Rain, Thunder and Lightning

The good news is that I have another few hours in the day to work in the yard and garden.   I used to watch a couple hours of news in the morning and then again in the early evening – since the news has gone 100% pandemic or Minneapolis or riots in general I’ve lost total interest.   I know about what time the local news is going to forecast weather so I can keep on top of what’s important. 

Tom continues to drag us kicking and screaming into the 21st century.   He got us an iPad and each week visits and adds a few more applications and loads of more viewing options.   For example, we have Sirius XM in the Buick and Tom thought that also allowed us to get the radio service on our computing devices at no extra charge.   Sure enough he checked out our account and signed in with passwords and computer stuff like that and sure enough, we get the radio on the iPad,  our desk top Mac and the laptop with no extra charge.   We also have HBO now and can download a ton of new shows to view at our leisure.   Way more content than we would ever have time to watch but we’re doing our best.  A big test of my technical ability is coming up today.   Our account manager at ML prepared some kind of presentation for me to update my account – aka sell me some things.   It’s a communication via the computer – I assume similar to the online doctor visit that I survived.   Supposedly they send me an email which contains a program to download and as if by magic, we are in contact and I can view his presentation.   I never feel comfortable with these interactions – can visualize me hitting the wrong key and blowing things up.   It’s very easy for me to screw up and not so easy to recover.  We’ll see.   To make it even more stressful, Nancy’s friend is coming over to work on quilts at the same time so I have to move my base of operation to the back room.   My plan is to have my account information on the iPad and the actual interaction to take place on my laptop.  Normally I would use the big screen desktop but that’s in quilt central.    

One good thing that came out of getting an office set up in the bedroom was it forced me/us to clean off the desk we’ve had in the bedroom.  Lots of throwaway and dust but the desk is looking brand new.  The significance of that is that the desk was Nancy and I’s first official furniture purchase.   We both remember buying it at Fedmart (or maybe it was Fedco) – a 60’s style Costco.  We tried to remember what it costs and both felt $50 was the right number.  That was a major investment for us back then.   Truth is, if I saw the same piece today in Costco, I’d like the design and fab just the same.   

Finally getting some rain.  It’s looking like we’ll accumulate 6” or so over the next few days – good news for the garden and the compost piles.   It also ends the burn ban we’ve been under for a month or so.  I admit I haven’t been religious about observing the ban but still, this is better.   As much as we need the rain, I do hate the ferocious lightning that accompanies it.  Big boomers, close by!

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