|Friday, February 14th, 2014|
|Happy Valentine's Day
Hello to everyone in V day land, from the snowed on, but currently thawed out south. One day of icicles--I actually slipped and fell in the Dollar store parking lot--and now the snow is hiding out in the shade on the back porch.
|Monday, February 3rd, 2014|
Here is the plan.
1. acquire several wide mouthed (so the skeets can get in) and wide bottomed (so they have plenty of room to lay their eggs) containers.
2. fill with about two inches of water, and add two handfuls of dried leaves (skeet larvae eat the leaves or the stuff that grows on the leaves). Water without the leaves does poorly.
3. Leave the containers where the skeets are and wait for a week. (Don't let too much time go by or you will be breeding mosquitoes)
4. after a week put the cap on and leave it on until the skeets die.
5. add dead skeets and leaves to compost pile or garden.
Containers with leaves got from 10^2 to 10^4 larvae. Notable fewer skeets in the back yard. Control containers with just water never got any larvae.
|Monday, January 20th, 2014|
|Happy birthday fellow Januarians
This year I mostly ignored my own birthday, a bit of a comedown from last year's huge (for me anyway) social event. I thought about doing a repeat of that, but, of the people who were there, I only see two more often than last year, so any imitation would have been inferior.
I spent my birthday this year bird sitting for my colleague Andrea while she and her husband were at a conference. I did laundry, played with the bird and watched movies. Bruce stopped by and we drank a few beers.
I finally saw "Resevoir Dogs"--okay in a negative Bechdel test sort of way. It was odd to see "Crash" next, a movie that was trying as hard as it could to be by Tarantino.
Also "Robocop"--surprisingly fun and "Mean Girls" with Tina Fey and Amanda (is that right) Seyfried and a precrazy Linda Lohan. I also liked "Island", but I am a sucker for that sort of thing.
|Sunday, August 25th, 2013|
|A sagebrush rolls slowly...
I'm sorry to have been gone so long. I miss you.
I wish I could say that I've been being interesting, but I really haven't. All I've done the whole summer--hang out with Bruce, play rball with Al, and go to the movies with Mr. Frank. I've done almost nothing that requires any initiative on my part. Bruce is a total dog friend, Al loves rball more than I do, and Mr. F just stops by when he wants to get out of the house.
On the plus side I'm starting to feel a bit more motivated.
|Monday, April 29th, 2013|
|front yard mystery
Maybe you all (as they say down here) can help me.
This has happened three times. I'm codgering around in the front yard, picking up sticks, pulling weeds, helping plants grow, etc--when a car pulls up and the driver asks me if I know who lives in the house. To me it seems obvious that I live in the house, but I politely answer that I live in the house. The driver seems surprised, but has driven off before i can ask why they didn't think that I lived there.
I'm going to ask the next person who asks me to explain why they are asking me, but in the meantime--Why don't people think that I live in my house?
|As I live and breathe
I have just two words to say---Indigo bunting--
Spotted in the backyard. It looks like a cardinal that has been shrunk, painted blue and plugged in.
|Friday, January 11th, 2013|
|Happy Birthday fellow Januarians
I managed to overcome my neuroses and host a dinner at a local restaurant. It was fun. I didn't tell people it was my birthday tho.
The number for me is 55.
|Tuesday, December 11th, 2012|
|Pat's Christmas Miracle
So Bruce and I are complaining about how Christmas isn't as much fun as it used to be. I had just gotten back from buying some necessities in a store where the worst canned music was playing so I wasn't happy. We tried to come up with things we like about it. For me it's the Nutcracker. As long as I don't hear it too much , i like it a lot, particularly " waltz of the flowers." This helps a little but we're not joyful or anything.
On the way home i find a garland in a parking lot, which I pick up because it's perfect for decorating the 3 ft pine growing in my front yard.
It looks good on the tree. When I finish the last wind and look up there is a present on my porch. It's the three wide mouth Mason jars from the East bearing tidings of tasty goodness.
Thank You Pumpkin Pickle fairy, wherever you are.
|Wednesday, January 11th, 2012|
Happy Birthday fellow Januarians. I am finally feeling well enough to want to do stuff I don't have to. I am recovering from a severe bout of the neverending nap virus. All signs point to potential communication in the near future.
|Wednesday, September 14th, 2011|
I beat Ben Choi, the best player on campus, at Racqetball. He's still better than me, I just caught him by surprise.
I bought a drop leaf table to go in the kitchen. (This is not a sentence i would have imagined myself writing ten years ago.)
I saw a yellow billed cuckoo (new bird) in my backyard, also a blue gray gnatcatcher (not a new bird for me, but for the backyard.)
Geckos, at least four of them, have moved into the birdhouse EF and I bought during her visit.
Anole lizards, the ones with the orange throat sacks that are sold (the lisards, not the sacks) in pet stores in the north, have moved into the back outside stairs. This makes me happy because I set it up as habitat for them shortly after i moved in. Some Yankee obviously asked, "what's that." And a southern gentleman said."It's just an ol' lizard."
The turtles, Yellos Throat and Red Spots, appeared two days after EF left.
|Monday, August 8th, 2011|
After six--it has really been that long--years in Louisiana i finally cross the border into Texas. A new State for me. Bruce and i visit his mom in Garland and hang out in Dallas for a day. It reminds me of Sacramento--dry heat, strip malls, green spaces turning brown. Downtown Garland is kinda cute, for a city that was improved by a zombie invasion.
|Monday, January 10th, 2011|
happy birthday, fellow Januarians. The answer for me is 53. My present is a snow day. Two flakes of a whitish crystalline substance fell on Louisiana and the state skids off the road.
|Monday, January 3rd, 2011|
Kiko died this morning after a brief illness. I cried for a while after I buried him, and am crying right now.
|Wednesday, November 24th, 2010|
The summer of peaches turns to the autumn of pears.
The back yard fills up with leaves.
I get a new porch--It's the first time Iv'e ever seen anyone use a chalk line. And I learn that the piece of wood directly under the door is called a "threshhold"--I'd thought the threshhold thing is was just a metaphor.
I get new plumbing. The old pipes were so leaky that the area beneath the house--the house is up on piers so there isn't a basement--was often swampy.
I get the house painted. It's no longer the second ugliest on the street.
|Friday, September 24th, 2010|
It was a summer of strawberries and sweet corn. Why does anyone cook with all those berries to eat?
It was a summer of Sor. I managed to get nineteen of the twenty famous Sor etudes sounding almost like music (eighteen still goes at about a tenth the speed it should: guitar just doesn't work well in the flat keys)
It was a summer of socializing. I'm staring to have a life here in ruston. Actual dates with actual women I actually like. Mr Frank and Dr Bruce dropping by pretty often. The racquetball guys doing the occasional evening out.
I got a new porch--the old one was on the verge of collapsing.
I didn't go anywhere. One of my pals challenged me to make it to Texas--all of eighty miles away--by next summer.
I'm hoping for turtle babies in the back yard come spring--I saw two turtles holding hands.
|Thursday, June 10th, 2010|
I don't have to go to work every day. There are fireflies in the back yard. The turtle, a gopher tortoise I believe, is on the prowl. The forest in my front yard is a foot tall. I'm trying to get all my laundry done--harder than it used to be. There was a time when everything I owned could fit in a duffel bag. Now I have a bag full of socks.
I want to finish my little book.
I want to be fit again. I'm losing weight and the workout I get from r'ball is helping. I may actually lift weights and do aerobics.
I want to play guitar in public again. The strength in my left hand has returned--finally.
Appropriately for the season I saw a Summer Tanager in the back yard.
|Wednesday, April 21st, 2010|
|New Birds, News
A Hooded Warbler hung around the back yard for a day last week. Tweety bird yellow and wering a black motorcycle helmet, with shiny little black eyes. It flew in descending spirals when it chased insects, or mothy, like a bluebird, when it was moving around.
Also a brown headed nuthatch. Only the second nuthatch that I've seen down here.
No sign of the turtle.
My social life is picking up. I am actually dating a woman. (Imagine that) Her name is Leela.
|Wednesday, February 17th, 2010|
Saw a bluebird and a honeybee today.
|Sunday, February 14th, 2010|
|Happy Valentine's day
Happy Valentine's day to my two married and one single friends.
The one inch of snow is gone--but we got two snow days at work!!!. I saw a robin yesterday. My crocuses are up, but not blooming. I get another three days off for Mardi Gras.
The little house is drafty in the winter. I moved into the south bedroom, but the sunlight never came into the window. I had thought that older houses incorporated solar design, but mine doesn't. Next winter I'll move into the living room, or maybe an interior hallway, and keep warmer.
New bird--golden crowned kinglet. I should have gotten it right away. The little guy looked like he had a gold coin on his head, his lady friend in a less gaudy yellow.
I've moved up to the big leagues in racquetball.
|Thursday, January 7th, 2010|
Happy Birthdays to fellow Januarians EF FFF and Foolman. The answer to the question for me is 52.