sandy ut: Resident Board of Directors - 02/20/15 01:40 PM
Resident Board of Directors
 
For those who might have read my post yesterday and noted my challenges that occupied my schedule and resulted in only a semi-terrific day, you might have thought that I had attracted a bad fairy that was hell-bent on my destruction via a necessary machine delivering intermittent results.
Not so.
Last evening was a time for summoning my alter ego "Mind Wizard".
Mind Wizard is skilled in the use of hypnosis, neuro linguistic programming, lucid dreaming, guided meditation and other jiggery pook. His current task is to facilitate levitation for me; so how hard would it be to … (4 comments)

sandy ut: What makes a hot day in Sandy UT? - 07/09/14 10:41 AM
What makes a hot day in Sandy UT? Just in from giving the veggies a drink (they were truly appreciative). A mere 90º at 6pm, after an earlier high of 93º, a pussy for a summer day in Sandy UT. Yesterday did not even make it to "hot" at 99º, and now we have to wait until Sunday to hit HOT 100º.

 
"Feels like 88". Who makes up this stuff? I still appreciate a going eggnishner (my wife translates my Strine as "AC") and some cool water.
Yesterday I had been allover in a promise of cooling scattered thunderstorms … (1 comments)

sandy ut: An horse of a different temperament.. daydreaming in a warmer Sandy UT - 03/07/14 01:51 AM
An horse of a different temperament.. daydreaming in a warmer Sandy UT I have declared Winter over.
String together enough comfortable days, along with adverse forecasts not achieved, the outdoors beckoning; then I call it Spring.
My stultifying comfort zone of Winter thinking shelved for a few seasons. Time to explore my treasure called Utah. All 29 Counties await ~ and then some foreign expeditions into neighboring States.
Trusty power chair and truck are always available: I search continually for still other horses to ride, my subconscious is always tasked to solve this challenge. I have explored a tracked versions of my … (4 comments)

sandy ut: Add my detector, pan and shovel... ready for adventure around Sandy UT - 03/04/14 09:45 AM
Add my detector, pan and shovel... ready for adventure around Sandy UT
Winter allows for dreaming and reading and planning. What to tackle in the warmer times?
One of my hobbies is looking for gold. I will settle for silver, meteorites or forgotten treasure.
My early training in Archaeology included Geology and an interest in alluvial gold. Utah provides my playground - a State with a history of mineral wealth (I live a few miles from the World's largest open cut copper mine and a short distance from historic silver wealth in canyons of the Wasatch Front) with much documentation of early sites.
I … (7 comments)

sandy ut: Once upon a fluffy cloud... in Sandy UT - 03/02/14 05:01 AM
Once upon a fluffy cloud... in Sandy UT
Add white fluffies in the blue above the mountain tops and you have today in Sandy UT - absolute perfection... Light breezes,  Beautiful shirt sleeve weather. A day worth bottling.
While lots of the country complains about adverse weather, and excessive snow, we have been enjoying almost balmy weather, with touches of brilliance.
Recent rains and falls of snow, tidily, in the mountains have ensured adequate water supply for later months. Winter patrons well cared for by great mountain snow coverage.
Altogether, it has been a winter of comfortable temperatures, with safe roads, and … (7 comments)

sandy ut: Enjoying the Winter Sun in Sandy Utah - 12/25/13 11:48 PM
Enjoying the Winter Sun in Sandy Utah It's winter in Sandy UT, and it's cold.
You might think that, because it's 15 degrees outside. But still, it is early morning. Add a few hours and we will will reach a brilliant 35 degrees ~ positively warm. I will definitely get to shirt sleeves. May even contemplate some snow sculpture.
No inversion to cause haze. Everything sharp as a tack. The mountains on both sides of the valley appear higher and closer, inviting inspection of their detail.
It's Winter Sun in Sandy UT. Spectacular, enjoyable, inviting. Beautiful blue sky.
Thoughts of winter … (5 comments)

sandy ut: Enjoying the vagaries of weather in Sandy UT - 12/07/13 03:15 PM
Enjoying the vagaries of weather in Sandy UT
If I poke my nose outside, I can experience 20F (feels like 4F) with some snow, and it's around midnight. So why would I venture out?
I can wait until tomorrow~ promised 16F high, 2F low (with a cheery feels like 4F - -2F). seems in Sandy UT we have to wait at least two days to venture above freezing.
All brisk stuff.
A winter snow storm advisory for Sandy UT until 6pm tomorrow. Sounds of cracking ice in driveways and on footpaths. Slips and slides for the unwary. 
A look at … (5 comments)

sandy ut: Holiday schedules for TRAX users in Utah - 11/27/13 09:07 AM
Holiday schedules for TRAX users in Utah
While using TRAX (light rail)  to Sandy UT today, I received the following message:
Thanksgiving none; Friday is Saturday; Saturday is Saturday; Sunday is Sunday.
A perfectly clear message which for non-Utahns, outsiders and sundry visitors translates:
If you're looking for a train tomorrow, it'll be a long wait, there are none.
On Friday if you have to work, don't count on the early trains, they are using the Saturday schedule which has a loger time betwwen trains. All trains are low level (the differently abled get on at platform level, on any carriage … (4 comments)

sandy ut: Thankful so much for our life in Sandy UT - 11/25/13 01:44 AM
Thankful so much for our life in Sandy UT
Just shy of nine years ago Christie Louise and I were married in Sandy UT.
How two people of mature years from different hemispheres could meet and wed is a story for another day. Suffice, at present, to say that life is a continuing adventure. And it continues everyday in our home in Sandy UT.
Christie introduced me to this Holiday called Thanksgiving, imparting to me her traditions and inviting me to slow down, be grateful and give thanks.
So, in later years, I find my gratitude for life is a … (4 comments)

sandy ut: Thoughts on a wonderful day in Utah - 11/24/13 07:59 AM
Thoughts on a wonderful day in Utah It's one of those days,in Sandy UT, that, in retrospect, need bottling (I think the locals might choose "canning" ~ although "canning" in glass rubs me funny).
 
Local language aside, it's been a beaut day. A great Sabbath, a day of rest.
Perfection in weather: cold(ish) day, with light blue sky. Weakish sun. Absolute clarity to view the snow cover on our mountains. Nary a breeze.
No traffic or noise. No hustle. Inviting peace.
For those of us who make the Salt Lake Valley of Utah our home, we are treated to many … (1 comments)

sandy ut: Thoughts on end of year farming in Sandy UT - 11/23/13 07:24 AM
Thoughts on end of year farming in Sandy UT                                                                      
Does the end of the year harden door responses or get people in the mood for more social interaction?
We have had the recent wonder of Halloween and are not yet expecting Carolers ~ but who can really tell since the social calendars are on countdown, shops are rushing up decorations, sales are on.
Leaves are down, City clean … (4 comments)

sandy ut: Slow cooking - a great fit in Sandy UT - 11/23/13 12:57 AM
Slow cooking - a great fit in Sandy UT I discovered Crock Pot cooking in my Aussie bachelor days.
Easy meal preparation, and always way too much. Meal size portions into baggies, flatten and stack in freezer. After a few different recipes, the variety in the freezer could satisfy my requirements, especially so if I remembered to label the packages -otherwise "meal surprise"
Colder weather, and the production of comfort food make slow cookers ideal for my lifestyle in Sandy UT. Besides food is always a good conversation starter.
Slow cooker recipe books are legion. They are everywhere, for the faint-hearted and … (3 comments)

sandy ut: Hot or cold, Utah is still a jewel! - 11/22/13 09:47 AM
Hot or cold, Utah is still a jewel!
Definitely a seasonal decline in temperatures in Sandy UT. It is Fall after all.
Leaves have changed color, fallen. Brisk breezes have given mine to my neighbors', and I have been passed along more from trees and lawns unknown. Usual surprises of drifting plastic shopping bags. (Where do they escape from?)
I have just come in from 35F at 6pm. To make me feel better, it is supposed to feel like 28F (as if I'm supposed to have calibrated skin with appropriate sensors.)
According to the Weather App on my tablet, the … (4 comments)

sandy ut: The differently abled niche in real estate in Sandy UT - 11/17/13 03:33 AM
The differently abled niche in real estate in Sandy UT                                                                    
 
I am in a position to offer expert advice to differently abled home buyers in the Salt Lake Valley UT. I have skin in the game.
 
Being a double above knee amputee, to my own home in Sandy UT I have installed a lift in the garage to get me to house height, a stair … (15 comments)

sandy ut: At odds with my favorite appliance in Sandy UT - 11/16/13 04:27 PM
At odds with my favorite appliance in Sandy UT
Having done business from a sitting position for the last ten years, I have come to rely heavily on my power chair.
Regardless of manufacturer specifications, with me, it has only two speeds ~ flat out and stop.
With recent maintenance including a new controller (jot stick assembly, power buttons etc) my chair added a new personality trait: unpredictable. You see, the new ON/OFF has a hair trigger.
I control the joy stick with the web between my right thumb and forefinger with other fingers resting lightly on the controller shroud. But … (2 comments)

sandy ut: My labor of love nears completion in Sandy UT - 11/06/13 02:27 PM
My labor of love nears completion in Sandy UT If you have followed my posts over the last several years, you may have noticed that I favor collages to illustrate my posts. Collages are basically groups of photos often indicating a theme.
Mostly the collages suggest themselve; sometimes they are happenstance.
As well as for posts, I use my favorites for postcards, two and three fold cards used in my advertising. I have developed an attachment for  Picasa 3 as a photo editor. As well as easily producing collages very consistently, it is a free program ~very easy to use, and allowing … (1 comments)

sandy ut: Cold weather preparations in Sandy UT - 11/04/13 03:16 PM
Cold weather preparations in Sandy UT We made it to 40F today with a promise of 26F tonight in Sandy UT. Tomorrow promises a few degrees less.
Definitely a test for winter. A time to check more substantial clothing and for special contents of my chair bag.
Because I move little more than my right thumb, I do not generate enough body heat to keep me comfortable during sudden temperature plunges.
My bag has space blankets and a supply of hand and body warmers. It's amazing how even one warm pocket can be quite comforting overall. Lighting is becoming more miniaturized. … (5 comments)

sandy ut: The odd challenge in Sandy UT not likely to be fatal - 11/03/13 12:15 PM
The odd challenge in Sandy UT not likely to be fatal Announcement at 7am in Sandy UT: "and this is the warmest it's going to get all day..."
Checked out the window to be greeted with snow flakes. Daylight Saving just ended with 2am becoming 1am, as if by msgic. Most of the clocks changed.
Nobody told the cats. An earlier morning let out had involved all the doors, one by one, No one had told them either about the cold front, or the ensuing briskness greeting them outside every door..
Early morning church meeting did not fare much better. Some … (3 comments)

sandy ut: Daylight saving to end in Sandy UT, and other places too - 11/02/13 11:40 AM
Daylight saving to end in Sandy UT, and other places too Spring forward.. Fall back was supposed to take us into a better system of time keeping. Or is it change for change sake. Have we achieved anything?
It's called daylight saving. It could have been called time theft. An hour of our time stolen last spring by government edict, and now re-bestowed on us, seemingly quite arbitrarily. Anyway it ends in the morning
A couple of years ago, the return of the hour in Sandy UT was tied to General Conference ~ the first weekend of October. Now it is … (5 comments)

sandy ut: Trunk or Treat in Sandy UT, another source of candy - 11/01/13 04:13 AM
Trunk or Treat in Sandy UT, another source of candy
After all these years I still find the ferocity of the celebration of Halloween more than a bit strange, macarbe even.
All the weird bits coming so close together. Halloween, The Day of the Dead, All Saints, All Souls. Mixtures of religion and superstition, costumes and CANDY.
I believe we spend considerable time warning our children of the dangers of accepting candy from strangers, and yet at this time of the year we set  them loose to maraude neighborhoods and monster hapless people for sweet treats. And then the sugar rush...
After an … (5 comments)