week I was working on bits of a project with a deadline in place, so once again...

I didn't manage to accomplish as much this last weekend as I'd hoped. But I did, however, manage to take a load of pictures. It was a fairly nice weekend and I spent a little time outside in addition to just hanging around the house. It was a good time.

Sunday I also started up the lawnmower for the first time since it got put away last fall. That all started because I had a bit of a fire under my ass (I got motivated) and decided to see how much gravel I could procure from the road ditch (due to snowplowing), which I would then use to spread on the driveway -- specifically in one low spot.

It didn't take long to have a trailer full of gravel, and there's a lot more to get yet. I figure I'm just doing my part to clean up the road ditches a bit (especially since I mow them and it's either 'collect the gravel and do something with it' or 'mow the gravel all year long'). Besides, it's unsightly, and the county isn't going to clean it up. So I might as well do the work and get something out of it for myself. :)

I have managed just that. I got one trailer of gravel on Sunday afternoon, and I raked up another two trailer loads of gravel this afternoon. The one really bad spot in the driveway is now more or less fixed (for now). And part of the ditch is cleaned up.

I'd have done more on Sunday, but I had to fix a tire on the trailer, which I didn't get around to doing until this afternoon. But once it was fixed (which didn't take long), that trailer works like it's brand new (except it doesn't look brand new). I figure I've got at least three more loads of gravel sitting in the ditches, but I'm not sure exactly when I'll get to that. I'd like to keep working on it a little bit at a time, especially right now, before the grass gets too long and whatnot.

So that's been my free time lately. :) Short of that it's been the same old business.

It's nice to have what really feels like spring in the air. Between that and the extra sunlight during the day, it's quite a motivator. :)

But, at any rate, I need to head for bed. So until next time...
"The difference between 'involvement' and 'commitment' is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was 'involved' - the pig was 'committed'."
- unknown

--MZ

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