I think this mystery photo is too easy, but is scary pretty:
And the hills around here are simply pretty pretty:
And the birds above the hills are pretty pretty pretty:
I’ve been playing a game with the birds that come to the feeders I placed next to our windows … how close can I get with my point and shoot camera:
The bigger birds seem to have closer limits, but even they get mad if I get too close:
Thankfully, the cat is leaving them alone … might have something to do with them being 15 feet in the air and with Helen trying to feed her everything in our Fridge. No need to hunt so she now lounges on our deck all day.
And on our laps all evening … makes for a soft tablet stand:
I’ve been having fun tweaking the house. Here tuning the ceiling light show:
And I can now control the pool light remotely via Z-Wave. When wiring that smart outlet up, I ended up with an extra outlet, so seemed like a good excuse for a fountain!
And I moved the small fountain that was on our bedroom deck to our kitchen deck, and added a ‘solar sail’ shade.
Waiting for our next good windstorm to see if it will sail or not.
I spent most of the last 2 weeks hacking together another Arduino (a 4 watt $20 computer) to monitor and control the pool, similar to what I did with the hot tub last month:
In addition to temperature monitoring and pool pump control, this will allow me to remotely control the pool cover … that is the theory anyway:
For the fellow geeks out there, this the data collected by this new box:
On the medical front, I finally confessed to Helen that my shoulder had been bothering me for the last 3 months, after a minor, but sudden, slip off a snow bank when climbing off our roof. She immediately noticed my right shoulder was much lower than my left:
Helen and Irena have 3 theories as to what it might be and I have an appointment with another doctor to get another opinion later this week. Not too painful, but I can’t sleep on that side, which is my Helen side, so that is a problem that needs to get fixed!
Mystery photo: Wasp nest built into one of our LED yard lights. I had brought that light in house, charging next to a window for several days before I notice a bunch of wasps hanging out inside. The LED was fully encased in Wasp hive glue and did not recover.