March 13th, 2016

caillebotte_man at his window

Delay

Persistently sloppy weather prevented me from doing the weekly shopping today, and it has been put off until tomorrow. There were a couple of rainless hours, but fog settled in and reduced visibility to about three hundred feet, where the dark ghosts of trees lurked in the gray air. Oddly, wind kept blowing the entire time the fog was here, and only when the rain returned did it diminish. Now a blustery night has begun, and the wind is picking up again. Cold raindrops are blowing across the back porch so that light spilling from the house glimmers in its slick concrete surface. It's pretty, but no substitute for moonlight.

The rain is expected to continue through tomorrow morning, but it should be gone by afternoon, when I'll go to the stores. I'm hoping the Internet will speed up once the rain ends. A neighbor put in a report to AT&T the other day, and the linemen were out Saturday afternoon and did some more work. My Internet has been continuous since then, but very, very slow. The highest download speed I've seen since then is 15 KB/s. It's like being back on dial-up. The guy sprayed a sealant on my line where it had been chewed by squirrels and was leaking, but I think he might have sealed some of the dampness inside the line. Maybe it will dry out once the sun emerges. If not I'll have to wait until they replace the line, and I don't know when that will be, but it is in the works— finally.

I heard the frogs croaking faintly while it was foggy and rainless this afternoon, but once the rain returned it drowned their song out. All I can hear when I go outside now is the rainfall and the wind in the trees. It's probably going to be like that all night. Happy Daylight Saving Time.


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