A nice relief from having to water the plants "manually".
Our Hooiserland weather will see us with cooling temps today with a high expected near 80 degrees.
(guess it depends on how some people define "cooling")
It IS going to be "less hot" (let's try that instead) than the last couple days, and after we get rid of the morning rain (even heard thunder earlier) we should be seeing some sunshine.
(I'm thinking partly cloudy at best).
So, go grab that morning cup of whatever you;'re having and join me as we see what's been on my mind of late.
*** First up, as is the usual fare, is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society."
Having seen much evidence of this already happening in our country, I thought this most apropos.
So, WHO said that? The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at the Continental Congress...
*** It's time to dig deep onto the recently declassified files (next to the boxes of comics) in our basement and take a look at what I've found.
-- From the "It's fixed, so uncross your fingers" Department -
Our A/C unit continues to function well. we have the (new) thermostat set at 72 and we had it down to 74 yesterday evening...not bad for a 1200 (and change) sq ft house with a 25+ year old air conditioner.
-- From the "Our 4th of July has been over for WEEKS, you moron" Department -
We are STILL hearing fireworks going off in our area...just a couple of those M-80 or mortar rounds..enough to startle you when you least expect it.
|Need to be banned within city limits.|
The other night someone WAS setting off aerials, and when I DID call it into dispatch, one went off and THEY heard it...talk about TIMING.
Needless to say, I had audible proof, a car was sent out, and surprisingly, the fireworks STOPPED...imagine that.
-- From the "It's an ALLEY and not a trash receptacle" Department -
Thing is, there has been this castaway TIRE that has not gotten the "heave-ho" yet...and it's been there for MONTHS.
|After...tire is still there.|
THIS is why our area is the way it is...LACK of wanting to do anything the RIGHT way...sad state of affairs.
-- From the "If you wait, it will bloom" Department -
|Our first "big pretty".|
|Can't have a red without a pink|
And our (former) dirt pile is now level and after some seeding and top soil amending, is producing new grass shoots.
|Is that GREEN I see encroaching there???|
In the interim, I have to mow around it.
-- From the "Get it while you can when you see it" Department -
|My preferred way to do things.|
I also got two pill handles for our fence gates. Been wanting to get some for a time, and now was as good a time as any.
|We lock EVERYTHING down here.|
Then, a store worker came up while I was poking around the "dollar bin" near the front of the store and told me they had a WHOLE DOLLAR AISLE...
(...stop the presses...)
And it as then I said to the clerk "...tell me more...".
"Thank you". And off I went...and made a killing!
Got some dish sponges and a dish brush (looks like those scrubbing bubbles without a face) and it fits in the palm of your hand.
|Coolest gadget I've seen in some time.|
Also got some carpet freshener spray (haven''t see this stuff around for a few years), and a can of spray carpet SHAMPOO (for spot removal and such).
All total, what SHOULD have cost about $5 cost close to $24 when all was said and paid for.
LOT of bread at.
- Comic book stores
- Toy stores (a good one)
- Hobby shops
- Book stores
-Home improvement stores
Fortunately for Wifey and myself (and our bank account), and thanks to the lack of businesses down here these days because of the crime, my choices for those stores has been whittled down to ONE: Do-It-Best (and Menards)...okay...make that TWO then...LOL.
-- From the "If it wasn't for the critters, I'd have no friends down here" Department - Yes, the daily parade of birds, squirrels and rabbits continues.
|I WISH I could get this close.|
I was "buzzed" by a skipper butterfly (brown with orange) yesterday and we had FOUR cabbage butterflies (like the one above) fluttering all over the former dirtpile.
|A squirrel-skin "rug"? More like a DOILY|
And our Mr Wrinkles comes by for his daily feeding (or two...or three)
Some mornings you can hear SO many sparrows chirping as well as cardinals, wrens, and robins outside. THAT kind of noise is welcome any day by me.
I consider myself fortunate to have such things around us on a regular basis.
*** Last back to the patio today...it isn't difficult to stop for a minute of two here and there to "take in" all the beauty around you.
|The guy in camo feeds me every day|
Here, it's as close as your own back yard, and can be easily nurtured and maintained. It's a far cry from a city window box with a couple plants in it, that's for sure.
There are some mornings when, being able to go out and ENJOY what life provides is a bit of a rush...a GOOD rush, too.
Perhaps THAT is where people go astray...not having or choosing to have an appreciation for what is all around. Hell, the price (alone) is right...FREE.
Sure, there's traffic, city noise and rude people, idiots, morons and imbeciles by the score, as well as criminals and other assorted dumbasses, and I think they're there for a "purpose", other than to piss people like US the hell off (and they do that well enough, often enough, hmm?)
|They shall not pass...(I protect those who feed me).|
Sounds kinda sappy, but it's true, isn't it?
I think you always get something back in life for whatever you put into it...but we have to remember that it's usually NOT a "one-for-one" trade-off.
DOLLAR AMOUNT, either.
That's where many get side-tracked...life's rewards come in as many shapes and sizes as do people.
Like that old song said.."some days are diamonds, some days are stones", nut how many of those "stones" can be cleaned and polished into something NICER with a little effort on OUR part?
I think we have a lot more going FOR us, than against us, and I'll take that any day.
Stay SAFE out there, America.