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Weekly Critter, April 18, 2018

April 18, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Just not sure about the weather.  It was 36 degrees yesterday morning.  It's mid April and I'm supposed to be wearing shorts.  I'm heading out to the observatory on Friday to rip out the garbage lowes sold me for the walls in the warm room.  I was going to try and live with it but with the changes in humidity the garbage walls started to buckle and warp.  I'm way to OCD to put up with that.  Once new walls are put up I can paint and put down carpet.  I should have had the warm room finished six months ago.  Now I guess it'll be a cool room until next winter. 


I have two photos of a Japanese maple today.  We were on the deck puttering around when Linda said I needed to look at the maple.  The overhead sun shining directly on some of the leaves turned them a bright orange where other leaves were a deep red.  I thought it made an interesting photo.  The second photo has a bee and a wasp on the maple's flowers.





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weekly critter, April 14, 2018

April 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

How did it get to be Saturday already?  As far as plumbing goes one problem is an irritation,  two problems make you angry and by the time you have three or four problems all you can do is laugh.  Of course, a couple of gin and tonics helped my disposition.  I was going to just replace the damaged drain hose but Linda wanted all the hoses replaced since I already had the dishwasher pulled out.  I said that would cost a lot of money, that I was not interested in spending two days taking a dishwasher apart and it would be much easier to buy a new appliance.  She said OK...Sneaky girl.  Now we have a new dishwasher which is OK since I think the old one was 16 years old. 


We had our annual zombie party at the deerlick astronomy village the 12th through the 14th.  It's named for how the people look after three long nights of observing.  It was kind of a bust this year.  Thursday night started well but the skies turned turbulent and the once pinpoint stars looked like a light through churning water.  Friday and Saturday were cloudy.  Oh well, that's how it goes with astronomy.  Before the atmosphere got all soupy I did get to try my new eyepiece.  It's an Explore Scientific 82 degree 30mm eyepiece which provides 93x magnification.  The view was stunning.  I now have a new favorite eyepiece.


Friday wasn't a bust for me.  I got to play 'Tom Sawyer'.  A friend wanted to try out the tractor and by the time he left he had moved a large pile of dirt to Linda's 'bird blind' and raked a large area to make it flat.  He left with a big smile on his face.  Tractor therapy.  The first picture is of Mike on the tractor.  Yes, he was having fun.  My second photo is of a columbine, one of my favorite flowers.








weekly critter, April 6, 2018

April 06, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

We had the plumbing poltergeist visit last Saturday.  I was drinking my coffee while trying to get my laptop to work.  Microsoft had just updated windows and of course I was once again staring at the black screen of death.  Then I heard a commotion in the bathroom.  It seems the float hung up after the last flush and water was pouring out of the tank.  Luckily Linda heard the water and got the supply line turned off.  Ok, problem fixed and I was back to the computer.  Linda was in the kitchen and called “Dan, come look at this.”  Yikes what’s the problem now?  The problem was that the dishwasher was leaking all over the kitchen and dining room floor.  So I pulled the DW out and find that the drain hose had failed.  Great.  Next, I was in the powdering room washing my hands and water started squirting out from the spigot handle.  Damn.  And finally, I was in the kitchen cooking (we were having friends over for dinner).  As I started to clean up my mess the sink wouldn’t drain.  Really...I couldn’t make this stuff up.  By the way, have I said recently that I hate plumbing. 


As a followup we decided to install a new dishwasher since the old one was 16 years old,  were going to replace the toilet (it never really worked right),  and the leaky fixture is 30 years old so it's time for a new one.  It took me three days to get the computer working again.

I have two photos of wild flowers taken at the observatory. The first is a wild beach pea and the second is an onion flower.


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weekly critter, March 30, 2018

March 30, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I finally received all the paperwork I needed to finish my taxes and they're now done and ready to file.  Since Linda is over 65 and I'm slightly under we had no state tax to pay.  Yea. 


I spent a couple of days at the observatory, not observing but as usual working on the drainage problems.  Hopefully, the grass along the road will grow quickly and will take care of one problem.    It's been hard to do any grading because of all the rain which turns the Georgia red clay into muck that wants to suck the tractor in up to the axle.  I haven't been stuck yet but very close.


I have two photos of wildflowers for you today.  Both were taken at the observatory.  Last year I had over an acre covered with wildflowers and I hope they bloom again this year.  Not just because they're beautiful but that's an acre I don't have to mow until the flowers die.  The first photo is of a small dandelion.  I know most people don't like dandelions but I do.  The second photo is of a bluet.  A tiny but pretty flower that's less than 1/4 inch across.  I know these aren't the sharpest photos but the wind was blowing like crazy.








weekly critter, March 9, 2018

March 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I've put 50 hours on my tractor and it's time for the first service to change the transmission oil.  All six gallons of it.  I think I'm going to let the dealer do it.  I wonder how much that's going to cost.  The transmission oil is over $20 a gallon.  But it's worth it,  I'm having a blast moving dirt and digging up things.  I might think different when it's 100 degrees and I'm mowing grass.


Make sure you go outside (and freeze) tomorrow morning around 6a and look south toward the moon.  You' see Saturn, the moon, Mars and Jupiter in a line from south east to south west.


I have two photos for you this week.  The first is a  stonecrop sedum.  I really liked the complex pattern.  The second is a flowering quince.  A beautiful flower with long thorns on the branch.  Yes, it got me.





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