Winter

I’ve said before I have tons of notebooks of all sizes stashed around the house. This is an old one that I found in a box.

It’s hard to believe there was a time when it made sense to have a notebook to write down your favorite URLs and passwords.

I don’t know if there’s anyone that still checks in here that doesn’t know me IRL.

Shortly after Thanksgiving my dad had a major health crisis and since then a huge chunk of my time has been a support system including much time at his side in the hospital. He’s not getting better or any worse – just a never ending series of decisions between terrible options.

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Eventful

Wow. It has been an eventful month. A little too eventful for me, but we made it.

This is the aftermath of one of the burn piles in Orleans. I am so sad that I didn’t get a before picture because it was gigantic — so gigantic it looked dangerous.

As I am typing this we are still in group play of the World Cup, my favorite sporting event so lots of matches still to go.

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River Bar

River bar flower.

River bar view of Orleans bridge. October 2022.

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Little Fish Little Fish

Derby match : Timbers v. Seattle.

We won.

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Neighbors with Gardens

Did I already post about this? Not intending to diss the neighbors because they are nice and friendly. This like a lot of my projects.

This dirt was deposited in April. I remember because we had that late snow and it looked like they had a giant snow mound in front of their house.

The dirt was there until at least August. It would have taken me that long, too.

Local view of Mt. St. Helens.

During the summer I went for a lot of walks along all different parts of the neighborhood. It’s amazing how many people have vegetables or fruits right in front of their house or on the parking strip. I always like to check out what other people are growing and early in the season measure their progress to mine.

(I have no photos. Never occurred to me to grab a photo of a neighbor’s squash or blueberries.)

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Survey Says!

Big bear at Tishawnik.

Twice in the past couple of months I have been asked to do a survey for an app I am already using and the survey asked me ‘how much would you be willing to pay?’ about 5 different ways.

Deer at Tishawnik.

Like how much would I pay for different additional features?

What would be the most I would pay?

If the app only cost x amount would I think that it was cheap and crappy? (My words.)

Am I supposed to be able to answer these questions? Especially when they are sprung on me in the middle of a survey?

I already feel like I am being monthly subscriptioned to death. There are extra features that I would pay for to use but I would not use the extra features enough to justify paying an even bigger monthly fee.

Also, pro tip: if you cancel a subscription, they always lure you back with a discounted rate.

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Skunky

Here’s another clip of Skunky out by the shed in September. Now we are getting a lot of opossum movement out there but so far I haven’t gotten a good clip.

TV Shows that you’d think I would like:

House of Dragons — watched one episode. Did not continue.
Ring of Power — didn’t even watch one. No interest.
Welcome to Wrexham — like way more than I even expected. Really good. Recommend. Don’t need to like soccer.

TV Shows I did not expect to like:

Reacher — haha. Watched one episode for curiosity and was hooked. Loved the cast and characters.
Star Trek : Strange New Worlds — it’s not that I expected to not like this as much as I didn’t expect to continue since my “to watch” list is so competitive. Loved it. Perfect to wind down after work. A problem is introduced at the beginning. In the middle things seem dire. By the end it’s all worked out.

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Find Your Friends

I like when the Find My Friends app shows your friend in the middle of the water. We were on the River Cruise.

Hope you are having a Happy Thanksgiving.

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Check Out This Guy

A couple of days after the deer visited the yard during the day, I pulled this off the camera card.

You can tell it’s a deer at first and I assumed the earlier deer came back to see if there were still yummy snacks available.

Then it came into view. Wow. Look how big that guy is!

I called Bob in and we watched this clip together:

We both went, WHOAAAAAAAAA! At the same time.

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So Many Birds

One afternoon this summer I went out in the yard and there were some good sized feather chunks right by the back door.

I think one of the cats is either expressing his approval of the bird feeders or else taunting us. Or is that the same thing?

Just last weekend I found a distressing bunch of fluffy white feathers strewn about under the rhodie.

Poor little birds. Nature is tough.

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