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Thursday, December 27th, 2007

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Let it Snow
I have posted back-dated entries about my Christmas holiday starting here in case anyone is interested, including photos of our little Christmas tree and the model train that runs around its base.

Yesterday afternoon, the rain that has been nearly continuous these past few days turned to snow, and unlike the previous snow that came and went, this kept falling. Snow is better than rain as long as it doesn't get too deep for walking, though, and we got out for walks twice yesterday. One of my two pedometers says I actually broke 10,000 steps yesterday, which made me feel better considering how shut-in we've been.

Overnight the snow kept falling and some of it managed to stick. I awoke to see about an inch of snow on the ground. Light snow continued to fall throughout the morning, but now it's turning to rain as the temperatures creep just above freezing, so presumably much of this accumulation will go away soon.

Although my home town, Challenge, is in the Sierra Nevada foothills and does get snow from time to time, I haven't lived in snow country since my junior year of high school. Yes, I know those of you who have to deal with large amounts of snow all the time rightfully scoff at this tiny inch-or-three accumulation we have here. For me, it's a novelty, but one best appreciated from indoors with a warm fire. Still, I think I'd rather have the snow than the darn freezing rain.

Current Mood: relaxed
Connection Nuisance
As I've previously explained I connect to the internet through my father-in-law's network when I'm here in Mehama. Lisa ran a cable from the router in his office through some conduit under the house out to the living room/dining room area, where I normally connect. This morning, rather unexpectedly, the line dropped connection. Doing some troubleshooting, it appears that the problem is in the long came from his office through the conduit, which of course means it will be a hassle to replace. Actually running a new line isn't that hard, as we could just tie a new line to the old one and pull the old one through, but we don't have a replacement cable long enough and will have to go buy one. Fortunately, he also has a wireless network, and I'm easily connected through it now. I simply prefer to connect to the wired network when it's available.

Current Mood: working
Well, That Took Longer Than I Expected
You can tell the weather isn't good when freezing rain means "better" i.e. "the snow has stopped, so we'd better run into Salem and buy more propane." Just before 4, we headed in to get that done before the vendor closed at 5 PM. To my surprise, Lisa wanted to go to Fry's up in Wilsonville, and after getting some things there -- taking advantage of the lack of sales tax, I bought another hard drive for my laptop so I'll have two and can use the second as a cloned backup for the first -- we stopped for dinner. Then we bought the groceries we haven't been able to get for the past several days. One thing having lead to another, we didn't get back home until 9 PM.

The wired connection on my father-in-law's network came back up for a while, and then dropped suddenly again. Darn intermittent errors. Lisa says there's an access panel to the under-floor wiring conduit and that she'll see about working on it tomorrow. In the meantime, I'm going to set up this new drive to clone the existing one and head back "home" for the night.

Pity we didn't get any pictures of the place all covered in snow before it turned back into rain and turned a pretty covering of snow into dirty slush.

Current Mood: tired

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