The painters still aren't finished scrapping and sanding the house. The job needed more time than they had expected, plus there have been delays in their scheduling. This afternoon, it led to a problem. The semi-annual HVAC tuneup was scheduled for today. After the technician had finished tuning and cleaning the unit, which is outside the house, one of the painters came back and did some more sanding on the very same wall that hosts the furnace and air conditioner, and blew dust all over the place. I suppose that the fresh layer of dust on the cooling coils will reduce the efficiency of the furnace this winter unless I get it blown off again.
I made onion soup this evening. It was more successful than any other batch I've made, but still far from what I'd like it to be. One would think that onion soup would be a fairly easy thing to cook, but no. A dozen tries have brought me only slightly closer to the goal of an onion soup at least as good as that I used to get in various suburban coffee shops in Los Angeles... and none of those places had a really memorable onion soup. It's beginning to seem unlikely that I'll ever have good onion soup again unless I manage to get to San Francisco.
Chilly days and cold nights are on the way, but they will bring no clouds. It looks like no rain will arrive before the lawn gets dry enough to start turning brown again. I like to have the water bill go down before the heating bill starts going up, but that might not happen this year. If it gets too cold, the lawn will just have to go brown. Or I could just let the leaves pile up on it. Then nobody will have to see it die.
Hey, the font is fixed but now the post preview button has vanished! LJ giveth and LJ taketh away.