Thursday, December 2, 2021
Doing Our Part
I left the dehumidifier running in the bedroom yesterday morning when I went to work, and by the time I got home it had pulled nearly two liters of water out of the air. This blows my mind. We got another 3/4 liter from the living room overnight. I'm fascinated by this device, though I'm still wrestling with how best to deploy it. Should I move it from room to room every day? Should it run 24 hours a day? Is it possible for things to get too dry? I guess we'll just learn by doing.
I did hear back from our maintenance company regarding the rotting fascia on the outside of the house and the moisture issues in the living room wall. They're going to send someone around to look at it -- insha'allah, as the Moroccans say. (Literal translation: "God willing." But used more generally to mean "we hope this thing happens but one can never be sure.")
I squared away our annual charitable donations yesterday. Dave and I have been giving to the same three groups each year since Trump got elected in 2016 -- Planned Parenthood, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU. It feels good to get that done. I consider it my little effort to maintain sanity in the world.
Oh, and speaking of maintaining sanity, I did finish "Tales of Silver Lands," thank GOD. It has the distinction of receiving my most negative Newbery review yet. Next up: "Caddie Woodlawn," from 1936. By the way, if you're interested in what I've read so far and what I've had to say about it, I'm maintaining this page on the school's web site. You'll see my intro with my terribly flattering picture (NOT!), followed by a gigantic tag cloud and then, below that, a short review of each book. I need to work on those tags. There are too many of them and I haven't used them very consistently.
Olga says hello, and wishes you would let her sleep a little longer.
(Top photo: A shiny Buddha head in a front garden on Finchley Road.)