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Even computers get stressed out

During a particularly hectic day at work, with all three phone lines ringing nonstop and a line of people at the front desk, I noticed this error message on the screen at our file server, where one of my coworkers had been doing a file transfer:
Peace of Mind error

Maybe it’s just one of those geek humor things but it made me chuckle… it seemed so fitting right at that moment 🙂

Gilbert the groundhog

Gilbert under the treesOne day shortly after we moved into the new house, I noticed movement in a corner of the backyard and realized we shared our new home with a very large groundhog. When I say large, what I mean is that my first thought when I saw him was “why is there a full grown beaver in our yard?” We’d estimate he weighs 30 lbs, easy.

Grey-faced Gilbert‘Gilbert’ (we are assuming male groundhogs get bigger than females but we’re just guessing and I suppose it could just as easily be a Gilda) tends to come out in the afternoons and disappears the minute he spots us. I snapped these pictures peeking around the corner of the house but he was too far away to really see; the few times we’ve gotten a better look at him, from the kitchen window, we could see he’s actually very grey in the face so we think he’s pretty old. He must be pretty wily to have managed to stay alive so long. We’ll have to take Gilbert into account when we fence in the backyard and make sure that he is safe from the dogs.

So when it’s nearly ninety degrees in the house, what do you do?

If you are Simon, you wedge yourself tightly into a plastic bin:
Simon in a bin, part 1

Simon in a bin, part 2

Not what I’d recommend to cool off, but I guess to each his own.

P.S. — we did finally find a way to get the window unit air conditioner mounted… it required a little ‘thinking outside the box’ but we’ll be ready for the next heat wave.

Safe and (more or less) sound

We’re all moved in to the new house and everyone is settling in. There are a few things to work through: Joy’s battle with Charter cable, the large plastic covered hole in our shower wall, the air conditioner not fitting in any of the windows (it was 87 degrees in here the other day) and the furnace man who tried to turn our front yard into a mini Exxon Valdez, but overall things are going well and all of us are enjoying having enough room to move around.

Here are a couple of pics from the outside… the inside is still a bit too chaotic to be fit to photograph.

front of house
Front of house

Front yard
front yard