Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Rainy Day Musings...

I really need a holiday.  The Keys maybe, swaying in a comfy hammock, with a cool drink and a hot book; Kauai, with the gentle trades blowing every afternoon, just in time for a nap; Sorrento, as the sun sets behind Ischia, lighting up the Gulf of Naples; a cozy cottage in the Highlands, my favorite whisky close at hand; a pub along Dublin's River Liffey with a strong mug of Irish coffee; Devonshire clotted cream and red currant jam on a fresh baked scone at Betty's Tea Room in York...


Ah well.  Memories will have to do for now, I guess.

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The weather has been wild and stormy for the past few days. Torrential rains, with no let up at all, making walks a soggy experience, and car trips crazy and slightly dangerous.  Why do people forget how to drive in rain or snow?  It's not rocket science to realize the streets are wet and slippery; braking will be different than on dry pavement.  And would it hurt to slow down you frigging idiots take it a bit easy when visibility is about a foot in front of your car from the overspray?

I love that's it's finally, truly, raining.  I've been waiting for this since May.  Unfortunately, when it rains I want to stay all warm and toasty in the house, not have to go down the mountain and deal with stuff.  Too bad for me then that the weather changed just when I have a couple of really busy days and have to be out in the deluge.  Though, lest anyone think I'm complaining...I'm not.  I love the rain and the crap weather.  I just love it more when I can stay home. 

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Yesterday was Ozzy's check-up to see if he's doing okay with the heart meds.   It was a fraught appointment, though my vet is the kindest, most sincere guy, which really helped.  My poor wee boy is not doing as well as we 'd hoped; in fact his arrhythmia is a bit worse.  Crap.  So, it's a double dose of the meds and crossed fingers until next month's appointment. 

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Several projects I've been doing this year will soon be coming to an end.  Yesterday I finished my Book Challenge, which felt really good.  Obviously, I'll still be reading through till the end of 2013, so my count will actually be higher than my goal, but hey, what matters is I did it.  I'll be completing the 52s, and with any luck at all, the serial pretty soon, too.  I don't know yet what I'm going to do for replacement projects, though now isn't the time to ponder that.  I have a few weeks to go, after all. 

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BBCAmerica is running a major Dr Who marathon for the next week.  It's the 50th anniversary of the show.  Yesterday I watched some really interesting background stuff about the original concept, the early days in the 60s, and the various actors.  Now they're going through the episodes one doctor at a time.  It's been fun to watch the changes, the development of television in Britain, and--thankfully--the advancement in special effects.

Because:  One scene in the first season (1963) was an episode where the infamous evil aliens, the Daleks, appear for the first time.  The long arms that sprouted from their robot bodies were toilet plungers!  I'm still laughing...

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Tomorrow I have a dentist appointment (ugh X 1000), the cable people are coming to drill under my driveway, the deck and my Birch tree roots to update the twenty-year-old cables (any bets on how that's going to go, dear readers?), and I have to reconfigure half my damn computer system because I had to upgrade Windows 8, which was bloody worthless to begin with, but now I have Windows 8.1 which has messed with my programs and my desktop, deleted add-ons, added crap I don't want...

Have I mentioned I need a holiday...?


  1. My daughter is a Who? fan. It borders on pathology.

    I liked Tom Baker. After that?...nothing that impressed me to rocket science...

    1. Tom Baker was definitely my fav, until David Tennant came along in 2005. Course, he was from Scotland, so no contest with the other Doctors after than... ;D