Saturday, December 24, 2011
Two things happened lately. First, the Roku guys wrote back, told me to update the software, so I plugged it in, did the update, and everything works perfectly again. I was going to take the Revue back, then didn't, but I think I will take it back today. the keyboard is a pretty bulky remote, and I get along fine with just the Roku.
The other thing was that Annie wanted to try another slice of the white bread I had baked, and liked it. She asked if I could make rolls, so I mixed up another batch of straight white flour dough, baked a bowl full of rolls, and Jerzy and Annie both loved them. They claim my bread is better than any they can buy, and wanted me to bake rolls for breakfast. I told them they were nuts, and I wasn't getting up at 4 AM.
Then I did wake up at three to use the bathroom, and pulled the dough out of the refrigerator and set five rolls to rise - three for them and two for me and the BW. I woke at six, turned the oven on, and baked them at 450 degrees for 25 minutes. Then I took the dogs for a two and a half mile walk.
Jerzy was up when we came back, and he and Annie took all the rolls off to have breakfast at the local coffee shop.
I normally just bake two loves of whole wheat bread at a time and freeze one, but I had made white bread for a change - and they like fresh artisan bread.
Now I think I'm on the hook to bake bread twice a day to keep them off my back, unless they will settle for day old bread for breakfast. Annie told me three times that day old bread is not as good, and they wanted fresh baked rolls for breakfast.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Everything is going along - mostly smooth. The Logitech Revue still works just fine and we have watched movies for two nights while the dishwasher is running and can't even tell it's there, which is a big improvement over the old one. The BW would always stop the old one because of the background noise.
The visitors are working on their sixth day here, and there are only two weeks left after today. It makes the BW a little cranky because this is a small house, only three bedrooms. I have one for me, the BW has one for her, and we use the last one for a bedroom for us. While they're here, they get one car, sleep and store in the BW's room, and use my room most of the time. We have two computers and Jerzy brought along another for him, but yesterday they were using both of our computers for a few hours, so it's a mixed blessing to have the visitors. It's great that they're here, but it makes a big disruption to the way we normally live. It's kind of tight quarters for everyone.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Friday the top rack on the dishwasher stuck once too often, the BW finally conceded, and we bought a new dishwasher. The delivery and installation guy was supposed to call sometime between 8 and 10 this morning, so I took the dogs out at 6:10 this morning, as if it was the middle of summer. The new moon and stars were out, so there was enough light to see where we were going, but the east didn't start to get light until 6:30, and the sun wasn't up when we got home again, but there was plenty of light. It was 53 degrees when we got back, my nose ran and my hands got cold, but I wore a long sleeved shirt and cap, and it all went well enough.
I do have everything out from under the sink (at the installer's request) and we are waiting for the new appliance.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
The new (expensive in time and money) Roku2 quit providing closed captions yesterday. I sent an e-mail to Roku, and today I stopped by CompUSA to see how much it would cost to convert our big TV into a smart TV. The answer was no longer $321, but $107 for something called a Logitech Revue, which runs a Chrome browser and lets you go anywhere on the internet. You get a real keyboard, which is only good for typing in internet addresses, search terms, user names, and passwords. it has a small touch screen to control the pointer, and it works GREAT. Boo to Roku2.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The BW is out shopping now - she still has to make the soup she promised for Annie and Jerzy when we pick them up this evening. I bought two elbows, a coupling, and pipe to route the dryer vent out through solid ducting yesterday, and I'm about to tear everything apart and get rid of the flexible stuff now. Maybe I'll read a book later. I'll let the visitors do most of the work while they're here.
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