Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The rug is alright

I have a cat who vomits.
Not your right-after-eating-too-much kind of barf, where many cats will hoover it up again afterwards. Just a sort of rearrangement of the food to fit more comfortably in the belly.
No, this is middle of the night sort of liquid vomit that leaves nasty puddles for your unsuspecting feet in the morning.
Fortunately, my cat does come with an early-warning system, in which she meowls plaintively, and loudly, for a minute or so before getting down to business. You might hate being awakened at 4 am by the howling, but you're simultaneously grateful for being given the chance to get the cat off the nice oriental rug before she spatters it with muck.
So it was very very early Sunday morning. But as I rushed to herd the retching pet into the linoleum-ated kitchen, I slipped on the rug and nearly broke a toe.

Perhaps they can both sleep outside from now on.

Friday, August 19, 2016


Sunday's hike in the Cézallier region, about an hour from here.

Chickens at our lunch stop. Only veal or trout on the menu today!
Oh, yes, you're so handsome.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Back to Clermont, back to work, for several weeks now. Just waiting for tourist season to die down before going on any more trips beyond a day-trip from home. I tried to go out hiking with M a couple weekends ago, maybe score some wild blueberries somewhere. Alas, the weather was like this, so we turned around and played bridge instead

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Third Party Candidates

That’s the solution. Neither Clinton, nor Trump, but some other candidate. Someone who really has the best interests of the country at heart, who has solid and realistic plans for the economy, and who has a clue as to bringing about world peace without sacrificing freedom.
Yeah, seriously, I’d look at other candidates if they and their party would only show that they can indeed govern. But while there might be some Green mayors, and some Independents in various local or even state legislatures, it’s small beans.
If you want to be in government, Small Party People, you can’t start at the top. You’ve got to convince us with mayors who get things done, with Governers who get things done, with Senators and Representatives who get things done. Where are they ? A smattering, a start. That much rain doesn’t water my tomatos.
A president from the same party as 45% of Congress has a hard fight to pass even the most moderate measures. Imagine having no congressional support at all. So No, I’m not voting third party this year.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

what a week will do

Apricots before going on vacation
 Apricots on getting home from vacation!