Vote For Me For Sun God
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Another totally gloomy and chilly day. The turtles don't like the cold and I don't either. No one showed up to eat today. I don't like turtleless days but I am making lemonade out of my lemons. Lemonade is good. Rain fills the pond. I like a full pond.
The meteorologist said that the rain would cross the Mississippi River at around 10 in the morning so I rushed out early at 7:30 to do my chores and it started raining right away. Arggh. LOL. I filled all the feeders and fed the wildlife. Took out the compost. I was lucky I got the trash burned as I was afraid the rain drops would put the fire out. Somehow I managed to catch my hair on fire while burning the trash. Yes, I'm okay. No, I'm not bald. I'm sooooooooooo glad I'm not bald. It might work for Demi Moore but I would look more like Kojak. LOL.
Normally August is a dry month for us as is September. It culminates in our driest month - October. Our area doesn't seem to be following the rules - it's monsoon season here right now. Maybe it's el Niño or la Niña or whatever. All I know is that it's time to take the weather reins away from some Mexican children and give it to a mature American adult, aka me. LOL. I'm ready and willing to be the goddess of weather. I realize thus far that this had been chiefly a job of Zeus and his pals but they are not doing a very good and I'm not satisfied. I want more sun, less humidity, less ice, less snow, less winter, less blast furnace heat, more Spring, etc.
It is so dark, even in the house. I am a sunshine, blue-sky, warm-temp, nice-breeze type of person. I don't like to be cooped up or feel penned in. I don't like wearing a lot of clothes. I'm not even fond of wearing long sleeves and jeans. I hate sweaters, coats, gloves, scarves, hats, boots, overalls, etc. It's the transitional time of year when you can go through all 4 seasons of your wardrobe within a few days. In a past life I can guarantee I was not an Eskimo. I see myself more as wearing a few strategically placed leaves, a loin cloth, or gourds. LOL.
Please don't take the following ramble personally and become peeved at me. If you enjoy these shows I understand. Now that my son and husband are both away from home so much I have been using the TV as my babysitter. It's on for the noise mainly. I'm not into TV much actually. There are not too many shows on that I really like or would take the time to watch. I have gotten into the habit of "watching" ABC soap operas which I consider fairly terrible but my first husband and his brother watched All My Children together at noon years ago and I was curious about it. To be honest the shows are ridiculous but they don't require any commitment and you don't miss anything when you don't see one. They seldom ever have a rerun. I don't like reruns unless it's a killer show like The Andy Griffith Show. I just now got to where I know who most of the people on the soaps are, kind of. Now they are taking 2 of them off. I'm not sure what they will replace them with but it sounds like a cooking show for one. The Chew might be good but I can watch 2 other channels for cooking. I love some cooking shows but when you are on diet/way-of-life, people like Paula Deen and the Neallys seem to interfere with that. LOL. I love Paula Deen but don't need to be thinking about Sticky Buns. I got Thunder Thighs caused by Sticky Buns and worked hard to get rid of them. I don't want any more Thunder Thighs and Sticky Buns. I'm not into the high brow cooking shows where they spend an hour seeing which celebrity chef can serve up a better dessert using groundhog thymus glands. I'm not even sure what the name of the second soap opera they are taking off is - Is it One Life To Live? Granted these are not my favorite programs but I don't want to have to find something new to babysit me. I'm not going to seek out other soap operas, even if there are any. I've heard Katie Couric will be on and I won't be watching her. Boring! I'm not into talk shows. Oprah even bored me. I don't mind Ellen sometimes but I lose interest quickly when she is serious or playing her silly sumo musical chair games and such. I watched Anderson Cooper the other day and found that I really like him when he is with Kathy Griffin and being zany. Not so much when he wants to feature co-joined twins. I'm not into celebrity doctors, most of them need to be on their own couch getting therapy. I don't like game shows. I don't like Maury Povitch and Jerry Springer type shows - I'm not sure what they are classified as. Trash talk? I kind of like travel shows, real estate shows, decorating, court, and forensic shows but they show too many reruns. Basically I'm in a demographic age group that no one cares about. I'm over 49 which is the point at which they want people to just drop dead. Go gentle into the night. LOL. I am making an effort and am watching some of the new shows and so far............not that great. Maybe Charlie's Angels will be good. The new Pan Am show. I'm trying to change................."I'm a woman, but I can change, if I have to, I guess". (Red Green- LOL)
We still have hummingbirds. I gave then some new food today. The birds are already eating a ton. In the summer we just have stragglers coming in and the seeds and suet last a long time with just a few birds at a time showing up. In the winter I have to fill the feeder about every 3 days. Right now there are birds eating all day long just like they do when snow is on the ground. So food must be scarce here already. I have not seen a lot of bugs lately.
One thing I do want to mention today is invasive pests, and I don't mean in-laws, though they would qualify. I'm talking about plants that end up in your environment that are detrimental to the well-being of native species. I know, it still does apply to the old pain-in-the butt in-laws but today I'm chiefly referring to things like mint. Anyone who has a herb garden knows that if you plant mint you had better have a way to contain it. Lemon balm is that way but is so fragrant and pretty that it taking over is not quite as painful as some things. For me the bane of my herb garden has been.........................g
arlic chives. I would have never knowingly purchased garlic chives. I bought these at the store and they were just labeled chives. I've always grown chives and decided I wanted more. Big mistake. Well, I brought these devils home and planted them and noticed shortly after that these don't look like chives. They were thicker and tougher, had flatter leaves, and did not bunch the same. They also did not smell or taste the same. They had massive invasive roots that I had trouble digging up. I decided to do some research and discovered that they were not actually chives but garlic chives. And they spread everywhere. If you miss one tiny root it's back almost immediately and I want nothing more than to get rid of every last one of them. They are worthless as far as culinary purposes. You could as easily use wild green onions which is exactly what they remind me of and I wonder if this is actually what they are. So I spend a lot of time digging up these mothers with a fork and it's a major pain in the butt. The moral of this story - don't buy garlic chives. They suck!! LOL.
Well, I'm off to be with Bosley and the Angels. LOL.