Saturday, August 4, 2018

August Already

Since I got home from Albuquerque, the days have been a mishmash of catch-up, running necessary errands, doing house stuff, cooking (and freezing), and being a bit of a couch potato. 

My oldest grandson came out for a weekend visit.  Yea!  It’s probably the last weekend for a good long while because he goes off to college this month.  I have come to the conclusion that someone is playing with time.  I keep thinking my grandchildren should be about this age.

However, they all keep telling me this is not the case.  Sigh. 

We have a few interesting days (UselessFileInformation) coming up – like …

Mead Day: 4  
Mead is one of the world’s oldest fermented beverages and is also called honey wine, ambrosia or nectar.  

Sandcastle Day: 4

Lighthouse Day: 7
"A lighthouse is a tower, building or any other type of structure that is designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and used as an aid to navigation for maritime pilots at sea or on inland waterways.  On August 7, 1789, the United States Congress approved an act for the establishment and support of Lighthouse, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers.”  I like lighthouses – I think I might need one – somewhere on a beach – to live in – probably with an elevator.

Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day: 7
So, if you’re being forced to use knives or scissors to open the impenetrable packing of a toy or tool, speak up!  Not only is it frustrating and annoying, the unnecessary over-packaging also wastes precious resources and leaves us all with extra trash. This is a day to bypass burger cartons, say no to supermarket plastic bags and do some thinking outside the box!

Dalek Day: 8
Ex termin ate!  Ex termin ate!

The yard has been mostly neglected since – oh, about June.  Well, except for watering – because we have had almost no rain.  Humid – yes, lots of that but very little rain.  Unfortunately, the grass seems to not need rain and keeps right on growing.  Today I got up and out very early and mowed ½ of the back yard (it’s a three day process for me).  Even at 7am, it’s very damn hot!

We are officially in the “Dog Days of Summer” – the hottest and muggiest time of the year.  For us that’s August and September (and maybe a bit of October).  Not much blooms and it’s really too hot to go out and pull weeds or plant something new.  Still, there are a few things, like …..


Mexican Bird of Paradise 
which the hummers and butterflies love.


Golden Dewdrop


Katie Ruellia

Take care

Maybe I’ll have a few pecans
if the tree will stop dropping them
and the squirrels will stop eating them!

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