Had a nice day out with the cousins yesterday. I need to make a new resume - abbreviated - which is more appropriate to some of the jobs I was applying for out this way. I'm finding that mind stumping. Wonder if this means I have outlived my usefulness to hold down a job
We are also supposed to start working on cleaning and sorting in the garages but today is Farmers Market day which I want to check out as well as needed a few things for this week's mostly grill out type menus. We haven't had rain in about a week although there is a 50 percent chance tomorrow. Yesterday I gave everything a good watering and the grass is really really dry. We have about 40 percent humidity which is very low. Good thing is that we don't have sticky hot, just desert dry heat
which means you feel your skin burning quickly if sitting outside for extended periods.
Looks like the critters stayed away last night. DH said he's going to have to take apart the stairs in order to rebuild them properly (crappy job in the first place) and close off the raccoon access route under the porch. He asked if I wanted to go underneath the porch to check for them and was met with a total DUH look from me. He was j/k. To those who asked if we can call someone to take away the bear, the answer is no. One can call the DNR - Dept of Natural Resources - but they just come out, inspect your area and tell you it's against the law to kill/maim/harm/feed a bear.
They would have to tranquilize the bear so unless I called as it was ripping down the side of the house and eating DH, there's no way of catching it. About all we can do is make sure we have no available food sources and hope it goes away on it's own.
The population seems quite active, my cousin has one up his way too. Maybe these are Gen Y bears who don't want to leave home
Laura - I was told that in times of drought that the grass will brown up and just go dormant on it's own. We have accidently burned our grass on 2 occasions when we laid the tarps out to dry in the sun not realizing they acted as a magnifying glass and burned the grass. Dormant grass is light brown. Burnt and dead grass is either a dark brownish green (like stiff straw) or a very very light - almost whitish tan color. Dormant grass is what it looks like in winter. I've heard you just leave it and it will come back on it's own. Unless you're talking newly laid sod in which case you better just live out there with the hose
And yes, raccoons are very destructive and they are probably the most adept at getting access to food, no matter how you store it. I have also heard of them destroying roofs (my sister having experienced that) as they try to get into home attics and eves to find a warm spot for the winter. Glad you enjoyed the concert and the movie. Can you go over to the mall and do some power walking where it's cool to get a workout in? Probably not worth the hassle of getting to WF tho.
Geez Michelle - you are always on the run. No wonder you are tired. I sooooo hear you on being cranky after the long commute. I swear that was 60 percent of the aggrivation of working. After dealing with the doo dahs on the road, I'd come in the house just raving mad and often times poor DH caught the volcano exploding.
I hope things work out with the other place - I'd take a shorter commute over better pay if I had to pick. It's really helpful that you have all this up to date web experience. See that side work helped in more ways than one! Thanks for the prayers for Mom, glad your DMIL is happier with you also. Thanks for the bear info, I heard if the bears get hungry enough, they will scavange for small animal carcasses and anything they can find in the trash. We may have to resort to storing our cans in the garage - once we make some room
Hope you get some rain, I guess you just missed the storms that hit south of you.
Are you missing Summerfest right now? That's a shame, I know how you enjoyed it. I could imagine the heat would be doublely troublesome for DH.
Mel - I love your sun - kept a copy of it. So simple but cute. One thing I think of with NY is power outtages and my horror in life - stuck in ELEVATORS
I'm glad you at least have an option if you hit brown outs. I'm sure the seniors would be freaking out. I completely understand about making stuff ahead of time and then not wanting it a couple of days later. Why does that happen?
How goes it with the tummy? Settling down?
Patty - we have a webcam outside pointed at the house. Guess we could put some bells on - would have to put it high enough for the bear but not low enough for the raccoons to set them off. I do understand what you mean about being bummed out that the weight loss efforts are stalled. Look at it this way, you still have time to work on it before the cold weather sets in and the insulation sticks harder to the bones
Shad - I'm sorry but I just the biggest kick out of your Christmas Shack store. Probably because I can picture you rolling your eyes in disgust that it stays open all year
Thank you for posting for us. Hope you are surviving the go live.
Do you guys realize that Shad's Christmas is during the summer
Ceejay - stay cool - we are watching the awful heat down your way and more than ever grateful that we are far from it. Is it sticky humid too?
Ok, I'd better get going if I will make the farmers market.