Almost an hour killing ants and cleaning up masses of their carcasses. They infested the bread box, among other places. Grrrr!
LJ has apparently implemented something called "
A few clouds returned tonight, in time to capture the light of the moon after it had settled among the pines. More recently, I've seen a phenomenon I can't figure out. As dawn was approaching, across the southern horizon there was a band of bright white. At first I thought it a huge fog bank, but I couldn't account for why it was so bright while the cloudy sky above it was still dark. Then I thought it was a line of clear sky beyond the clouds (our elevation being almost 2000 feet higher than the valley floor.) But the sun had not yet risen above the mountains, and I don't think the valley sky could have been that bright yet. Whatever it is is still there, even as the sky above grows lighter, and I still can't figure out what it is. Some weird effect of a layering of cloud levels, I suppose. Strange.
A link, from the Department of (Perhaps) Unintended Consequences: America's private sector profitably exports government repression. It turns out that various types of snooping software and other advanced technological marvels developed in the U.S. are very popular with totalitarian foreign governments. Once again I'm reminded of the old German proverb; "He who sets fire to his neighbor's house can't complain when sparks land on his own roof."
And, speaking of sparks, everybody's keeping an eye on Alaska's Augustine Volcano which erupted a short time ago. So far, nothing big enough to generate a tsunami.