Saturday, September 28, 2013

My body is quite weary.  I worked outside a while this morning, after fighting with Eclipse a little longer (unsuccessfully to get things working properly on my machine) and for quite a few hours this afternoon.  It's looked like rain could have happened at any point, so I'm calling myself blessed that it held off.
  • There are 4 garbage bags and one dog food bag full of pulled plants, raked walnut shells, trimmed rose bushes, and other shrubs.
  • The red hibiscus is in the ground out back with a few of the gladiolus bulbs I pulled a few weeks back and some hostas that I got on clearance at one of the dollar store.  I know it's not the right time of year to plant them, but if just one takes along the left side of the deck it will be worth it for the price I paid.
  • I even leveled out the caves that Saffy has created under the deck.  Of course, while doing that I spotted another instance of the idiocy of the previous owners of this house.  I'm not going into details, I'll just say that it supports my theory on the lifespan of the deck.
  • I also wrapped up the boundary fencing from the garden and put it, along with the tomato cages and sticks away.  The garage is mostly in order for the Tib too, so when the time comes that won't be too painful.
Sadly there is plenty more that still needs done outside before the snow starts flying.  Some I can accomplish, some I will struggle to do reaching from a ladder on uneven ground, and even more that I simply cannot handle due to the height or pitch of the roof.

I did pause long enough today to have lunch with Beff and Slips.  Since this was on the schedule I knew I couldn't head to Altoona, as I probably should have today.  If I'm going to stay here, the above is the least I could accomplish.

Now what... maybe I'll fight w/ java more, or at least watch the videos/lessons and get that out of the way.  There is Christmas shopping on my mind lately too.  But right now, I think it's time for a nice hot shower.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

First frost for 2013 this morning.  I sat and waited for the defroster to do its job this morning, there was no way I wanted to scrape before the end of September.  Last year we made it to October 8th.  Is this a sign for this winter?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Today we celebrated the marriage of P and C.  The rain came, the curls fell out of the hair, but it was still a lovely ceremony.  I didn't get a ton else done today, but I did make my run through Fritz's, Big Lots, and Ollies this morning, then to Iggle this afternoon between the ceremony and reception.  I guess I have to clean tomorrow.  Meh.  All but 1 item has shipped from the pile of ebay items.  Glad it's almost done and the house is mostly cleared out.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Blogger is fixed - yay!  Tonight ends a whole slew of Miche items up on eBay.  So far, so awesome.  Feeling a bit blessed - again!  At this point it is not just my fun money for my next cruise, but, well, it's more than paid for my cruise and tips onboard, and I bet there is still some left to buy a few drinks.  Ok, ok, I didn't see how much I'll owe in fees, but I'm very very happy.  Anyone want to help carry boxes into the post office?  :)

Let's see, what else is going on.  I've been keeping up on my online free class and readings for the bible study, well, maybe it isn't really a bible study per se, but you get what I'm saying.  The bee guy was back earlier this week.  He felt the hive behind the retaining wall has been around for a while longer and might require another treatment.  I haven't seen anything out there, but it hasn't been super warm, so who knows.

The Wild One convinced me to start up on the 17-day diet again at the beginning of this week, so I've been eating yogurts and way more fruit and veggies than any human should.  I'm waiting for my protein to come out of the oven.  At least then I'll have some left over chicken for tomorrow's spinach and strawberry salad.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

So, on Friday I had to pick up the Tiburon from getting more clear coat repainted, this time on the passenger door handle.  I was a bit fretty about that cash going out, but it's something that needed done to keep Drake going strong for years to come, so I sucked it up.  While there to drop it off I saw a sign for their detailing, which runs nearly $80.  He needed cleaned, but that definitely was something I could (eventually) do myself, so I didn't say a word.  Imagine my surprise when I pick the car up and they've cleaned out the inside, vacuuming and wiping things down with protectant!  YAY!

I probably would have been a little more psyched about it in that moment had I not spotted yet ANOTHER bees nest while waiting to be picked up to go get the car.  Yep.  Now they're coming in on the side of the dining room window out front.  Ridiculous, isn't it?!  Oh, and pots of boiling water didn't finish the ones behind the retaining wall either.  Sad and half sick of the thought of the costs I called the pest control place to ask about what all is covered in the warranty.  Well, it sounds like I shouldn't have to pay more and he's coming on Monday.  Talk about feeling blessed.  If it warms up today I guess I should stand around outside like a creeper and pay attention at each window to see if there are any other areas that need taken care of.

I spent a bit of yesterday at mom's, so I didn't get much done, but I did stop back in at my Aunts to return her photos and ask a few other quick questions. I guess that means I need to get some maintenance cleaning done today.  Gah.  I'm too lazy for this.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Once again blogger is being contrary.  Gee, I'm so glad that they;re now owned by google... so reliable.  :/

Anyhow.  Today was quite the interesting day.  I am not at liberty to talk about it, but if you know me and have a finger on the pulse around Jingletown you know what went down today.  I guess it's kind of wrong to have the point of view of it being a good day?  I have been up way too late the past few nights and behind on things, so I used today to get caught up on several things and to run to deal with a few other things that had been put off.  Feeling caught up definitely eases my stress a little, so thus it was a good day.  Back to the normal tomorrow.

It was a very warm day today, warmest in a while, so I popped out to peek where the bees were.  Keep in mind I tried to plug the holes this past weekend because I thought they were dead after the spray into the hole w/ the nozzle.  Yeah, not so lucky.  So the opposite that now they're instead coming up through the ground (somewhere).  Not surprising, but frustrating.  Since you cannot buy the professional powder and the other options are around $50 for a full gallon of the powder (dear God why would I need that much), I am trying some home remedies and we'll see how they fare.

Tonight after the sun went down I tried the most basic:  hot soapy water, a whole bucket full.  I wrapped myself up in long pants and a hoodie sweatshirt tightened around my head just in case I pissed something off.  I have very little hope for this, but I might give it two nights worth of passes - tomorrow with boiling water.  It works on ants. :)

Saturday, September 07, 2013

I got a good bit done today, although it doesn't really feel like it.  The basics are accomplished (you know... vacuuming, laundry) but it's the less tangible things that are crossed off that feel bigger like hauling all of the remaining Miche stuff out back into the sun to take photos and creating ebay listings that are set to go live mid-next week.  Fingers crossed for quick processing of transactions and clearing these out of the house and into my bank account.

I'm presently wheezing like I use to do after mowing the lawn.  I am a bit concerned as the only thing I can think to blame it on is that I pulled out my tomato plants.  Why so early?  Because it was very obvious I had blight.  So I plucked the tomatoes that do not (yet) look infected and removed the plants.  I guess we'll see in five days how many of the green tomatoes that cover my counters and plastic containers remain green (or start to turn red rather than brown).  Given that blight is spread via spores, I think I just discovered something else I'm allergic to.

Last night after spending some time around a cookout with my tenant and a few of his friends I fought with my computer to get java compiling (later than I wanted to).  Ended up needing to download Eclipse instead, but at least I'm back on track with the stuff I'm working on.  The night before that was later than I wanted trying to pull together a free Shutterfly photo book (which I probably will work on for a little while now too).  Then there is vacation planning to research.  There is so much to do on the computer.  It is no wonder this thing is always on and in my lap if I'm sitting in the living room.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Bunny update....
Saf:  3 1/2
Dani:  1/2
Vix:  0

Java won't work on my home machine.  Chaps my butt.  That is all.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Well, I'm getting tomatoes.  Kind of.  I've had 4 green as green could be early girls plop to the ground in the past two days.  There is two more starting to turn on the plants.  I pulled two black krell, one of which looks like it may be chewed up pretty good by something.  The rest of the plants are flopping over under the weight of the laden limbs (despite being tethered the best I can to poles etc) and some of them are starting to dry up like they're done.  Not a good year at all, sadly.

I think the bees bailed after two bottles of spray at and around the entrance, but I did still spray in the hole w/ the stuff that had a nozzle last night.  I need to go back out when I don't think we have rain imminent and seal up that hole w/ the gray hardening agent Home Depot sold  me.  I did get two more bags full of weeds, clippings, and the start of removing my jungle of nasturtiums out yesterday.  I also got the rest of my corn (that I waited for in line for a half an hour for) cooked, cut, bagged, and into the freezer too.

I'm in a bit of a mood today.  Other people seem to be too, so they've fed my issues a bit.  Maybe I'll just go to bed early tonight.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Ok, no overnight company this weekend but Mithy and Miss Addie stopped in, so I guess it's good that it was in a slightly improved state.  Yesterday I spent a good portion of the day at Saint Michael festival volunteering at one of the food stands from the Portage Summerfest.  I met some nice folks, people watched, and got a bit of sun - I had a good time, but I was tuckered out last night, so it took a bit of effort to get up at a reasonable hour today.  Needed to be done in order to get to Altoona and return my sister to the State College airport.  I hung around at mom's for a little while after, but then headed back up the mountain.

I was feeling feisty so I got outside and pulled out the gladiolus bulbs, cutting them off, and gathering up the stalks for trash.  Let me tell you how many freaking bulbs there were - holy man.  To think I started with a bag of 10-15 a few years ago, it is just insane how many bulbs I have out there ready to replant out back somewhere.

I then started to pull a few weeds near the apartment, pulling out some of the crazy nasturtium plants and gathering seeds, even though I planned on really going at that tomorrow.  Well, I didn't get super far before I ended up with a bee by my hair.  As I flipped my hair about to try and deter him I saw the others coming out.  Fortunately I only got one sting - in my hair.  The kicker is I thought I had him dealt with before I headed in the house at a quick pace, but apparently he was still in there.  I felt the need to brush my hair to try and purge at the thought of bees in my hair.  That's when he stung me just back from my bangs and the he flew up in the bedroom towards the light.  By the time I came back in with the fly swatter he was AWOL.  So, now there is a bee somewhere in my bedroom.  Great.  Just great.  That won't create any anxiety or horrendous dreams this evening, now will it?

So, yea, I have bees (or some type of wasp - these looked more like the smaller bee-like ones that were near my door a month or so ago, not the yellow jackets) behind my retaining wall now too.  I spent over $200 to get rid of bees once this summer.  I highly doubt a different location will be covered on the warranty, but you know I'll call and try.  We'll see.  If not I'll be buying what I can get (now that I know the tactic they use is some type of powder) at Home Depot tomorrow.  I guess I won't be getting as much weeding done as I would have liked tomorrow, at least, not over there.  The weeds seem to be extra crazy this year.

Then there is out back, where I keep ending up with a sludge of mud washed down behind the basement door.  I suspect when the heavy rains hit it's just washing out over the back of the house, not into the gutter.  So, let me guess, it's time to pay someone to clean that again, right?  Well the leaves are just changing, so why bother.  Home ownership often results in me demonstrating I'm insane.  I guess I don't expect different results, but it sure would be nice.