Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I have been busy. The boys finished school on the 12th, I did major hardware upgrades to Offspring #1's desktop. New motherboard, CPU, graphics card and ram, oh, and DVDr/w. Over the last 8 or 9 years I've done hardware upgrades to every desktop system in the house, multiple times, and they never work out exactly the same. Plus, whenever I start a new upgrade, the last one was long enough ago that I can't quite remember exactly what I did before. Some of those were very horrid, taking days to get everything working properly. *ind*ws xp doesn't exactly take kindly to major component changes.
The first few times I didn't really understand about xp, and ended up completely reinstalling the os, and then spending, like, 18 hours to go through all the service packs and security updates, and reinstall programs. uhhggg. And of course no install is complete without the requisite phone call to the call center in India to receive another authorization number for the os.
At any rate, the last upgrade went fairly well, the os did balk at bit at starting up but finally decided to play, and now Offspring #1 is able to once again spend hours engaged in yet another massive multi player whatever. Offspring #2 plays as well, but he had me upgrade his system some months ago. BTW, they both are required to pay for their own hardware.
Oh, ya know, part of why I wasn't posting much - we'd been having kick a** heat here, and I just couldn't bear having the 'puter on, generating that much more heat. So I really was trying to minimize use. And I was researching spinning wheels, having suddenly decided I must have one, and learn to spin. And researching how to spin. More about that is on the other blog.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Aren't the Peonies pretty?
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I'll get at least a few of these posted soon, please be patient.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
So today was just another day when someone talking on a cell phone while driving nearly clocked me. It was like my car was invisible until I honked the horn. He was exiting a driveway and started slowly rolling out onto the street and I thought, "OK, there's plenty of room for him to wait there for an opening in traffic."
Except he didn't wait, he actually started accelerating! Broad daylight, no visual obstructions, didn't stop until I honked and swerved. The look on his face was as if I had just suddenly appeared out of thin air. I'm usually not surprised if someone overlooks me while I'm driving the MINI, it is a smaller car. But I was driving a Mazda 3 sedan this time. And I've had people nearly run me off the road while I'm driving a big white pickup truck. It seems like at least half the time I can see the other driver is holding a cell phone against their ear.
Maybe they would be just as distracted using a hands free cell phone device, I don't know. The MINI is a manual transmission, so if I've got one hand busy holding a cell phone against my ear, that leaves one other hand to handle steering and shifting (and turn indicators, powering windows up/down, activating wipers, adjusting radio, etc.). So I do use a blue tooth device. I like driving with both hands on the wheel, except for during shifts. Having both hands on the wheel gives me an edge when I have to dodge those other drivers.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Oh, I am still trying to get my fire pit built. I am appalled at how long I am taking to get this done. I have most of the rocks selected, just a few more and then I'll start with the mortar. I sure hope I like how it turns out. Its not like a knitting project, something that can be unraveled and redone.
Today is unseasonably warm, and I've convinced myself that I shouldn't be out in the mid-day heat. It would be nice to wrap this project up this weekend.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
We've decided to redo a small part of the backyard. The Offspring are reluctant participants, but boy-oh-boy, are they big enough to get some work done now! We had an area partially covered with flagstones, and grassed growing between. At least that was the plan. Mostly the weeds were coming up in between with the grasses sort of here and there. It didn't seem like a very inviting place, so its getting a makeover.
The grasses and weeds were killed and dug up, and then the flagstones removed. The d.g. below is getting re leveled (it wasn't draining well before) and then the stones will be replaced and small river rock set in between. We're adding a fire pit to the area too, and I've just about finished digging out the footing. The Offspring have been collecting rock from around the property, and hopefully tomorrow I can start building the pit.
Oh, and tomorrow the solar panel installation crew comes to start our installation. Bye-bye electric bill!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
I thought I'd be saving money and work time by installing drip to replace some of the overhead watering on one of the slopes, but that hasn't been the case. The drip hoses don't stay in place well on the slope, but I very much doubt that has anything to do with the dogs running through and over everything. Or the gophers burying the emitters. Or Shae chewing through the lines while trying to dig the gophers out. At any rate, the lovely and well spaced winter rains seem to be over, so the irrigation system needs to function. I thought I'd get it done today, but decided to go photograph the wildflowers on the hill instead. Soon most of the bloom will be over, and I know I'd regret not getting out to see what is blooming.
The area north of the house burned maybe 4 or 5 years before the house was built, and while there is plenty of scrub, it looks like toyon and some other shrubs are just finally getting some size, over 10 years later. There's another shrub I don't recognize, I've got to look it up. OK, Coffeeberry or Rhamnus californica. Anyway, it was a lovely walk. Shae and I startled a deer, she looked very well fed. I didn't get any pictures of the doe, but will post some of the wildflower ones. Some of the flowers are so small, tiny little purple blossoms, multitudes of different little yellow ones, I wonder if I'll ever learn all their names?