November 25th, 2002

caillebotte_man at his window


Now that the nights are quite nippy, I will spend less time outdoors. Tonight, I had to go out for a while, though, because there was wind-- wall-shaking, window rattling, booming in the chimney wind. There is something I find irresistible in a windy night, with the stars sparkling and the trees swaying and, in contrast to the earth-bound wildness, the serene moon floating above. I bundled up good, but, after I came back in, my ears were tingly for several minutes. It is very cold, but it will be colder still for the next few nights. The temperature will fall below freezing for the first time since last winter. The five blanket nights are beginning.
caillebotte_the orangerie


According to one of my nephews, a house on the other side of town blew up this morning. Just blowed right up. Blowed up real good. Broke windows all over the neighborhood. He heard the explosion from Chico, 15 miles away. I slept through it. Now I suppose I'll have to watch the local news on television. The one with the doings of venal, small town city councils and the scores of high school football games. This is the most exciting thing to happen here since both drug stores caved in after the blizzard of ... what was it ... 1989? Gee, I hope the town can stand the excitement.

Heh. Spell check doesn't like "blowed." It suggests:
bl owed, bl-owed, blow ed, blow-ed, bellowed, billowed, bowed, lowed, blower, flowed, glowed, plowed, slowed, blowers, blowies, bleed, bowled, bled, bolled, bolted, blowier, beloved, bloated, blobbed, blocked, blooded, bloomed, blooped, blotted, bloused
Uh, what is blooped?