Archive for October, 2020

A day in the life.

October 22, 2020

Yesterday was actually spent at work.

Big Screen

Today, back home. Setting up new gizmos and gadgets.

Little Screens

Yes, my work phone is now my house, work phone. And it rang promptly at 8 am. And again at about 4 PM. I guess somebody is checking up on me. Since my work phone is now at home, what will I use when I am in the office.

Watching sewer tapes. Both of my kids, in their younger days, spent hours watching sewer tapes.

Looking for side sewer connections

Signing paperwork with much less angst that there should have been. Maybe fried chicken had something to do with it.

Not enough productive work.  Work, just not enough checked off the list.

Finally got a walk in after work. The Halloween decorations are sprouting all over the neighborhood. I think people are spending more time at home and in their yards. Spider webs seem to be a popular theme. Followed closely by gravestones. No pictures yet, maybe between now and Halloween.

I only watched the debate for a few minutes. With the sound off. But it still looked like the T was interrupting. Just a few weeks more.


October 19, 2020

Yesterday I mentioned making the choice to walk blurred, rather than fogged. Today’s lunchtime saunter was also in the rain, and my glasses fogged. I tried wearing 2 masks, but eventually the fog appeared.

I kept the glasses on today. We were in the familiar neighborhood. Carl did keep pointing out interesting Halloween decorations, and some were lost to me in the fog. They may have also been lost in the blur.

A few blocks from home I caught a different glimpse of something. This glimpse made me try closing one eye, and then the other. Low and behold, only one lense was fogged. Carl verified this fact.

What I don’t understand is why my good eye, the one that really sees things, was the one that was fogged!


October 18, 2020

Our civic duty has been completed.

Rainy day, but we walked to the ballot box anyway. It’s about a mile away, and there appeared to be a steady stream of people walking or driving up, and waiting a socially distanced bit away, for their turn.

We were masked, as we almost always are when we walk. Today I took off my glasses because I felt blurry beat foggy. I wore a different mask today. It fit well, but didn’t have wire along the nose, and I think that caused more fogging. Or the dewpoint.

Other than the walk it was a bit of a lazy weekend. I continue to call it travel recovery, but after today that excuse will have run its course.

My home work station is now surrounded by watchers. Our cutouts are home for the winter. I wonder if it would work to have them sit in on a meeting or two.

Fully into fall now means it’s also time for the World Series. The Rays are in for the AL, and the Dodgers/Braves decision is currently figuring itself out. There are varying reasons to root for or against any of these teams, so it could be a fun series to watch. And thanks to the Rays for taking the Astros out, I would have had to root against those cheaters! They may say they were treated poorly, but they brought it on themselves, and I think they profited most by not having fans in the stands.

Time to go

October 13, 2020

It has been a great trip. One leg to go, and back to the grindstone.

Time is showing everywhere.

Puff balls.

10/10 showing their age

Trees are beautiful in their fall plumage.

Many, many walks. The County Farm Park was a pleasant nearby discovery. One afternoon our walk consisted of covering all of the different paths within the park.

Elevated Water Tower

The Maya Lin Wave Field was also new to us. (On UofM’s North Campus. )

Francois Xavier Bagnoud

Of course family was the main event, and spending the early distant time for the later close times was worth every moment.

Soccer basketball revival.

It’s a family thing
It’s a grandparent thing
It’s a great-grandparent thing
It’s a great-aunt thing
It’s a family thing


October 3, 2020


The usual

On a walk


That’s a live toad looking for help to get out of a window well at our Airbnb

And late tonight the grandson and his attendants arrive.

In the meantime, today was a sorting to sort of flinging day. There was definitely some odds and ends that were discarded, and a few more recycled. Sometimes when you buy a piece of clothing, they give you an extra matching button or two, and maybe some thread or yarn. Years later, who knows where that garment is. The buttons went into a button jar, backing into recycle, and plastic packaging into the trash. Many different sewing notions were sorted. Knitting needles and hunks of yarn gathered. A good day for deciding what to save, what to let go, what to offer to others, and what needs an in person decision.

I wonder what will be in the next sorting sortie.