It is something of a mystery to me why I have this sudden, strong urge to relearn and begin using the Vim text editor again. It has been many years since text editors were tools I used on a regular basis. And I’m not involved in nor am I imagining myself becoming involved in a project where Vim would be required or even desired.
Yet,… here I am, retraining my fingers and reshaping those thought patterns common to folks who hang out in the Vim universe.
Maybe it has something to do with the season of Lent, a time for letting go of non-essentials and refocusing on what’s most important. Or maybe it’s a consequence of my disgust at so much Fake News being promoted by formerly trusted institutions, and a desire to embrace something real, and true, and basic. I don’t know.
Whatever. I’ve got tutorials to work through, and practice, practice, practice to do. And it feels good. 🙂
Who knew this month was going to be so busy for me?!
Between the load of correspondence chess games I’m carrying, yard work, cleaning and sorting in the garage, Knights of Columbus events and meetings I’m obligated to attend, planning and setting logistics for the big 2020 move… Lord a’mighty, I’m barely able to schedule time to breathe.
Hopefully I’ll be able to maintain enough focus to do justice to all these January chores. And hopefully February will bring a lighter load of activities and allow a somewhat more relaxed pace.
It’s great to have the sun shining so brightly today! But with things still soaked from yesterday’s rain it will probably be tomorrow or Saturday before I can get any more yard work done.
On the Sunday before Christmas I won this Fischer Random Chess game in a club I belong to with a nifty Queen-Bishop-Rook combination checkmate.
Look below the fold for a full-size animated GIF of the game.
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It’s a good kind of fatigue, this evening’s. This has been a productive day, and it comes at the end of a productive week.
The upper body is still sore from all the physical work I did in the garage and out in the backyard earlier in the week. But given my age and fitness level, that’s to be expected. The soreness will moderate over time, it always does. It never goes away completely. Since I’ve made the decision to stop taking the pain medication, my doctor told me it was starting to give me kidney disease, aches are my constant companion. That’s a trade off I gladly make, choosing the moderate pain over trashing my kidneys.
Work here at the keyboard has gone well this week, too. Transferring my domain and this blogging hobby to a new hosting service only cost me one day of offline time. And this new Roscoe’s Story blog is shaping up nicely. There is still much work to do on it, improvements I want to make, etc. But every day progress is being made, and I’m satisfied with the pace of it.
Logistics regarding our move to the Philippines continue to shape up. And the expense of shipping several large boxes of household goods, etc, is something I’ve been able to work successfully into the budget this week. Seeing that project move forward brings happiness.
When the head hits pillow tonight I’ll be smiling. And sleep will probably come quickly.
The day’s task list begins to take shape:
- News reached me early this morning that a friend was hit with a heart attack. He had surgery and two stints were put in. So… prayers for David.
- Sylvia just told me a girl friend of hers will be meeting her here when she gets off work, and the two of them will go shopping. She wants to buy a new dress for this Sunday’s Mass. So… I’ll be in charge of my own dinner tonight. I’m fine with that.
- Work on my current correspondence chess games, that’s a daily given. Important to do this when my mental acuity is at an acceptable level and I can be assured of no distractions. Probably after a midday nap.
- Hopefully there’ll be time to set up the good nativity set. And maybe find a place in here to set up a small Christmas tree? We’ll see.
- And, of course, there’s a lot of work needing to be done on this blog, more than can be done in any one day. An About page and a Links page both need to be built. And a Contact page. And there are plug-ins I want to find and install to enhance the functionality of this thing. If I can make just a little progress every day on developing the blog, I’ll be happy. Eventually it’ll be where I want it to be.