WEEK 28 2017
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Saturday - Hot.
This was Dad's birthday. Hard to believe he's been gone since 2009.
Did some yard work, but stayed away from the keyboards...
S & R were back late, as they visited R's mother in Hanford on the way
home, so I'll keep the dogs until tomorrow.
The dogs are all healthy. Goldie is very old and creaky, and mostly bones -
probably not too long for this world, sadly. She must be over fifteen
or sixteen years old now. I've been hand feeding her as much cat food as
she'll eat, twice a day. She probably doesn't have opposing teeth any
more, just kind of gums on rawhides and bones that we give her.
Friday - Hot. Worked on the
front lawn. My rose bed is out of control, that'll be next on the
agenda I think.
But it's so hot I have to do it before 10am....
S says the beach is very nice, and they they are wearing hats and sweaters
to deal with the cold and fog...
There aren't as many CD's laying around as there used to be, I guess
everyone has music on their phones. Still I ran across this outside
the library, while dropping off books before heading to the coast:
A 'found CD', the Features
Thursday 13 July
Hot. I did some quick shopping at WinCo, to get me through the week.
Went by Home Depot and picked up a "Ryobi One+" 18V battery powered weed
whacker. For an extra $10 I could also get a cordless blower, so I
splurged. The package included the battery and the charger, so I
plugged it in and will work on the front yard tomorrow morning.
My tomato's look very sad. It's just too darn hot for them. And
they had mites, which killed them off as well. There are a few left,
but they need more miticide soon.
From last week:
Book #29 was Romulus
Buckle and The Luminiferus Ether (PZ #3), by R.E. Preston. The fun
continues, this time in the secret underwater city of Atlantis.
Wednesday 12 July
Wednesday - Hot. A bit humid. Mowed the
front lawn. I want to poison gophers, but I have to wait until the
dogs are gone. I tried to weed whack, but my old 110V whacker finally gave
up the ghost. It's had issues for the last year, and was losing power,
and finally wouldn't spin at all. I'll have to go get another.
Probably battery powered this time. I actually had a battery powered
unit years ago, but it had a unique 6V lead acid cell that is a specialty
item that costs $90 to replace!
Working away on the app, and some STARS stuff.
I took Krypton over to C's place for a walk with her and her kids and her
dog Sam in the evening, near Sundown. Darn toasty still. Sam
has, sadly, poor manners around other dogs. Waling with Krypton might help I
From last week:
Book #28 was Romulus
Buckle and the Engines of War (PZ #2), by Richard E. Preston.
It's a light novel, but stuff is going on behind the scenes. There is
steampunk and Zeppelins and noble swashbucklers and air pirates.
But it's apparently a future Earth after a devastating Alien invasion and
modification of the climate (hence steam and no electricity), but it's hard
to tell if the aliens are still around, or whether it's just their
destructive remnants. There are 'Martians', but they are human(oid)
and it's unclear as to whether they are really the baddest of the bad guys.
The humans are fighting amongst themselves, but is there an evil mastermind
setting them up?
Tuesday - Hot. Trying to keep myself and
the dogs cool.
From last week:
Book #26 was Brother
in Valor (Man of War Book #3), by H. Paul Hornsinger. The evil
Krag have our hero's boxed in and death is certain ... or is it?
Book # 27 was
Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders (Tales of the Pneumatic
Zeppelin #1), by Richard E. Preston. Steampunk and Zeppelins and
evil aliens...it's all there. Amusing beach reading, particularly as
it's protagonists Zeppelin base is in the Antelope Valley.
Monday - Hot.
I read a number of books over the last couple of weeks, mostly Kindle stuff.
I'll try to get them listed here, eventually.
Book #23 was City
of Corpses (The Dark Avengers Sidekick #2), by John C. Wright. This is
a sequel to Daughter of Danger, Book #3 of this year,
and is light, Christian, and entertaining.
Book #24 was To
Honor You Call Us (Man of War Book #1), by H. Paul Hornsinger.
Military SF, reasonably well done, nothing special.
Book #25 was For
Honor We Stand (Man of War Book #2), by H. Paul Hornsinger.
Despite the titles, honor isn't really what these books are about.
Sunday - Hot. Pretty tired, didn't do much but
unpack and try to organize things.
As I mentioned yesterday, I have a LOT of critters here right now, my three
cats and five (count 'em, five) Chihuahua's. C was
watching them all, but now it's me. They are outdoor dogs, and each
has a little kennel, and all are near the french doors so they can see me
They have multiple water dishes, and three large flat pans that they can
walk into and cool themselves off in when it gets hot.
I also go out several times a day and wet down the patio, which helps cool
down them, and the house.
R & S have rented a smaller place (very small) directly on the beach in
Cayucos for the two of them and no-one else. I've been suggesting this for
years, and am glad to see them getting some alone time there! So I'll have
the dogs until next Sunday.
The house is staying reasonably cool. The timer I picked up at Walmart is
only rated for 1/2 horsepower, so I have to bypass it to run the swamp
cooler on high. Not a big deal.