I’d like to tell you at what time the Department of Watershed Management finished their job and reinstated my water, but I have no idea because they never told anyone. At 6:30pm I wandered down toward the job site, and upon seeing vehicles driving past had a good feeling that they had finished and cleared out. Of this I was correct, and when I returned home I was able to purge the air and dirty water from the ITP Estate’s pipes and resume life as “normal”.

If you live in the southeast of the US the rain is a’comin, or has come and gone by the time you read this. It seems that we’ve had a very wet winter. I probably could have filled three rain barrels with what has fallen in the past three months, sadly I have but one.

I solved today’s Wordle in four attempts; my starter today was SLICE

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28 Responses to 2023-01-25

  1. David says:

    Wordle in 4 starting with WORLD.

  2. steve says:

    It also took me 4 and shouldn’t have! I started with AISLE!!! F’ers.

    Today was the first time it has taken me an hour and a half to get into the office in a very long time. A crash on 85 just around the bend past Sylvan Rd. had us backed almost to Virginia Ave. Ugly day to be driving.

    A good 45 minutes of steady state riding last night while I watched the coverage from the Tour de San Juan (I think that’s the race). While the announcers were doing their best, there were few graphics on screen and apparently no signs on the road! At least big enough to spot from the coverage. They could see the teams lining up for the finish but had no idea how far out they were from the line. “Training races”! Ugh.

    Stay dry.


  3. Barb says:

    We must have gotten plenty of rain last night – our sump pump is making noises in the basement – doing what it is supposed to do. I slept thru it all. Allan went outside to check on everything around the house – the water is doing what its supposed to do.

    I found a knee brace hidden away in all of my “stuff” (I thought I had bought 2 when I was having some good IT band issues years ago) – knee is feeling better, but wearing the brace makes me remember to be careful. I think I will survive this just fine.

    • Glad the water behaved itself. I have to take a stroll around the ITP Estate this morning to assess the hopeful non-damage.

      Speaking of water, thankfully mine is at full pressure and running clean this morning. Hell, I might even get a shower today!

  4. Barb says:

    so many words with I in the middle & E at the end – used Paulie’s start word & never got it.

    • That’s why I had to play some strategy and guess wildly different words to eliminate some letters. I wasn’t confident in my fourth guess, but it was correct nonetheless.

  5. Making headway with my easy game (this is a homework assignment for budding, albeit Stanford student, software developers). In the process I am getting some practical development training again, which is a good thing.

  6. Looked over my finances this morning and discovered something astonishing, I spend a lot of money, wait for it, going out drinking beer and eating. D’Oh!

    • David says:

      I had dinner at my friend Scott’s house last week, and last night we had an impromptu dinner at my house. I’m going to try to do more swapping like that. It’s definitely easier on the wallet, well, depending upon what ingredients need to be sourced. Last night was a mashed potato bowl night from my $2.94 ten pound bag of potatoes from Lidl, so that was definitely the way to do it.

      • Since Betsy no longer drinks alcohol those dinner nights are good, it’s the twice/thrice weekly meetups with friends at bars that are adding up. That, and trips to Florida (gas, occasional lodging, dinners); another one of those will occur next month.

        • David says:

          Yeah, Scott wanted me to join a weekly darts club. I’m like, no thank you, I do not need a scheduled weekly appointment that involves drinking beer. That will not be good for me or my wallet.

        • Jenka says:

          I hadn’t heard that Betsy stopped drinking. Good for her! Was there a reason?

      • Barb says:

        We tend to eat at home more often than not for dinner – as we don’t drink at lunch (during the week), so its much cheaper.

        What all was in your mashed potato bowl?

        Tonight a friend said he was free, so he is coming over for dinner. I’ve decided on Mexican chicken in the crockpot – we have most of the sides already so its just a matter of throwing it all in the crockpot.

        • David says:

          Last night was bacon, cheese, and sour cream. Sunday night’s bowl had bacon, cheese, and broccoli. My daughter is vegetarian, so Sunday night she had tofu instead of bacon. She was away at mock trial at school last night.

    • Jenka says:

      We probably eat out 4 nights a week: once or twice during the week and both weekend days. Although the weekends tend to be more of a dunch situation mid-afternoon. Lupper?

  7. Debbie says:

    Wordle in 4 starting with LEAST.

    We had another inch of rain last night bringing the total to 3.5 this week. Horses can get a fungus from rain and this morning I petted Phinney on the neck and his hair came off. It’s very unsightly, but at the point when their hair sloughs off it’s not painful. I’ve had him for 10 years and this is the worst it’s ever been. Fortunately it’s only on his neck because I keep a blanket on him that protects most of his body.

    Mashed potato bowls sound like great comfort food! I made a pot of split pea soup which is also comfort food to me, but it’s way too thin. I’m going to try again soon and cut the water back by half.

    • steve says:

      And it tasted perfectly fine, just a bit runny. We had a little issue with the ham bone used to season it. Apparently, George couldn’t resist it and snatched it off the counter. We didn’t notice until there was some Serious snarling between he and Ollie. We saved the bone and gave them both a stern talking to.

      • David says:

        And that’s the problem with big dogs, they can counter surf. I truly appreciate Eddie, my chihuahua-pit bull mix (yes you read that right, he’s a total mess). Ginger, my boxer-pit pull mix can get stuff off of the counter and it’s so damn frustrating, especially when she barfs on a rug after doing so and/or won’t eat her dog food because of an upset stomach. I have a big bin of what I’ve dubbed her “bad dog pills” that she gets when she eats something she shouldn’t have. It ends to sort her GI tract back out again.

        • steve says:

          Lola would look and might surf a bit. Farley only surfed once. Debbie was making something that required Velveeta and Farley slurped up a whole block of it!

          • David says:

            Well, little dogs can be opportunist as well. When my wife was in veterinary school she had a study group at her house one night. One of her friends set a can of nacho cheese dip down on an end table. Our beagle Layla was found a few minutes later with an empty can and cheese all around her nose.

    • I checked the rain gauge, WLF caught an inch as well.

  8. Back from a 4.5 mile walk. Boy, it’s warm out there today.

    WLF suffered one minor casualty from last night’s storm, a fence I erected up which I grew peas was blown over. It’s no great loss as it wasn’t as successful for me last year as it had been the year before and I was contemplating a change.

  9. David says:

    Oh, and my rant for today is the fucking passive aggressive web sites like Georgia Power’s that won’t let you paste information like the bank routing number and account number into their web site form. You really want me to type that shit out and transpose something? You really wouldn’t rather me to copy it from my password manager where I know the numbers are correct? Christ, nothing is ever easy. I had their bill on autopay through my bank, but they changed something, and I can’t log into my Georgia Power account without talking to a person (and waiting 45+ minutes to do so), so for now I have to deal with their fucked up form to keep my lights on. Programmers should get lashed to their chair and forced to use their own work. Software would then improve greatly.

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