Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I'm Here

One of the cats chewed through the power cord for my MacBook, so I couldn't recharge it. I used my Kindle to order a new cord from Amazon.com, and it arrived today. Yay! If you have a routine that you follow every day and something happens to disrupt that routine, it can be very disconcerting. I missed my computer. Among other things, it helps me to feel connected to the outside world. In case you don't know, I'm becoming a hermit. I don't go out much. Only when I have to, like to buy groceries. Anyway, my MacBook is back, and so am I!

Yesterday I mowed the front yard. It was overdue. I did it early enough that it wasn't extremely hot out. Some of you in cooler climates might think it was hot, but if you've lived in central Texas for awhile, you'd know that it wasn't! It was only about 80 degrees or so. I also got the Weedeater out and trimmed the lawn. It worked well for most of the job. Then the plastic line that actually does the cutting slipped back into to holder and I couldn't get it out. I also couldn't open the holder, so I was forced to give up. I am now offering that Weedeater - which I believe to be possessed by a demon - for free to anyone who wants it. I will post in on a Facebook "for sale" page when I'm done here.

The backyard is a field of wildflowers -  wild petunias, to be exact. They're purple and too attractive to mow. I mowed a sort of path through them so the dogs could get around them. And I mowed a few of the plants that were in a more shady area and were further apart. What I mean is that there are a lot of these plants in one area where they are packed tightly. The ones I mowed were in an area where there was a lot of space between plants. They probably wouldn't have blossomed like the others that get more sun.

These pictures were taken awhile ago, when only a few plants had bloomed. There are more flowers now.

Here's something funny. I have tried to grow petunias in hanging pots on several occasions and can never keep them alive. I guess I either water them too much or too little. But here I have dozens of wild petunias growing on their own in my back yard! 

Awhile back I heard about whipped cream-flavored vodka, and I thought this might taste real good in a white russian "cocktail." I was wrong. Whipped cream-flavored vodka is very, very sweet. So is Kahlua. Put them together and the drink is too sweet to enjoy. At least, it was for me. So my recommendation is that you don't bother to experiment with flavored vodkas (there are a lot of other flavors). I'm sure someone will come up with a drink that calls for these liqueurs. If you want to try them, wait for those recipes.

I also did an experiment. I'd heard that having something pleasant to smell while you were sleeping would make your dreams happy. Since I have suffered for some time with unhappy dreams (I don't think they're bad enough to qualify as nightmares), I decided to try it. I got some air fresheners in a scent I could stand (many of them give me migraine headaches), and put them near my bed. It worked! I didn't have any of the usual unhappy dreams until a couple of nights ago. I guess that means it's time to replace the air fresheners. The absence of unhappy dreams lasted over a month - which is about the live span of the air fresheners, so I will give the "pleasant aromas" the credit for affecting my dreams. I urge you to try it yourself if you have bad dreams, and please let me know what happens.

That's all for today! 

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