Friday, March 28, 2014
Lusa bakery to pick up some breakfast pastries--it seemed like a good day to celebrate! A cherry turnover is a cherry turnover, although I will say this one was super flaky and the cherries were superb--not too sweet, and cherries rather than just cherry smash. The cute little muffin in the brown paper wrapper is blueberry coffee cake, recommended by the bakery attendant.
Let's get those last two comps graded and move on to things that are more fun--like my new exercise regime the doc started me on yesterday.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
This morning, I had the epiphany that it was on the Preservation in Mississippi blog, not mine. It is called "pigeonhole corner detail" in the event you are (1) thinking of building a house with this design, or (2) have a house with this design and want to know what it is.
Cyril M. Harris in the Dictionary of Architecture and Construction described the pigeonhole corner:
…an acute angle formed in a brick wall, using square-ended bricks that have not been shaped."As you can read from the MissPres post, there are differing points of view (not the theme I had in mind originally, which was in a philosophical vein, but sometimes, once the moment of inspiration has passed, you just need to let it go and move on) about the utility of the pigeonhole corner. Criticisms included:
- corners collect dirt, cobwebs, debris
- critters nest in the corners
- cheap and structurally unsound
While the first two clearly are possible, the second two are not necessarily so. According to Rosell in MissPres Word of the Week: Pigeonhole Corner, there are "high end" buildings with pigeonhole corners, and property executed, the brickwork can add interesting detail to a building without compromising structural soundness.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
During the day when I am awake and alert, I leave her out as she generally just curls up next to me to go to sleep, and I protect myself with pillows from an unsuspected sudden impulse by a dog to take the shortcut across my legs to get to the floor or the door. When she hears "off" she knows it doesn't matter what is going on, she has to get off the bed right then. I had been icing my thigh and trying to rearrange my pillows, using my grabber tool while Rand was working on my computer to set up my virtual classroom for Tuesday. I used it last summer with no problem but now Java is not cooperating. Needless to say, we were all a bit frustrated: need virtual classroom and the virtual part where I see them and they see me does not want to work; Rand, who never ever gets a day off from work--if it isn't his real work calling, it is his friends and family--"can you tell me why..." "I can't get my computer to..." and so on and so on and so on; Libby because she really really wanted to see what I was trying to do with the grabber tool and I really did not want her to...
I told her I was sorry, but one thing about a dog who loves you: she will forgive you quickly, and in a pique of anger later, will never ever throw it up to you about the time you hit her in the head with your grabber tool.