Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Evil, vile, hateful things are computer viruses.

Reboot in safe mode, system restore, and full scan while still offline are the steps I'm taking to try to get it cleared off my main computer.

Wish me luck!

Sunday, March 14, 2010


Tiny sproutlings peeking up in the basement and there is still hope for spring. I have to keep a close eye on the moisture levels because the heat mat dries it out faster.

The garden and yard are still under snow, but it's getting lower. The compost bins are showing, so that's progress.

I really hate the time would be more palatable if they set it up to change on Monday afternoon!

This was a weekend of critter maintenance: cleaned the fish tank and guinea pig cages, and the usual cat stuff. Productive, but over so very quickly.

I had better get to bed now because the alarm is going to sound terribly early in the morning.

Monday, March 8, 2010


While I've been enjoying reading Hausfrau's blog on Peak Oil, I was thrown when she called for people to give up their hopes for 'Starship Enterprises'. Give up the dream for a future with the promise of other planets and peoples to know? Never!

I grew up believing that humans could grow past their petty prejudices and xenophobia's; making a positive impact on the universe. While Star Trek certainly was the strongest influence, there were others; notably, Andre Norton's The Stars Are Ours.

Peak Oil may slow us down, but I hope we never give up the dream.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Basic consumption

I read that the average American uses 100 gallons of water a day. Our home usage for the last twelve months was 18,100 gallons, which comes to just under 50 gallons a day for two people.

Blimey! I was just looking at the RIOT website and they want all usage cut by 90%. That means only 10 gallons of water per person each day.... would I really want my co-workers to stop showering so they have water to do the laundry???

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Well of deep thoughts

I haven't had much to say lately; I've been thinking. Sadly, I don't have any stunning revelations to offer up that could improve the world; my thoughts tend to focus on my own little life. As my son stretches himself into the exciting adventure of legally being an adult, I wonder if I will be happy completely alone. Not that I want more kids! Getting him to adulthood as a fairly stable and happy person is enough of an accomplishment for me.

It's just that it's been over twenty years since I lived alone. The concept is unnerving.

Other news: the pictures in my previous post are, unfortunately, still accurate. Zero, as in absolutely none, places in my yard where the snow is gone. In fact, most of it is still knee high! Which I discovered today on dragging the barrel of guinea pig poo out to the garden compost pile. Lots of grumbling about why I put it so far from the house took place.

I started my tomato and pepper seedlings amid much mockery at work for it being too early. Hah! They don't have a polytunnel to plant out in. I also picked up some boards to make a cold-frame.

That's pretty much where I'm at now. Happy blogging!