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22 July 2022

More Garden

More garden surprises, but first, our front walk botanical garden:

Georgia looking down the front walk…

Right now, all the fun is happening at the end of the walk, where lilies and black-eyed susans are in full bloom, the lilies especially right now:

Lilies and black-eyed susans

Over at the far corner of the front yard, by the road, there are masses of saponaria:

Saponaria flowering in bulk…

Meantime, Marcia has been busily doing preservation work against a bushel of pickling cucumbers – this is the result of two days of work, more to come, I’m told…

Marcia vs. pickling cucumbers (the winner ISN’T in a jar!)

26 June 2020


So, Summer arrived this week, and we can tell. Just for context, Sunday night a week ago, it dropped into the low 40’s (F) overnight, cold enough that the pellet stove fired itself up. Seriously. Yesterday and today, however, we touched 90F, which made it pretty warm. Between the sun/heat, and weekend boaters, we did not go out this weekend on the boat, but we did make it out on last Monday (Juneteenth observed Federal holiday) and I took most of the day off on Thursday and we got out again. So, all in, three fishing days out of the last 8 days. Not too shabby. Some fish were caught:

My 2#9oz largemouth bass from Saturday 6/18/2022
Marcia’s 2#7oz largemouth bass, also caught on 6/18/2022

Yesterday the 25th, as I noted, a warm day… we went over to Nancy’s to hang out for a while, let the dogs play off leash outside, and after a bit, I went over to the boat to re-rig a couple of poles. Of course, instead, the first thing I did was sink a treble hook deep into the pad of my right pointer finger. Sigh. After some faffing about, we fetched some good diagonal cutters from the house, and I snipped the one offending hook off as close to the treble as I could. Then I could get a good grip on the external remnant of the hook with some needle nose pliars and … yanked my hand/finger straight down, allowing the hook/barb to exit my finger along precisely the path it went in. It was too small a hook to rotate around and spin it out of the finger point first. I cleaned it out with some peroxide, put a bandaid on it, and kept working. Still, no fun.

Georgia, on the other hand, was having great fun. Raven (Nancy’s black lab) and a friend’s dog Wheezey (a doodle of some kind) were all over the yard, playing, jumping into the lake after the tennis ball, etc. Well, Georgia won’t go in after the ball… yet. She’s also doing much better meeting dogs on leash, on our daily two mile walks. So much progress!

Not much else to report. Today was a cleaning/chore day. I replaced another ceiling mount fluorescent tube fixture with a better, brighter LED fixture, and got the upper garage blown clean, to boot.

Tomorrow, work and rain. Maybe fishing on Tuesday? Ciao.

13 June 2022

Some Life in Maine

A few pictures to illustrate the good bits…

Georgia the rescue mutt sitting at front storm door, looking back at me
Georgia wants to play with chipmunks
Our Alumacraft boat docked at the lake, with mooring whips.
The boat docked at the lake, with mooring whips.

And Flowers…

Our yard through spring so far has been a cornucopia of flowers, here’s some more of them…

Another of the flowering trees, a horse chestnut
Asian bleeding heart
Apparently, rosa xantina…
A cherry varient

The peonies are just now coming into bloom…

So, yeah, plenty of pleasant surprises from the yard that Lorraine gifted to us when she sold us the house.

Have a great week…

5 June 2022

Oh, Hail…

Last night we had a good line of thunderstorms roll through. In several different directions, folks had rain plus the light/sound show. But we got hail, too… Here’s the front walk as that phase of the storm was winding down:

Hail on our front walk

Not a huge deal, but we only had two small tomato plants in the ground … now we’re down to two “3/4 scale” smaller tomato plants. We’ll see if they survive.

Georgia’s Wonderful Day

Most of Georgia’s days follow a specific pattern:

  • Wake
  • First toilet of the day, out front
  • Breakfast
  • Nap & Chase sunbeams
  • Morning walk ~ two miles or so
  • Nap / Supervise me working
  • Watch us eat lunch
  • Nap / Supervise me working
  • Afternoon toilet
  • Nap
  • Dinner
  • Nap
  • Sleep

Here’s one of the instances of resting in the house, chasing sunbeams

Georgia, our rescue mutt, nap-chasing sunbeams

Today was special, though. The morning walk up to the nearby reservoir found the parking lots full, and stacks of people celebrating something up in the picnic area by the lake – too many people and dogs for her to cope with. But some of our regulars were off in a field to the side – these were dogs that in the past Georgia has run into down near the road, on leash, and freaked out about. But all the dogs were just running around their people and playing while the people talks. So I dropped Georgia’s leash and … she was great. She just went to play with all the dogs and was a slightly bossy sweetie. So nice.

Then, after some errands and chores, Marcia and I took Georgia over to my sister-in-law’s camp on a nearby lake. I had boat whips to install on Nancy’s dock, so that our boat could live there, across from Nancy’s party barge. We got there, and Georgia got to play all afternoon with Raven the black lab, and some kids and some friends of Nancy’s. So while I toiled in the Sun, Georgia had a lovely play date.

Best. Day. Ever. (So far).

Tomorrow, I’ll take the day off work, and we’ll haul the boat back down to the lake, figure out the docking setup, and get some fishing in. Should be fun.

Have a great week, y’all!

24 May 2022

A Sad Day

A sad day for Texas. Another sad day for a world in which the right answer for anyone is to go shoot a bunch of kids. Breaks my heart.


We got out on the boat on Saturday. Marcia caught the first fish, before she ran out of steam, on a warm day out on the water. I went back out and caught two more, the biggest being this 1lb 11oz monster small mouth bass. A purposeful catch, too – I saw a spawning bed, knew at this time of year a fish was likely right nearby. I cast a small worm past the bed and dragged it slowly across, tricking with wily fish. Brought it in quickly, weighed, picture, and right back in the water to finish the business of making more bass…

Captured a small mouth bass on Cobbosseecontee Lake …

It was a fun day out. Sunday was mostly chores around the house, and a bit of visiting with Nancy…

8 May 2022

On the Water

This weekend, we celebrated my birthday a few weeks late. Marcia had been unwell (no Covid, but no fun, either) and she’s now mostly much better, thanks for asking. The best part is that in the interval between birthday actual and birthday celebrated, we took delivery on our AlumaCraft 165S boat. We got it into the water on Friday, and took it out for some fishing both Saturday and Sunday. Note that I said fishing, and not catching – it’s pretty early in the season here yet, and we have lots to learn about fishing techniques/baits that vary with the seasons up here. I think that I had fish on the hook maybe three times, and boated approximately none of them. Marcia did a bit of fishing, but spent time re-rigging and getting gear setup for future trips. That’s time I should probably take, too… Here’s Marcia enjoying our new mode of transportation over the weekend:

Marcia at the helm of her one-boat fleet, our new Alumacraft 165s boat, setup for fishing.

It’s been asked, what will we name this boat. Not sure that I need to name a boat, if I’m going to be mocked for naming cars (which I totally didn’t do). But while “Bob” and “Baldrick”, and perhaps even “I have a cunning plan” are on the list, I’m voting for holding off on a naming ceremony for the first year, after which, if the fishing was good, we can name it nicely. If, however, a boat of our own that doesn’t improve our fishing capabilities is found to have been the result, then perhaps just “UPoS” on the transom will be sufficient (“Useless Piece of —-“).

Spring has (finally) sprung

The weather has finally reached the point where we can call is Spring. It’s been greening up for a while, and the daffodils have been up and out for a while. But the trees and shrubs are finally starting to leaf, the tulips are in bloom, and I’m going to have to mow the lawn for the first time this year, real soon now.

The front flower bed is in Spring bloom, daffodils and tulips in abundance.

The bit of lawn visible behind that flower bed doesn’t seem so bad, but other patches of the lawn have been unevenly fertilized by the dog over the last three months, such that the front yard now looks much like the result of an old man shaving: splotchy and uneven. My initial goal will be to make it flat.

10 April 2022


I managed a few hours in the sub-garage yesterday, doing some more cleanup and getting the tablesaw re-assembled and leveled. That’s no mean feat, working solo.

SawStop contractor table saw with extension table, and home-built cross-cut sled.
Re-assembled my SawStop contractor saw with extension table

Next up is to either fabricate from materials on-hand (or purchase what I need) a decent 3′ or 4′ wide workbench that’ll hang out at the back of the tablesaw. It’ll be an outfeed table for the tablesaw, a miter saw stand, and a clamping and assembly resource. I’ll probably mock it up with materials on hand just to get a sense of positioning and whatnot … then decide how to actually build it.

Working Sunday

Today was mostly given over to non-business day work that needed doing – mostly service migrations of either virtual workloads, and a service migration from an old physical server to a new one. Not very exciting, but regular maintenance goes a long way towards preventing excessively exciting events further down the road.

4 April 2022


In the last few days I managed a variety of outdoor chores around the new homestead. This includes stuff that should have been done during the Fall cleanup, but weren’t since Lorraine was getting ready to move out, and we were not in, yet. By the time I got settled enough to do a small amount of yardwork, there was a tiny window of time before the snows started. So all I managed was to get the bulk of the leaves off the lawns, then.

Now a couple of the front beds have been raked out, and the leaves blown off into a holding area. Then yesterday, I raked out some more leaves around back, and fired up the Cub Cadet for the first time. Works like a champ. The chain-driven leaf collector does a sufficient job at picking up most of large piles of leaves, then I could drive them down to where I stockpiled the Fall accumulation. Eventually I’ll turn that stack over a few times a year and compost them.

Table saw component clamped and gluing back together after the move...
Fixing the table saw

In and around that, I did some more lower-garage cleanup and organization, as well as gluing up another bit of the table saw assembly that needed repair after the move. This one was sort of on me, as I had not fully disassembled a bracket from the top, and of course they moved it bracket-down, breaking out the end of the edge. It’ll be fine, though, once re-assembled.

Georgia, our american bulldog mix rescue mutt, loves lying in the sun on the bed in my home office.
Georgia likes the sun

Georgia likes napping in the sun, in my home office. But she’d rather not be disturbed by being photographed while in the act of napping.

13 March 2022

Friday the Thirteenth

Friday the thirteenth falls on a Sunday this month. Sorry for the lag in posts, but settling into a new house and getting a new rescue mutt makes for a busy time.

Georgia (our American bulldog mix rescue dog) relaxing in a sunbeam on the futon sofa.
Georgia finds a sunny spot

Georgia is settling in pretty well. She’s testing a lot of boundaries, and it’ll be a few months of getting her expectations aligned with actual reality, we’re sure. We are doing formal training with this dog, as Marcia can’t walk her right now – Georgia would pull her over right away. But it’ll all work out. Hardest thing at the moment: finding her toys that she can’t destroy quickly that won’t instead destroy her teeth and gums.

Georgia and I took a walk up to the nearby (retired?) quarry last week. She had fun sniffing everything and trying to pull me over. I had fun looking at the rusty old gear, and trying to keep my feet on a mostly ice-based walking surface.

An old piece of equipment at the old nearby quarry
An old piece of equipment at the old nearby quarry


Maine remains a chore-filled place. Today, for example… Due to extraordinarily good planning on my part, I had to be up at 0630 on the morning of Daylight Stealing Time, to do production OS patching at work. Following that, I did the following activities today:

  • The bi-weekly cleaning of the pellet stove and the wood stove.
  • Shoveled the driveway by hand, since we only got about 2.5″ of snow yesterday afternoon into evening. The downside of not shoveling a light fall is that it partly melts, then turns into an ice rink. So it’s better to clear it quickly. And it’s faster by shovel than by machine, with a light fall.
  • Roasted coffee (the second pound of a tasty Guatemalan from Sweet Maria’s Coffee)
  • Fabricated a new wood rack for near the basement wood stove, to make it easier to manage for Marcia when she’s downstairs sewing, etc.
  • Used wedge and sledge to split some more of the large split wood into smaller split wood – more appropriate sizes for Marcia and our particular woodstove.

We’re about halfway through our regular stock of pellets for the stove. I’ll have to go out and pick up another load in about a week and a half. That batch might carry us right through into the warm (though I doubt it). I buy (25) forty pound bags of pellets at a time, and stock them into the upper garage, bringing a bag in to the house as needed. Here’s what three and a half weeks of heating for the house looks like in the back of the truck:

Pictured: Half a ton of hardwood pellets for our pellet stove, in 40 pound bags, sitting in the back of the F-150 truck.
Half a ton of pellets, bagged in the back of the F-150

As we start to ramp our days back up into 40+ degree Fahrenheit temperatures, the pellet stove shuts itself off for several hours in the middle of the day, so our consumption of pellets should go down by twenty or twenty five percent over the next month.

That’s all I’ve got for you at the moment. Time to go grab a shower, and get ready to start another week… Be well.