So, we here in Central/Western Maine are currently laboring under a Winter Weather Advisory.  We live in joyful anticipation of 2-8 inches of snow and ice (The difference being whether the Cat Farm is situated, for the purposes of This Exact Winter Event, in Central Maine, Western Maine, or “the mountains”.  Fascinating how moveable geography is.).

Y’all know what this means, right?


We’re charging all the devices in hand.  In the case of my little Sansa Clip, this also meant receiving a firmware update, a procedure that always fills me with dread, but the machine appears to have taken no lasting harm and my music is intact.  I note that the Clip thought the date was November 14, 2007.  Ain’t nobody can say we’re right on the cutting edge, here at the Confusion Factory.

Yesterday, having had ample warning of the upcoming stretch of challenging weather, and money in the checkbook, we went out to breakfast at our good friend O’Brien’s and then sequed into shopping.  In addition to much-needed groceries, we brought on-board the usual storm items, including cat food-and-litter; bought animal-and-kid safe de-icer for the outside stairs; windshield washer fluid for the cars; and another so-called battery power station to act as back-up to the more elderly unit.

We also bought the house a Yule present — another set of windchimes.  This brings the windchime population to three, plus a bouy bell.

For the curious, here’s a link to the new chimes, so you can hear what they sound like.

So, what with the upcoming storm and all, and the fact that we don’t have to be anywhere until Wednesday, we’re at home for the next few days.

That’ll be nice.

I’m reading, a page or two at a time, Agnes and the Hitman, which is not, I suspect the optimum way to read Agnes and the Hitman, but it’s the way that’s open at the moment.  I’m also still working on Carousel Sun, yes I am.  I’m having a bit of a Miss Buncle problem, which, if I can’t plot my way around it today, I’ll just go with throwing a dart at the board and going where it leads me.

Speaking of good causes (notice that smooth transition?) — Jim Hines has added new cover images in support of Aicardi Research.

Here’s a link to the main cover and donation page

And here’s a link to an explanation of how this crazy thing got started

Do consider donating to the cause.


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