sn*w

We had light snow all afternoon then when I took Atticus out around 9 pm the ground was white. Brrrr

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second week off FB

Reminder, if you see this on Facebook, it is coming from my blog. I am still staying off Facebook for Advent, not logging in rather than closing my account.

It is time to get serious about organizing winter clothes. When I re-arranged my shelving units last summer I put some totes where they weren’t easily accessible. Those winter woolies feel good now, although so far the weather has been fairly mild.

I made chili on Saturday, used pinto beans and a higher proportion of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce than usual so it is fairly zippy. Serving it on rice seems to tone it down a bit. I made enough to put some in 1 or 2 serving cartons in the freezer for quick meals.

I am still getting used to the new Portable Induction Cooktop I bought at Aldi. The old Nuwave cooktop with the membrane over the buttons that failed I am keeping for heating non-potble water for washing up. It still smells like hot electronics (chlorophenols) when it runs even after 3 years use, but the new one is odorless — nice.

The Aldi (Ambiano) cooktop didn’t come with much documentation but I am finding some of the pre-programmed buttons quite useful. For instance, the “milk” setting (low temperature for 25 minutes) is useful for heating leftover soups and stew. The medium high setting boils 3 cups of water for brewing tea in about 3 minutes. I bought it for $34 (less than half what I paid for the Nuwave over 3 years ago). When I was at Aldi last week they still had two marked down to $24. Guess people don’t know what they are. (Physics, electricity and magnetism, is involved.)

Green pig USB thumb drive

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4th day

This is the fourth day without logging in to Facebook — so far so good. If you are seeing this on FB it is because my WordPress blog posts and Tweets are set to transfer automatically. You don’t have to log in to Facebook to post!

I get email notifications of posts to my time line, private messages, photo tags, or my name in a comment, so I’m not totally cut off (as would be the case had I closed my account). I still have email accounts, Jabber messaging, two phones, and then there is always writing on paper to stay in contact.

I still have the impulse to click the Facebook icon that links directly to Words for Friends. I completed the boards and didn’t accept new invitations to play to prepare.

I’m not using the Facebook app on my non-smart phone. I seldom use it though except for killing time, like while at the laundromat.

I set up a Twitter feed on my web browser, Safari, some time ago so keeping up with legit news services hasn’t changed. I don’t at all miss getting slapped in the face by posts from unnamed sources that are plastered word for word over many hate-monger/fake news sites. Makes for a more peaceful morning pot of tea.

I am over half way through the 5th book of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice series (inspired the Game of Thrones series on HBO) and getting caught up on rest. I hope to start some sewing projects soon.

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proposed Advent journey

I have been neglecting my blog.

I am watching the first snow of the season while taking comfort from the warmth of wee Atticus who is curled up on my lap snoozing away. I’m trying to make sense of the recent election and things I discovered when I tried to engage people in discussion in the past months. It seems similar to when I get sensitized to allergens, like second hand cigarette smoke. When I see a FB “friend” sharing a meme from an alt-right or other extremist source I get very irritated. When I try to point out that the source is a hate group (teaching instincts die hard) it only seems to bring out the worst in people.

We are coming up on Advent, an introspective season. While I stopped attending church services regularly when Tea Party values seemed to take precedence over faith, hope, and love in my congregation, I still consider myself a religious person. I am thinking that I need a retreat, to withdraw for a time to heal. As most of the irritating exposure seems to be coming from Facebook, that is what I plan to avoid.

So, I have announced, on Facebook of course, that November 26, 2016 is the last day I will be participating. Maybe after four weeks things will have calmed down enough that we can share the joy of Christmas.

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Hello Day Camp

Hello guys! Hope you are having fun hacking today.

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