September 5th, 2011

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Our day, yesterday, was odd in that we had several visitors, seemingly spur of the moment. Don't get me wrong, that's not a complaint, in fact we found it delightful, but it was strange...

First, we started the morning breaking up two of the raised planters in the backyard. forestcats wants to rebuild them taller and thinner to make gardening easier. She knocked down one, I another. I'm not sure how many are going to be taken out, or how many will be built, but that's fine.

Mid-morning we were honored by a visit from Sarah and her daughter Zoe; the latter has been my wife's joy in babysitting for some time. Zoe was pretty much in constant motion between her mother and forestcats, and was very cute. She spent a bit of time in the corral with the adults and the equines, and was atop Booboo for a bit. When it was clear that she'd need a nap, they left for home. Sweet...

Not long thereafter, our doorbell rang again, and initially I thought it was Sarah returning for some reason, but instead it was a couple who used to live across the street, but now they live in Alaska. They recognized my spouse's truck, knew we were home, and stopped by while they were scoping out the neighborhood they'd left. We had a very pleasant chat, discussing how things have changed, and learning about their life in Alaska, so that was interesting.

Once they'd gone, we went to our local butcher's shop, the source for buffalo tri-tip that's often part of our various feasts here, and we got sandwiches from them. I've never eaten straight from their store, before, and it was very nice.

forestcats then drove down to Orange County to pick up a couple of baskets that she'd won at a quilt show. Lucky girl.

The evening was devoted to sloth and television; mostly streaming via Netflix...
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I've finished several books since midnight this morning.

First, the library book Hunting Eichmann which deals with the search for, capture of, and trial of Adolph Eichmann, one of the key bureaucrats in the SS of Hitler's Germany, who was caught hiding in Argentina by Mossad agents after WWII. Well-written, full of interesting detail.

Second was Osprey Men-at-Arms #470: Roman Centurions 753 - 31 BC: Teh Kingdom and the Age of Consuls, which did a fair job of keeping me interested in the topic.

Then, Osprey Raid #2: Israel's Lightning Strike: The Raid on Entebbe 1976, very interesting read as it details much about the history of terrorists and airline hijackings.

Finally, for now, anyway, was Osprey Men-at-Arms #2: The Arab Legion which details the history of the British training of, and use of what became the Jordanian military.