It's a "deep breath, shake it off" Sunday, in hopes of breaking this cloud that has been hanging over me the last week and a half or so. The last straw was my home PC crashing on me the other day. I'll rebuild it eventually, but I've gotten tired of one thing after another going bad on it and picked up a new Dell box. A good chunk of this weekend is dedicated to tuning up the new PC and transferring files.
Speaking of new PC, the one weird thing I've come across is how locked down IE 9 is out of the box. Right away I began to run into issues with login/password boxes not displaying on webpages and downloads not executing. I finally gave up on dinking around with IE9 settings and went to download Chrome, but IE9 wouldn't let me. Then I went to download Firefox, but IE9 wouldn't let me. Finally I was able to get Opera to download and that browser did let me download Chrome. Eventually I will figure out the problem with IE9, but let me just say I'm unimpressed with it from the start.
I'm 0-2 going into the third week of FFL, but I feel pretty good about my team anyway. Last week I scored a very healthy number of points, I just happened to play one of the three teams that could beat me instead of one of the six I could have beaten. It goes that way sometimes.
Despite freeze warnings that included the Twin Cities, the low at the airport here only hit 36°, and that was a little after sunrise this morning. Outstate was a different story with a low of 21° at International Falls last night and even a dusting of snow for Duluth. Fall is here and the leaves are starting to turn. I think the fall colors will be early and brief this year with how dry it is.
I'm moving some plants around now that the growing season is over for the most part. I need to get my hands on some garlic to plant around the edges of the garden. I don't want to plant the run of the mill California White that you can get at any grocery store. I want to grow and store at least two other varieties that aren't so common. If anyone has an opinion on what those should be, feel free to let me know.
As the weather turns cold its time for various critters, mostly mice, to try to find their way into warm spots for the winter if they can find them. That's usually a house or garage, but a vehicle can attract them too, at least for the short-term. Here's a link to a story and picture of a mouse that apparently had second thoughts when the vehicle it crawled up into started moving. Unfortunately, at that point it only had limited options.
I had that happen to me once, only it was a cat. It must have crawled up to bask in the engine heat of an old Triumph GT6 I owned at the time and was unpleasantly surprised when I got in and started it up. It let out the most frightened meow I ever heard before I went even half a block. I got out and lifted the bonnet and it shot out of there like the hounds of Hell were after it. At least it appeared to be physically unharmed. I bet it thought twice about that next warm car engine though.