Saturday, February 1, 2014

Stark and Dark


Taken January 7, 2013.

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  1. This picture makes me think of one of Tolkien's forests. Like, just beyond the horizon of the photograph is the place where the tree limbs might start start reaching down to grab you and hold you while they text the orcs.

    The trickle charger turned out to be the kind of magic I highly recommend for anyone with a regular old car battery in a cold climate. It made charging the car as safe and simple as charging a cell phone, and after four hours of barely-monitored connection my car turned over like it was summer.

    Mary, E has one of the attention deficit disorders and she does most of her binge shopping online so literally anything could turn up at the door, although "handy devices" of all kinds are one of the better wells she tends to revisit. I have not given her the login for the food delivery service, lol, lest we become forced to convert the garage into a restaurant. Or a Costco. Our first delivery is in a few days and I am beside myself with excitement to get local grass-fed organic beef and whole milk with the cream at the top in the glass jug.

    Happy weekend to you all.

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    1. Sometimes the woods look scary in a photo but never when you're really there.

      Great news on the trickle charger (I kind of wish they called it a tickle charger).

      Hope the grocery delivery goes well. I love the idea of it; but given that I live somewhere that you can't even get pizza delivered, it will remain a Platonic ideal.

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    2. They do have pick-up options available, if you're actually interested in the food rather than the idea of someone bringing it to you. :)

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    3. Indianapolis is just a little far to go to get groceries.

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  2. Jen, so glad the trickle charger worked. Sounds like a great idea.

    I love having the groceries delivered. Maria got me started with PeaPod which was good but not for everything. Then I found a service that delivers fresh produce that is really good and has lots of natural alternatives. I don't think I could ever give up meat but I try to find grass fed with no antibiotics.

    This is really useful when you have as much trouble walking as I do. Yesterday was a strange day - I got my handicapped license plates. Good in that it will be much less trouble but sigh.

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  3. The whole landscape looks too frozen to actually bend down and grab you. :-)

    I'm in the same boat as Andi for food delivery services. I'm certainly not poor enough to qualify for Meals on Wheels, either. :-P Local farmers do sell produce around here; most of 'em aren't organic, but at least it's local. We can have grass-fed beef any time we want, too… any time the in-laws (the wife, actually) pulls cattle to sell, she can hold one for our own use. (Sometimes, an animal that gives you a lot of hassle tastes that much better…)

    Ended up sitting on a jury, finally. DUI case, another woman, not looking nearly as entitled as the last one. I sat through the whole thing, taking notes, and then Hizzoner let me know I was the alternate. That meant I got to sit in a room by myself while the others did the hard work. At least they let me hang onto my notepad so I could do a little writing. At least it's allll over.

    Goodbye and good riddance to January. The snow is almost gone, and it'll definitely be all gone tomorrow when the rain comes in.

    Dina, I can imagine that sigh. I kind of wonder why, after certain kinds of surgery (say… knee replacement) they don't issue you a 90-day temporary HC permit or something. 'Course, we ended up borrowing Big V's mirror-hang permit, so it wasn't a big deal. I could have always dropped her off and parked a little farther away.

    Time to start self-edits on the next Accidental Sorcerers story, yay!

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    1. Bummer on the jury duty but good that it was only one day.

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  4. Oooh! Love the atmosphere, and the contrasting horizontal- vs portrait-oriented trees/fallen trees/tree lines.

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  5. Larry, we do have temporary placards and after 6 months you can get a permanent placard that has to be renewed every three years. But I got a new car and decided to get the plates. I have had the placard for over 3 years but I still sometimes forget to hang it out. The plates take care of that.

    Unfortunately my back isn't getting better any time soon so it seemed the way to go.

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    1. Dina, I used one of the placards for about 5 years while my chronic thing kept me reliant on either a wheelchair or a cane, and it was such a wonderful thing to have, although I am glad not to need it (for the most part) right now. I hope your plates make getting around as easy and helpful as possible...personally, I think they should issue us little fender-mounted rocket launchers too as an extra defense system but it's probably going to take a while for me to find the right lobbyist to bring that concern to the Congressional floor. ;p

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  6. Ugh -- forecast is for a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain, one really terrible cocktail.

    Hope your weather is being done by a better mixologist.

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    1. Same bartender on shift here serving up the same thing. Made me think of this, lol. Wishing you all a good day.

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