Day 67: Wednesday-Thursday Mix

I worked again through the night with India. It is a bit hard today, and this afternoon I felt unwell and took another nap. I am trying to finish this work, which is on the critical path for the big project I am on. This is the second system for the same upgrade, and so we have fixes for all the breaks. I am doing my all-nighter on the upgrade and then working my regular day taking naps when I slow-down or feel unwell from the lack of sleep.

Last night after I finished the previous blog, I made scones. Before the emergency, I bought a mixed case of scone mix from King Arthur Flour. It is cheaper to buy a case full, and we often would make two boxes a week. The mix makes perfect scones. Now that does mean cutting in cold butter into the mix with a pastry knife (you can use a fork if you are more patient than me). They should be just undercooked with bits of brown.

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Today it was a sunny day, but a cold wind from the desert came. I skipped the walk today.

I thought some more pictures of my roses would be a good item for today. I walked around and took a few pictures.

My only surviving David Austin Rose, The Herbalist, is in full bloom and brightens the front of the house.

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The moss rose is getting started now.

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And finally the Cardinal Richelieu, the bad guy in the Three Musketeers, Rose has bloomed with its true colors. This rose will fade within hours of being cut.

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This rose is hidden in my backyard as, for most of the year, it is just a bunch of sticks with thorns. It blooms once at the start of summer.

Here is my theme song: Jimmy Buffett “Pencil Thin Mustache/Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit/Boat Drinks” Live. With the holiday coming…

Lunch was ordered from La Provence again. This time I had the tuna sandwich. I could only eat half of it. Susie’s Tiramisu is still in the frig–she has had a lot of scones!

I watched Bloomberg while working. I keep my own computer on Bloomberg, and I order lunch on it. The Nike computer is the one I do work on. I watched the stock market go up and then down. The discussions now are moving from a V-shaped recovery to a Check-mark-shaped recovery (which is something like not as good as V-shaped but not the dreaded L-shaped recovery). My 401K has improved back to -4.7 percent down for the year. I am hoping to break-even at the 1/2 year. The market was driven up by check-mark talk and driven down by China-bashing from various sources.

I did not get back to Pulp Alley today. I did cut out the cards for the game in the free downloads. I just have to put down a matt, some 28mm terrain, and play. I have the little tape measurers for Frostgrave. I hope to play this over the holiday weekend.

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(I put in some 28mm Doctor Who figures that never get much use for scale)

Today more than one-thousand four-hundred people died from the virus in the USA. The infection rate is stable but not yet declining. It was reported that the actual stating of infection rates is now a political statement–deep breath required. Today’s song is for those folks we lost today and the medical works which are the witness of their passing and for those who grieve: The Holy City.

 

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