Sunday, February 5, 2012

Of Bridges and Yurts

This post is going to be a wildly eclectic post as there's not been a lot going on with us in rainy, chilly, west Kentucky this mid winter.

Uh oh! Man alive, am I glad I'm not the captain of this ship!

This week this happened to a bridge to the east on the same highway on which we live. The bridge crosses Kentucky Lake at Aurora, Kentucky, which is a little teeny town that's turned into a tourist spot at one of the entrances into Land Between the Lakes. Needless to say, it's going to turn travel into a nightmare as other ways to cross the lake are miles away either to the north or to the south.

While web surfing, I came across this short vid of people putting up their yurt, or ger as it's called in Mongolia. It takes the hour-long process and condenses it down to 2 minutes and was absolutely fascinating to me.

Max was in this weekend, and we did absolutely nothing but enjoy our time together. It was just too messy outside to go there, and it was dreary enough to suck the energy right out of you. Max came across a "thing" on that is a combination blu-ray and internet device. He hooked it up to the TV, and we spent Friday and Saturday evening watching "Endgame" from on the TV.

It was great fun even if the device did turn out not to be the most efficient device we've ever known. The download time was incredibly long, but watching the show together on a larger screen was great. "Endgame" is a fictional show about a Russian chess genius, Arkady Balagan, who saw his fiance assassinated in front of a hotel, causing him to become agoraphobic and unable to go outside of the hotel. Arkady becomes a "stay-at-home" detective solving crimes utilizing his amazing ability to visualize and solve puzzles, and a few fun characters to run his errands. You can click on the show title above to navigate to the show's homepage at hulu if you're interested.

In the Great Fake Wine Experiment, the grape wine seems to be nearing finish. On Saturday morning the balloon had fallen over, but by evening it was standing back up again. Yes, we giggled about that, too. Today it's falling over again. I'll let it sit for a bit more to make sure there's no more fermentation going on. Don't really want to risk exploding bottles from bottling it up too soon.

Lola is getting on with no improvement nor decline. She continues to wander a bit in the early morning. The other day she sat down in a chair by a magazine rack, pulled every one of them out of the rack, flipped through many, slung them all to either an end table or the floor, and went back to bed. She's maddeningly uncommunicative. It's like pulling teeth to get her to talk, and conversation of more than one sentence has become impossible. She's also continuing to stop the toilet up using massive amounts of adult wipes to clean up after a BM. Joy, joy.  Her appetite remains great; she'll eat nearly anything and all of what you put in front of her. Her mobility seems to be getting a bit shakier.

And dat's all for now, folks.

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