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2017-09-21 08:48 am

D.O.P.-T.

The poor dog currently has to be kept on a tight leash when she goes out, prevented from running (or sitting in the grass). For the second morning in a row, the mostly white cat was sitting on the corner of the fence, gazing at her, when I brought her out for the first time. Today the cat was almost hidden under the neighbor's red-leaved tree. I tried to keep the dog from noticing her. Then when I brought her out a second time, there was a scrabbling and an unkempt white and orange cat I don't remember seeing before jumped up onto the fence, and moved quickly away along it. Poor dog. On the other hand yesterday I discovered she'd managed to make a slit in the removable screen in the window by my bed. I think she used the edge of her cone. Luckily I had a replacement, so her plan to leap onto the porch while the cat(s) consume the food I leave out, or while the mailcarrier was trying to deliver the daily Lands' End catalog, was foiled.
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2017-09-20 09:10 pm

D.O.P.-T.

Back to work. Hope I managed to stock up enough sleep. It was cool today, and I didn't notice the sun ever burning off the clouds. Definitely fall weather, and though the trees have hardly started to turn, I noticed the other day that the cotoneaster berries are starting to go orange.
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2017-09-15 07:21 pm

D.O.P.-T.

Today we went to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. It was quite impressive, although the little Wikipedia quiz/game was very silly.
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2017-09-15 08:32 am

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

Unfortunately the dog has once more done something nasty to her hindquarters. She visited the vet yesterday and we had to take her in early this morning for surgery. Poor little dog.
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2017-09-15 08:31 am

D.O.P.-T. (day before yesterday)

It did eventually get cooler, but we've visited several beaches and all caught the sun.
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2017-09-12 08:13 am

D.O.P.-T.

I have family visiting this week, so I'm taking a vacation week. The gods have apparently decided to make things interesting: after the sudden early-morning wind storm, which apparently left meteorologists scrambling for an explanation, we had a full-blown thunderstorm with rain after I collapsed into bed yesterday, leaving my laundry on the line. It was still flickering when I crawled out of bed, so I was able to say hi to Redbeard. And I see they are now forecasting another hot day today and have switched the cooler days to starting on Wednesday. Clearly they are sticking pins in the map at random.
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2017-09-11 05:42 am

D.O.P.-T.

16 years ago, around about now.

Tremendous wind came through starting just before my mandatory lunch break. It blew over the "reserved parking" sign in front of the store while I was eating. Seems to have died down now; I guess the Hunt has swept on to the East Coast.
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2017-09-10 11:20 am

D.O.P.-T.

On the spur of the moment, we took the slow drive down El Camino to The Milk Pail in Mountain View. (It's not really open air any more; it occupies a winding shack not unlike the permanent tent where I used to buy veggies in Hell's Kitchen; and it's not very European. What it is is very good.) The developers who put an apartment building where the Bevmo and clothing store used to be refused to make up for the loss of the parking the store used to rent, and what parking lot it has is all set about with construction work; there's a long, winding wheelchair ramp serving as the only access to the store. The parking lot was like a game of Tetris, and the store a controlled madhouse; people continue to determinedly shop there. We scored tiny black grapes, cheese, bread, frozen pasta for the housemate, mango and pepper sauce and fava beans for me ...
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2017-09-10 11:11 am

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

The dog left her stuffed squirrel in the middle of the path in the backyard last night. It is soggy from the dew; I've picked the grass seeds and clover burrs out of it but she still wants nothing to do with it.
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2017-09-08 01:51 pm

D.O.P.-T.

The first touches of fall foliage on stressed trees, and I had to cut back a chunk of one of the remaining cotoneasters because the weight of the berries was bending it down into the driveway.

The new janitor took the keychain to San Francisco, but brought it back last night so now the mop water can be changed. (I know, I know ... )
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2017-09-07 11:50 am

D.O.P.-T.

It's crisp and cool today. So my window remains open. The dog has her jaw resting on the sill and her nose pushing at the screen. There is a squirrel on the fence.
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2017-09-07 11:44 am

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

I was in downtown Mountain View the other day. The aquarium store on a corner on Castro St. is now a gift and toy shop that has this in the window. Comes with 6 cats! Only 6?
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2017-09-06 12:53 pm

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

A little cooler. The housemate has been sleeping out in the screened back porch, with the dog sprawling happily alongside, while my room (which has poor air circulation) gets hotter and hotter. The cat(s) didn't come get the catfood on the porch for two nights, perhaps because we had the door open in an attempt to cool the house, but have now resumed.
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2017-09-04 12:05 pm

D.O.P.-T.

Survived another work week. The National Weather Service recorded a high of 100 yesterday in Los Altos (the closest they come to our location), after 2 consecutive 110s. The air tastes acrid. I walked the dog this morning and the streets were almost empty but the park was full of people risking their lungs and their dogs' by exercising in this stuff. At least it's supposed to be only in the 80s today. The dog found two squirrels; one she chased and the other was lying dead under a bush. Probably of heat prostration.

...

I was going to close the back door and followed the dog outside. As I stood near the tree at the back of the yard, I noticed a soft sound coming from it. Then it reached me. It's raining.
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2017-09-03 10:11 am

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

Weather forecasts of temps well over 100 and "patchy smoke". (Apparently it's blowing down from Oregon.) Dangerous ozone warnings.
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2017-09-01 08:53 am

D.O.P.-T.

A huge dirty-orange sun this morning. Aging to dirty yellow light by the time I got home. I watered the back yard expecting to see mud precipitate out of the air.
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2017-09-01 08:49 am

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

This is definitely a timid dog. Next door's white standard poodle will run up to the chainlink fence, stick her head between two of the row of old closet doors the people have propped up against it to try to stop the barkfest, and commence barking. Our dog will run out of the house and bark backā€”from around the corner of the garage. Or even remain in the kitchen while barking back. She'll only go up to the fence and do it properly if I'm there gathering in my wash.
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2017-08-31 08:57 pm

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

Bad air days continue, and the haze has closed in so that I can't see the hills. It got a bit cooler but is promised to climb into the hundreds starting on Friday.
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2017-08-31 08:53 pm

D.O.P.-T. (day before yesterday)

We walked the dog in the park an hour later in the evening than on my work nights. The tennis courts were still lighted but instead of tennis or raquetball, a couple were using them to let their two dogs run. Our dog got excited. Then the lights went off, leaving the other dogs' balls glowing in the dark.
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2017-08-28 10:47 am

D.O.P.-T.

Squished two large roaches at work last night. Luckily both out of view of customers.