June 4th, 2019


Purple Reigns

I was up a little early yet again, back to bed for half an hour after my morning weigh-in. The usual morning.

Was expecting email verification from a recruiter, but it never came. :-(

11-ish, PO, mailed middle sister's present, got a tracking number. Priority mail cost almost as much as the present. There was no line - odd for a Monday.

Went to my old manicure place, plugged in the car - miraculously the charger worked this time - there was nobody there who does acrylic, so I left my number expecting someone would show up in the next half hour, did some shopping at Grocery Outlet and went to Specialty's for a criossant and soda and played on my laptop while the car charged. Manicure place called, asked if I could come in at 2. Okay, fine. When the car was charged I unplugged it and went home.

That whole series of trips was plagued with bad traffic light timing, thanks to light rail and pedestrians (all the lights in that area give 2 minutes or more to cross, and if a train is coming, left turns won't happen any time soon).

Didn't buy much - salad stuff, onions, milk. Put it away. Made a salad, read news and FB and Twitter until it was time to get the nails done. Chose a color for a change, "midnight" which is a very dark purple. Had to wait 10 minutes, and then got interrupted by someone complaining about her eyebrows. This is why I stopped going in the first place. A shame, because this is the closest one to me, the two next nearest ones have been torn down for condos. 

Brought in the garbage bins. Pulled out a few handfuls of poppies gone to seed and harvested seed pods for Janice. Lee saw what I was doing so I showed her the seeds in a pod, and told her she could take as many as she wanted, I had a whole baggie full. There are enough already burst to re-seed for next year.

Lots and lots of roses. Two out of three honeysuckle saplings are doing well, one is no longer above ground. It may have accidentally been pulled out with Bees Friend clusters.

Watched TMZ and PTI  and I don't remember if it was yesterday or today, also saw the latest episode of the CNN show which arranges for criminals to face their victims. This one was special - teenaged gang banger shot a cop in the neck, 20 years later the gang banger has learned to read, earned a GED, works as a janitor in the prison hospital, does outreach sessions. He never denied his guilt. Cop has come around to believing that both of them were playing a role, not acting as humans. His wife wanted nothing to do at first with the meeting, but tagged along and watched from another room. After hearing the conversation, she changed her mind, came into the meeting and hugged the prisoner. He's up for parole next year, cop & wife will testify in favor.

No real lunch today, just that croissant. Dinner was a DiGiorno personal sized cheese-stuffed-crust pizza. Do not believe the directions on the box which claim this is a microwave item. It is not. It truly needs to spend way too much time in an oven.

Dessert was impulsive - I made an ice cream soda.

And it knocked me out - I had to lie down for an hour.

Delivered was the right connecting hose for the garden reel.

Received in the mail was the annual plea for membership $$ from the Computer History museum. Instead of dues I sent it back with a letter telling the new CEO shame on you for laying off 9 people while sending out this letter. Turns out it was 10 people.

Plans for tomorrow:
Hook up the hose
Baylands early afternoon with camera and visit the little animal farm. Animal Assisted Happiness. Open to the public Tuesdays 1-5.
Probably will also wander to the other side of the park to see if anything interesting is in the wetlands.
Maybe there will be job hunting

Animal House

Hooked up the new hose, no leaks, I now have a working hose and reel at the far end of the carport to cover the back and side gardens.

Boring morning. Very warm, sat on the porch with a glass of lime soda, only saw a couple of small hummingbirds. Pulled out a couple of handfuls of poppies which had gone to seed, only to discover one of the bunches still had flowers on them. Harvested a ton more of the seed pods for Janice. I think we're getting together this coming weekend. Yeah, her next trip is the 10th. Sandy Eggo. I should give her my free whale watching coupon.

I didn't get to bed till 2 am, but was up at 7:30. It caught up with me around 6 pm. Fell asleep in the recliner for a few minutes while watching random channels on TV.

11 am caught Nancie's Facebook live stream. Rutabaga was the focus. I can't stand the stuff. Haven't even tried it since college.

No actual lunch - instead I went to the Animal farm at Baylands. It was hot - 83F - most of the animals were in the shade, but I did manage to get an alpaca and a couple of goats to pose. There was one very tame very fat chicken too.

On my way out, a case of identity theft:

Fashionista alpaca:

Fat and content:

Moved the car to the other end of the park and walked to my usual place, but the water was dried up and the grass was too tall to see over. it was so hot that a swallow was perched in a tree.  A police car with two cops in it drove up the bike path as I was leaving. That's happened once before, and shouldn't. Sunnyvale has bicycle cops, after all.

Home, happy to get into the air conditioning. The aircon in the car works, but not as thoroughly.

Watched parts of America Unearthed - three episodes - but deleted them mid-play because the forensic geologist is mostly chasing after hoaxes, and often gets all enthusiastic about runes and such which he has no idea about, but could easily find out if he had any contacts in the linguistics community. All his contacts seem to be with people reporting found artifacts and not with people who could interpret them beyond Carbon dating. He does call it a hoax when he sees an obvious one. But by then he has lost me with high school chemistry which I could have done myself.

Watched PTI.

Meanwhile, the search for places to move has me thinking Florida. Ft. Myers, Orlando, Tampa Bay.  Texas is still right up there.

Dinner was a salad followed by leftover panco breaded chicken thigh plus baked beans. Strawberries & whipped cream dessert. 

The Bachelorette was a mixed bag this time. Once again she invited most of the guys on a group outing to play rugby. After some training by the local (Rhode Island) club, they split into two Bachelor teams and played maybe a bit rougher than rugby is meant to be played. One guy tore his shoulder and went away in an ambulance, and the Bachelor Bully, Luke P., savaged one of the guys on the other team, Luke S. Threw him down, kicked him in the head.

So Hannah is all conflicted because she fell for P right at the start, but has had to talk him down a couple of times for being too aggressive/posessive. This time, even though every one of the 13 others tells her what P did and how they are scared of him, she wants to believe P himself when he says he's all innocent. She doesn't get it that she needs to send P home. Looks like instead she will send S home. To be continued. But in the middle of the show she has a 1-on-1 on a lobster boat with Tyler, he says and does all the right things to turn it around and show Hannah a great time.

Right now I'm watching it for continuity. It's the final episode which counts. Maybe. I wouldn't be surprised if she goes home alone at the end of this. All in all she is still that shallow Alabama beauty queen.

Plans for tomorrow:
Enjoy the aircon