The cheese stealer. Pépère’s tools.

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Gizmo licking his lips for the taste of the Gruyere cheese he stole from me

Is nothing sacred? I had a chunk of Gruyere cheese for supper tonight but did not finish eating it. I set it aside on the table beside my recliner, along with part of a slice of toast, to munch on this evening. I got up and did the dishes and cleaned up the kitchen, then got my laptop from the office and returned to my recliner to write this story. And lo and behold, my chunk of cheese is gone! The piece of toast was still there; I had set the cheese on the toast for later. Continue reading The cheese stealer. Pépère’s tools.

Server problems. Jo Behrman. Shane. Shauna and Casey.

The last 24 hours has been very frustrating! Right after I finished writing and publishing my entry last night a problem developed at the web server and my web site has not been available. That means that that even though there was a post to Facebook, people could not reach the story. I made a chat session with Arvixe tech support last night; that tech could not solve the problem and bounced it up the line to a higher level. But no response. Two more sessions with tech support today and still no resolution, though the last one did more testing and made the priority high when he bounced it up the line. I am writing this tonight using the server on my local laptop; this works fine and I will find a way to be able to post these stories for access until the problem gets fixed. Continue reading Server problems. Jo Behrman. Shane. Shauna and Casey.

It started out miserable, but got better.

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It’s snowing this morning

We were awakened around 2:00 this morning by a sudden burst of very strong wind against OurHous. This kept up for a long time, and it soon started raining. Elaine said this kept her partially awake for a couple of hours, but I went back to sleep again. When I got up the temp was around 48° but it kept dropping until by around 10:00 it was down to 38°. I had our rooftop electric heat going all night, but this morning I had to switch to gas heat; the rooftop heat pump units will not produce heat when the outside temp drops below the mid-40s. The wind let up this morning but was back with a vengeance around 10:00 or so and continued most of the day off and on. Continue reading It started out miserable, but got better.

Nails. Shane visit. Royal Palm web site.

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Elaine’s nails, as redecorated by Shauna

Shortly before leaving Phoenix last week Elaine had a nail appointment and had them redone, at least as far as the base goes. She told her tech, however, that her daughter is a licensed nail tech and that Shauna would add some finish details once Elaine got to Wyoming. Well, today was the day, and you can see the result in the photo at left. Some of those decorations are hand-done, but others are stamps. And in some I think there is a combination of stamp and hand work. In any case, the result is elegant! Continue reading Nails. Shane visit. Royal Palm web site.

Sudden storm. John visit. Shauna visit.

It took me a little while late this afternoon to realize what I was hearing – almost silence. Early this afternoon a sudden wind came up, blowing hard from the west. It kicked up dust and dirt here in the park and blew it all against us and past. I kept waiting for the rain to start falling, and was sure it would be a pelting rain. But it never came. I think the wind lasted for about an hour and a half, and then must have died down as suddenly as it came up. Now this evening the air is still and all I hear is the noise of traffic on I-80 in the distance. But that wind sure did rattle OurHous and made it shake! Continue reading Sudden storm. John visit. Shauna visit.