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Huh. There was a mirror under there.

Huzzah! We have bought a new bed. I AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS. A decent mattress is flippin’ expensive and my old bones hurt. It arrives tomorrow.

Which means I did a deep dive bedroom clean over the weekend. Hoo boy! I own the Museum of T-shirts. Also, hoodies. What is a woman my age doing with so many t-shirts and hoodies?

Answer: wearing them. I defiantly threw out all my business clothes when I moved across the sea and decided it was nought but jeans for this little weasel, forever.

I draw the line at baseball caps. Nothing says “outpatient psych clinic” like an old woman in a baseball cap.

The best things, though, are old notes. I write myself notes all day (because I have a crap memory) and squirrel them away in my pockets as I go. If I don’t toss them soon after, they become cryptic within days. You know, crap memory.

My favorite so far: “skeleton heater”


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: February 7, 2022, 8:36 pm

I bet “skeleton heater” was something like this:

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 7, 2022, 8:39 pm

“Skeleton heater” eh? Here’s my guess.

You had just read an article on ghost guns and the note was a reminder to look into it further because you wanted to build one, but you didn’t want anybody else who happened to see the note understand it and become alarmed.

It is a silly guess, but it’s mine and I like it. (-:

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 7, 2022, 8:41 pm

@ExpressoBold — zOMG1! That’s a spectacular 1911. I lust after it.

Intriguing that we both got triggered (!) the same way by the word heater.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: February 7, 2022, 9:57 pm

@Uncle Al

I became intrigued with the concept of “skeleton” after acquiring an Anderson skeleton AR platform piece. I then noticed a number of “bare bones” firearms with fast assembly aspects that were truly minimalist on the stock and highly technical on the bolt and barrel.

I can’t post a picture for ownership reasons but I saw a fine piece in 6.5mm Creedmore assembled by an experienced gunsmith and it was “all business.”

Comment from steve
Time: February 7, 2022, 10:04 pm

So, the pitcher, on the skellington baseball team has a wicked fastball?

Just spitballing here…

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 7, 2022, 10:06 pm

I write cryptic notes to myself, too. Mostly in a Moleskine “journal” though I do not keep a journal in the conventional sense. I would write on little pieces of paper and leave them scattered like leaves around the house. JavaMan gave me a Moleskine for my birthday one year so I scribble my notes in it; I never leave the house without it. I have a second journal that I keep DAR notes in, and that’s turned out to be one of my better habits.

Speaking of birthdays, I turned 70 this weekend, and one of the guests at my party brought three telescopes with him—11 inch, 8 inch, and 4 inch. Heavens! It was spectacular. My nephew and his wife hosted the party, held way out rugged country far from town and no bright lights to interfere. I’m hoping that by my next birthday, I’ll have a telescope too. Andromeda is nice in February 🙂

Comment from Pupster
Time: February 7, 2022, 10:52 pm

Happy Birthday Deborah. That is a neat idea for party favors.

We have spiral notebooks on every shelf and most flat surfaces, but the notes over the years are mostly mundane. My favorite so far is “Who ate all the Twinkies?” with smushed up yellow crumbs still stuck to the page.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 7, 2022, 10:55 pm

Heh. I hadn’t heard ‘heater’ used for a gun since…Raymond Chandler. Get with the times: it’s called a gat.

I eventually worked it out. Skeleton heater should have been on two lines. The ‘skeleton’ refers to a book and ‘heater’ is a reminder to check if I had successfully programmed the heaters to come on for a few hours at a time in the archive.

I’ll never know, though, because I programmed them to come on an hour before I come to work and turn off an hour after. I’m a genius, me.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 7, 2022, 10:57 pm

Many congrats, Deborah!

Comment from dissent555
Time: February 7, 2022, 11:46 pm

Deborah – I’m jealous. I did get a nice set of astro grade binocs as a retirement gift to myself, but the weather and the deeper than I care to mess with snow level has prevented me from getting outside.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: February 7, 2022, 11:54 pm

Happy birthday, Deborah!

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 8, 2022, 3:15 am

Thank you all 🙂 I hadn’t seen the Milky Way in about seven years, so that alone was a treat. It was cold though—low 20s. My head and feet froze, and I was cold in-between but it was tolerable. I’ve been looking at used furs this evening. I figure for about $100-150, I can buy enough used coats, collars, and stoles to make myself a patchwork ankle-length cape to keep myself toasty warm for future viewings. In my own back yard, I hope.

dissent555—tell me about your binoculars, please.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: February 8, 2022, 10:58 am

Late to the party as usual – Happy B-day Deborah!

I envy you being able to see stars! We hope there won’t be so much light pollution out in East Texas so we can see them with the naked eye, but a telescope, (OMG, I’m about to pun completely by accident, really, I’m not good enough to do it deliberately) that’s an idea worth looking into.

Comment from dissent555
Time: February 9, 2022, 2:47 am

Orion GiantView 25×100. Also got their Monster Parallelogram mount and tripod kit. Some support is required for binoculars that heavy.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 11, 2022, 8:01 pm

Thank you dissent555!

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