February 21st, 2021


Lots of wind, lots of clouds, Taxes

Once again very windy and overcast weather kept me home today. But I had a ton of stuff on Tivo.

Finished Saving Hope season 4 I think. It ends in a TBC. Interesting that it is set in Canada. I've finally figured out the metaphysics of it. But now they have three people who see spirits, and one is all voodoo about it. And the soap opera themes continue to twist and turn. They get downright romantic at times.

Gold Rush is too long. 3 hours a pop. And so many machines break - they don't believe in routine maintenance.

Hot Bench continues to find stupid people and liars.

Ma'am and Spook are still making rude noises. Mostly Ma'am. I've had to use the air spray to get her off my recliner seat she wants to fight me for it.

Delivered: a foot bath and lavender/Epsom salt. Should have soaked my feet while watching TV. Tomorrow. My heels are cracking, and the Eucerin is not enough.

Rolled up the astroturf which previous owner put in the back for her dogs. Will bulk garbage it Monday.

On a whim checked Turbotax and the latest update fixed a couple of forms which Congress had stalled. Looks like I'm getting some $ back for the missing stimulus check, a credit for the car charger, and withheld $$ from SS and my IRA withdrawal.

No California tax filing - I didn't make enough in the 2 months I lived there in 2020.

Streamed. Lots of chatters.

Looked into CenturyLink. They only have slow internet, and no TV service.

Plans for tomorrow:
Depends on the weather
Lots of stuff to bring to the curb for Monday early bulk garbage collection
Quality time on Tivo

Good hummingbird pix, but could do better

There was an Anna's female (I think) which ignored the bees and drank at the feeder about every half hour - I changed angles and got three different views. 1/2000 at about f13, 1600 ISO 300 mm. Depth of field not so good - need to try shorter focal length, I think. Photos are here.

Some samples:
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Watched some streams, had crackers and brie for lunch. Are the last of the German chocolate cupcakes. Still have chocolate dipped donut holes and plenty of ice cream.

Finished watching Gold Rush. The underwater crews are making some progress for very small gold nuggets. Stuff is breaking on all the strip mines.

Streamed for an hour, two active chatters.

Ran the dishwasher. Needed salad bowls.

Sat in on a Zoom meeting. RPCVs who think the PC is an imperialist organization and they have a petition to abolish it. Idiots. "Abolish Peace Corps: A Movement Toward Ending Neocolonialism in International Development". They wonder why PC and none of the PCV alumni groups want to listen to them. There is nothing colonialist about PC. Volunteers are invited by the host countries and work as equals with the people in those countries.

Brought in all the stray cat food bowls. Neighbor has trappers coming tomorrow.

Plans for tomorrow:
Try more hummer photos @ 50mm (the Tamron lens can do macro).
Cat trapping
Take out the garbage (bulk stuff is already at the curb, including the Astroturf)
S. FL streamer should be on the water again
Stream - not attending BASFA