Friday, February 15, 2008

The Weather Gods are your friends. Really.

Yes, spring is on the way. At least, I hope so. I ordered those parts months ago.

And now I'm getting an assist from the Weather Gods, who have seen fit to bring the outside temperature up to a whopping 257 Kelvin. But wait, there's more! We're scheduled to get actual rain sometime tonight, for the first time in months.

Freezing rain, mind you...

...Aw, heck. I'll take it.

Even though it reminds Me of that evening in 1973 that I went out to deliver the Montreal Star, slipped on a patch of wet ice, and landed on My posterior in a very large and very, very cold puddle...

Sunday, February 10, 2008

56 square feet... And a cat or two...

Did some more work on the floor in the study today.

And I had helpers... Little whiskered dudes and dudettes, tiptoeing over boxes of flooring screws and wandering between the joists. At first I tried to keep the Dark Legion out of the construction area altogether. However, when you're dealing with eight feline variables, solving that particular equation is... Well, like herding cats.

(pauses to pull a splinter from the terminal phalanx of Her left third finger) Oh, and I cut a bit of wood, too.

I'm pleased to report that, after the new floorboards were laid in place, the inventory count showed that we still have eight cats.

And there are now seven - 2' x 4' plywood squares installed: The entire first row (w00t!) and the first board in row #2.

Amazingly, when I reached the junction of the office floor and the main study floor, the height difference was less than a quarter of an inch. All the more impressive because I started on the far side of the room and worked towards the existing floor. This bodes well for the project.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Meet Lakshmi!



Here is a fine lady dragon who truly appreciates a clean desk.

And shiny things like lapis lazuli eggs.

And cerulean crayons.

But mostly she's just happy I'm cleaning up My act.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

To curry favour, favour curry

(Title swiped from "The Seasonings" by P.D.Q. Bach)

Made a lovely meal on this chilly Friday night, a vegetable curry that used the "everything including the kitchen sink" masala that I created when cleaning up My spice collection a few weeks ago. Potatoes, carrots, broccoli, onions, garlic, cashews... Some red lentils done up with Chinese chili-garlic sauce and some cumin seed. Plus some white rice and some pappadams.

And then, music time! Worked through an F# minor clarinet study for a while, then switched to violin and played Vilma Wiolin Deutschesfiddle for another half hour.

After that, I tinkered with My collection of guitars. Put François the 12-string back into the Closet of Many Instruments and brought out Spiny Norman the 5-string bass. Adjusted the intonation and lowered the bridge pieces, and played "Badge" and a few other things. Switched to Dr. Venkman, my Ibanez RG electric, and played some more.

Then Red brought up some tea and cherry cobbler, and we had a midnight snack break.

And only then did I wander out to the Internet.

Perhaps I should make curry more often...