30th September 2022 **Caveat: This is a bit glum** . It's October. My car went for repairs on August 9th. It's being held hostage against payment from the insurance company. How is it that every other company expects electronic payment but the insurance company has to mail a paper cheque? "Good news!" they tell me. … Continue reading Nature of the beast
August 2022 An indignant cry alerted me to the fact that my poor Willow was in trouble, again. Confession. Privately I had a wicked snigger. "She pissed in my boots!" . "Moi?!" Now, while Willow would do well in the height category of the Pissing-Kitty Olympics, I can't quite see how even she could have … Continue reading Confessions
1140/28th September 2022 An interaction with Primary Care earlier this week left me fairly spitting mad and I've had trouble re-focusing. Maybe that was why I suddenly got up from my desk and went outside yesterday afternoon. Which is when I had a brief but lovely encounter with one of Nature's beautiful creations. "Oh", I … Continue reading Changes of mood
0845/23rd September 2022 It always seems that on even the gloomiest days, a ray of sun finds the house across the valley. Equally if there is a single unusual cloud about, that is where it will park itself, though without blocking the sun! Until it sets, anyway. Last week some 30 or more wild turkeys … Continue reading That house
0655/25th September 2022 Clouds and contrails. I don't remember them being so varied when I was young, but maybe that's because I wasn't paying enough attention? As a city dweller, you don't have as much opportunity to watch, but often enough I found myself in places with wide open skies. Maybe, if I had had … Continue reading Goings and comings
1705/22nd September 2022 Morning chores accomplished, Grant gone to the garden, cats asleep. Two hours of undisturbed peace ahead... Phone rings. It's Tim who ought to be winging his way to South America. As I answer I put a bare foot down into... ...a pile of regurgitated kibble. My old travel buddy Tim is a … Continue reading Long journey back from Albany
1300/22nd September 2022 Photograph on left is much better without heavy power lines! Thank you for the tip about cleanup.pictures, Pete! I know this was passed on from another blogger...much appreciated. As it turned out, our drive to Albany on Thursday was quite pleasant. I was overlooking the 5-minute rule about weather in these parts. … Continue reading Frank
1848/22nd September 2022 Good memories and bad , in my experience anyway, are often intertwined. It had never occurred to me until this morning. We have one of those fine Fall days of scattered cloud and warm sunny intervals with just the hint of a chill in the blustery wind. A perfect day to attend … Continue reading Home?
1140/21st September 2022 Yesterday's cloudy start soon gave way to fair weather, but during the night it collapsed and today has little chance of reprieve. Heavy rain was something we didn't especially need for our journey to Albany this afternoon. Albany is the capital of New York, and it's as close to "the big city" … Continue reading Off to Albany
1205/20th September 2022 All the shuttling back and forth to the pain clinic could become tedious were it not for the ever changing scenery and the always different sky. Recent rain has transformed our terrain and I think we could compete now with the Emerald Isle! Overcast, damp days highlight the colours. Car trips in … Continue reading What rules?