Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Hallowe'en!

The Love Bug

Weevil went in to the vet's this morning. Carrie and I had noticed him spending a lot of time going from litter box to litter box without actually seeing him produce anything. He didn't do anything for the vet either. They said he might have a bacterial infection and gave us some medicine. In the meantime, he's sequestered with his own litter box so we can try and obtain a sample and turn it in to the vet's tomorrow.

It's a little disconcerting for me so soon after the loss of my Selena. With her gone, Weevil is now our oldest at about 13 years old.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Advancing Autumn

I can pretty safely say that the local foliage has passed its peak. The maples that have been providing the reds and pinks for the landscape are now bare. There are still some crimson oaks and scarlet sumacs, but overall the pallet has been reduced to oranges, yellows, golds, browns, and greens. Do you feel sorry for me, yet?
No? Okay, how about if I tell you that it's getting cold? We've had several mornings of frost where the otherwise squishy Maine terrain has been hard under foot. We've even needed to scrape our windshields! My clever plan to cover my windshield with a sheet resulted in the past nights being either cloudy or rainy: no frost. There's been snow up in the mountains, and I met a neighbor who told me last year every storm that came through dumped a foot of snow leaving drifts up to 7' high! The predictions for this year aren't so dramatic, still: it can be cold without snow.

Belting out of tune

Got my car back from the mechanic this morning. I would have gotten it yesterday if they'd bothered to call me when it was ready. As I requested, they just stopped the squealing belt, though it needs more work. I would have had them do more work if I hadn't wanted my car back quickly so I could do other errands.

Next free work day the car goes for a brake check. They are starting to make noise again.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Carma Dogma

Carrie and I took Pandora for a ride yesterday when we brought Carrie's truck to a mechanic recommended by my Freeport bosses. We took her again this morning when we brought my car in. My car needs at least one belt tightened as it screams like a banshee until it's warmed up. Poor thing.

Belts and brakes were the 2 things I had our Arizona mechanic looking at before I left that state, and those are the 2 things that I needed taking care of once I got out here. Guess they figured they didn't have to do a good job as I wouldn't be able to come back in and complain.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

2 handed bridge

We poked around Brunswick today, including checking out the historic footbridge.

Carrie doesn't always approve of my need to climb...

Carrie loves Keith!!!

Leaves of Absence

Autumn has arrived and the summer rains have made the foliage spectacular.