Break time is pau. Get back to the grind.

Have you ever spent New Year’s or 4th of July in Hawai’i? The firework activity leading up to, during, and after these events is notable. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, just looking out from our lānai we could see (illegal) aerial fireworks in the sky all over, near and far. Where the terrain blocked our sky view, we could see light bursts like lightning in the distance. And then there are the big boom fireworks, which seem to have no purpose other than terrifying and annoying animals and people.

Permitted fireworks are allowed from 9pm New Year’s Eve to 1am New Year’s Day. Enforcement is difficult and pretty much isn’t done. You probably have the same problem where you are if you have a firework problem, and firework antics seem to have picked up during the pandemic. Of course, someone nearby fired off a few big boomers at 2:45am just this past Sunday morning, a week after New Year’s.

Holiday time shenanigans over? Are we starting the new year fo’ real now?

After a dry period, we received a little bit of rain for a short while last night. Better than nothing. At about 0.3 inches, it was more than we received all November. This won’t result in any flowering. The previous boom of coffee flowers have been gone a while now. And the little nubs left behind, the carpels, are busy growing into fruit. This is an interesting article about coffee flowering.

Rain is on my mind since we will be stumping a block of trees in the next month, as part of our annual block stumping process. We don’t want to do it when the trees are stressed (dry), and we really want rain afterwards.

This winter’s mornings seem to be a bit warmer than last year’s. This is purely subjective and based on memory. Last year I remember more mornings after Thanksgiving that were in the upper 50’s (56-59). This year there have been very few, and many dawns it’s about 62-64.

Today I’ll leave you with a few links to coffee grinders. Equipment comparisons and “best of” lists often come out before the holidays, timed with our national momentum to shop. A term fairly new for me is prosumer, an amateur who purchases equipment with quality or features suitable for professional use.

First, a link about cleaning and maintaining your grinder. It’s important to care for your equipment. It’s much easier to clean your grinder every week (or few weeks), rather than deal with years of caked on, oily crud.

When we had a large autograph tree removed by a professional tree service, I was very impressed with how well he maintained his equipment. In this case, I’m thinking of the chipper they had. [I looked carefully because we were once thinking of forming a hui (owner coop) with a friend and a few others for a big wood chipper.] I thought his chipper was new, but it was several years old, and he said he just cleaned it after each use. That’s the kind of pro you want to hire.

OK, the grinder links:

By the way, I get absolutely no financial benefit by sharing any links or info. This might not be the best info out there, and some of the sites I link to are more commercial than others (I apologize for that). I just provide the links for your info and convenience.

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