madshutterbug (madshutterbug) wrote,

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Welcome, Summer

Even though it's not official until the Solstice, I've considered Memorial Day Weekend to be the start of Summer for a while, here in North Central Baja Jorja. By this time of year, we're frequently running daytime temperatures into the 90's F, and this weekend proved no exception. Yesterday I managed to get all the outdoor chores done before 09:30, a good thing. And closing up those two windows in the back room of Studio 318 went a good ways to help that stay cooler, as well.

The heat pump on Studio is set to around 80 F (a bit higher, I think) under the theory that I'm mostly looking for dehumidification over there. If I'm going to be spending time there with other people, I may drop the setting for their comfort (particularly models, as it gets warm under incandescent lighting). If it's just me, that's less of an issue. So long as I'm not dripping sweat on the equipment, it's OK.

And the back room is much more office-like in appearance which is what it's converting into). Used to be our bedroom, once upon a time. Shared with a queen size bed, two dressers, a Rottweiler and an Akita. How did we all fit in, I sometimes ask myself. Getting the desk surface mounted allowed me to move items off the folding-leg table, which makes the room seem larger (no table in the middle). There's still things piled along the walls, making me think hard again about more shelving. Though I need to situate two file cabinets (at least) first.

Houdini expressed a strong interest in staying outside after spending some boring time with me in Studio, so I let him be with his brothers. His tail skin is healing, might even be showing some fur growing back in. I suspect he at least strained tendons if not tore them, because he still doesn't get his tail into a curl over his back yet. But he is happily wagging it now. Good sign.

He was more than happy to come join me in the late afternoon when I heard thunder approaching. We had a hail storm, Mamma Mudge went straight to her safe place and Houdini stayed close to me (mostly, a couple points when he trotted off after a louder thunder clap, but he came right back). The cats, all of them that were inside, were also freaked by the hail clattering against windows and the roof. No broken windows, and I was wondering about that for a bit.

We experienced a half-dozen or so electrical blinks, with power down no more than a few seconds each time. Made it interesting watching television. Early on during the storm it got bad enough I powered down most of the electronics and actually unplugged the computers, then went and took a nap. The storm was heavy enough at that point that Sky TV reception went on the blink anyway. Through the entire night, we had a vew more power blips, briefly interrupting my viewing enjoyment of Band of Brothers, the HBO series about Easy Company, 101st Airborne during WW2. Glad I decided against trying to TIVO it, because of those power blips. Took the Sky TV a minute or so after each blip to re-establish contact.

Seems a lot calmer this morning. About to head out to feed everyone.
Tags: life, ranch, weather

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