• Upgraded from (down/up) 175/6 Mbps to 300/11 Mbps soon as I hit the “order” button. $1 less, too. No contract. Worth checking Xfinity internet-only plans periodically! Unreasonably excited at double up speeds.

  • When a ceiling fan announces that it absolutely wants to be replaced, this happens.

  • Yesterday’s planted nectarine began life here in a rather peculiar way:

  • Going to punt this fan replacement job to another weekend. This nest of wires needs a day I can be relaxed and patient.

  • Our 2-year old plum died so now we’re trying a “Fantasia” nectarine. 400-500 chill hours is doable here.

  • Left to right: Moon and Orion (partial; got the belt!)

  • Frosty morning in the yarden 🐝

  • Our Elderberries coming back after they scorched in the summer heat last year. Resilient native plants! The birds loved the berries late summer.

  • Yesterday we spent some time taking a mental break at Burris Creek near Black Butte Lake, CA.

  • We’re trying to propagate lemon grass after dividing canes from our outdoor plant (hope it overwinters). The centers of the canes have popped up — thinking this means positive water pressure and that may mean the canes are taking in water so this may work.

  • I disturbed this overwintering ladybug while cleaning up this past year’s Holy Basil growth.

  • Our Mandarin tree 🌳 is ready for as-needed harvest!

  • Caseta & Dimming LEDs

    I replaced a Caseta dimmer switch with the non-dimming version as I’m installing a ceiling fan w/light soon. I’m getting used to tucking and bending wires just so and shoving the switch in with screws ratcheting it snugly in place.

    I’ve found dimmer switches are difficult since they can’t have anything but lights as a load and those lights (especially LED) better be perfect in their dimming logic and signal response. And as you should never use non-dimming LEDs with a dimmer, I’ve had to buy new bulbs to replace young non-dimmable LEDs or buggy dimmable LEDs from a few years ago. So far the current crop of FEIT dimmables sold at my local Ace Hardware are fine.

    I’m so over using dimmer switches.

  • Cut down this years’ California fuchsias yesterday to encourage & release a new year of growth.

  • Side mirror view: tumbleweed on a front bumper.

  • Dancy Mandarins are so very close to perfect ripeness. Need to blush a bit more toward red.

  • A very good Mantis.

  • Never fails. This infernal badged Sys Prefs issue is so far the most annoying MacOS Catalina issue I’ve had. What services need iCloud to be logged back in? Why does MacOS forget so easily?

  • My favorite around-the-home power tool. Okay, besides my electric drill/driver.

  • An indoor aloe succulent growing a flower stalk.

  • A colorful sunrise and a fresh coat of snow on Snow Mountain, NorCal. I love my iPhone 11 Pro. No way my previous could have exposed these well enough for posting.

    blues and oranges of dawn over some water and a freewaysnowy mountain tops along a highway

  • Color Stages of Caramel

    I use Alton Brown’s dark caramel recipe with some minor modifications to suit taste. First, the mixture always gets to 230°F a few minutes faster than expected and it takes 10 minutes instead of 6 or 7 to get to 300°F. Then, I heat to 340°F instead of 350°F because that’s too burnt for friends. I combine the broken up butter with the cream in a Pyrex measure cup so all of that goes in at once – making it less stressful with one less step. Finally, for a softer caramel, I pour it out at 245°F. YMMV 😁🍴

    Poured in the dairy.

  • Front yarden update: California Buckwheat’s dead flowers are showy red and the Blue Oak has decided it is winter. California fuchsias still have flowers for the hummingbirds. Front of the house illuminated by mostly bug friendly amber lights. 🐞🐝

  • Just cracked open the homemade boozy eggnog that’s been aging since September 8 2019. It’s delightful, smooth, and not gloppy.

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