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To add to the craziness my SIL's decided an Evil Spirit has moved into Dad's house(I've been in it for a week before Dawn and haven't Felt a thing)and is having some newage "shaman" do an Exorcism. She wanted us to be smudged but I told her we didn't "do" other people's tech. Even if there was something, our usual Protections could take care of it....if there was anything. She's blaming this spirit for my brother's Stress, not his OCD and Atheism(he basically feels the folks no longer exist ANYWHERE and of course two weeks of "Not Routine" activities for an OCD patient couldn't possibly acct for stressing him out).
As if I weren't already running on empty. Yesterday on the way home from Dad's I left the lights on and the car has a dead battery. Luckily, Chris'll be home tomorrow and can give me a jump then....
Cheers,
Pat

Update.....

Dad's military funeral went well and was quite Moving. I've got his flag and the spent rounds from the salute under my Stall. The rest of the day had a symmetry to the 4th. 1st, we got a flat on a brand new tire 20 mins into the drive to the cemetery. Then my brother's vehicle assistance company NEVER got back with an ETA of help. So, Chris had "fun" changing a tire(something he hasn't done in more than 30 yrs on a car that both he and his wife had no idea where and how. I finally suggested the Owner's Manual. I was surprised these two techies hadn't just "googled" the model;>.
Got there 5 min before funeral on base but since this time Dad wasn't will us we all had to go through Homeland Security. Luckily, funerals get to the front of the line.
On the way home it took 2 hrs to get the new tire fixed.
Oh, and today I noticed an odd noise in the car I'm presently driving. Who knows if Dad had it Serviced recently.....
Today, other than emptying the last freezer and putting out the cans we're taking the rest of the day off;>!
Cheers,
Pat

I Hate Mondays.......

So, I'm waiting for Chuck to get done "primping" to leave for his md apt and my brother calls to tell me Dad died. If we'd been n time I'd have got the call in the middle of rush hr traffic. I won't complain about the amt of time it takes him to get ready ever again.....
It's not like it's a surprise. He's in his late 80's with massive cardiac and CNS problems. Lately, I'd had the odd combo of Knowing his body was good for only a few more months but the Feeling he wasn't going to last that long. Since he fell last night, that explains it.
He had a better life than most; travelling the world, surviving both Korea and 'Nam(and a heli crash in the latter)and having more than half a century with Mom. He passed in his own home still taking care of himself; no nursing needed.
I'm sad but also glad he isn't in pain anymore....both physical and mental.
And I'm sure Mom gave him an "earful" about his stubbornness not using her "handicapable" bathroom for his regular tub/shower one;>
Cheers,
Pat

The Summer Garden....

Well, everything's done till August....except for the Watering, Weeding, etc;>. I can enjoy the garden, at least on days when it isn't a steambath. The last of the Lilies are finishing up and the Morning Glories are beginning. The 1st to start is a weird Japanese cultivar that produces what looks like those tissue flowers you made in Primary school in Arts & Crafts. Have to admit, I'm not impressed. The various Achimenes(relatives of the Gloxinia and African Violet)are starting up. One of the species I grow, misera has delicate leaves with purple veins with purple-throated white trumpet blossoms. I think next yr I'm going to plant some in the part Shade garden instead of only in pots since they're regularly Hardy here in z8. The old hybrid 'Harry Williams' has naturalized in the front garden under the Crepe Myrtle so the signs are good it'll do well. I think it's too humid here for Mexicana. The blossoms don't hold up. Too bad, since they're large Violet ones with white throats. Very striking!
I think my Mayan Spinach has caught some disease, it hasn't done ANYTHING since Spring and normally it grows a ft a month. The Myoga's doing well but sadly hasn't shown any reverting to the Green form which I'd prefer instead of the ornamental which produces less. Hey! It took 15 yrs to get THAT. I shouldn't be ungrateful;>!
I'm giving the Persimmon till next yr. If we have no fruits by this time like this, it's GONE. No matter how pretty the Fall leaves are. As much as I want to plant an ASian Pear, I'll probably plant a dwarf Fig. Figs do well here. In fact, there's one in the hedge near my brother's house. Probably;>....
Cheers,
Pat
Don't bother if you have no background in the whole Cthulu Mythos, you won't get the "in" jokes. That sentence alone should tell you what kind of book this is;>!
They're Here! They're Squidgy! And the gov't's in cahoots with'm! We lost and it's all over but the screaming....but most folks don't know it. Because until the Soulgate comes, Human Souls can escape, the Old Ones Children work with the gov'ts of Earth to keep things orderly so folks won't try to escape by killing themselves. This is the story of the Birmingham, UK dept trying to keep the secret, all the while dealing with budget cuts, new employees and Gang-banging hybrid Deep Ones as well as being ambivalent about their jobs;>....
If you can't see something funny in a 3 story murderous Crustacean released to get increased funding, avoid this book;>!
Cheers,
Pat

Eejits.....

I know, I shouldn't be surprised in the Era of Trump....
Our nearest city(Pensacola) is going to conduct a study of the feasibility to eliminate Public Transportation. The reason? The head of the project is a young person whose never been Poor(or even Middle Class) who feels that in the time of Uber and such there is no need for such archaic things as buses.
Uber riders almost always are the same folks who use(d) taxis. If you couldn't afford taxis, you aren't going to afford Uber fees.
Dumbarses....
Cheers,
Pat
This horribly translated quiz show on Netflix is a response to something I personally have heard; that "Foreigners know more about Japan than Japanese". It's true, since I've beat the celebrity panel EVERY episode I've seen;>!
If you're a Japanophile or even an Anime fan you'll get a kick out of this somewhat sweet quizshow....
Cheers,
Pat

Late-Late Spring Garden...

Even though it’s not Summer, the Temps say it IS. Weather? Heavy, Hot and Humid. Summer….
Even though it’s early, I’ve two “washouts”; ‘Matsumoto’ Persimmon and ‘Phoenix’ Nasturtiums. This is the 3rd yr the former’s dropped all it’s fruits and I don’t have the space for aa fruit tree that doesn’t produce fruit, no matter how pretty in Fall. The latter was supposed to have serrated petals, like someone took pinking shears to them but only 20% are of type. I think next yr I’ll go back to the standard forms. Nasturtiums are a great combo ornamental/culinary plant here in “The Dangly Bits” for Spring and early Summer. Can’t grow Watercress at hoe but I can it’s relative;>!
The Turmeric hasn’t broken Dormancy yet but the Myoga and Galangal Gingers have been up for over a month now and looking good. Maybe this yr I’ll bet some buds from the Myoga. You can’t even get the pickled form at the local Asian groceries.
On the ornamental side I’m kind of amused that only one seedling each has germinated from both a fancy new Japanese Imperial Morning Glory I’m trying and one from 7 yr old seed that got lost and had been stored at Florida roomtemp.
Cheers,
Pat

Whew......

Busy week. The most tiring time was Chuck's eye appt. Not good. He'd been having vision problems and we took him to our regular Optician who diagnosed him with a HUGE floater and "pre-Glaucoma". This week we went to the MD she recommended and he diagnosed both Glaucoma and Cataracts. Luckily, both are in the early stages and we started his treatment for the former(the latter might not bother him enough before he Passes).Didn't need it on the same day as a storm AND a family dinner. He at least had a good reason to pass the latter;>.
On the positive side, his vision is good enough to notice his doc. You know that business card commercial with the bearded photographer? Looked like his twin. Chuckie Liked;>......
Cheers,
Pat

Spring in the Panhandle Garden.....

Well, it is today. For the last couple of weeks it was more like Summer with days in the 80'sF. Hardly surprising that the early Spring flowers did poorly, if at all. The mid season ones(like Daffodils and Violets) are doing much better. In fact, an 'Ice Follies' Daffodil blossom is my new phone screen;>!
All the yrly repotting's been DONE. It'd been so warm that I'd volunteer Morning Glory seedlings popping up all over so I thought it'd be fine to plant this yr's Japanese Imperial Morning Glory cultivars. Front came through yesterday, watering them in with a "gullywasher". Got up to do my AM walk and it's in the 50'sF(which is normal for this yr, not the last 3 week's mid 60's Night temps). Temps are supposed to go back to "Unseasonably" tomorrow so I don't think Mold is going to be an issue.
Only have one Hummer feeder at present since the cheap one in the back garden is too easy for the squirrels to drain dry. Ideally, I'd have a bunch of single feed ones since they are Territorial(we had one yr before last that would fly over the house repeatedly to drive other Hummers away 'cause he'd Claimed both;>)but limited space precludes that.
May have to order again a Lemon Verbena since the one I got last month was damaged by Freezing(the danger of ordering from areas still with Snow;>). My old one didn't take the move well....
There's a few plants I may move about if the weather doesn't get too Hot in the next coupe of days, other than that everything but Annuals are in for the yr!
Cheers,
Pat