Saturday, March 15, 2008

miscellaneus appurtenances

  • It's been warm and dry and we're under a fire danger alert. I heard the sirens in the distance echoing down the holler so I grabbed my camera and caught this photo of a truck from the Westville Fired Dept. on it's way to render mutual assistance to the Christie-Proctor dept. fighting a brush fire in the hills just west of us.

    • The daffodils have joined the crocuses. They're shouting to me, "Hang on, Wally, spring is right around the corner!"
    • Ever have one of those days? I've been having one of those weeks. This is complicated so stay with me. My electronic piano keyboard has Midi capabilities, which means with the proper software, I can play the piano through my computer, take lessons, and record my own playing. My new computer's operating system doesn't support the midi programs for my particular model, but Windows 98 does. I still have my old processor with W98 so I bought a KVM switch that connects two computers while using only one keyboard, mouse and monitor. A wonderful invention. I got it all hooked up and everything worked fine except I couldn't connect to the Internet with the old computer. It didn't recognize it's own modem. I stayed up late reinstalling the modem and tinkering with it until it finally worked.
    • I'm trying to get my tiller ready to plow a new garden. I installed a new seal for the tine drive shaft and thought I was good to go, but now there is a clattering sound coming from somewhere deep inside the apparatus. I suspect it's a worn or malfunctioning dog clutch. So, back to the wrenches and sockets. I'll take it apart again and see if that's the problem. If it is it may mean some downtime while I order new parts. The grand kids and I were going to plant potatoes on St Patrick's day, but now we'll have to wait.


Toom witha Vu said...

I sure appreciated your pics of the crocuses and daffodils as I gaze out my window at the six feet high snowbanks here.

Envoy-ette said...

Ah...remember the days you just had to get up way too early and spend the day dropping off bills and junk mail in all sorts of weather? Are you missing it?

wally said...

envoy-ette: No, I don't miss it. In fact that seems like another lifetime to me now.