Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tuesday 6/19/2012

What a miserably hot day yesterday.  I looked at the temp outside at 8:30 and it was still 105 degrees.  And, of course, it's not going to get any better, any time soon.  Triple digit temps going above 110 slated for many days in the near future.

Good reason to try and get up to the mountains for a couple of night's stay this coming weekend, if at all possible.

Neighbors to the east of me were forced - for the dozenth time at least - to clean up their property.  The city finally acknowledged my complaint about the property behind me as of yesterday.  They will have to go out there - again - and determine what, if anything, they can do.

My dad and uncles are talking about another reunion.  They wanted us young-in's to deal with it, but many of us young'in's are in no financial position to be able to even think about doing anything like that. And I'm definitely not asking them for handouts.  Instead, I am attempting to find ways to save money for when Caleb comes back because a trip to San Diego again this year would be very nice.  I'm afraid I will not see my uncles in my adult lifetime.  I haven't seen any of them since I was very young and just a few years ago, one of them passed away.  Another has MLS, apparently some unbelievably horrific disease.  They apparently all did well in life as far as money goes, I am happy for them.  I am currently not on that ship, I wish I were, but I am certainly not going to get into a pity-party about it.  It is what it is and I deal with it.

I have seen no sign of Heron coming back.  We put up that mannequin head on a pole with a t-shirt, lol.  Funny looking thing, especially considering the pole is 8 feet tall.  What tells me they haven't been around is that the fish are no longer hiding.  I mean, they are still a bit skittish when I come around, but they freely come out now whenever food time is there. Speaking of food, thanks for reminding myself: dog food and fish pellets, gotta get both at Walmart today.

The dying tree? Jury still out.  Still a very few, healthy leaves on it.  As long as it shows any sign of life, I am going to continue to water it - heavily.  The heat isn't helping anything, more frequent waterings having to occur. I have some plants I am hand watering now - I do that when the rest of the plants don't need the water but these certain sets of plants do.  Saves on water usage is all, which helps keep the monthly bill down a bit.

I have not been forcing the dogs to stay outside when I am at work this year.  I have in the past, but this heat is too much.  They have a doggy door and they know how to use it.  I just don't feel comfortable putting very large dogs outside in 113 degree heat even if they have plenty of water and shade.   So, unless they start doing things in the house that are going to - extremely - irritate me, it will probably stay that way for a while.

That's it. Time to face another hot day at work.




  1. So you decide you will not see your uncles ever again because of YOUR pride? Does that even begin to take note of THEIR feelings, or acknowledge the real possibility that they might ENJOY paying to have you visit them?

  2. Pride? What blog entry were YOU reading? It has nothing to do with pride, it has EVERYTHING to do with the financial ability to fly from Phoenix, Arizona to some destination in North Caroline, pay for a hotel, a rental car, food, entertainment, all of that. I don't happen to have that much money to throw away right now and that is the ONLY reason I wouldn't go. WHERE you came up with "pride" out of what I wrote is completely beyond me.

  3. Ahhh, now I get it. You think because I am not asking for handouts that is therefore equated to pride. Umm, you can all it whatever you want, but I am not going to go begging to my uncles for money to go on a vacation. That is not a "need" and I wouldn't feel very comfortable in such a scenario where someone else has paid my way and I would feel - indebted to that person. If I can't go on vacation with funds that I have saved myself, it probably isn't going to happen. One of my uncles did offer a few years ago to give me his frequent flyer miles to get out there and I was going to do it - but - they cancelled that entire reunion and that was the end of that. Those guys come up with these ideas of reunions 2 months before they want to do it. I need a LOT more prior notice than that to even think about trying to come up with the rather large amount of money it would cost to make such a trip. Whatever the case, pride really has nothing to do with this.

  4. "And I'm definitely not asking them for handouts"

    Sounded like pride to me. What is it again?

  5. I'll answer your question when you identify yourself.

  6. I'm pretty sure who this is, but when you want to attack me, you don't sign your name. Gee, buddy, what does that say about YOU?


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