August 16th, 2020

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Quick Updates About Everything

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A quick update about everything. Biking injuries: everything still hurts, but I took off most of the bandaids, and make sure the wounds stay dry. I didn't notice one cut super-close to the right eye yesterday and didn't treat it. Today, it looks very impressive… The shoulder hurts. Boris says that I broke a bone there, but I am sure it's not. Time will heal :)

On Friday, I had contractors putting new laminate on my stairs. Before that, I had to remove the railing on the upper part of the stairs, which took longer than I planned. And then I had to put them back, which takes even longer! And then I realized that I need to drill four new holes in the steps :), and I decided to postpone till tomorrow.

After that, I started to hang back on the walls all the pictures I took down for construction duration. And I accidentally changed places of two pictures, which proved to be fatal - one of them was too heavy for the hook I hang it on. It fell down, and a glass broke. First I was very resentful, but then I realized I could just hand this picture without any frame :) Which I did.

Then I went down to the basement to prepare the guest rooms. Nobody stayed there for at least nine months, so they turned to be almost unhabitual. I started to clean them, but more has to be done tomorrow.

I am leaving out of scope a couple of minor disasters :)

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Forces of Nature (Derecho)

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On Monday, "we" - some parts of Chicago and Northern Illinois and some other Midwest States - had severe storms (I didn't know what "derecho" means, but now I know that it's exactly what was happening :). I didn't post any photos or videos, because what was happening in Palatine looked horrible, but way better than in most other places. I believe there were seven tornadoes reported around Chicagoland.

We didn't have a tornado, although tornado sirens were going off for several hours. My mom didn't have electricity for six hours. Actually, two blocks on her street didn't have power, and the ComEd crew worked there for several hours. There were so many outage reports that ComEd notification system went down. I was able to report through the automated phone system, and later it turned out that this was the only system that was still up. In about 20 minutes, they started to send me text messages about the status of repair work. I took mom to my place, fed her dinner, charged her phone, and gave her some hot tea in a thermos because I was unsure how long she would be without power.

It was major stress for her, but I know that some people were without power for two days or more.
On Tuesday morning, I went biking, and it was mostly combining biking with weight lifting:) because I had to carry my bike over the fallen trees eight times!

All of these fallen trees were removed the same day, and today I biked with no obstacles, but here is how it looked on Tuesday morning.






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И немножко оленей

Для чистоты эксперимента :)

Мои друзья - волонтеры Deer Grove - оленей не любят. Потому что олени любят местные растения гораздо больше, чем инвазивы. Так что от них нужно ставить отдельные загородки.

А я люблю встречаться с оленями по утрам.