Here’s picture from my bedroom window yesterday morning. Notice the small pine tree in the lower left of the picture.


Expanded view of the little tree:


Same tree, a couple of hours later:


Needless to say, the snow won’t last very long down here, but it will take longer up on the land. Down here we had about 7″, up there about a foot.

Andy had to use chains starting at the fire station.


The drift in front of the house was impressive:


Here’s a picture of the Limber pine Beate and Tim gave us a couple of years ago.


Andy chose not to plow — he thinks the snow will melt off the roads in a few days. Then, of course, we will have another short mud season.


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Every Little Bit Helps
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I try to do a bit more exercise than Earl does, but every little bit helps.

Do you do anything special for exercise?


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Progress Ain’t Easy
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It takes a lot more than just vision. Expect a “few” setbacks.


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I’m in Love!

I’m in love! With New Mexico. I hadn’t realized it until I started watching Longmire on Netflix. It’s a TV series about a sheriff in Wyoming, but it was filmed in New Mexico.

At first the scenery looked like eastern Wyoming, with the dry grasslands and the pronghorns leaping, but then it was was more like New Mexico with rocks and trees. Once they showed the sheriff’s cabin, there was no doubt. It was located on the edge of the Valle Grande, the valley we see on our usual way up to the land.

Sheriff’s Cabin

Here’s a picture Andy took of the Valle on one of his walks:


The story itself is a bit dark in spots, but I watched all four seasons and will watch the fifth one as soon as it’s released. And I’ll do it not just for the story and characters, but even more for the scenery. It warms my heart and makes me happy.

Have you ever had an unusual response to a book, movie, or TV series?


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So Much For Ambition
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Yay, Hobbes! He won this argument without a word, just a smile.


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A Man After My Own Heart
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Yay, Earl!


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Speaking of Taxes

I’ve been seeing headlines about the huge data leak of the Panama Papers. For the most part I haven’t been reading the articles, but I do think Matt Wuerker did a great job of explaining why some people are upset at others using off-shore havens to avoid taxes. No doubt about it, the topic is timely.


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Practice Time

The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.
—Arnold J. Toynbee

I agree with that, and doing our income taxes every year is great chance for me to practice.

How can I get this done and enjoy the process?

We’ve simplified things a lot, which helped enormously, and as I’ve mentioned before, I love my Digits app on my iPad.


As the creators of the app say

Digits combines the edit-ability of a spreadsheet with the simplicity of calculator. Dare we say it? Digits is a calculator a human can love.

Well, maybe not all humans, maybe just us geeks. But I for one am grateful. 🙂

Anyway, we finished our taxes last week and sent them off Monday. That was a great feeling too.


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I Have a Cold!

Do you get colds very often? I seldom get one. Whenever I start seeing some symptoms I take it easy, drink plenty of fluids, and it usually goes away before it gets bad.

Not this time — I’ve spent most of the past three days sleeping. Beate warned me that a particular nasty bug is going around —she and Tim had it, so I shouldn’t be surprised. Presumably it won’t be as bad as the shingles I had last April, so I won’t complain. I really have been lucky so far.


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Google Maps

Someone should warn the rats that mistakes do happen in Google Maps. For instance:

Did Google Maps almost cause a war in 2010? On Nov. 3 of that year, Edén Pastora, the Nicaraguan official tasked with dredging the Rio San Juan, justified his country’s incursion into neighboring Costa Rica’s territory by claiming that, contrary to the customary borderline, he wasn’t trespassing at all. For proof, he said, just look at Google Maps.

The digital atlas had indeed placed the eastern end of the border between the countries to the south of the generally accepted line, providing Nicaragua with a territorial gain of a few square miles. Costa Rica protested, to both Nicaragua and Google Maps. The latter relented: acceding to the demand of Carlos Roversi, Costa Rica’s deputy foreign minister, it adjusted the online border.
The First Google Maps War

Google is happy to correct mistakes when users report them.


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