22nd June 2017

Go ahead and fix it

I have another “how come?” question. How come, when that guy calls from Microsoft, to let me know that there is a problem with my computer, and I thank him and say “Go ahead, fix it”, he never does. He just hangs up. Is there something that I’m missing here?

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21st June 2017

Record the colours

At the edge of a nearby field, the dog and I noticed some small flags. OK, maybe not the dog, but I had to know the why. This was human intervention. On the ground, a small green plastic disk, with an inscription. “Vernon Pitfall”. Don’t know anyone with that name hereabouts, but at home Google came to the rescue.

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19th June 2017

Brick walls available

There are certainly better ways of preparing meat for my BBQ. I’m not interested. As long as the meat comes off, cooked, with a minimum of char I believe I’ve won my battle. This evening, pork. Earlier in the cycle, beef. The process varies only in minor detail. Yes, I do add a touch of seasoning, and I’ve learned to wait until the grill is hot before offering up my sacrifice. Other than that?

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18th June 2017

Keenly aware of traffic

Perhaps living in the country has changed my perception of “season change”, but there is no doubt that we’re rolling into the summer side of life. More familiar faces at the Trivia evening. (Yes, our team won, again.) The strawberry plants in bloom. The return of my neighbour from down at the bottom of the hill, back from wherever folks go to avoid winter weather. All the signs point to a need for a beach day in my life.

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17th June 2017

Answering dozens of questions

Two ships, in the middle of the ocean. One large, the other larger. Drawn together, inexorably. The details are lacking, but a naval destroyer managed to get hit by one of those container ships. Messy. By the time all of the inquests are over, the rest of the world will have forgotten about it.

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13th June 2017

Distracting all within earshot

Some fads come along at the wrong time. After seeing a mention of a “stress reduction device for the office”, I had to peek. In essence, an expensive “fidget spinner”. You might have heard those mentioned as the newest plague to invade the teaching zone in a school near you. I’m now left trying to imagine the reaction my department head (or the nice people over in HR) might have given, if I had placed a few of these in plain view.

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11th June 2017

Forget it, donut dealer

I continue to be amazed by the space available. Inside. Our car. Leave the passenger(s) at home, and you can put the oddest things into the area behind the driver’s seat.

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3rd June 2017

Is your yard for sale?

Two days running, with big warnings and ominous clouds. Followed by nothing. I’m back in from the BBQ, watching more fog roll in. The hummingbirds were busy behind me; I paid little attention to the reddish hue of my tee. They don’t attack (do they?)

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2nd June 2017

Spread it, thin

We were warned. Throughout the afternoon, a persistent risk of thunderstorm activity. The web alarms were sounded. On Twitter, photos of black skies from the west, and piles of new hail in the hedgerows. I waited; for all my heightened state of alert, I listened to a few low-pitched booms from waterward. Here at home… nothing. Maybe another day.

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31st May 2017

Under surveillance

While I wait for my hummingbird nectar to cool (boiling water, not good for birds), I find myself wondering. Is that visitor at the window aware that the feeder is in the kitchen? Am I under surveillance by something with a brain no larger than a chickpea? Scary.

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