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Ida strikes again!

Ida strikes again!

We lit the tree in the parking lot today, so we decided to put our own tree up at home this evening- only to find that the tub we had stored many of the decorations in must have had a crack in it. We had thought the minimal flooding we’d experienced during Ida had not affected us too much, but when we went to get everything out of the basement storage room we found that the water had got in and so most of these decorations were too moldy to save, as was the tree itself. Jackie has managed to bleach the few items that are not porous, but the rest are trash 🙁

We can’t do a real tree for various allergy and other issues, so we made a quick dash to Home Depot just before it closed and managed to grab a new, pre-lit tree that was one of the last they had (and was part of their Black Friday sale)…

Not sure if we’ll have the lights colored or white (or alternating), but it’s nice to have the choice 🙂 We’ve added some tinsel, and tomorrow we’ll add the ornaments that were stored higher up.

Oh, and Jackie found some fun glasses that put shapes on the lights- the reindeer ones look particularly good 😉

Color vision?

Color vision?

As I get older my nearsightedness is improving, this is a known thing- it happens to many. Does color vision also change as you age? Because either my color vision is getting better or all the leaves are particularly strident this year! Here are a few snaps from this morning’s walk…

Winter boot time

Winter boot time


My usual trigger for this is either the first forecast of snow or when the average daily temperature drops below 45F. There’s no snow in the forecast, but I think we’re about there with temperature- and anyhow I have a couple of hours free today 😁
Crispy’s car is done, and the tires are ready for Jackie’s as soon as she gets back from the supermarket (and boy is this so much easier since I discovered putting a thin layer of anti-seize on the mating surfaces!).

Russian lenses in the woods

Russian lenses in the woods

It was a lovely morning, so I took a couple of my Russian lenses with me to the woods this morning, Both Zenitar-M’s, one was the 50mm f/1.7 on my tilt adapter, and the other was the fisheye 16mm f/2.8…