Blather in bullet form.

  • I am still using up the spiral bound notebooks from my kids’ school days. Note: said *kids* are now 35 and 31, respectively.
  • Given the size of the remaining stack, I have attained S.A.B.L.E. notebook status.
  • I realized today that whenever I have trouble with a physical object of any kind, I turn it over to Smokey to resolve. Burnt-out track lighting bulb(s), sticky jar lid, and the latest, trying to get the lotion from a refill packet into the pump bottle it was (theoretically) designed to fit. Edited to add: he figured out exactly how the refill pack was supposed to work… in about 2 seconds.
  • August, plus possibly late July and most of September, is the time of year when my super-soft nails attain a nice length worthy of polish. In a few weeks; the humidity will drop to desert levels and they will, one by one, break off. ::le sigh::
  • I guess the silver lining of short nails is that I will no longer have random number typos; “3” instead of “e”, “4” instead of “r”, “8” instead of “i” Yes, they are that long, and yes, I am that bad a typist.
  • The hummingbirds have all but disappeared, flying away to their winter quarters somewhere in South America.
  • As soon as there were fewer hummers, we started getting woodpeckers — downy, hairy, and even a pileated.
  • And as soon as there were woodpeckers, the chipmunks and squirrels largely stopped raiding the feeders.
  • Gonna throw some corona facts at you right here. link from Chris
  • The weather has become delightfully cool — highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s. Yay for sleeping with the window open!

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9 Responses to Blather in bullet form.

  1. Diane Nelson says:

    We have one hummer hanging around. Google says to keep the feeder out until you haven’t seen one for 3 weeks to help stragglers. Their migration certainly signals fall.

  2. Kathleen Walsh says:

    We have the feel f fall weather in the air. The leaves of the morning glories are turning yellow. The leaves on some trees are turning orange. It is now September and fall is in the air! BTW, I also do exactly as you do and go to Phil whenever something gets stuck that I am trying such as opening bottles, glueing things together, etc. He has a workshop with tools and vices, so I look to him to figure it out. Conversely, he loses things and I am the finder.

  3. gayle says:

    We’ve got at least one woodpecker in year-round residence. Frequently he’ll start beating on one of the porch posts which makes the whole porch resonate like a very large drum. It’s a wonder he doesn’t have a permanent headache…

  4. Shirley says:

    I still have my sons’ spiral notebooks too, and they are about the same ages of your sons! I just can’t throw away a blank sheet of paper.
    I’m still seeing an occasional hummingbird at our lake, but I think the purple martins have started their trip south. We are hearing, but not seeing, the woodpeckers.

  5. kimsdee says:

    One of my favorite sights is the stack of long-left-over notebook paper in one of my cabinets.

  6. Mary Jo says:

    If only it was paper that was leftover from our kids. We did deliver a box of Barbies to one daughter. No one will take the Cabbage Patch dolls so they will be washed, clothes sorted, and donated to a local rescue mission. The rest of the stuff may wait until they have to clean out our house!
    The birds we are getting in our yard is a flock of 2 dozen turkeys. We also like that our windows can now be opened, but our dogs hear the turkeys scavenging in our yard at dawn and want out to chase them!

  7. With the pandemic, and me not bothering with things like hair dye and nail polish (since Mr. Wyrm doesn’t care, and no one else sees me) I’ve noticed that my nails seem healthier than they have in ages. I guess nail polish really isn’t good for me, and I should stop using it. Sigh. I do enjoy it a lot, but I guess “special ocassion” polish might be the way to go. (I’ve also decided that I’m letting my grays grow out. If nothing else, then the fun crazy temporary colors will show up better on my dark hair.)

    I wish we could open the windows here! But alas, even with the cooler (ish) weather, we have too much smoke in the air from the wildfires for open windows to be a good idea.

  8. I too, think the 6 foot rule is not clear enough. Your outdoor/indoor/mask on/mask off is helpful. Thanks!! As for us, the hummingbirds will stay about one more week if the fall is like we have known it to be, and orioles are ravenous. Still here! The screech owl has resumed nightly dusk calls!!
    As for nails Ive given up. I use press on KISS nails from Walgreens for a 3 day manicure! i love them

  9. k says:

    Thing about fingernails based on oh so tiny sample population (2). B12 is The Answer – 100% Success Rate!
    Only one kid, so only minor stack of her leftover notebooks. But we could talk about abandoned sketchbooks for a couple of days…

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