The nights are cold, as the temperature listed here, recorded at 8:00 a.m., confirms. The leaves are quickly opening to the world. We are surrounded by a green riot; every shade of imaginable green is displayed as far as the eye can see.
The early morning is cool and crisp. It is the perfect time for cooking and baking. Yesterday morning I baked an Fresh Orange Loaf. This morning a second macaroni salad in being prepared, as this is one of our staple summer foods. This week we have needed to shift from our winter staple recipes to our summer staple recipes. It was just last weekend that we enjoyed a roasted turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and the subsequent leftover dinners and turkey soup. Suddenly oven dinners are out of the picture, until next fall. Macaroni salad can be eaten with a great variety of summer dinner dishes.
On Saturday I picked all of the yellow daffodils from the front garden. There are not very many of them, we have not spent any money on garden plants at this house in the country. They are barely noticed in the front garden. I cannot see them from inside the house, they are only visible to passing traffic. The traffic that passes here do not look at our house, the drivers and passengers always being intent on their own doings and comings and goings. No one will miss them from the front garden, except perhaps the plants that begot them.
Terra has been busy welcoming spring at her new house. They have a pool, which was opened last weekend. She has rescued many of the garden beds, on the property, from the grass. They have prepared a vegetable garden bed, with the help of Lares Dad, and have purchased their vegetable seeds. They will be learning as they go along, and seem to be enjoying the process.
Had a chat with Harriet this evening, all is well at her house. Apparently her cottage escaped the flooding, so that was good news.
5C (8:00 a.m.)
Pressure: 102.1 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Wind:ESE 4 km/h
“Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality.”
1857 – 1943
“Nikola Tesla (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Тесла; 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
Tesla started working in the telephony and electrical fields before emigrating to the United States in 1884 to work for Thomas Edison. He soon struck out on his own with financial backers, setting up laboratories/companies to develop a range of electrical devices. His patented AC induction motor and transformer were licensed by George Westinghouse, who also hired Tesla as a consultant to help develop a power system using alternating current. Tesla is also known for his high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments in New York and Colorado Springs which included patented devices and theoretical work used in the invention of radio communication, for his X-ray experiments, and for his ill-fated attempt at intercontinental wireless transmission in his unfinished Wardenclyffe Tower project…
On 30 July 1891, at the age of 35, Tesla became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He told many of his companions that he valued the citizenship more than any scientific honors that he had acquired…
Although Tesla opposed war and believed that war could not be avoided until its cause was removed, he concluded that some wars might be justifiable.Tesla became a vegetarian in his later years, living on only milk, bread, honey, and vegetable juices…
Tesla read many works, memorizing complete books, and supposedly possessing a photographic memory. He was a polyglot, speaking eight languages: Serbo-Croatian, Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, and Latin. Tesla related in his autobiography that he experienced detailed moments of inspiration. During his early life, Tesla was stricken with illness time and time again. He suffered a peculiar affliction in which blinding flashes of light would appear before his eyes, often accompanied by visions. Often, the visions were linked to a word or idea he might have come across; at other times they would provide the solution to a particular problem he had encountered. Just by hearing the name of an item, he would be able to envision it in realistic detail. Modern-day synesthetes report similar symptoms. Tesla would visualize an invention in his mind with extreme precision, including all dimensions, before moving to the construction stage, a technique sometimes known as picture thinking. He typically did not make drawings by hand but worked from memory. Beginning in his childhood, Tesla had frequent flashbacks to events that had happened previously in his life…
Tesla claimed to never sleep more than two hours. However, Tesla did admit to “dozing” from time to time “to recharge his batteries”…
…in his later years. He developed a hatred of jewelry and round objects, could not bear to touch hair, did not like to shake hands, and became obsessed with the number three—he often felt compelled to walk around a block three times before entering a building, and demanded 18 napkins (a number divisible by three) to polish his silver and glasses and plates until they were impeccable, whenever he went dining. If he read one of an author’s books, he had to read all of his books…
Tesla never married, claiming that his chastity was very helpful to his scientific abilities. However, towards the end of his life, he told a reporter, “Sometimes I feel that by not marrying, I made too great a sacrifice to my work….” There have been numerous accounts of women vying for Tesla’s affection, even some madly in love with him. Tesla, though polite and soft-spoken, did not have any known relationships.”
A fascinating man, who, if he lived in this local area, would probably have been branded as weird, and treated with grudging tolerance and smirking contempt.