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Rumble Rumble [Aug. 11th, 2014|10:36 pm]
Today an unexpected storm announced itself with sudden sprinkles and distant thunder. It lasted off an on all afternoon, and most of the time the sky remained mostly sunny. It was a bit of a surprise that so few clouds could manage to produce even a small amount of rain, let alone such prolonged thunder. Because the sky was bright I didn't see any lightning, and it seemed that the thunder never got very close, but maybe that's because there weren't enough clouds for it to bounce off of. The rain was enough to make the pavement dark, but I doubt that it did much for the plants, other than to make their leaves shiny for a while.

Much of the day I spent tidying. I didn't want to have the computer on during an electrical storm, no matter how mild. Washing the dishes was a bit tedious as the waster heater pilot light is out again (the unit is scheduled to get cleaned tomorrow, and I hope the cleaning is sufficient to get it working) and I had to heat water on the stove, and then dole it out sparingly. At least I now know that I can wash dishes with a minimal amount of water, as long as I'm willing to take twice as much time to get the job done.

There are still some clouds tonight, and the moon is bright being just past full, sot he sky watching should be good. Last night was actually the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, but with the bright moon up all night this is a very bad year to try to see them. Still, there's always a chance that a big one will manage to appear. If none do, the drifting moonlit clouds will be sufficient. Plus there are plenty of crickets to listen to. The night should get fairly cool, and tomorrow night cooler still. The house is still pretty uncomfortable, even with the windows open and the fan on. Dinner will once again be microwaved.

Oh, speaking of microwaves, I microwaved some ordinary popcorn from a jar and it turned out great. I only recently found out that ordinary popcorn can be popped in the microwave. Put it in a brown paper bag and fold the bag shut. It takes quite a while to pop, but it turns out crunchy and tasty, and with no oil cooked into it I can put more butter on it than I usually put on pan-popped corn. So now that I know I don't have to dirty a pan, or use cooking oil, or buy those expensive, single-size, pre-packaged microwave popcorns, I'll probably have it more often.

[User Picture]From: blue_by_you
2014-08-12 07:49 pm (UTC)
That was a useful tip. I had no idea and I have a ton of popcorn waiting to be microwaved.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2014-08-13 07:01 am (UTC)
My sister told me about it, but apparently people have been doing it for years. I wish I'd known about it sooner. The stuff tastes way better without the cooking oil in it.
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