February 8th, 2010

20111112, Marilee

Code Red Snow Emergency 2

I got another recorded message today giving the emergency warning, plus telling the people who have their trash and recycling taken by the city where and when they should put it.

That's because the snowstorm starting tomorrow is expected to be up to 12" by the end of Wednesday. The plow, front loader, dump truck, and shovelers came through today, which is good for most folks, but I'll just wait until they clear this next storm. I am a little worried that the library will be mad at me because I have two books I'm supposed to pick up by Wednesday; then again, the library (the entire county government) isn't open today for me to talk to anyone.

That giant front loader yesterday? Wasn't for us. It was to get the big ambulance out. I wonder if the city said anything to management and that's why we had the place cleared today.

No newspaper today and the newsagent hasn't answered my emails. I suppose he may live where there's no electricity -- about 28K are still out. My smoke alarm started the "give me power" beeping and fortunately, Luke's daughter was visiting him and she kindly came down and swapped the batteries.

This article is about how some credit unions are encouraging people to save by giving them a "ticket" for every $25 they put in savings, and one ticket gets picked a year later for $100,000. Did you know the average amount per person per year that's spent on lotteries is $500? Some one is spending all my share. My credit union does it a bit differently -- every now and then, they give us a winning option each time we use the online banking.

Spirit has continued with the yelling and use of the litterbox once I put it up on the shelf of the end table. The triangular litterbox is due tomorrow; I sure hope that works.
20111112, Marilee

The Spell Sword: A Darkover Novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley

I've been wondering if I really want to keep these, since I have limited shelf space, and planned to grab a yellow DAW book at random. I did that Friday night and started reading this Saturday night. I almost decided to stop at about page 12, but it's so short I finished it.

You can read here to get the overview of the series. This book has a Terran happen to crash a plane, his companions killed, up in the mountains. A ghost named Callista helps keep him safe. She insists she's not a ghost, but is held in a dark place and can't reach her family and friends with telepathy but can reach him. She manages to get him to her father's castle where a kinsman of Callista's helps the Terran get more into the "overworld" to see things.

Callista's father comes home to her sister's call of help, but he was attacked on the way by catpeople and is paralyzed from the waist down. The kinsman insists on going to pick up Callista, but he agrees he's not very good at swordwork. The father is able to take over the kinsman's arm and use the sword. They head into the cave to save Callista.

A rather minor story, lots of odd bits stuck in, and no explanation of how the Terran has the telepathy. I loved these books when I was a teenager and continued buying them until MZB stopped writing them and others did, but they're going to the bookgroup this month, where nobody will want them and I'll put them in the Friends of the Library cart.