Mon

September 27, 2011

Happy Mon. Gray here after a nice day yesterday and rain on Saturday. It froze Saturday night and again last night. Most of the trees are bare, but a few patches of birch still sport bright yellow leaves. Yesterday we washed windows, cleaned out the rain gutter, moved the winter tires from the dog kennel […]

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Friday

September 23, 2011

Happy Friday. Gray here and breezy. We have gotten some light intermittent rain the past 24 hours. Temp in the high 40s. Yokel gnus is gnothing much. Locally, forecasters are forecasting a forecast of frost this weekend, maybe, unless they are wrong. Time to bring in the rose to overwinter. We named it Lazarus because […]

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Mon

September 19, 2011

Pale morning here after a glorious weekend of fall colors. Temp dropped to 40 degrees last night. We watched an excellent History Channel program on Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII by Anne Boleyn and one of the great monarchs in English history. She was extremely well educated and learned from an early age […]

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Fri

September 16, 2011

Happy Fri. Damp here, after raining off and on all night. Temp in the mid-40s. We watched Gunner Palace, the 2004 documentary about an infantry battalion in Iraq that was quartered in Uday Hussein’s pleasure palace. The camera follows the “Gunners” (as they called themselves) around Baghdad on routine patrols, shows them breaking in doors […]

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Wed

September 14, 2011

Happy Wed. In between here, could get nice. Hope so, as the leaves are spectacular. Yokelly we watched the old movie Lifeboat, a Hitchcock film written by John Steinbeck, starring Tallulah Bankhead and Walter Slezak, with William Bendix before his Riley years. Plot: German U-boat sinks American merchant ship, survivors of latter end up in […]

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Tuesday

September 13, 2011

Good Tues. Grayish here after a nice day yesterday. The fall colors are spectacular, and the birds are storing away sunflower seed at a prodigious rate. They emptied one feeder in three days that usually lasts them two weeks. Chickadees cache seed in tree holes and return to the caches during the winter to feed […]

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Saturday

September 9, 2011

I refilled two birdfeeders yesterday. We still have half a dozen types of bird around the yard. Soon the juncos will fly away home, along with the pine siskins, leaving the field and trees to the two kinds of chickadee and the woodpeckers. The gray jays will visit us once the PB log is loaded […]

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Tues

September 6, 2011

Good Tues. Gray here with a little bit of rain after a lovely weekend of sun. I used my time off well to plane a door that has been sticking for a few months. Now it only sticks a little. We watched a good NOVA program on the Dover, PA school district controversy over Darwin’s […]

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Friday

September 2, 2011

Happy Friday. Kind of pale here, could go either way, bright or gray. Yokelly, I’ve been reading a book compiled from interviews with the great Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter, whose recordings I discovered as an undergraduate lo these many years ago. Richter is considered by many the greatest pianist of the second half of the […]

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Thursday

September 1, 2011

Good Thursday. Grayish here. A little rain now and then. We watched a good BBC documentary on the Galapagos Islands, which lie 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in South America. I spent 10 days there in 1980 boating between the islands, and this film brought it all back. Darwin spent five weeks there […]

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