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December 28, 2009

1430 - On December 7, six years ago, Lucy Mae the spaniel came to live with us and keep our older dog, Sally, company during her last few months. Today, following a chest infection, more of her extreme "I'm an old dog" symptoms of general decrepitude, and a stroke in the last day or two, we had to let our second little dog go. I was up most of the night with Lucy. We couldn't keep food or water in her the last couple of days, and she'd started refusing it altogether. When we thought about it this morning, we recalled hauling Sally back from the edge following her stroke ... but overall, she was much healthier than Lucy's been, and we saved Sally for our benefit, not hers. We had a few hours to think about it this morning before going to the vet, and while they offered the same possibility - that she might recover - we already knew that Lucy was having more bad days than good, and it wasn't going to be enough better for her, just so that we could keep her along for the ride. So we sent her on to keep Sally company, again. Bye, little puppy.

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December 31, 2009

1127 - Happy New Year's Eve, folks! And a full moon, blue, too? How lucky are we? Anyway, I've been preoccupied and busy. Yeah, we miss Lucy, rather a lot. Molly's working hard to fill in the gaps, though. I finished up reading Coders at Work last night. It's a good read for anyone interested in software and some of the history thereof. The day started at 0130 with an hour's worth of diagnostics on a piece of software that only misbehaves in the middle of the night. Then I got another 3 hour's sleep before being just about solo for most of the day today. Busy, busy. Ciao!

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January 1, 2010

0658 - Well, as long as I'm up and here: Happy New Year! I've been dealing with a page from a machine which is working fine, but has expired credentials making a specific test fail. Yay! So I've disabled the test as an interim solution. I think I'll go back to sleep. Ciao!

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
"normal" 3.2 2.8 3.5 3.6 4.1 3.9 4.2 4.6 3.7 3.3 3.3 3.1 43.3
2008 - - - - - - 4.60 9.22 5.02 3.72 1.86 4.28 1.07 2.77 2.90 35.44*
2009 2.72 0.32 2.60+ 4.74 8.42 6.98 1.12 3.70 3.00 6.20 4.40 6.80+ 51.0

Row 1 - Normal rainfall Glenn Dale Bell Station, 1921-1987
* Only nine months measured in 2008;
+ : includes estimate from snowfall

0951 - Well, I didn't get much more sleep, but I've had food and coffee now. As I drifted past my office, I decided I'd better reset the rain gauge, so I might as well get the year's total up. There's a bit of uncertainty, due to estimates from snowfall, but we were well above long-term normal precipi ... tation for the year. Now, around here, there's plenty to keep busy with. The dishes are done, Marcia's got the laundry going, and I'm going to gear up to do some more wall work in the two rooms under remodel.

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January 2, 2010

1957 - Progress today. I sanded and wiped down the walls in both remodel rooms. Then I texture coated the new guest room with most of a three gallon bucket of drywall mud. I also topcoated my spackle job in the new upstairs sitting room. The latter will be ready for some wall and trim sanding, as well as corner re-caulking, tomorrow. I may even get to that. I'll do some reading tonight, I think, since I gave last night to Ravenholm and Highway 17. Ciao!

Current Listening: Bill Bruford - Feels Good To Me.

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January 3, 2010

1949 - No remodeling progress at all today. Shopping in the morning, computer maintenance thereafter. Late lunch out with friends, then a belated Christmas thing over at their house. I've now caught up on my Woodsmith's Shop viewing, and I'm now psyching myself up for a full work week (at work), the first in a while. Somewhere underneath it all, I feel like I'm coming down with a bug, or at least, trying hard not to. C'est la vie.

Our condolences to the families and units of the fallen.

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