09:25 – Barbara’s been gone 48 hours. Surprisingly, Colin seems to be doing pretty well. He’s not pestering any more than usual, nor demanding that I Do Something about Barbara being missing. Like most Border Collies, Duncan and Malcolm were one-person dogs, and that person was Barbara. They tolerated me. When Barbara and I were both out of the house and I came home alone, Duncan and Malcolm would bark like crazy to celebrate Barbara’s return. When they saw it was just me, they’d say, “Oh, it’s just you” and go back to watching/listening for Barbara’s return. Colin seems to be a two-person Border Collie, and he’s happy as long as at least one of us is with him.
I ran myself flat out of the CK01B chemistry kits this morning. Fortunately, I have everything I need for a dozen more sitting on the shelf, so it’s just a matter of boxing them up. We’re also down to four of the BK01 biology kits as of this morning, so I’ll get another dozen or two built over the next couple of days. Come to think of it, I’m out of the iodine solution, so I’ll have to make up another two liters of that and fill bottles before I can build more kits.
Our thoughts are with the flooding victims in Colorado. I just read an article that mentioned that evacuations were voluntary, but those who decide not to evacuate their homes are being warned that they could be without water and power for weeks to months. Given that many roads and bridges have been utterly destroyed and will require months to years to be rebuilt, those folks may literally have to hike out if they change their minds. And, of course, emergency medical care will be unavailable or at least very slow in arriving.