Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
Mister Eclectic

Weak End

Stayed up way late, stayed in bed till maybe 10:30. Spent some time on the front steps admiring all the roses.

The hummers have not been drinking much out of either feeder, there seems to be a pair either at war or courting, because as soon as one hovers near a feeder the other sips in and chases the first one away. They move fast! The seed feeder has been attracting a lot of birds, mostly smaller ones, but a there were a couple of junkos and there is a small flock of mourning doves which park themselves between the hedges and the house, where a lot of the seeds (especially corn kernels) falls. I need to take the shop vac out there and clean that up a bit.

Took the rent check to the park office, then went to Target and exchanged to empty SodaStream cartridge for a full one, and also got some eye drops and some sodastream diet cola syrup.

Next stop, SummerWinds nursery. It's closed. Completely bare. How did they do that so fast? A sign suggesting the one near where I work, about 3 miles away. Went there, and though the place is maybe 3x larger than the other one, and brand new, it did not have catmints. I was also looking for a medium size bag of some kind of soil rich in nitrogen, but all they had were big bags of manure, way more than I needed, or a small box of bat guano for $9 - smaller than I need and a rip-off price. It wasn't a total bust, though, because as I was ISO catmints, a hummingbird came up to inspect my colorful Hawaiian shirt, decided it was harmless and not food, and fed off of about a dozen salvia plants a couple of feet in front of me for maybe 5 minutes.

Home, decided I really didn't need any garden stuff today.

Watched a very sloppy Stanford-UW game on Tivo, and then last week's Doctor Who (Time Heist). Finally they have graduated to writing for adults. The tech is still not up to modern seasons 1-3, and there were some cheesy slo-mo clips which I suspect were meant to parody the Oceans series (but I'm not sure because I have not seen/am not interested in bank heist movies). They continue to stress Clara's role as a sex object, with a touch of pedophilia, putting her in some very schoolgirl-like outfits. Very odd for someone who is supposedly a teacher. The plot had some decent twists and misdirection, and also some blatant telegraphing. So far, the best of the Capaldi series. I have one more on Tivo to watch, maybe tomorrow but probably not because of the after-concert potluck.

Got my band uniform out of the closet for the first time in 2 months (missed last month's concert because I was still lagged from my London trip).

Dinner was early, I made faux sloppy joes from ground turkey and that sauce I'd bought, poured over a pair of split Thomas' English Muffins, which turned out to taste horrible for that. The meat sauce was fine, Domino kept begging for some but when I gave her the plate to lick she didn't like it. She did like licking the bowl after I'd had some cherry chunk ice cream. She doesn't like chocolate, but she loves the cherry flavored stuff.

In other Domino news, it is getting harder and harder for her to stay steady on her hind legs. Sometimes falling off what she's perched on, and not able to recover with front paws. Arthritis, I'm sure. And I had to clip a couple of new mats out today. Her fur hasn't really recovered from the hatchet job of a few months ago.

Janice had given me a combination of photos and videos from a farm stay she and a bunch of friends and their children went on last month, to make a DVD out of. I put one together, but misunderstood the "fill audio to the end" function. The content only takes up about 10 minutes, but the DVD audio filled the whole hour. Tried again, got the audio right, but noticed the photos were not in order. On a closer look, there were three issues:
1. They were taken with two different cameras, so they were named/numbered differently
2. The dates on the two cameras seem to be set differently
3. The " date taken" does not seem to be exportable to a file, and the "date modified" and "date created" did not match the date taken.

So I need to start all over again, and instead of bulk copying everything to the timeline, I need to do them by hand, or maybe rename them all by hand so they are numbered in order. Either way, a lot of work. Janice said she had put them in order, but she had only done the ones on her camera, not the other ones. And she is out of town for 2 weeks. Sigh.

After sunset, I planted the three lemongrass stalks in the front by the hedges. They had been in a jar of water for 2 weeks, and had a good root system on all three. The place I put them has a pile of topsoil, so they should be able to root there. I may need to add some nitrogen fertilizer, but I'll wait for a while. While I was out there I watered both gardens.

Someone was knocking on one of the front doors at about 9 pm, but I was busy on the computer and I'm not keen on opening the door after dark. Probably my crazy next door neighbor, who also shouldn't be encouraged.

Plans for tomorrow:
Traffic? It is possible that my return from the potluck will coincide with the end of the home 49ers game.
Maybe watch some football on Tivo.

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