I was doing a little vacuuming tonight, when the vacuum cleaner started making grinding noises and emitting a burning smell. I've only had it for a few years and was never all that impressed with its performance (it's a Dirt Devil). I'm thinking a small Shop-Vac might be a good replacement, if I can get one in Canada.
I've been listening to the Jerry Garcia Band and some Beethoven symphonies (1 through 5) this weekend.
This morning I woke early and went out to breakfast. On the way, I saw an old steam locomotive chugging along the railroad tracks, puffing out a trailing cloud of white smoke as a large flock of pigeons wheeled and turned through it in the early morning sunlight.