Category Archives: General Information

Closet Tech

So for years and years I have added devices to the home network, and basically once they were configured they were shoved behind a desk on the floor.  So after a short while it became a huge tangle of wires and if you needed to get to anything you could lay on the floor and root around until you found the right thing to reboot.  This system worked well as long as everything was working or as long as the cats decided to leave the bundle alone.

Cable modem, router, switch, ooma internet phone, server, wifi access point, power over ethernet adaptor, etc.

Since moving into the new house I promised Monica I would get everything off of the floor and out of the way.  The solution I came up with isn’t super pretty, but it’s all in a little used closet and mounted to a wall where you can get to everything easily.  One piece of plywood, some screws…

Closet tech

 

Foster, Australian for Kitten

Yesterday Monica’s favorite cat passed away.  Foster was only 4 years old or so, but he had a congenital heart defect and we knew he wouldn’t live to be an old cat.  Monica raised him from a 10-day old, feeding him from a bottle.

As most people who would be reading this know, Monica fosters cats until they can be adopted, and of course that’s how we first got a hold of Foster the Kitten.  He was a spectacularly bad kitten.  Needy, loud, curious to a fault, and totally fearless.  After a very short time I knew Monica would never allow him to be adopted by anyone else.

Here are a couple of pictures of Foster shortly after he came to our house, one with Chico (before he was such a giant), and one with my mother who was visiting at the time.

Foster and Chico
Foster and Chico
Foster and Grammy
Foster and Grammy

We will always have what will now be fond memories of Foster.  Like waking up at 4am to feed him as a kitten.  Like kicking him off of my feet all night.  Like the time we bought a brand new Christmas tree with the lights built in.  We had that tree setup for about 20 minutes before he climbed deep into the middle of it and chewed a wire apart.  It took me all day to fix it, and years later it’s still held together with electrical tape.

Monica also has Foster’s mother here now, her name is Marmie.  Below is recent picture of the two of them together.

 

Marmie and Foster
Marmie and Foster