Archive - Nov 2005

November 30th

More frozen things

Photographer Bruce came over today for a photo tour. I learned some things from him about improving depth of field on the camera. He's trying to get me off the automatic settings.

The fine hairs of the miscanthus plumes are a soft touch in the otherwise harsh landscape.

Something green!

November 29th

Trip to town

I really didn't need to go to town, but I came up with an excuse. Aunt Olla needed some Christmas cards from the drug store, and I had to go to the bank.

However, as you can see above, the roads are so icy slick that even at 25 mph with four-wheel drive turned on I was sliding around on the highway. The main highway is slightly better--it has been graveled--but only slightly. So, it is best to stay home.

November 28th

Power outage

When the power went out tonight and stayed out for two hours, it was difficult to know what to do. I lit up some candles and read in the crow's nest. Lance, stranded here due to the storm and unable to get to classes, decided to get creative with the camera and a flashlight.

Apparently the power outages are widespread. No surprise, given the amount of ice on the wires. I went out to check on the stove after the power came on and was greeted by six inches of snow. General ugliness.

Old Truck

Without pestering those of you with slow connections by adding more pictures to this page, here is a little gallery of old truck photos. I love old trucks. Always have, since I was a baby. From the Ford logo to the reflectors to the signal lights to the gas cap, I love everything about old trucks.

Ice storm

Photographer and friend Bruce called this morning--just to tell me to get out of the house and take some photos of stuff covered with ice. It was a good idea. In this miserable storm, which makes the simplest attempts to walk miserable, it was good to get out and see how the ice on everything changes the visual effects.

This is the newly planted grass in front of the house.

November 27th

Krauthammer on torture

The thought-provoking and thoughtful Charles Krauthammer weighs in on the torture issue. He makes good points, as always. I don't agree that we should codify the limited use of torture in special situations, but Krauthammer makes the useful point that John McCain's righteous opposition to all torture doesn't cover some of the horrible contingencies.

November 26th

Home of the month?

Wisconsin Log Homes has featured my house on their website this month.

Black Friday

Pictures in the newspaper this morning of people trampling each other before dawn yesterday scrambling for bargains. Festive! Oh, a lottery winner was found dead in her home after laying there for days. The story, as always, is one of people ruined by sudden, enearned wealth. The whole notion of getting something for nothing turns people ugly.

November 25th

Thanksgiving recap

Still eating leftovers and will be for several days. Leftover ham is good stuff.

Dinner table conversation: Mom and Dad were telling about their trip last week to San Antonio. Aunt Olla remarked that she always had liked San Antonio, although her job there was a bust.

Story time. Aunt Olla and her friend Marge had decided to get out of this area. Confident that there were plenty of jobs elsewhere (it was during WW II), they headed south.

November 24th


Here is our Thanksgiving gang, minus Lance who is taking the photo. Dad, Mom, Joe, Aunt Olla and I, in order. The food went down fine. Nobody died of samonilla yet. Mom brought pumpkin pie. Olla declared it the best pie she has ever had.