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  * up 7ish; W=196.6; drugs, nose, teeth, laundry, light, dishes, coffee
  @ 7 Reasons You Should Eat Eggs for Breakfast @jules_stonesoup 
  @ Roe Deer
    Red Deer
    Fallow Deer The Three Ravens 
  @ Call your dad from Gmail  Wish I could.  I miss our talks.
  : Further explorations in luggage:  There's room for a "tube cube" on either 
    side of Chami's handle tube -- about an inch of depth that would be wasted
    if there were nothing but full-width items in it.  
  @ catsittingstill: Music nook
  @ Arabian oryx leaps back from near-extinction - Yahoo! News 
  @ Make: Tips My Dad Says (Happy Fathers Day to All of the MAKE Pops)
  @ The Most Important Organization In Silicon Valley That No One Has Heard
    About  (MedLion)
    Nice idea, but doesn't cover drugs, specialists, or hospital care.
  * 15min:  Searched the bedroom closet - no CPAP case.  Set out mousetraps. 
    ->The CPAP case, as it turns out, was under the bed.  Whether it'll be
      useful is still an open question.
  @ Anteater wants you to untie his paws - Boing Boing (silly)
  * st/roll: twice around the Rose Garden (with a nice sit inside)
    Bought a couple of things at Cash&Carry - sweet gerkins and cayenne
  * 15min: heavy straps for Colleen's scooter basket
  * apple pancakes and smoked porkchops for dinner
    One of my favorites of the things Dad used to cook for Sunday breakfast.
  : filk radio appears to be VIP (i.e., paid) only now.  Bah.
  * 15min:  spent some time going through the contents of the Rolly.  huge
    amount of change in the outside pocket
  $ 20.99 via paypal for personal use (Torn Worlds book)
  @ Torn World; Family Ties and Torn Skies ebook+hardcopy bundle
    possibly the last week for that, since it was a preorder promotion
  : one of Minnie's side pockets holds both a stuffed bag and a hat.  
    Rather than threading Chami's handle through the Y, just sling Minnie over
    her "shoulder".  Quicker and lower center of gravity

I'd been planning to make apple pancakes for breakfast, but in this house I'm usually the only one who's awake before noon, and Father's Day was no exception. I made them for dinner. Dad often made breakfast on Sunday, apple pancakes were always one of my favorites, along with blueberry pancakes, blueberry muffins, and "fried matzoh".

Google did me no favors with their Call your dad from Gmail promotion. Wherever he is now, there are no phones or internet connections. I miss our hour-long phone conversations.

Another nice st/roll with Colleen, twice around the Rose Garden (somewhere in the 2.5-3 mile range). We need to go there with a picnic brunch sometime.

We appear to have a mouse living in the bedroom closet. I set out glue-traps. Grumble. The reason for searching the bedroom closet was to look for the CPAP case, which turned out to be under the bed. A great deal of puttering ensued, and I started the amazing exploration of Rolly's contents. There are some Weird Things in there.

Quite a few links up in the notes. Torn World; Family Ties and Torn Skies is finally out in hardcopy; I ordered a copy.

Date: 2011-06-20 05:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Fried matzoh" being matzoh brei, as I recall?

Date: 2011-06-20 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It is possible, within even the strictest interpretation of Jewish law, to make matzoh out of oatmeal, which is gluten-free... but I can't imagine that the taste or texture of matzoh brei made from this would be anything like what you ate as a child.

Date: 2011-06-21 07:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Might as well just eat scrambled eggs and have the gluten-free matzoh on the side...

Date: 2011-06-20 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Please take away your glue-traps. The mouse doesn't know it is trespassing. No-kill traps are not terribly expensive, and you can let the mouse go someplace well away from your house.

I've tried to help a desperate mouse escape one of those traps. They not only kill, they torture first. They should be illegal. Please don't use them.

Date: 2011-06-20 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, this. I've caught and released a misplaced mouse with the simplest of no-kill traps - a plastic device that cost me less than $3.00 in the big-box hardware store. I simply released the terrified rodent outdoors, where it scampered into a patch of weeds and shrubbery. At least it still had a fighting chance to survive... just not in my kitchen.

Glue traps are outlawed in many countries now - they are considered less humane than the old-fashioned spring trap, which crushes the animal's head or spine. Why kill the mouse, though, when all you want is for it to be somewhere other than in your home? Relocating it is simple enough, and it doesn't get your karma all sticky.

Date: 2011-06-21 07:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The catch-and-release trap is so simple that the mouse doesn't know it's a trap. It's basically a tube with a square cross section, mounted on a seesaw kind of pivot. One end has a cap that can be used to prop the tube in a position where the open end is down. You place a dab of peanut butter in the other end for bait. The mouse goes in, heads for the peanut butter, and its weight causes the tube to tip. The cap falls down and latches, and the mouse can't get out. It's very easy, though, for a human to release the latch from the outside.

The Republican mayor of my town lives across the street from me. I was sorely tempted to release the mouse into his mail slot... but that would have been too cruel to the mouse...

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