Midweek Musings: Weeds & Weather

After the small heat wave of last week, the weather has returned to the cool-but-dry pattern set near the middle of May. I suppose the fires in the B.C. area of Canuckistan aren’t helping matters much; the air quality in Seattle has been suffering for some time, due to those. I’m hoping that the clouds and haze clear up by the time the eclipse occurs! That will be a spectacular phenomenon to witness if the weather cooperates.

The yardwork and gardening is pretty much completed for this year; we cleared away branches from the trees and trimmed the shrubberies along the fence-line. When the burn-ban is lifted, we’ll have a nice little bonfire.

The bamboo is thick and healthy and ready for transplanting! We’re going to move some to the fence-line dividing our property from the one next door to create a natural privacy screen. After being empty for so long, it appears that it is finally being fixed up for selling. Unwanted neighbors, like unwelcome weeds, are in the foreseeable future.

Speaking of weeds, quite a number had to be removed from under the front deck. They were making themselves at home, out of sight! It’s a good thing we’re getting the weatherization of the house done; the hubster located the weeds when he was inspecting the crawl-space and saw where they were encroaching. Culling one’s garden of weeds every so often ensures the healthy growth of the plants and flowers that have been planted and tended to. When pests intrude, it is best to get rid of them with as little fuss and muss as possible, no?


The roof will be done this coming weekend, which will be the last bit of necessary repairs for this year. We’ll be able to budget for a cross-country trip in 2019 or 2020, which allows me to focus more on writing and getting my excerpts out there to reputable and respected publishers. Research, research, and more research! I’m even considering doing the NaNoWriMo thing again this year: I enjoyed the challenge of it, and it sparked a few more ideas for future stories. Anything that keeps my creativity flowing is worthwhile!

Finally – A Bit o’ Rest & Relaxation… *** UPDATED 22 July 2016 ***

I can relax and be lazy again, for a bit! No, nothing to do with that dreaded jury duty – at least, not yet! I still have one day tentatively scheduled, which I get to call about tomorrow to see if it’s still on.

I’ve been busy out in the yard and the garden, tending the plants and shrubberies whilst letting the grasses grow tall – the birds, deer, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, and raccoons enjoy the shelter and food provided by the abundant overgrowth. The honeysuckle near the kitchen window smells sweetly fragrant whenever I open the window and let the cross-breeze blow through. I’ve planted rosemary, thyme, and lavender near the front door – honeybees and bumble-bees seem to have multiplied since I put them there last month. Tiny green frogs hide in the bushes during the day, staying out of sight of the snakes. Yeppers, there are small snakes in the bamboo and the rhododendrons! I love looking out and seeing if I can spy some critter moving about in the branches…I want to mount a camera in various places around my house sometime, just to see what wanders through.

What else…well, today marks the birth anniversary of the late, great Robin Williams, who is sorely missed these days…I’d love to see his take on the current political atmosphere, for sure! He, Richard Pryor, and George Carlin – it would give me joy to hear their conversation, were they dining in some great feasting-hall in the afterlife, for the true entertainers! Still, I can’t complain about the daily offerings of my faves: Trevor Noah, Larry Wilmore, Stephen Colbert, and Samantha Bee have been crushing the politicians left and right…literally and figuratively! I have to search to find the gems that John Oliver and Bill Maher dish out, and I dearly hope that Jessica Williams finds a place where she can really shine – I want to see her comments off the chain and uncensored, LOL! Speaking of comedies, you simply must check out the sitcom “Wrecked” if you haven’t done so already! No description of mine can do it justice – so, if you are able to find the pilot episode, watch it and judge for yourselves…I refuse to give spoilers! I hope that, by now, you are finding and enjoying the hidden links interspersed throughout this post!

Ah, what else…oh, yes – I simply have to say this: Melania Drumpf is a plastic-faced, plagiarist cunt. Period. Yes, she speaks five languages. Guess what? Most people from countries in Africa, Europe, and Asia tend to be multi-lingual, and most Americans are ignorant of that fact. I was fortunate enough to meet a multitude of “foreign exchange students” when I was growing up in Alaska, and their command of many languages – not counting their native tongues – was phenomenal. That anorectic slag is actually a remedial in her home country, when it comes down to it. I mean, seriously: if she were superior, she would be running her own engineering firm! Trust that I am resentful of the fact that my education system didn’t allow for learning multiple languages from K – 12. I despise that my country of birth has been set on erasing the cultures and languages of all non-white U.S. residents since before its inception…and yet, does everything to resurrect, co-opt, corrupt and “white-wash” the very cultures that have been erased and eradicated.

San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is in full swing, and once again, I am not in attendance…sacrilege! I hold out hope for next year, when holding to my budget will be more feasible. For instance, my son signed the lease to his own apartment so a visit and celebratory dinner was in order! We’ve been cleaning house here and there, and had some things that we didn’t need, so some nice furniture and assorted appliances went for his use: a dining table, computer desk, four chairs, and a bookcase. Copper-bottomed pans, coffee cups, eating utensils, and a nice Seattle Seahawks blanket were also appreciated – his bachelor pad is fully-functional!

I save a bit of money by doing my hair at home, for the most part. I still need a decent touch-up now and again, and am sorely overdue for one, but I’m able to keep my hair done with the purchase of a top-quality steamer / dryer. It helps me keep my dreads soft and smelling great, and I bought it on Amazon for an excellent price.

Last but not least, my fitness goals are now much closer in sight than they previously were: I’m the proud owner of a very high-quality home gym! I hate going to fitness clubs, because they seem to be quite unsanitary and are far too time-consuming. I want to work out and go, not sit and wait for some sweaty hairbag to quit talking to some she-male’s implants. People never wipe the equipment when they’re done, either – you ever notice that? That right there is the biggest time-waster: cleaning up the weight machines after everyone else, because the so-called “gym attendants” are way too busy posing for their imaginary magazine cover, to actually do the job of equipment maintenance.

Digressing…I have been beaming all week long. I’ve been looking for the perfect home gym and finally have it – I can plan my perfect workout and fitness regimen! I have my elliptical, bicycle, and kettlebells…now, I have my circuit-training machine. I’m elated and ecstatic, especially now that I have an excuse to buy some nice workout gear, LOL! I might even do some posts about my progress, especially if I can surpass how fit I used to be. Working out is something that I’ve always enjoyed; I’ve always maintained that just because I’m a gamer, doesn’t mean that I have to look like the stereotype of one! I’ve never been content with “average” – it might be a blessing; it might be a curse, but I am an overachiever and probably always will be. I set my own high standards for myself…which is how it should be!

Songs on a Saturday…

I’m out running errands, in doing some housework, then back outside to do some gardening and planting! I’ll get around to reading and catching up with the blogs I follow tomorrow, when I allow myself a day of laziness on Sunday. In the meantime, enjoy these five, soothing, Saturday songs!


Goth gardening

These are beautiful…I need to see which ones might grow in my garden!

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Friday Fun-time: 11 September 2015!

Sorry about that – I ‘disconnected’ for a couple of days with no warning! Just from my blog, guild-site, and email – not from my game…I needed to vegetate a bit. I’ll be catching up on everyone’s blogs in a little while! I spent some time outside, in between rain showers, measuring the overgrowth and getting ready to butcher the plants around the property. They are encroaching on the path in the breezeway, around the pump-house and garage, and trying to take over in the driveway. I still don’t know what half of the plants around my house are, other than the rhododendrons, holly, pampas grass, sedge, bamboo, huckleberry bushes, and wild raspberries and salmon-berries. I think that I have honey-suckle near the front fence, and foxgloves and lilies flower nicely a couple of times during the summer, in random places. The deer have been foraging on a regular basis – I really need to get some vertical blinds so that it is easier to take pictures from inside the house without disturbing them.

I haven’t looked at the online news yet this morning, but I watched a little of the crapfest on TV last night. TV news is annoying to me, for the most part. I wanted to see what is going on in the world; same old, same old, apparently. What a pleasant woman that was, kicking a little girl and then tripping up a man carrying a child. How nice. Tom Brady apparently succeeded in pissing and moaning about his deserved suspension, so now it’s been overturned. You can be a cheating, lying douchebag and keep your job…as long as you’re famous, that is. As far as the political circus goes, every station seems to be doing their best “all Trump, all the time” grab for ratings. That makes me want to get the bumper sticker that Stephen Colbert displayed on his show! So glad that he’s back, and I’m glad that Stephen remained his Stephen-y self. My DVR will be getting a workout between Colbert and Conan O’Brien, while I watch Trevor Noah and Larry Wilmore! I need my medicine called laughter…in extra doses, these days.

I have recruited a few new people into my guild, and now the number balance is off – so I need to recruit a few more! Don’t ask…I’ll explain later. Just one of my quirks…we all have them, so I’m not alone in that! I’ve decided that now is the time to go for the achievement of being crowned empress, and that will be a chore and a half – I just know it! It will be a lot of painful fun, and very physically and mentally demanding…it amazes me that a long gaming session can feel like running a 100-meter dash – or, sitting in traffic for two hours!

Speaking of trying things…I love my husband. I really do. He just talks WAY too much! I told him the other day that I was going to buy him a “Mr. Slave” outfit and a ball gag, and put him in one of those swings for two hours, forcing him to watch a One Foot in the Grave marathon – I have the whole series on DVD. What do you think: sound like a good idea, or too extreme? Maybe I’ll just settle for the outfit and the ball-gag…as long as he’s quiet!

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Here are three good songs to start the weekend off right – time for some fun!

Happy Earth Day 2013!!!

Aaaaahhhh…it’s Earth Day! Time for a celebration of the natural beauty that surrounds us – well, it surrounds those of us who are fortunate enough to live close to nature! I love wandering in my backyard and tending to the flowers and my herb garden – the greenhouse is great for starting seedlings and transplanting larger plants. The full moon is later this week, which is the perfect time to do some more potting and transplanting. I have four plants that are begging for larger homes, LOL!

I was able to mow the lawn last week (FINALLY!) and we’ll have at least three, perhaps four, days of nice weather coming up so I’ll trim the yard again – get it all level this time! I’ve filled the fire pit with branches and other clippings so it’ll be time to have a little bonfire soon…

The birds have been active: there’s a family of crows nearby, and seagulls enjoy roosting on the distant rooftop of our closest neighbours. Hummingbirds buzz about on a regular basis; robins bounce on the grass as they hunt for worms in the morning dew, and a couple of eagles circled and soared over our shop the other day – they were magnificent! Some geese went honking past yesterday…I love the solitude and seclusion of the yard – it’s my sanctuary and it’s nice, quiet, and peaceful. Everyone should make their personal dwellings a place of relaxation, no matter how small they might be. Even a tiny SRO flat can be made delightful if you know how to decorate properly and have the right furnishings!     😎

On a side note, I guess there’s supposed to be some sort of internet blackout today, but I see no evidence of participation! Go figure…I shouldn’t be surprised, though, given modern society’s penchant for jumping on a social-media-driven bandwagon, then jumping off at the next corner to see how many blog-hits they got from ‘tweeting’ their allegiance. Nobody stays loyal to anything anymore…but, I digress – it’s Earth Day and I’m relaxing in peace and quiet. No traffic, no air or noise pollution, no city suffocation…just birds, bears, and deer! It’s lovely…

I’m Back – No April Fool!

Aaaaaahhhh…it’s great to be back! I had a few minor, unexpected internet issues which were far easier to solve than they should have been. Basically, I can sometimes look for the most difficult solution to the easiest problems – for instance, if a television has a fuzzy picture, I would probably give it one or two light taps with a 50-pound sledgehammer, LOL!     😆

Anyway…what to talk about? Oh, yes – the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 2 – 0 today, this opening day of beisbol season…the “boys of summer” are back! “King Félix” had to go at the bottom of the 8th inning, but the team got the win!

Morales Jesus Montero, the catcher for the M’s, seemed to have a huge target on him because he got smacked but good! Ye gawds – I don’t blame him for looking rattled at the end…also, the field looked a bit barren without Ichiro  (鈴木 一朗, Suzuki Ichirō) out there in “Area 51”. Still, I wish him the best with the Yankees – perhaps he’ll get a much-deserved championship ring!

I’ve been puttering in my garden, doing some weeding in the yard and deadheading the flowering bushes. We finally figured out where to place the black bamboo, now we just have to find the right place to get it from! Decisions, decisions…otherwise, watching the hummingbirds, crows, and eagles has been grand – and we even heard a woodpecker drilling yesterday morning! It’s nice to live close to nature. We see deer on a regular basis, so I’m thinking of getting a motion-activated camera to go with the security lights in hopes of visually capturing the deer in the yard – we see evidence of their presence often!

Well, that’s it from me for now – the rain will be moving in soon, so I’ll be indoors and writing more…April showers and all that! It’s actually been dry for a time, so I was able to get outdoor stuff tended to. I don’t live in the snow-socked sections of the U.S., and I’m glad that I’m not one of those unfortunate souls living on the part of Whidbey Island, Washington that is collapsing into the water!

Oh, and please…don’t say you missed me, because that would be a lie! I’m back, so all is right with the world – everything in perfect balance…



The M’s did it again today! They soundly trounced the A’s 7 -1, with starter Iwakuma Hisashi delivering solid pitches through the bottom of the 5th inning! I have to say, though, that two of the biggest hits were IN the stands: first, the lone Seattle fan in the stands sporting his foam crown and yellow shirt proclaiming his membership in the “King’s Court” – dude, you have balls! Last but certainly not least, the headbanging sistah rocking out two or three rows down from the above-mentioned fan, whipping her ‘locks to Metallica’s song “One” – you go, girl! Rock it and whip it for all of us “Chocolate Thunder” bronze metal babes! With that, here are three songs to ring in the season of baseball…enjoy!

AC/DC: “Big Balls

John Fogerty: “Centerfield

Don Henley: “The Boys of Summer