Irish Class, February 29, 2016
Rang Gaeilge, 29ú lá mí Feabhra 2016
|Tá saol an mhadra bháin aige.
||He has it made, he has it easy.
||“He has the life of the white dog (old dog?).”
|An té a bhuailfeadh mo mhadra bhuailfeadh sé mé féin
||Love me, love my dog.
||“He who would hit my dog would hit me.”
We are back to something like normal early spring weather in Minnesota, which means the temperature may drop below freezing. I have not looked up how low it got last night, but as of 7AM this morning it was 25oF/-3oC.
We have a cherry tree in the front yard. mia_mcdavid set up a garden hose to sprinkle it during the night. The idea was that the running water would keep the blossoms from freezing. It might not have worked, but the results this morning were visually impressive Picture behind cut.
Except this morning at church, the only significant human interactions I had this weekend were with my family. However, there were plenty of those. It was good.
I did a lot of decluttering over the weekend. I took 10 grocery bags of books to Goodwill this afternoon. Tonight we had 7 grocery bags filled with recycling beyond what fit in the official city recycling basket. Usually we have one or two.
We have finally unpacked from last weekend with colgaffneyis at Big Island. We are mostly recovered from the installation of the new windows in the house. We had to get everything out of the way on the inside so the installer could do their inside work. I have put things back together in our bedroom, my desk area in the basement, and the adjacent shelves by the fireplace.
mia_mcdavid, zordok, and I harvested hops from the vine we have growing by our back deck:
We filled seven one-gallon freezer bags—hops freeze quite well, then we enjoyed some of a previous year’s crop, suitably processed:
I froze three bags of the current harvest and zordok took away the rest. He is doing more brewing these days than I am.
Yesterday I finished the spoon that I started at colgaffneyis event in Perham:
It is ready to use and packed for our next event with colgaffneyis.
Today I had that most mundane of a homeowner’s tasks: Replacing board on the front walkway:
It still called for measuring, sawing (done with a hand saw), drilling (with an eggbeater drill), driving screws (with a bit brace), and hammering nails. Doing this also showed that my knees were recovering from yesterday’s bike ride.
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