Oh the weather outside is frightful…

November 18th, 2011

The weather can’t make up its mind. Snow in October, wearing shorts in early November. It was in the 40s today, and it’s supposed to be 60’s by Sunday. Ugh.

Considering all the rain we had this summer, I’m guessing we’ll have record snowfalls this winter. If i get it right, remember you heard it here first.

Firefox backspace issue on Linux

June 14th, 2011

I switched to running Linux on my laptop (Mepis, a Debian Linux), and I’ve been very happy with it, but there was a small annoying problem with Firefox that bugged me. The backspace key would not go back to the previous page the way I was used to. I finally broke down (it only took a year) and searched for a fix, and I found it. I’m so happy, that I’m repeating it here, for no real reason other than I am bored.

For the record, I found it HERE and it looks to have been an issue from at least 2006.

“Type “about:config” in the address bar of Firefox and press Enter.
`Filter` for ‘browser.backspace_action’ and change its value to 0 (zero).”

Cute things the children say

March 11th, 2011

I keep forgetting the cute things the children say, so for posterity here they are:

“Lets play hide and seek.  You hide there…”

“What should we name your new little brother?”
“Little Horsey or Barney.”

“What bowl do you want?”
“The black one. Food tastes better in a black bowl.”

SomeBob Squarepants
The burbible or comberbible {for the convertible}
“Say goodnight to the boys”, “Night the boys”
Bwick {brick}

Tookie Monner

Trooper (the dog) is made of…

Yips, and wails, and puppy dog tails.

Yips and yells, and enormous Whales.

It’s a snake!

July 5th, 2010

Sometime in May, I walked downstairs and saw something new. It was a shed snake skin up in the drop ceiling, and it turned out to be 62 inches long! I did what most people do in these circumstances, and called the pastor. (He knows about snakes so it does make sense.) He reassured me it was harmless, but I decided to reserve judgment.

Six or seven weeks go by, and we were finally feeling comfortable that it had made its way outside, when I looked up and saw something new again. The snake itself was hanging down a bit from the drop ceiling and looking at us. We snapped a picture but he moved further into the ducts. UGH! Another call to the pastor, and this time it was clear: We were going to have to grab this snake and escort it outside. He suggested a pillowcase and gloves. More UGH!

The snake kept out of the way for another week, then scared my oldest son by climbing (slithering?) down from the ceiling and resting on a picture on the wall. It was obviously trying to get at the gerbils in the cage. Nanci bravely grabbed the pillowcase we kept for this purpose and pinned it to the wall, but it was escaping. I grabbed it and the pillowcase and looked around (maybe frantically) for some place to put it. Of course we had a reptile cage sitting in the corner (don’t you?) so in it went. I really expected to have snake dreams that night, but thankfully no.

Take a look at the pictures on our pictures page, it was a big snake. We let it go in the backyard (at the far end of course), as they are beneficial to have around. I just don’t want to see it again!

Scary Pictures!

Update: I did later have a dream where a 15 foot snake was out front in the driveway, so I guess I still think about it. I also fended off some bullying co-workers with Avatar-like water bending abilities, so maybe I shouldn’t read too much into it.

Finally some new pictures

February 20th, 2010

I have finally added some new pictures. The camera went wonky, so we didn’t have some for awhile, but that is all fixed now. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

For the record, I am SICK to death of snow. I see now that if I lived in a snowy climate I would go insane. Arizona or Texas is sounding quite nice about now, but I’ll never move. Is it because I love where I am so much? Yes, that and laziness.

Its almost Christmas

December 22nd, 2009

It is almost Christmas, and have I added more pictures, or some wonderful prose? No, i haven’t. You may have noticed.

I’ll see what i can do, but no promises. I have many wonderful pictures to upload for your benefit, whomever you may be.

That’s all I’ve got, move along now.

It’s a reboot!

June 24th, 2009

In the process of upgrading software, I lost all my old posts.  All 5 of them, so it isn’t a big loss.

I have uploaded some new pictures for 2009, so go and look at them.  Look at them!


I’ll try to stop using exclamation points, but I can’t promise anything.