Aaaand stop.

Aug. 21st, 2017 05:33 pm
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Yeah, the house is on hold again. Waiting for a life-span guarantee on the roof. Apparently the mortgage company want a certificate that says it'll last another 5 years. This is irritating, because we plan to pull the roof off anyhow. Regardless of whether we do the small-renovation of the inside, or the big project, the roof is on our list - but the thing is, we haven't yet decided which way we're going to jump.

So if we have to make that decision now, it may mean that we dump our plan to do a fairly wideranging reno, with significant structural mods, because having to put a roof on the place before we start would kinda stimie that. I don't think either of us is up for paying for two roofs.

Still, to focus on good things, I spend this morning chilling with a friend in a park and watching the partial eclipse. Being disorganized and cheap I made myself a pin-hole viewer - unlike the idiot in the white house who, with his whole antiscience bent, decided to just stare at the damn sun. I'm kind of assuming the moment afterwards looked something like this:



Anyhow, the pinhole viewer actually worked remarkably well. Also, Sarah let me borrow her glasses so I ended up getting a pretty good view of it. While at 93% here it was cool, it wasn't totality which I've seen once before and which is a different level of odd (although I didn't really appreciate the oddness at the time).

As we wandered back we experienced a rather cool effect:

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It seems, the leaves create a pseudo-pinhole effect, allowing the crescent of visible sun to be projected onto the ground.

...

In other news, I've bitten my lip. This has always been slightly problematic, in that I tend to promptly get an ulcer afterwards - but that wasn't much of an issue, but about a year and a half ago I got some kind of infection after biting my lip, and then promptly felt utterly shit for a week. I'm feeling the same after this one, and it's looking red and swollen again. This time I have health coverage, though, so I might need to visit a walk in center.

Last time, with no health coverage, I got to experience the joy of the US healthcare system, where I stayed at home and rode it out, drinking plenty, rinsing my mouth with salt and hoping my immune system could kill whatever it was. Thankfully, tomorrow I can't go out anyhow, because we've got a package being delivered (with the standard, helpful FedEx / UPS delivery estimate of "tomorrow"), so I have an enforced rest day. Although I've spent much of today lying on the couch (having done the food shop), and reading the For Pros By Pros wiring book.

Still, there may be one trip out tomorrow. I'm suspecting the package is the tyres for the Rav (which have gained another nail, a super expensive nail this time, because it's just in the sidewall).

Ah well.

Archers' Summary, Monday 21st August

Aug. 21st, 2017 06:31 pm
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Shula effects a meeting at The Stables between Latif and Anisha with the result that Anisha is offered locum work in Latif's stables; after much thought, Anisha decides to remain in the practice to Alistair's relief.

Yay!

Aug. 21st, 2017 06:42 pm
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I had a phone call at lunchtime... :) and they're happy for me to have a week off between jobs!

What I did on my holidays: Devon

Aug. 21st, 2017 02:03 pm
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So, we had a fab holiday in Devon with family, slightly hampered by trying to organise lots of small bunches of people into doing things socially together when they all have different routines and mealtimes.


Wortham 2017


Friday: train down to Exeter to meet up with Steph and Dad, where we organise ourselves into two cars, and Steph and Dad drove us over to Wortham Manor, where Em and Mum were already settling in. Also joined by Gail and David, and Bob and Doreen for the first few days who mostly did their own thing in the daytime but were lovely company in the evenings and cooked some great meals!

Saturday: Day out to Bude, lots of fun building sandcastles and chasing waves, but cut short by the realisation we'd not bought enough car parking and weren't allowed to extend it.

Sunday: dad accidentally went off with our car seat in his car, so Em and Steph went off to see Launceton Castle while Mike, Matthew and I had a nice walk in the lanes near the house, and found an incredible blackberry patch. Grandad joined us in the evening, and sadly James had to leave us.

Monday: a rainy day, so we headed to the Fairground Heritage Centre near Lifton. I'd have liked a better look at some of the exhibits, but had lots of fun accompanying Izzy and Matthew on the dodgems, Izzy on the ghost train and Izzy and Ollie on the Chariot Racer - which was *very* fast. Chris and Kathryn managed to join us in the later afternoon which was lovely, and very brave of them to stay for tea with the whole clan :)

Tuesday: Mum's birthday. A lovely lunch out (where I learned the skill of *not* calling one of the chairs round the table "special" in front of three children), excellent food, shame about the service. A very late afternoon tea, with cake and scones and sandwiches and fizz, and Mike and I took an evening walk, and found deer and rabbits, but no badgers this year. We got back just before the rain :)

Wednesday: Off to Hidden Valley with Em and Steph and the kids. The Maze was a big hit with all of them, and they enjoyed the Indiana Jones trail and hunting for clues. I think the grown-ups might have quite liked to do some of the harder puzzles too. We also did an immense quantity of blackberry picking which the kids loved, and left more than enough for apple and blackberry crumble. (I fear eventually the rest went in the compost).

Thursday: last full day spent mostly at the beach at Bude again, wave hopping and paddling before a fish and chips lunch, then sandcastles, dam-building and a dip in the sea pool - Oliver very disappointed that it wasn't a *heated* pool. I braved a whole actual length across and back as well as some pottering about, but it really was rather bracing. A quiet evening as Em headed off early, and mum and dad out to Dinner, so Steph and Mike and I fed the kids and then had a somewhat bonkers last meal of fish fingers, burgers, chips, salsa and sour cream and chive dip :)

Sad not to manage to meet up with Kate and Nigel - but an excuse to go visit their cottage next year!

Photos on Flickr: Wortham Manor 2017

I think with the demise of Livejournal I'm going to be aiming to use Flickr as the best option for both hosting and sharing photos, as it's more visible to folk outside Facebook. If you dislike any of the photos just ask and I can make private or take down.

Plumbing!

Aug. 21st, 2017 03:23 pm
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While making breakfast I was distracted by a dripping noise from the ceiling. Investigation revealed a damp bulging patch which I easily put my finger through directly under where the shower drain is in the bathroom above.

I've made the hole bigger, since the damaged part will need to come down anyway when it's repaired and sure enough there is a shower trap visible with a lot of lime-scale over the entire body. So it looks like the seal between the shower tray and the drain/trap has failed.

ETA: After removing it I discovered that the body was cracked. A replacement has been obtained.

A rather fuzzy photo looking straight up:

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Posted by Bruce Schneier

A new feature in Apple's new iPhone operating system -- iOS 11 -- will allow users to quickly disable Touch ID.

A new setting, designed to automate emergency services calls, lets iPhone users tap the power button quickly five times to call 911. This doesn't automatically dial the emergency services by default, but it brings up the option to and also temporarily disables Touch ID until you enter a passcode.

This is useful in situations where the police cannot compel you to divulge your password, but can compel you to press your finger on the reader.

Music meme: day 21 of 30

Aug. 21st, 2017 12:50 pm
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A favourite song with a person's name in the title: Several options for this one, but I'm going with Hey there Delilah by Plain White T's. I generally really like songs that tell a bit of a story, and I can imagine the characters in this one so vividly. I like the balance of emotions; it's a sad song about missing a lover, but it's also optimistic and the music is at least somewhat catchy. And I like that they're apart because they're both pursuing their careers, it's not some passive muse waiting for her artist boyfriend to come home. It's not my usual musical style; indeed I discovered it simply by listening to chart radio like some young person who's in touch with the recent music scene.

Besides, I've been in long-distance relationships pretty much my entire adult life, so I can really relate. But no longer; I haven't posted about this in public yet, but in a couple of weeks I'm properly moving to Cambridge. So I'll be living full time in the same house as my husband and the same town as my Other Significant Others. And I won't be spending every Friday and Sunday evening commuting. I'm really really looking forward to this next phase in my life, but also at the moment up to my ears in arranging the move, and quite emotional about leaving the situation I've been settled in for 8 years.

This weekend I lead my last Shabbat morning service with my lovely community. They are understandably nervous about the future without me, and I will miss them absolutely terribly. I talked a bit about Re'eh, making sure that there's no comparison between Moses saying farewell to the Israelites and me saying farewell now. I discussed keeping sanctity while you're living in an imperfect situation, far away from Jewish centres. What compromises can you make (eating meat without making a Temple sacrifice) and what lines can't be crossed (worshipping in Pagan sites)? Then it will go well for you and your children after you, for all of time, because you will do what is good and right in the eyes of the Eternal your God. And we ate cakes made by my sister and the community gave me some really nice silver Shabbat candlesticks with engraved stands.

[personal profile] jack came up to help me sort the flat out. In lots of ways the decision making is the harder part of packing than the physical labour, so having my husband with me was an amazing help. I am really looking forward to living with him and properly sharing the work of running a household, because we're such a great team. Not just one day in the distant future when our dreams come true, but next month:
We'll have it good
We'll have the life we knew we would
My word is good

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Done last week (20170813Su - 19Sa)

Aug. 20th, 2017 09:44 pm
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The last pod has been emptied -- it will be hauled off on Wednesday -- so I guess that means we're officially moved in. So many things we really shouldn't have taken! (And a few we should have, but gave away instead...)

We decided not to go to Oregon to see the eclipse. Just didn't start soon enough; maybe we can get to 2024? Tough decision, but we hadn't planned far enough ahead; with the expected traffic we probably wouldn't have made it, we would have had to scramble to find someone to care for the cats, and the room was expensive.

A lot of overload/stress/depression/anxiety problems, especially Monday and yesterday. Yesterday was particularly bad -- I felt drained pretty much all day after a morning meltdown. I probably need to bunny more.

There are continuing problems with the cats. Bronx is still pretty sick, and Ticia spent much of the week hiding under the bed. We finally set Colleen up in the brown recliner, with her usual bowls of water and treats. That seems to have worked, or at least helped. She's still awfully skittish. May have to do with the kittens. Especially Bronx.

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The End of Summer Vacation

Aug. 20th, 2017 11:18 pm
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Today was the last day of the girls' summer vacation. I got up early to go coach Katie's softball team (in her absence). Then it was home and off to the park to wait for the Girl Scouts to return from camp. From there, we proceeded briskly to a late lunch. Then it was home, work on a few things around the house, and off to the big pool which will be open next weekend, but the forecast for next weekend is not favorable for swimming. Back home for dinner and cleaning up various things before school starts tomorrow, including starting a bare-metal reinstall of Windows 10 on Katie's computer, because nothing else has worked so far to try to get it running again. And then another half-chapter of Have Space Suit, Will Travel for Katie.

Bed. Bed is looking good. It was a busy day.

It should be. It was the last day of summer vacation. :)

Archers' Summary, Sunday 20th August

Aug. 20th, 2017 09:41 pm
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Justin pays over the odds for the Dower House and Oliver confides to Shula he is considering selling Grey Gables.

...And Not Much Going On...

Aug. 20th, 2017 09:12 pm
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There was a fairly busy radio club Net on Wednesday evening, though it seems almost half of the participants aren't actually members of that club; they just happen to live within radio ear-shot, so to speak.

I was up and sort-of awake in good time for Thursday morning's Morse practice broadcast, but it seemed that I was still half-asleep when it came to actually hearing the Morse. It had been well over a year since I made so many mistakes. The rest of the day wasn't all that much better. I did manage to walk to the shops without getting rained on. High points of the day were probably the loud fast jets flying in ahead of the weekend's airshow. Some of them did practice routines, too. I failed to spot it was "Sky at Night" week until five minutes before the programme ended, but got caught up by the stream of programmes following it, and ended up square-eyed all evening. This doesn't happen often...

I didn't hurry Friday, having done enough shopping on Thursday to cover the weekend, and gone to bed rather too late on Thursday night. Early in the afternoon (by which time I had, thankfully, actually got as far as having breakfast, showering, and getting dressed) a friend dropped in with her young grandson, who brought a couple of little toys he was convinced I'd be able to fix. It turned out they were full of sand, and once that was cleaned out they started working again. There was, I think, a bit more fast jet activity during the afternoon. I hear a lot more than I see, partly because it's often difficult to tell which side of the house to look out of.

I did a little bit of gardening work on Saturday morning, but ran out of energy and enthusiasm, and didn't get anywhere near completing the tasks I need to do. I did spend a little while systematically photographing the trees around my radio mast in order to try to determine which branches will get in the way of my new antenna. I think I need the services of a tree surgeon.

Today I was awake for the usual Sunday morning radio Net, and watched as the Patrouille de France planes came in on the landing approach to Biggin Hill with their wheels down. However, after lunch I fell asleep, and though I was vaguely aware of the noise made by the them, the Red Arrows, and other aircraft doing their displays over Biggin Hill, I didn't see much of it. This evening, having discovered a surplus of eggs and milk in the fridge, I made pancakes for myself for supper. One egg makes enough batter to make too many pancakes...

The future

Aug. 20th, 2017 08:11 pm

Dizzy

Aug. 20th, 2017 08:06 pm
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I'm so Dizzy, my head is spinning.

Dizzy

Tourism through swimming pools

Aug. 20th, 2017 07:46 pm
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Both children love swimming. Charles is a competent casual swimmer, Nicholas is still in beginner swim lessons and needs the full-time attention of an adult whenever out of his depth. So I like to take them swimming whenever possible, and made sure to pack swimming things for this holiday.

So far we have managed 2 pools in Helsinki, 1 on the ferry, and 2 in Stockholm.
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Today we arrived in Copenhagen and our current airbnb in Fredericksberg is a very short walk from another local pool, plus there are a number of others I am investigating in case we have time for a second one ...
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