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A new year…

Rocket Cinquantotto espresso machine
Rock­et (of Mil­an) Cin­quan­totto espresso machine

Long COV­ID essen­tially rendered me use­less from June of 2022 through Septem­ber of 2023, and everything suffered — even the prop­er care and main­ten­ance of my beloved espresso machine. To launch the new year, I per­formed a full clean­ing and main­ten­ance on my Rock­et Cin­quan­totto. I had reli­giously cleaned and pol­ished it bi-weekly from its arrival here in August of 2021 through May of 2022, but it — as with so much else in my life — lan­guished over the ensu­ing months. Since Septem­ber (and my low-dose Nal­trex­one pre­scrip­tion) I’ve been slowly catch­ing up on my to-do lists, and today seemed the per­fect day to finally give the Cin­quan­totto its long over­due deep-cleaning.…

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Albino squir­rel!

Albino squir­rel on West 6th Ave. in Columbus

I’d heard they had albino squir­rels in Ohio. Now I’ve seen one!

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Anoth­er Monday, anoth­er power outage

One of our two apricot trees. We planted them in 2005, hop­ing that the inev­it­able cli­mate change would at least mean these hardy vari­et­ies would bear fruit. To date: one tiny, deli­cious apricot…

Last Monday, we woke to find an unex­pec­ted 8″ of wet snow blanket­ing everything. It split one of our apricot trees almost in two (40% loss, assum­ing the oth­er 60% sur­vives), and caused hun­dreds of indi­vidu­al small power out­ages across the state, includ­ing here at Hearts’ Ease. Power came on here 11 hours later — but thou­sands had no power until Tues­day. So it shouldn’t’ve been a sur­prise when we woke up this morning…

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Host­ing update

I believe I’ve fin­ished tweak­ing the host­ing setup for erikmh.org — and, by exten­sion, tai.tolkienists.org and lrc.tolkienists.org (vermontsoftworks.com and the root tolkienists.org will fol­low along in a few months).…

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