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IMG_1099 (1)IMG_1098 (1)IMG_1095 (1)IMG_1100 (1)This is what I woke up to this morning.  The icicles are left over from sleet that melted off the roof Friday and “wind chill factored” onto the bare branches.  Seeing as how it’s 28 F/-2.2 C out at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, don’t think it’ll melt much if any.  Glad I don’t have to go anywhere today.

IMG_1102 (1)In other news, my spiffy new mouse arrived yesterday and I set it up this morning in about a minute.  Works like a charm.  I really like it.  There is a slight learning curve regarding scrolling, but I’ve got it down now.  It even comes with a little soft cloth pouch so you don’t get the top all scratched up.  It glides smoothly and almost effortlessly on my mouse pad. There is a little bar IMG_1106 (1)underneath which is the “clicker” and it does actually “click,” but we will hope the clicking mechanism is robust.  Time will tell.

Mount Etna is erupting again, I note, and it’s blowing smoke rings.  Srsly.  Erupting for the 16th time this year.

For at least two weeks now, one of my favorite comic strips, “9 Chickweed Lane” has had  the characters dealing with agents of the “National Furtive Agency” spying on them, tapping their phones, monitoring their computers — at one point bugging Edda’s bikini bottom — and has been sending up the mentality of the agency he is parodying rather soundly.  Here is a case in point:


comic © 2013 Brooke McEldowney


Photo © 2013 Dante Shepherd

This little goodie from Dante Shepherd’s “Surviving the World” blog.

Matias Adlolfsson unidentified walking object.And this one from the art blog of Mattias Adolfsson, “Mattias Inks.”   He does whimsical little doodles and insanely intricate much bigger doodlesKeep Warm and Cuddle a Kitteh.  I love his sense of humor.

Below is my take on a winter version of the ever popular “Keep Calm” sign.  Good advice.