August 3rd, 2019



Well, gnats, actually.

I had recently bought some bug-eating plants, but Venus flytraps don't attract anything smaller than a fly, and the pitcher plants are probably the same. I got some butterwarts, which do gobble up gnats, but I only have one which is not dormant, have to move it to the kitchen sink where the gnats have gathered, from the livingroom.

Just did, but it was on the floor - Spook apparently decided it was a toy. Ripped it out of the pot. Grrr. It will probably grow back.

She's been very playful lately, lots of her toys have magically relocated themselves to places in the house they have never been before. Somehow. however, she totally didn't show up when I made the bed with new sheets.

Okay, so I went online and the Half Moon Bay Predatory Plants store finally has several varieties of gnat-eating plants in stock. Last time I looked, maybe 2 months ago, they didn't. $75 worth, 6 plants, 4 varieties.

I used to have that many around the house but without bugs to eat, they shriveled up.

This morning was a FAIL. I stayed in bed till 10, when the phone rang and Automation Guy called to chat. After he was done I went back to bed and the adult dating site, where dozens of people and scammers contacted me. Most of them were gay men and couples, and much of my time was spent filling in my profile info to ward off people looking for a "bear" aka fat gay man with facial & maybe chest hair and for couples looking for a threesome or more-some. The site is slow and not very user friendly, so I had to delete all my photos and re-upload them into specific albums, and juggle them until the one I wanted was my profile picture.

Bottom line is I didn't get out and about till 1 pm! Yikes.

Lunch was breakfast.

I just barely made it in time for the end of the storm chaser's drive home, and the end of metal detector guy's stream. He's been traveling to the DC area, which he euphemistically calls Virginia, in a poorly disguised way to be with another streamer of the female persuasion who lives there. It's a bit of a drive from upstate NY, but what people do for love, and for better metal detection finds. He has dug up a lot more interesting/valuable stuff in VA than in NY.

Streamed for a bit 5-6 pm after watching the NFL Hall of Fame Game, with one finger on the FF button. And the center speaker muted. In a nutshell, both Denver and Atlanta players have butterfingers. The winning TD was a missed Denver pass, tipped by the Atlanta defender, then juggled into possession by the intended receiver. It was sad.  And it was made possible by a bogus pass interference call about 5 plays earlier. The zebras were calling way too many penalties, and made a lot of mistakes.

Also watched an episode of Love Island, and TMZ. The latter is so repetitious that I deleted all but today's episode. Watched half of Live Rescue mostly FFed through it because they spend way too much time on the set, patting themselves on the back, and their advertisers are many and obnoxious. All the insurance companies, of course.

Nuked today's PTI because both regular hosts were AWOL and one of the substitutes just rubs me the wrong way.

Delivered was the 16 oz spice jar set.  And the webcam from eBay, which turned out to be broken. I ordered one from a different vendor, not due to  arrive till next week. Meanwhile the one which doesn't do custom presets is back in service.

Dinner was a WIN. About 2 cups of uncooked tail-off peeled shrimp, brought to a boil, a cup of macaroni added. Strained and dumped into a ceramic bowl with slices of Swiss and mozzarella, nuked to melt the cheeses, then sprinkled with Parmesan. Ate about 2/3, put the leftovers in the fridge. Dessert was a single slice of black forest cake (the other slice went back into the fridge).

Plans for tomorrow:
Print spice jar labels on the heavy duty blanks. They appear to be the same format at Avery's standard 8160 address labels
Re-port the spices into size-appropriate jars and make a space for them in one of the kitchen cabinets
Put three loads of laundry away
Water the indoor plants. And the outdoor ones too.
Stream for a bit
Follow any weekend storm chasers.
Check in with the dating site
Maybe go somewhere

Boring Saturday

Up on time, but the time was 9 am, because I almost forgot the monthly 10 am birthday gathering at the community center. I managed to get there by 5 after, for a change all three tables had people at them. The woman I wanted to talk to was already at a full one.

I was charring with a fellow I'd met at the Wednesday coffee klatch when some rude old woman pushes in between us and basically puts the moves on him. Not a spouse looked like a wanna-be girlfriend. Rude as hell.

I moved away after finishing my cheesecake.

Left after half an hour, people were still chatting, but I was kind of pushed out.

Weird because usually I'm early and the first or second one there.

Home, unloaded the dryer and put all the laundry on my bed. Spook did not help. I wonder if she has caught my depressed mood.

Did not go out again. No mail to check. It'll still be there tomorrow.

Email from the photo shoot host saying to bring fast lenses. Sounds like we will be doing some no-flash photography. The shoot is tomorrow afternoon, somehow I thought is was the following Saturday.

Wasted a lot of time on Hangouts chatting with women from the dating site who would suddenly not be online anymore. In the middle of a conversation.

I'm not getting any local hits. So many gold diggers. I did find one very sexy woman in my area, but she has a man, and is just looking for women.

Watched some more Love Island. It's winding down. I suspect it's a last couple standing game. They got rid of the two sexiest people and kept the two most phony. Go figure.

Watched some of the hall of fame acceptance speeches. WAY too long. One of them has 4 children, he read a letter to them which he had given them all this morning. It took 10 minutes. It was mostly bad advice.

Lunch was a pot pie, dinner was Korean BBQ ribs and the mac and shrimp and cheese leftovers. Mochi for dessert. 

No deliveries.

Streamed twice. Only one chatter who came on as I was signing off. Several more legit followers.

Still to be done:
put away the laundry
bring one bag of garbage out to the bin

Plans for tomorrow:
Port the spices to the larger jars
Photo shoot