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Can I Have ‘Normal’ Now?

Random Thoughts

So we had more power issues (I will not complain about the storms, we sooo need rain), ongoing internet issues (first no internet, then off and on, then could read for a little while, then could read but play no videos…)  (I should also mention the internet tower is on top of the hospital, lightning – bad), Boy Scout camp again, bring Saver of Bugs home and run her to appointments, then the nieces and nephews came for their summer visit, and then I had to take Saver back to school (*sniffle*).  I’ve been busy on top of internet-less.  (Snivel and whine.  I missed the last 2 days of the Tour de France and had to wait for internet to watch them on replay.)

So, can I have ‘normal’ now?

“Let’s just acknowledge that as far as real life is concerned, we are only one step away from dealing with dysfunction.”  – Sarah Ban Breathnach

Life at our House

So Spider Bait went to scout camp and was ‘tapped out’ for the ‘Order of the Arrow’.  He still has not decided whether or not to accept.  It is a lot of extra work to be done.

The nieces and nephews came for their summer visit.  I always love them being here but it gets hectic with four additional kids age 7 to 15.  Picking movies that everyone can enjoy is getting to the point where we may have to have separate movie nights.  ‘Harry and the Henderson’s’ saved the day this trip.  We did our usual trip to the Big City for the amusement park day and added ‘new’ by taking them to the state park to swim in the lake and also motor around the lake on ‘hydrobikes’.  I still can’t get used to seeing people riding ‘bikes’ around the lake.  If you’ve never seen one, check out this link:  http://www.funwatercraft.com/.  And my daughter decided to add to the fun by tipping her kayak which necessitated a tow to shore to dump the water out of the kayak so she could resume paddling.  I discovered I still know how to row a boat even if my neck was unimpressed and I’m slower than dirt.  We all had a good time and I was sad to see them leave.


I have no pics to share of this visit because the only family members that know about this blog are my husband and kids.  No one wants to deal with the crap that would rain down because, not only am I blogging, I’m letting strangers read it as well.  Heaven forbid!


The sad end to this was taking Saver back to college (I miss you!)  We tried to get some pictures to show the mountains, but the camera was uncooperative and it quit altogether on the way home.   I’ve only got one sorta mountain pic to share:

And Saver decided to take a picture of me driving (brat):

I managed to schlep a couple of pics in the greenhouse when I got to the school and Saver of Bugs went to water.

The day ended poorly for me.  Not only did I have to leave my daughter behind, but there was double the construction on the way home with 2 long waits in the broiling 90 degree sun on asphalt and no air conditioning (The car is old and I wasn’t sure how long the waits would be and I didn’t want to overheat the engine).  After the second  long wait, the road just opened up and off we went.  No signs of recent construction.  No signs of an accident.  About 20 miles down the road was my favorite rest stop.  While there, I found out I wasn’t the only one wondering WTF? over that last stoppage.  No one knew what it had been about.  I got home late and cooked through.  Then I had to clean lizard poop off just about everything in the tank, as my lizard had decided to run through it and paint the glass with it.  Then my cat scared my lizard while I was feeding him and he turned around and tried to bite me! (Why, yes, I’m whining.  Why do you ask?)  I was glad to see the end of the day.

Saver, on the other hand, was eating pizza and playing Dungeons and Dragons with her friends.  *sigh*


Today I got up later than expected and it threw me off a bit.  While I was eating breakfast for lunch, I suddenly remembered I wanted to go to the state park and learn about Geocaching!  Fortunately it was a come between two times kinda thing, so I made it with about 25 minutes to spare.  I now know the very basics of using a hand-held GPS device and how to find a Geocache!  I also now know that when the arrow thingy stops moving (lack of signal), so should you!  I managed to find all 4 geocaches (beginner, not really hidden).  The GPS said I covered 1.1 miles which was about a 3 % error rate for what I was doing.  Apparently that’s a good percentage.  It means I was searching intelligently.  They said once you hit 10% you’re basically just searching randomly.  Yay!  (Check out http://www.geocaching.com/ )

Out In The Yard

Our header today is Geraniums.  The woman who does my hair brought these to me from her garden.

One day about twoish weeks ago I had a ‘yellow’ day.

American Goldfinch

Imperial Moth

And then just before the nieces and nephews left, we found this on the tree.  Did you know they only live 7 days?

Luna Moth at rest.

To some people the Luna Moth is a symbol of spiritual transformation.  For me it is always a wonder to actually get to see one.  And I’ll appreciate them even more now that I know how short their life is.

Good night!

Winging It

I started typing up a post about being immortal that went wide and wound up being something else I’m going to save for a future post.  So now what?  I have daily stuff to put up, but I’m kinda side tracked mentally cause I want to go finish that other post.  But it’s for later and here I am now.  I could whine.  I’m really, really good at whining.  How about my favorite – lack of sleep?  Cause computer crap ran around and around and around in my head last night.  No?  Darn.  Well, I’ll just go straight to one of my favorite quotes then.

“I open the door.  The gorgeous guest from afar sweeps in.  In her hands are her gifts – the gifts of hours and far-seeing moments, the gift of mornings and evenings, the gift of spring and summer, the gift of autumn and winter.  She must have searched the heavens for boons so rare.” –Abbie Graham

Life At Our House

Mom got to do really exciting things today.  You know, like laundry.  Spider Bait got to go to work today from 9-1 and learn to pinch the heads off geraniums.  About a thousand of them in there.  (Mom is chuckling gleefully.)  The past 2 Sundays he worked, he helped pot up about five thousand starters (helped remember, not by himself).  And this is a small greenhouse!  Saver of Bugs worked there her junior and senior years and it looks like Spider Bait will too.

After work, father and son went on a Boy Scout fishing venture.  Mom was very happy when they did not come home covered in mud this time.  And the only thing they smelled of was wood smoke.

Fur Babies and Other Friends

Saver of Bugs you get another picture of Annie today.  Espe is refusing to pose.

They always look so sweet asleep

They always look so sweet asleep


Today was change the air stones in the fish tanks day.  And also hook up new pumps.  It didn’t go quite as smoothly as I had hoped.  It turns out that some airstones I had grabbed in a hurry had ends that were tooooo small.  It meant I was cutting new airline tubing and jerry rigging things to make them stay on the tubes.  It got really fun when I went to re-change what I thought was a bad airstone and found out that it wasn’t bad.  It had just simply fallen off down into the uplift tube.  (Your tank Saver of Bugs)  It had to come out because it was blocking the tube and thus the airflow into the tank.  But taking the big uplift tube out would make an unholy gravel mess that I just didn’t want to deal with.  And then it hit me!  Jumbo chopsticks!  We have these really long chopsticks hooked together with string that have pointy ends!  (And I have no idea where we got them.)  Well there was room for one chopstick in there next to the airstone but not both.  Grrrrr.  (Now think of this, I’m standing on a stool next to a high dresser so I can see down into a tank I just finished topping off with water, flashlight in one hand and big awkward chopsticks in the other.  I might have gotten some water over the side onto the dresser.)  Inspiration finally struck.  I could wedge the airstone against the big tube with one chopstick and jam the pointy end of the other chopstick into the hole of the airstone and then lift it out.  Hurray! Problem solved, airstone reconnected.

I had, after several months of messing with air pump parts, caved and ordered some new air pumps.  Strange new air pumps.  I have been using Elite’s for years.  They were a good and reasonably priced air pump.  I hate change.  I mean, really dislike it.  So I was not happy ordering strange air pumps.  But they are here and so to change the pumps.

They work.  But I wish they still made my favorite Elite’s.

Saver of Bugs – I did a head count and all fish are present and accounted for.  But we really need to have a talk about all that cryptocoryne.  The leaves have practically sealed the top of tank off and are blocking quite a bit of the light.

Here is a pic of Hopeful Harry (Jake) lying on the kitchen floor wishing for handouts after dinner.  We had carrots and he luuuuuves carrots.  So much so he now knows the sound of the peeler.  Start peeling something and he will come running and sniffing, hoping it’s a carrot up there and that he will get some.


Out in the Yard 

Spring has officially sprung.  Just look at those dandelions in the header!  A handful of them are feeding my hermit crabs who adore eating fresh dandelion flowers.

Tomorrow I tackle my debris strewn kitchen table!