• Upgraded from (down/up) 175/6 Mbps to 300/11 Mbps soon as I hit the “order” button. $1 less, too. No contract. Worth checking Xfinity internet-only plans periodically! Unreasonably excited at double up speeds.

  • When a ceiling fan announces that it absolutely wants to be replaced, this happens.

  • The beetles really tore up our Lapins cherry tree this last year. It is almost girdled. If we’re lucky maybe one more season of fruit.

  • Yesterday’s planted nectarine began life here in a rather peculiar way:

  • Going to punt this fan replacement job to another weekend. This nest of wires needs a day I can be relaxed and patient.

  • Our 2-year old plum died so now we’re trying a “Fantasia” nectarine. 400-500 chill hours is doable here.

  • Left to right: Moon and Orion (partial; got the belt!)

  • Frosty morning in the yarden 🐝

  • Our Elderberries coming back after they scorched in the summer heat last year. Resilient native plants! The birds loved the berries late summer.

  • Yesterday we spent some time taking a mental break at Burris Creek near Black Butte Lake, CA.

  • We’re trying to propagate lemon grass after dividing canes from our outdoor plant (hope it overwinters). The centers of the canes have popped up — thinking this means positive water pressure and that may mean the canes are taking in water so this may work.

  • I disturbed this overwintering ladybug while cleaning up this past year’s Holy Basil growth.

  • Our Mandarin tree 🌳 is ready for as-needed harvest!

  • ImperfectFoods is trying to sell people on the produce I get at my rural grocery store: smaller, misshapen, definitely not the produce you’d find at Whole Foods or Raley’s. And this rural grocery store produce is way cheaper and just fine! 🤷‍♂️

  • This is a nightmare.

  • Caseta & Dimming LEDs

    I replaced a Caseta dimmer switch with the non-dimming version as I’m installing a ceiling fan w/light soon. I’m getting used to tucking and bending wires just so and shoving the switch in with screws ratcheting it snugly in place.

    I’ve found dimmer switches are difficult since they can’t have anything but lights as a load and those lights (especially LED) better be perfect in their dimming logic and signal response. And as you should never use non-dimming LEDs with a dimmer, I’ve had to buy new bulbs to replace young non-dimmable LEDs or buggy dimmable LEDs from a few years ago. So far the current crop of FEIT dimmables sold at my local Ace Hardware are fine.

    I’m so over using dimmer switches.

  • Dealing with house wiring that makes me go “WTF THEY THINKING?” Don’t DIY if you don’t want to take the time to do it right…

  • I am really into For All Mankind.

  • Unearthed and powered up a Raspberry Pi 3. Took a bit of time to remember how I configured it for HomeBridge. Upgrading to Debian Stretch for the heck of it.

  • Cut down this years’ California fuchsias yesterday to encourage & release a new year of growth.

  • I’m pleased that MacOS 10.15’s Photos app reconstructs Live Photos from exported .heic and .mov pairs that I uploaded to my NAS via PhotoSync. 📱👍

  • I love Shortcuts. There goes a tedious repetitive task to oblivion!!📱

  • Side mirror view: tumbleweed on a front bumper.

  • Dancy Mandarins are so very close to perfect ripeness. Need to blush a bit more toward red.

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