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Company coming after Xmas, so I need to do some repairs, organization and cleanup around the place. A few parts to purchase to get started, one arrived yesterday which should get me solar-heated water again. But only after soldering and removal/re-installation of the circuit board.

Used a step-counter yesterday: 4,600, about 1.5 mi. and 8 flights of stairs. I think it undercounts because my floors are too close together? Only unusual activity was grocery shopping. I weigh about 204, better than this time last year. Which might be because my thermostats are at 60F instead of 58F. That doesn't make much difference in the attic...

Ran trolleys at Seashore Saturday, the next-to-last day of operation this year. I'd never run at dusk before, and it was nice in a fairly well-heated car. But as was appropriate for its era of origin, while I took off my gloves to run it, I didn't take off my cap with earlaps. Not much will happen outside from now till April, as the ground is likely to freeze this week.

Started up a signal project on the model RR a while back. The design took an afternoon/evening, the implementation several days & evenings. Now I'm waiting for parts, but there's lots of other things to do, on the RR and elsewhere.

Figured out the mechanics of donating stock instead of cash. But there are organizations out there who are so credit-card-automated they haven't gotten back to me even with yes/no. Oh, well, there are other charities.

Model RR open house after Thanksgiving was a success, 48 visitors and enough help that I got to eat lunch downstairs. My layout ran fine, but my focus on scenery & structures in preparation is why I've spent all my modeling time since on signals.

Baked bread for Thanksgiving and twice more since. The roasting pan I custom-fabricated for giant turkeys years ago was used one more time for a 39-pounder, but leaked and filled the house with smoke. Post-mortem investigation revealed someone had poked a fork through it. I need to ask my certified welder friend if he could put two tiny dots of weld in the holes, or if I should just make another. Looking at it in retrospect, it was fairly pretty sheet metal work but I miscalculated the bends on one corner. Could I do better 10 years later? Dunno, may find out.

M helped me pull bittersweet last week; there's not much left up where the birds like it, but I'll be years really undoing the mess along that fenceline. Got the PTO cordwood saw back together, but not much down awaiting cutting at this time.

Eldest visited over Thanksgiving. He went back south knowing more about driving a stick, and having seen the bounds of a piece of land he's responsible for. He found one tick, I found none. The dry summer was hard on them, but there had been a population explosion earlier in the fall.
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