Well, this must be the year the pecan tree (which towers over this house) is fruiting. The amount of activity and thunks on the roof has been rather startling. Oh, and when I say “activity and thunks”, I don’t mean nuts falling, I mean squirrels going out of their little minds and landing with thuds on the roof while chasing one another and leaping from branch to roof! And the chattering, nattering lectures they deliver to anything impeding their nut gathering has me in stitches. They can go on for five minutes at a crack!
Well, if yesterday was sizzlin’ today is broiling. Weather. com says it’s 110F which means it’s about 120F here and boy, is it hot! Just sitting and watching old reruns of Frasier and also YouTube vids of anything with snow in it! LOL 🙂 Yes. Just trying to maintain some semblance of “cool”.
Was looking for an image to post showing the heat. Found a wonderful image and great article I think you may enjoy! Seriously, read the article. Didn’t know about heat and airplanes!
If I was worried about the electric bill yesterday, well, today I’m freakin’. It’s going to be hideously high. I HAD to turn on the 2 AC units at 11 a.m. today. That’s the earliest I’ve ever had to switch them on!
Received my grocery order yesterday and let the few fresh veg I ordered sit out on the counter overnight. Was too exhausted to put them away. Not a good idea. Everything looks wilted and I have it all soaking in a bowl in the sink. Sadly the pipes for water must have had no building code back in the “50’s” and are laying very shallowly in the ground so the tap water is warm no matter how long you run it.
But, what can I do? The quart of strawberries I ordered (on sale) look like the delivery guy took a handful out to eat…sigh, so I only have about 1 pint. They’ll be in the water soon but with a few spoonfuls of vinegar to help preserve them. The goal is to cut up and freeze to use in drinks like ice cubes. We’ll see if that works.
Humidity’s only 20% thank heavens. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have a pet, make sure you don’t walk them on hot asphalt or concrete! It can seriously burn their pads. And if you think you’re hot, imagine it with a fur coat!!! Fur as insulation? There’s a point past which it isn’t and doesn’t…like now. Make sure to care for your pets and call animal control when you see someone else’s in jeopardy.
Here’s another article on animals and heat. Please check it out! Well, I’m moving into the bedroom hoping to chill in front of AC unit…stay cool!
My left wrist is still down for the count and I hate how it surprises me with sharp searing pain when I try to use it, so in the interest of minimal typing, I’ll leave you with this little video. 😉
Yes, exciting times in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California! First, I was having phone issues with my new “stupid” (as in not a “smart-phone”) phone and was on the phone with ATT. Seems I can’t hear anyone talking unless I put it on speaker. So I tried calling my neighbor across the street since they were home. Didn’t get her, so left a message that I was testing my phone and to ignore the message.
Well, about ten minutes later, I got a call from her and she says to look out my front window. So I say, I’ll open the front door, thinking she’s at it. Instead, she very sternly says “Do NOT open the door.” She repeats, “look out your front window”. So I do and out of the corner of my eye, I spot something moving. Looking down, I exclaim “oh, it’s a dog” thinking it’s an older rather mangy German Shepherd.
Then notice, no, it’s not a dog but, Holy Shit! it’s a bear!!! And it’s walking out of my back yard!!!
She then repeats “look out your front window at your drive” where I see a police cruiser and police SUV blocking my drive and the street. Cops are gingerly walking around the cars on the street keeping an eye on the bear.
After another ten minutes, a new officer, probably a park ranger by the looks of his uniform, arrives with a major rifle in hand. That was one long and serious looking gun (not sure if it was a gun or tranquilizer type gun). Anyhow, he takes over while the bear meanders through the yards behind me, out to the alley and over one house.
Ten more minutes and everything’s gone and all’s quiet. Wow. What a way to end the week!
Found out later from my neighbor that they had darted it in my back yard. How I didn’t see this is beyond me. Anyways, that was the excitement here.
I think everyone in L.A. will agree that summer has over-stayed his/her hot welcome. Temps for the next week are forecast to be in the oppressive 100’s. Gasp! Not nice. Especially when half of your face looks like you were shoved into a brick wall, is brilliant red with purple tinges and swollen (I won’t frighten you with a photo; it’s that bad!). And particularly when one of your upper molars started screaming bloody murder this morning.
Luckily, I have a great dentist which is why I now drive over one half of an hour to see him. He actually called me back yesterday when I left a message on his special phone number for emergencies. Yes, on Labor Day! As a result, he will be squeezing me into his schedule today.
He also called in a prescription for antibiotics yesterday which my neighbor across the street, A. kindly picked up for me. I couldn’t drive if I wanted to, my right eye is so swollen. She usually goes to Trader Joe’s on Sundays or holidays and asked if I needed anything. What a saint.
Another saint in my roster is my friend S. and her sweet husband J. She couldn’t take me to the dentist tomorrow (she herself has doctor appointments) so she volunteered her husband. I really am blessed!
I need a little cheering up here so I’ll post a couple of videos. One actually hints at an upcoming post. First, your very own countdown to the end of summer right here!
And then this video of incredible fluffy cuteness!
The beautiful music in the above video is very relaxing. So too are the images. Just look at the little paws reaching for the man’s shorts to make sure he sees them. I really needed that!
This is our current wildfire. It’s in Big Bear and is moving East in the San Bernadino National Forest. It’s about 95 miles from LA but the area burning is old forest which hasn’t burned in a while, so lots of tinder. This area hasn’t burned in 104 years, according to records.
As a result the air here is not good. I didn’t really think about this till yesterday evening when I noticed how congested my bronchial area was. Constant throat clearing and hacking even though we’re so far away! Sure enough, just read that an air advisory has been issued for the whole area.
It’s been like that all day today which is getting old. I can’t imagine the poor firefighters up there in the thick of it! I have a friend who lives in Big Bear so I bet she’s glad the fire is moving away from her and the populated area. I’ve lost track of how many days it’s been burning.
Ran across a few sites yesterday that can suck you in sort of like Pinterest and thought I’d share them with you. Why should I be the only one who blew an entire afternoon? :p You’re welcome.
First we have Despair.com. Motivational posters were big when I worked for a large medical device corporation which is why I think I’m drawn to this website. The corporate environment was so negative that it just begged to be lampooned.
These are just a few of the de-motivational posters that can be found there. Quite a few made me laugh out loud. While you’re there, take a look at a section called “illboards” which is also pretty funny.
Next up is Cuteoverload.com.
I think you get the idea. Photos and videos of unbearable cuteness.
Last we have Fark.com billed as “Real news. Real Funny”. An example is this young girl who taxidermies road kill. You must go to this link and scroll down till you get to the video with Steve Harvey interviewing the girl. I think the audience reactions are almost as good as the interview, especially when she describes how she loves the “brain-scooper”.
Well, that’s it for today. Hope this brightened your Wednesday! (No affiliation with any link BTW.)
It seems that my interest in blogging is waining as my absences here get longer and longer. Not really sure what’s causing it. Part of me wants to moan that it’s the ^&#@%# heat. It’s been in the 100’s for weeks now and it just gets old. I’m sick of the window air conditioner running 24/7.
But it’s probably a combination of things. There’s my little missing budgie, the person who was going to run errands for me only to last about a week and a half plus just a general milieu and loneliness that have melted over me. I know I have to back up and explain since none of this makes much sense I’m sure.
So, about the budgie. A few weeks ago I noticed a build up of bird poo right by the back door. Then there was the night I went for groceries rather late and wound up coming home at almost 8 p.m. and after I dragged the bags to the back porch, I went to open the back door only to have a flurry of feathers and wings explode above me.
It was the little budgie and I’d scared it out of it’s sleep. It in turn fled, running thunk into the roof overhang. Poor little guy 😦 I felt so bad but how was I to know the little creature had appropriated a wee nook in the eaves right above the back door as a little house?
It was sleeping on the conduit that led to the flood light on the back porch. Well, after that I was super careful not to use the back door after 8 at night. Or if I did, I made sure that he knew I was going to interrupt his sleep, so he could fly away and not be so surprised.
I felt rather privileged that the spot was considered safe for sleeping. It seemed like it had sort of adopted me. Yes, I know, I REALLY need a dog. My anthropomorphizing has gone into overdrive. Anyways, it gave me a happy feeling.
Unfortunately, it didn’t last long. There are essentially five or six songbirds that have called the yards and trees around this house “home” for several years and suddenly one Tuesday, they all vanished, including my little adoptive budgie.
My gut feeling is that a new renter moved in somewhere nearby. One with a cat that was allowed to roam and hunt. I’ll never know but suddenly there are no tweets, chirps or trills in the air. Not a songbird in sight. Even the raucous green parrots have gone away. It gets me irrationally angry but then again how can I be sure? So I’ve felt lonely and hurt. Part of this is from the isolation that comes with the inability to get around like a normal person.
I no longer get out weekly to see my friends in the knitting group or go “window-shopping” the way I used to. The result is feeling more and more cut off from the world. Even my sleep is off kilter as I sit here at 4 a.m. writing this. I am never up this early, much less functioning. And this isn’t the first time. It’s very odd.
My mom used to say that my brother and I could entertain ourselves. That she could sit us down with paper and crayons and not hear a peep from us for hours. Well, that’s probably a good thing at this point. Anyhow the point of writing this isn’t for your sympathy. Heck, everyone has crap in their lives, it’s more to make sense of it for myself really.
Currently, today is the anniversary of our marriage. yeah, big deal. CRH/Jerkoff. 34 years gone to hell. Thanks Chucky.
I find that if something is bothering me, writing about it can “right it” for me or at least have it make sense to some degree. Well, it’s now 6:40 a.m. and it’s lights out. I should go back to bed and see if I can wring any sleep out of what’s left of the night before the hellish heat returns. To be continued….
Okay, I realize that budgies are parakeets, but the name is perfect for one or two little birds that’ve been hanging out on my fence for a over a year now. I finally got some good photos. They have the sweetest little chirp. Must have had two chicks this spring so both parents were occupied feeding the ravenous little puff balls who waited patiently on the fence. That’s probably part of the reason I was able to snap a few shots and not scare them off.
I think this is the female. The male is a bit smaller, a little blacker and has a little angled “mohawk” on his head. They’re very small.
Didn’t the neighbors workers do a nice job of messing up this side of the fence? The people they employ amaze me, like the tree butcher a while back.
They have the most amazing flight patterns. They leap off the fence, swiftly swoop down, skimming just above the grass and then pop back on their fence-perch. Don’t know if they spotted and caught a bug or just are having fun swooping. If anyone recognizes what kind of bird they are, I’d love to know. Tried looking for them on line but had zero success. Still, they’re like little cheerful friends. So sweet.
Hmmm. I seem to have taken another vacation from this blog. Actually I finally figured out why. It’s that period when my parents died 29 days apart. Even if I’m not consciously thinking of the events, they seem to subconsciously sneak up on me and knock my knees out from under me when I’m not expecting it. Tomorrow it’ll be 14 years since my mother died. Time helps but it will never erase the pain. It just is. So with that, on to today’s thoughts and links.
First, Memorial Day. As in the past I’m sharing an image that says everything about this holiday. I found this on Facebook. Tried to track down the source but no luck. This photo breaks my heart. It reminds me how lucky I was to have had my parents as long as I did. My sincere thanks and gratitude to all who have served and will serve. And a special thank you to those left behind. I send you blessings and grace.
And now to lighten the mood a wee bit with another, albeit still serious, image:
Yes, the months of April and May put me in a darker, quieter place than normal. Sorry about that, but sometimes life just requires patience and being with the pain till it once again passes into the realm of forgetting. You will recall the following quote by Gabriel Garcia Marquez from this post a while back. It’s so true. “He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.”
While surfing the net today I came upon an article written by a nurse worked in palliative care. She helped people who had returned home to die. In the three to twelve weeks she was with them, she came across five common themes. Here is the link to her thoughtful article. It’s something to think about even early in life though we usually don’t till much later. So in the spirit of living in the now and taking time to appreciate this amazing life, I give you the following video which I think you’ll find remarkable. Who knew such creatures existed?
And now, even more creatures. Perfect if you need to slap a smile on someone’s face. 🙂 Make sure your sound is on and get ready for some fairly thick British accents and laughter. Enjoy!
On a totally different note, after having two five-day streaks where temps were in the 100’s (40C), we seem to actually be having a Spring. It’s so nice. We’ve even had a few days of “May Grays” where it was overcast all day. Loved it. I hope we continue right into the traditional June Gloom for the whole month of June. The
fool individual I was married to, used to hate May and June because of the gray days. He’d complain non-stop about the lack of sunny skies. As far as I’m concerned, anything that holds our hellacious summers at bay, I’m all for. But that’s just me. Oh well.
Hope you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. You were in my thoughts.