Sunday July 8th, 2012

It's 100 degrees and we are about to get a major thunder storm.  I just went out to close the windows on my car.  While I was inside the steaming, sauna of a car, I noticed my clipboard that I use when I'm doing my field work.

I really surprised that it didn't melt into the carpet.  Guess it's time to to get one of those old fashioned ones without the plastic?

Saturday July 7th, 2012

It's only noon and already up to 100 degrees.  We are expecting to get up to 103.  I am really looking forward to Monday when it will be in the middle 80's.  I, for one can't wait until winter rolls around again. :)

When I planted my seeds, I didn't get around to labeling them.  Now that every thing is pretty much growing, I don't know what I have...except for the tomato, squash and carrots...Ha, I do know what those are supposed to look like.  So, anyway, I was so proud of one plant that is growing like crazy. It's almost 4 ft tall and really looks good.
Since one of the guys that I work with knows a lot about plants, I took a photo of it.  Yesterday I showed it to him to see if he knew what it was.

Come to find out it is called Pokeweed.  It's poisonous raw, but can be used if it's cooked twice and the water is thrown away twice.   I didn't even plant it, but  a bird must have shitted it in my garden. :(

I researched a bit on my Kabocha (squash) plant.  Sue was right.  Turns out the plant produces male blooms first. These drop off and are followed by female blooms a week or so later.  I'll be keeping my eyes on them  for the female blooms.

Friday July 6th, 2012

Kabocha blooming, but I don't see any baby Kabocha.  WTF?

I haven't thrown this bread, that was "fresh until Apr 26", away yet.  It's just amazing that it still hasn't grown any mold.  It doesn't even smell old.  I know that I will never eat store bought bread again.  Can you imagine all the chemicals  in there that keeps it preserved?  This isn't food!

I just finished making a fresh batch of LDN.  LOL....This is the only thing that tastes so nasty, that I have ever taken for such a long time.

My pussy is watching the bird in the nest in the tree.  I was letting her out without the leash, but she started to wander.  She would climb the tree and then jump over the fence.  I'm glad that she comes when I call her.  She never went too far, but she did get into the back yard of my neighbor four townhouses down from me.  My neighbor complained.  
Silly woman, all she had to do is chase her out of her yard.  My pussy doesn't even look like  a dangerous animal, does she?

This is my new dryer.  It works really well and holds a huge amount of clothing.  When it's not in use, it just folds up and I put it in the shed.  The only thing I miss about having an electric dryer is the anti-fuzz action and the lint trap.  Plus, clothing comes out a lot softer.  The thing I don't miss is the electric bill. :)

This is going to be a super long weekend.  We are having a special at Millers' and will be open for 17 hours tomorrow.  I have no idea how long I will be there, but it's going to be a long day.  I wonder if we will have any customers around midnight.

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

I was scheduled to work from 9 AM until 9 PM yesterday, but it slowed down to a crawl by 6 PM, so I got to go home early.  Just enough time to cook some Fava Beans and Carrots in butter and some pork chops with awesome gravy.  I added a small pot of rice to go under all that awesomeness. :)

Looks like I got a mom in a nest in my maple tree.

The black bird that was living in my wall seems to have raised her children and has moved on. more scratching and knocking at sunrise. :)

It had been a year since I got 19 teeth pulled in one day.  Since then I had a temporary set of dentures to wear.  During that time I had the worst time chewing my food.  Well, last Tuesday, I finally got my permanent set.  What a relief.  My gums shrunk quite a bit in the last 12 months and the new set fits so much better.  I am finally able to chew my food. :) Ha, I might even be able to eat raw veggies again.  There is a bit of pain due to rubbing, but I'm hoping that I just need to get used to them.  If not, I'll go back and have them adjusted.  Was it worth it?   Hell yeah, it sure is great not to have to deal with tooth aches anymore. :)

It looks like most people around here have their power back on after the storm last weekend.  I talked to my mom earlier today.  She told me that hers came back on late yesterday.  Five days without power for her and her hubby.  I feel bad for those people that are still waiting.  Luckily we have our power lines underground here and the lights just flickered a couple of times during last weekends storm.  The worst thing for us  was that Verizon was down and we had no phone for most of Saturday.

I had a car chase to do this morning.  I was hired to find the owner of a Toyota in Haymarket, VA.  Before I go on a chase, I always research the name and address of the person that I'm looking for.  I amazes me that after all these years of Facebook, people still do not seem to pay attention to their privacy settings. I found the person that I was looking for, her employer, employers address and phone number, how long she has been working there, a photo of her at her employers website, where she lives now, whom she is living with, that she is divorced and has a daughter, what school her daughter goes to, that she had no power after the storm, that a tree was down on her street, that she has a 90 year old grandmother that she took to Target to cool off etc, etc, etc.....  Needless to say, I found the car.  When will people learn to lock their Facebook page down????

Tuesday July 3rd, 2012

Last week I decided to take my last two vacation days, not for a vacation, but to have two days to finally finish cleaning the walls, ceilings, and carpet of my home.  It got to the point that I didn't even feel like coming home any more.  The brown, tobacco stained walls were down right depressing.

So, on Saturday bright early morning I started by steam cleaning and wiping the walls and ceilings in my living room, dining room and hallway.  It took me all day just to clean the living room and dining room areas.

I had removed all the rugs so that they wouldn't get all stained from the goo dripping from the walls and ceiling.

Tadaaa....all finished and sparkling, shiny white.  Without repainting.  The paint is only 5 years old.

That night I took a shower and slept for 14 hours.  Was I wiped out!!!  The next morning I could hardly walk.  It felt like some one had tightened the muscles in the back of my legs.

Then it was on to the stairs and hallway which took me all of Sunday.  Finally by 7 PM I was done.  Then I washed every towel in the house, hung them out to dry.  An hour later I had them folded and put away.  Then I went to sleep again.

Today I'm still sore, but it was so worth it.  My house is once again a pleasure to come home to. :)

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