Tuesday, 15 December 2015

12:02 – We’re gradually getting things organized and items checked off on our to-do list. I spent almost three hours yesterday dealing with Obamacare. I hope that man dies a horrible, painful, long death.

Our network is working fine, using a combination of WiFi and powerline Ethernet adapters. I just ordered another pair of those, preparing to move my desk/office upstairs. It’s just too inconvenient to be running up and down the stairs every time I need to work on my computer. For now, that computer is my Dell notebook, now running Linux. That’s yet another project for later, replacing Windows with Linux Mint on Barbara’s identical Dell notebook.

Other than considerable rain yesterday and heavy winds, the weather up here has been gorgeous. That probably won’t last much longer. The average high in December is 41 or 42F (5C), and the average low is about 14F (-10C). I did notice yesterday while it was raining heavily that our deck is not waterproof. The area underneath was soaked. That means we’ll need to cover our woodpile, once I get a steel tube rack set up and a cord or two of wood delivered.

Our USPS situation has changed. In Winston-Salem, we had a great carrier, Kevin, who generally picked up around 4:00 p.m. In Sparta, we now have a great carrier, Lori, who picks up around 9:00 or 9:30 a.m. The major implication is that we’ll now be shipping most kit orders the following day rather than the same day they’re placed. Except that Lori is a real sweetheart, and she mentioned yesterday morning that she generally comes back past our house in the afternoon. She’s already agreed to watch for a blaze pink flag on our front door that indicates we have kits waiting to be picked up, so I may be able to arrange for a routine afternoon pickup.

Time for me to head upstairs, take a shower, and then get back to getting things where they need to be.