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first flash

I've updated my LOTR log. I'm actually enjoying the book so far.

Did some work on my Writer's Digest article yesterday, then spent the rest of the day napping, sitting out on the dock reading, practising guitar flatpicking, and playing with Macromedia Flash. I went through all the tutorials yesterday, and created my first Flash animation today. If you're curious, feel free to check out:

Debbie's First Flash Movie!

Jeff built a birdfeeder to hang on the tree outside our cottage window. So far I've seen two crows and a pudgy chipmunk on it.

We aren't putting in the water system until we're sure the risk of frost is past (water pipes could freeze and burst otherwise), so all our washing-up water has to be lugged in pails from the lake, heated up over the stove. Sounds like a pain, but you'd be amazed at how quickly one adapts.

Weather's been pretty undecided. Boiling hot one day, chilly the next. We have a fire going right now, and are bundled up in sweatshirts and fleece. Jeff's optimistic about the day clearing, though, which is probably why he's still wearing shorts. :-)

My favourite cottage sounds

  • Loons calling to each other from different lakes late at night.

  • Silence.

    My least favourite cottage sound

  • Mysterious rustling noises in the forest when I'm heading up to the outhouse in the middle of the night. The most unnerving incident took place years ago when the rustling noise was so loud that I turned around halfway and went back to the boathouse to tell Jeff. Jeff smirked and said it was probably just a raccoon or a squirrel, said he'd walk me out to the outhouse. We got partway up the hill when the rustling started again. "Hm," said Jeff, "That's bigger than a raccoon." Then the rustling paused, and began heading quickly towards us (!!). Jeff grabbed my hand and we ran back to the boathouse as fast as we could, slamming the door behind us. We never did find out what the animal was for sure, though we now suspect it might have been a dog from one of the cottagers down the shore. Either that or a rabid black bear. :-)

    Today's Blatherpic:

  • The boathouse, a few minutes ago. Jeff is writing some e-mail on his laptop. My laptop is on the table in the background. We are such geekheads. :-)


    Do you have Macromedia Flash installed on your computer? (Were you able to see my movie?)
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