Monday, November 7, 2011

Catching up and falling back on time

Red bush off back deck.
I have just been  far too entertained with domestic chores and laundry for days to write, even having to skip my favorite Sepia Saturday again this past weekend.  Time sure can roll along quickly most days.  Right now I am taking a quick refresh break from many outdoor chores as we are enjoying a sunny lovely fall day.  I am especially thrilled that the bush off our back deck has restored itself to brilliant reds after an absence of a few dismal years.  When we moved here that first fall it was a brilliant red, but not so much since, a splash of a red leaf here and there only.  But this year, it is back to its red.  I don't know what kind it is but many folks around here have these although no one identifies them.  The local nursery was no help.  This is the bush  where I have sprouted blooms of wine bottles the last couple years amongst it's foilage on  barren limbs that did not leaf out.   I am curious if it only does a red show every so many years. 

This weekend was the autumnal  time change when we gain the hour of sleep, daylight savings, I like that.  But I do not like that it will now be dark about 4:30 PM and surely by 5:00PM this far north.  And another think, I dislike  resetting all the clocks and watches and electronics in the house.  Well, I am fortunate that time changers are Jerry's tasks and fortunately all the computers, cell, and cable TV monitors and the bedroom alarm clock reset themselves.  That still leaves the  clocks on the stove, microwave, under the kitchen counter radio, watches and other  old clocks for manual adjustments and of course, the vehicles.

I think of Aunt Jinx who got tired of all the  resetting of her various clocks and so she left the stove clock alone to be "right half the year or so" as she said when I would visit and tell her the clock was wrong and would offer to change it. The right time half the year was good enough for her and she said she did not look at that clock anyway. 

Today I made my first time change mistake, because while the mechanical apparatuses (apparati?) are reset, my body is not and we had not changed the clock in my SUV.  So on my way to Curves this morning and the post office, I decided to first swing into the library to visit LaVonne, our librarian and a friend whom I've not seen since we returned home.  But when I arrived the doors were locked, I  checked the sign posted and thought, well it is 10:30 and they open at 10:00 so why are the doors locked?

Because it was not 10:30 as my vehicle clock displayed but only 9:30.  Oh well, I had other errands and a work out awaiting and everything is convenient in our town so I could return later.  I had saved a front page article from the  Durham, NC newspaper about the necessity of libraries for real research in this time of Googling.  The article pointed out that not all reference material in libraries and research centers has been digitized nor made available on the internet. The analysis by Duke University students and the librarians concluded that the need for libraries is still vital for accurate in depth research.  Hooray for Duke! 

There the students bring their laptops to the library to compose on while using the massive reference materials.  It reminded me of my days as a college student at the Allegheny Library and home trips to Carnegie in Pittsburgh.  Somehow, I think it a disservice if college students do not have to avail themselves of a library but merely Google for information.  Knowing how to conduct research using reference materials is becoming a dying art, so LaVonne told me as she looked at the photos of the  volumes of materials on the shelves.  We commiserated on how we would thrill at the hunt for information in the our old college days among the massive tomes. For me it was not only college days, I used the reference materials at the California State Library numerous times during my career as an analyst when preparing legislation and testimony; how does it work today, a quick Google and there are the facts as we found them? 
Shallow analysis at best, I suppose.

The same newspaper had an extensive article about why books would not become obsolete nor replaced by  electronic readers for many reasons including that printed volumes abound, are cheaper than the ereads and   one can share a book.  Most interesting was the amazing new data showing that the aging eyes are not meant for extensive online reading.  I can verify that newest  study finding.  I spend lots of time at my computer.  However I do not like to read pages and pages of narrative material on line, I find it tires my eyes.  No surprise in this study that revealed lack of blinking and lubrication to the eyes is a common malady with ereaders and computers and that for people beyond a certain age, this is not a good thing.  Hah another reason to stick with the books.

Piles of leaves that Jerry has blown from the yard
Awaiting grinding in the mulcher and shredder and then
transport up the hill to the rose garden in the front.
Well, More to do outside to enjoy this sunshine.  Tomorrow later a wet front is  moving in.  We intend  to spread  leaf mulch over the rose garden to winterize them,  but may not finish this today.  It  is a glorious day to take in sunshine and great fresh air and blue sky.  Later....

Our smallest maple tree, still has many leaves
to come down.  Our motor home awaits movement
 to its winter house

3 comments:

  1. Back to standard time. This morning, I noticed that I woke up at the usual time, only the clock said it was an hour earlier. I realized that we may change the readout of the clock but the circadian rhythm, as with the Sun, isn't fooled. One of my FB friends posted a picture of an Indian on her page with the comment, "When the old Indian chief was told about daylight savings time, he commented. 'Only the government could believe that you could cut a foot off one end of a blanket, sew it on the other end and have a longer blanket." Yes, a day still consists of 24 hours and high noon is when the Sun is at it's zenith. As long as that continues and it gets dark after the Sun sets I'm not going to be concerned about having an extra hour to play golf after the work day. In fact, I may just do the Arizona thing and stay on standard time next spring. Tom

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  2. Your red bush is magnificent! You're right, this fall is a treat after a few dismal years. All of your photos are beautiful, but I especially loved your photo of the Mississippi River! I love the Mighty Mississip!

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  3. Hi, Pat.
    What a magnificent bush! I'm jealous. The tree outside our duplex hasn't changed from green, and we had a freaky snowstorm in Virginia two weeks ago! Strange autumn. Today we're going up to 69 degrees!

    I saw your comment just now on my post Paying it Forward the Day After I got Scammed. So I see you're "home."

    Your comments on e-readers. I didn't know they're bad for aging eyes. Darn. I really like reading off my Kindle and Nook, partly because they're so easy to hold, and you can increase the font. But I still like the printed book for lots of "old-fashioned" reasons some of which you mention.

    Daylight Savings Time: I don't know anyone who likes the switch back and forth. I wish "they" would get rid of it. There are those few states who don't change back and forth.

    I enjoyed your post. Thanks for the catch-up. And like Kittie, I too like the Mississippi River!
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

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