The Horticultural Whore Returns From The Dead

…or at least dormancy

It has been a damned long time since I did one of these garden updates, so here goes.

For the last year or two, my garden has been overrun by weeds. This has not changed, but it will next week when I rent a weed whacker and lay waste to my vegetable foes. After that comes various other attacks meant to bitchslap the weeds to death or at least submission.

Anyway, weeds and a bunch of compost from my various compost piles was why I built a garden on the upper half of my driveway. I figured there was already an herb bed on one half of it, so why not plant my veggies…and many dozens of irises and gladiolus…right there in the bigass pile of rich compost. So I did.

And then Northern California had spring, spring, spring, summer, spring, spring, summer as a growing season. Unless you are a vegetable gardener, you have no idea how fucked up that is.

As a result, nothing produced much until September, when we had some hot weather and all of those green tomatoes that had been just sitting there on the vine for months got ripe all at once. Ditto my bell and italian peppers. Green beans only produced in dribs & drabs, so I’d pick 6 or 7 each day and use them as dog treats for the girls.

I got one cantalope, no watermelons, a couple of squash and that was that. A thoroughly disappointing harvest.

In a day or two, I’ll be planting spinach and lettuce for my winter garden. Barring an extended winter heat wave, which has happened a few times recently, we’ll at least have greens to eat between now and next spring.

By next spring, I hope to have permanent raised beds in place all over the property, which should allow for a large and varied garden that will be prety much weed free. Hopefully, we’ll get a lot of yummy food out of it.

If we don’t get screwed by the weather again.

Now, Doclopedia goodness!


The Doclopedia #381

 Showing You The Ropes: The Perfect Climbing Rope

 Welcome to my shop, good sir! If it is rope you need, please allow me to show you my wares. I’m sure we can find you exactly what you need.

 A rope for climbing? I shall assume we are speaking of climbing buildings, not mountains, since you have the look of a man who does not spend much time in the wilderness. What? Oh, yes sir, I am sure that you are the most law abiding person in all of the Empire, but even if you weren’t, it would matter not to me. I am merely a seller of ropes and other cordage. What people do with my products is out of my hands.

Now, why don’t we start off with the best of all my climbing ropes? If it should prove too expensive, we can move on to other choices. This, my most excellent customer, is the Perfect Climbing Rope. Oh yes, a boastful name indeed, but true as any words I’ve ever spoken.

 You see, at no small expense we have had several enchantments placed upon this top quality Arufkan hemp rope. First of all, notice the softness of it, not at all rough as hemp can often be. This not only saves wear and tear on the hands, but it makes the rope far less likely to snag. Go ahead, feel it. Soft as silk, eh?

 Now let us examine these darker markings that are so evenly spaced along the rope. When climbing has started, these areas swell up to the size of a plump orange, making truly excellent hand and footholds. No, no, they do not al swell up at once, only the ones that are needed at the moment. A most clever enchantment that, don’t you agree?

 Why, yes, most learned sir, the rope does possess the ability to tie and untie itself as the user commands. No doubt you have seen other, lesser ropes with the same ability being sold by purveyors of magical items. This, you must see, is a superior product.

 But let us get on to the other amazing properties of the rope. It can, at the bidding of the user, climb up walls or other surfaces to whatever spot is desired. Should a climber lose their grip and fall, it will grab them as the constricting snakes grab their prey, but gently and with only the intent of preventing injury or death. And finally, this amazing rope can reduce itself to a short length that can be worn as a belt or robe tie. Excellent for concealment, don’t you think?

 Best of all, we guarantee the quality and enchantments of this rope for a full ten years! Should it not live up to your expectations in any way during that time, we will replace it or refund your money in full.

 The price? Ah, well, such a wonderful item does not come cheaply. On the other hand, what is a mere 500 pataks when weighed against the potential rewards of many years of successful urban climbing?

The Doclopedia #382

Showing You The Ropes: The Unbreakable Rope

No, Ateena, I do not lie! The monster is vanquished and will never bother the surface world again. Your fears are as pointless as your attempts to antagonize me. But perhaps you would like to go down into the Deepest Dark and verify that I tell the truth? I’m sure my friends would join us for another trip to the lair of the Great Foulness, right girls? See, Ateena, they are up for it, so we could leave within the hour. What? Not necessary? Are you sure? Ah, I thought as much.

 What, Faleris? How did we bind the creature to his lair? Why, by actually binding him! No, I’m not jesting, we actually managed to tie him up with an ancient and very powerful magic rope. It was made 300 years ago for King Urrmok. Woven of giant spider silk and the hairs of a God, it was then enchanted many times over by the fourteen Cloud Mages of Dreerj. Finally, it was soaked in a mixture of many potions and allowed to dry out under the light of the triple moon. After that, it became 300 feet of unbreakable rope.

 No blade, no fire, no spell, no beast can part that rope. The cleverest of inventions will never fray it, nor will age or weather. That rope is wrapped tight around the creature in a configuration that barely allows him to breathe. The knots we tied were then cursed and will remain unbreakable for ten thousand years. I tell you, sisters, that creature is as imprisoned as it is possible for any mortal to bring about.

 And now, let us all down another mug of ale and give our thanks to King Urrmok and his unbreakable rope!

The Doclopedia #383

 Showing You The Ropes: The Smart Rope

 Good morning, 003. Have a seat and I’ll tell you all about the newest creation from Q branch: the Smart Rope. What’s that? “A new line of work”? Amusing, 003. I’m sure you can make it actually funny with some work.

 Now then, as you can see, it looks exactly like any 20 meter length of light cotton rope. But watch this…rope, slipknot! Fast, eh? 3.5 seconds, to be exact. Rope, untie. Ah, even faster!

Here’s another neat little trick: rope, execute move Delta Two! Heh heh, feeling a bit bound up, 003? I’ve often wondered how you’d look tied to a chair and gagged. Rather a pleasing picture, I must say. At any rate, while you were watching one end of the rope do that little knot trick, the rest of the rope was getting ready to strike. A little something I programmed into it earlier. You’ll find the rope quite easy to train, once we give it to you.

 What’s that, 003? I can’t understand you…oh, of course, the gag! Clever, that. You see, the nanites that are found all throughout the rope just swell up one portion of it to fill your moth. Rather a large portion, really, given the size of your mouth. Heh heh heh.

 Is that a frown crossing your manly brow? Oh, it must be because your concealed wrist knife isn’t cutting through the rope! Well, buck up, 003, it wouldn’t matter if you were using a chain saw. The rope repairs itself as fast as you can cut.

 Alright, rope, release him. There now, 003, wasn’t that a valuable learning experience? Now take the rope and head off to see M. I’ll call ahead to let him know your coming and to tell him I showed you the ropes. Heh heh heh. 

Sparky The Tubeworm

…way down under the sea


Blindness: Well done and well acted, but rather predictable. Not a bad movie, but not one I would pay money to see.

The VP Debate: Despite the spinning of the Republican talking heads, it was Biden for the win. Palin was a spokesperson/pimp who dodged really answering most questions in favor of repeating the same old shit.

The Garden: Spinach…carrots…radishes…lettuce…mesclun mix…peas! All in the soil, most sprouting in a week or so. And all in just about 3 square feet, with 3 more square feet to be planted in a few days.

Television: Fringe has not yet lost me, but it’s barely hanging on. Heroes is picking up steam. Supernatural is starting to bore me. Bones continues to be fun and I’d happily hop in the sack with any or all of the three female leads.

The Search For Employment: Continues…and yes, I’ve applied at pretty much every sort of place y’all have suggested.

And now, I’m outta here. More blogathonics later.

X Marks The Spot, Y Marks The Rover, Z Marks The Fido

…if a dog bites me for that, I deserve it

Well, kids, all goes well here at the old homestead. Of course, even tho Grace and I (and The Girls) just finished our dinner, our imaginary duplicates are spending the night in Tucumcari, New Mexico on their drive back from DogCon. We expect them home by Thursday night, unless they stop off in Las Vegas.

On the possible job front, I am in Waiting To Hear From Someone mode. I expect I’ll be like this until at least Friday.

On the health front…we are healthy. Well, I mean, as healthy as can be expected. Beats the shit outta being dead.

Gardenwise, this is the time of year when many plants have produced their fruit and are dying in the heat. I salute them and thank them, then pull them up and put ’em in Compost Pile U-21/A, code name Sassy Armadillo.

Gamingwise, August is a dead month, since I’m gearing up for the Fall Fantasy series. I did get a call from Samantha, who told me she has two friends who would like to join our group. That would give me 6 players, unless Grace bows out due to her homework situation this semester. Still, five players would be fine…especially since two of them would be newbies.

Hmmm…it would appear that my eldest Canine American Princess is in dire need of her evening multi mile walk, so I’m outta here. More bloggage later.

Doc Tempest And The Killing Mist

…from the March, 1929 issue

Stuff, 4th Edition

1: Apparently, D&D 4E is selling well. Does that really surprise anyone?

2: I’m working on the Fall Fantasy Series for my Alpha gaming group. It takes place on the same world they last played in, about 150 years after magic has returned. To start with, they be playing in a pretty rural area that I’ve mapped out using Campaign Cartographer 3. Very low magic, medium adventure setting…as will befit a bunch of young teen noob adventurers.

3: Worked 6 hours in the garden yesterday with no shirt on. Got a mild sunburn. I also got to talk with several people who stopped by to admire the garden. That’s always fun.

4: Later today, I’m going to FINALLY organize my vast collection of Alarums & Excursions issues. That should keep me busy for several hours.

5: While cleaning out our freezer on Friday, I found a container of my “Hell In Your Mouth” chili. Yesterday, I ate it. Later today or tomorrow, I’ll regret that:)

6: In the garden, my spaghetti squash plant is working overtime. There are at least 8 squash on it right now, ranging from just smaller than a football to peanut sized. Soon, there will be good eatin’ from them.

And now I must go and do various Sunday things. More bloggage later.

Not Responsible For Random Genital Failure

…so try not to have random genitals

Just got back from seeing Iron Man. As all the reviews have said, Robert Downey Jr. absolutely nails the role of Tony Stark. Best movie portrayal of a superhero ever. The ever delightful and blue jeans tightening Gwyneth Paltrow is excellent as Pepper Potts. The story, overall, was damned good as origins stories go. The action scenes may not have been as flashy as in some recent superhero flicks, but they were not as overpowering, either. And the scene that comes after the credits? Yeah, it’s an “Oh, yes!” moment.

Go see this movie.

In the inevitable “other news”, I have not yet assaulted the garden today. However, seeing as I found 8 bags of saved flower seeds from last year, I reckon the assault will begin soon after I post this.

Petfinders shows a female Basset Hound up for adoption at the Sacramento City shelter. It’s probably good that Grace and I cannot afford the adoption fee:) Still, she looks like a very sweet doggie.

I’ve recently been thinking up an RPG series that ends with the Earth being unable to support human life. The main thrust of the series would find the characters searching for ways to save at least some of humanity by either getting them off planet, getting them out of our time, getting them to another dimension or making them unhuman enough to survive. I envision this series playing out over a couple of dozen sessions, which would equal about 6 years of game time.

Damn, I make a really tasty Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. Alton Brown would be proud of me:)

And now, I go forth to make the world in general, and my garden in particular, a greener and more beautiful place. “Sally, hand me that atomic compost spreader!”

The Horticultural Whore Sees Red

…and green

This morning, one of the local garden centers has 4 inch pots of veggie plants on sale: two for $1.29. This is a good deal, so I went to check it out.

I found that by “veggies” they meant about a dozen varieties of tomato, 5 varieties of pepper and 1 variety of cucumber. No beans, squash, melons, eggplant or other veggies.

Still, the plants looked good and the price was right, so I bought…

2 pots of Superbeef tomatoes
1 pot of Brandywine tomatoes
1 pot of Mortgage Lifter tomatoes
1 pot of Early Girl tomatoes
1 pot of Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes
1 pot of Yolo Wonder bell peppers
1 pot of Italian Sweet peppers

I’ll have to buy my grean beans, cantalopes, squash and more peppers at a later date.

And now, my answers to the “Why Do You Play/GM RPGs?” question.

I play rpgs mostly for the chance to socially interact and to assume a different identity for awhile. I also enjoy the chance to match wits with the GM.

I GM for the same reasons as above, plus I enjoy the mental workout I get from both creating a world/setting/situation and matching with with a group of players.

However, the main reason I both play and GM (and write/create RPG stuff) is to give some outlet to my nonstop imagination, which never ever truly shuts down.

Now it’s time for me to drink my Oolong, then go spray vinegar on my weedy enemies in the garden.

Doc Tempest And The Prehistoric Peril

…from the May, 1965 issue

Garden Update

I spent three hours in the garden today. Plants were transplanted, weeds were pulled, water was doled out, dead prunings were piled up and a short tour of the garden was given to a couple of pretty hot looking 30 something soccer moms who stopped during their walk to admire it.

Tomorrow, I’ll be turning all of my compost piles and attacking my weedy foes with the weed whacker. The horticultural fun never stops.

Game Room Update

Tonight, after I watch Torchwood, I’ll try to finish up things in the Game Room. There’s not a whole hell of alot left to do, really.

More blogging later. Food now.

Happy Little Dinosaurs

…dancing about the garden

Meanwhile, I’m Still Thinkin’…

1: Despite my weeklong GenCon trip, I still have a strong desire to go on a long road trip. I love driving and seeing the sights North America has to offer. I blame this love of the open road and travelling on my parents, who would pack up the car and take the whole family on a longass two week vacation every year, as well as several long weekend trips and my mother’s famous “Sunday drives” all over Northern California. Unfortunately, Grace and I are going through one of our regular Adventures In Poverty, so any long trip is going to be several months away.

2: While working on the Game room, I came upon tons of notes I made for both game series I did run and game series I never ran. One of those had as its setting a land in the clouds above a pretty standard fantasy realm. Not real clouds, mind you, but great fluffy white living creatures that could levitate and had a consistancy “like a firm marshmallow”. There were notes for cloud dwelling plants and animals, as well as a civilization of 3 foot tall humanoids. I might just revive this project for future use.

3: Now that the daytime temperatures are dropping to the high 80’s, it’s time for Uncle Doc to plant some fall veggies, most notably spinach and lettuce. It is also approaching the time for ripping up dying annuals and starting yet another compost pile.

And now, I’m off to work.

The Very Creepy, Yet Surprisingly Romantic, Story Of Mostly Purple Patty And The Halloween House

…costarring her worst enemy, Almost Yellow Yolanda

Doc Update

1: The game room is coming along nicely. Pix to come on Sunday or Monday.

2: The Giant Hawaiian Gourd seeds I planted have resulted in two smallish gourd vines and one humongous vine. How humongous, you ask? Try 73 feet from the tip of one vine to the tip of another. It looks like the Vine That Ate Sacramento. And yes, it has lots of little gourdlets forming along the vines.

3: Grace is fully involved in her two online classes for this semester. Both are some techie stuff that I don’t recall the names of. In October, she will also be attending an 8 week on site class. Me, I self educate. Last night, I read half of a book on milk goats.

4: The Lord Dog willing and the creek don’t rise, I may have reviews of Esoterrorists and Fear Itself posted here by tonight.

5: This weekend (for me) will be all about House Cleaning, writing robot games and gardening. Oh, I might go see Shoot ‘Em Up on Saturday.

6: The saving of money towards Daisy’s cyst removal operation is going well. I’m about 1/3 of the way towards the total. With any luck, she’ll go under the knife by the end of the month.

And now, I’m off to work.

The Night We Fell Through A Tree

…and were chased by an insane trucker and his pet werewolves


1: My Harry Potter read-a-thon is progressing slower than I would like. This is mostly due to intrusions by Real Life.

3: The veggie garden is not growing with the insane vigor of previous years. This could be related to my choice to grow in containers, or it could be that I need to apply more fertilizer. Whatever the reason, it gives me greater resolve to build proper raised beds this fall for my veggie plot next year.

5: I’m thinkin’ that Grace and I will go see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on Friday night. From the clips I’ve seen, it looks to be one of the best Potter films yet.

7: GenCon is about 5 weeks away and I’m starting to get a bit anxious to go. It will be good to see my gaming friends in person again.

9: Eureka has it’s second season premiere tonight on Sci-Fi Channel and I’ll be watching it. It’s a fun and funny little show.

And now I’m off to work.

The Quiet Ducks Taste Best

…yum yum

Short Movie Review: Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End

This movie had the same basic problems as the third Spider-man film: too long, too many plot devices/characters, not a tight script. It was ok, since any movie with Johnny Depp and Geoffry Rush giving over the top performances is at least watchable for that, but all in all, I hope they end the franchise here. Note: The trailer for The Golden Compass looks WAY cool. Definitely something to look forward to this December.

Short Game Session Review

Today’s AD&D 1st Edition session was action packed, but rather more quickly run than I normally would like. I blame myself for this as I was not fully revved up for the game. Still, the party finally made it out of the training dungeon (accidentally depowering a major demon along the way) and then went to the Isle of the Fae to free the Summer Queen from imprisonment by the Autumn Queen. Fun was had, dice were rolled, snacks were eaten and we’ll all get togethen for the next adventure in 3 weeks.

Short Garden Review

Having trimmed the tall weeds and rampant poppies & bachelor’s buttons (aka blue cornflowers) from the hillside, I discovered several plannts I planted last fall…all of which were struggling to survive, but are now doing fine. These include a third orange monkey flower…a purple calibrachoa (aka million bells)…two clumps of ornamental grass…and a purple trailing lantana. Woo Hoo! I also went to the Fair Oaks Public Garden and availed myself of about 100 pounds of their excess woodchip/pine needle mulch, which they have several tons of. I shall use said mulch, along with mucho newspaper and cardboard, to both smother weeds and prepare some new beds for assorted botanical wonders.

The Wackily Funny, Yet Somewhat Disturbing, Story Of Mostly Purple Patty And The Trip To GenCon

…costarring her good buddy, Becky Turnipwater

Health Updates

Doc: Leg is 90% healed. Otherwise, in good shape.
Grace: Tired from work & school, but healthy
Daisy: Healthy, happy & energetic
Winker: In heat, so not going to the dog parks. Otherwise, sweet and puppylike

And before anyone asks, we can’t have Winker fixed due to her having a heart murmur that rates a 4 out of 6. If they put her under to fix her, it would probably kill her.

Garden Update

The weather has heated up and now even more plants are blooming and growing. Saturday will see me transplanting many veggies into their final containers (before the start of Summer Curryfest 2007 later that afternoon) and starting some new seeds. I’ll try to post some garden pix on Monday.

Gaming Update

I’m still mulling over a couple of games I might run for my buddies at GenCon. There will be a Toon game for sure, but the second game is still uncertain. Right now I’m leaning towards something pulpy.

As for playing games, I’m gonna try to make this GenCon a “Doc plays demos” festival. There are a bunch of rules systems & settings out there that I want to at least give a try.

And now, I’m off to Dr, Yen’s Dermatological E Z Bake Oven Of Doom.

The Secret Meadow Of The Nekkid Hippies

…last visited in 1975

Health Update

My leg is greatly improved, but Grace still has me restricted to sitting with it elevated. Besides being somewhat boring (it’s sunny out and my garden is calling to me!), my ass (what little there is of it)is in danger of assuming the shape of this recliner seat! Going to see “Spiderman 3” has been postponed until at least Monday night. Since arguing with Dr. Grace is pointless, here I sit, blogging for your reading pleasure.

More Pix

Another pic of our front garden. This one is from 2005…late spring, I think.
Many of these plants have been moved or replaced.

Another pic, from our first year at this house.

Pulp Character Creation Poll

So far, we have the basics of Violet’s job, looks and personality. Now let’s find out a few more things.

What The Fuck Do You Mean “Beer Is Not A Food Group”?

…tell that to a college student

Doc Update

1: I’m home with another fucking leg infection. Taking antibiotics and elevating the leg. Gonna miss work today and tomorrow, which our finances can fucking ill afford, but then, I’d rather not die from a rampant infection. Man, this leg shit is getting old.

2: Pulp character poll will go up tomorrow…or maybe tonight. Hell, I’ve got plenty of free time, seeing as how I’m stuck in this fuckin’ recliner with my leg propped up.

3: Daisy kept waking Grace up last night, wanting to go walkies or just goof off. Of course, her waking up also woke up Winker, who in her perpetual puppy mind always wants love or play. Needless to say, Grace is in a foul temper today. I pity her co-workers.

4: Watched Peter Jackson’s King Kong on Sunday. For me, it doesn’t stand up to repeat viewing. Too damned long…too many actors…too few real thrills…and Kong looks too much like a regular mountain gorilla. He should have been modified to look unlike any real species of ape.

5: It’s raining today, which means that the rampant growth/blooming in my garden is REALLY gonna take off once the sun returns.

And now, time to snooze a bit.

Doc Tempest And The Comet Creatures

…from the December 1952 issue

El Stuffo

Spring is certainly not acting like a lady hereabouts. Low temps, high winds, lotsa clouds…all things that impede the joyful progress of my veggie garden.

I read last night that Dragon and Dungeon magazines will be shutting down. While I almost never read Dragon during it’s recent “all D20, all the time” phase, I did read it regularly back when it was more of a general gaming mag. More importantly, it was a part of the RPG hobby that was always there. It’s a bit sad to see it go.

I was going to start back up on the treadmill this week, but then realized that my walking shoes were trashed due to me wearing them to work (to say nothing of my incredibly shoe trashing foot misalignements). So, tomorrow I’ll buy new walking shoes, then restart on the treadmill on Monday.

Not that I haven’t been getting in some walking anyway. Daisy has alot of energy to burn off in the evenings, so she and I have been knocking out a mile or so every night. The pace is a compromise between her rapid “don’t know where I’m going, but I’ve gotta get there fast” pace and my “slow down, you crazy hound, yer killin’ me” pace.

Winker, on the other hand, almost never goes faster than a mosey and seldome walks more that a hundred yards from the house.

Grace’s jobquest among many state agencies continues. She had an interview the other day that went very well. I’m hoping that she finds a good place to work, with fewer goofballs to deal with than her present job.

I’m beginning to feel the first stirrings of “Trip To GenCon” fever.

My herb garden is growing by leaps and bounds. I tell ya, there is nothing like being able to clip a few fresh herbs for your cooking. Last night, it was fresh French Tarragon for our scrambled eggs. Yum Yum!

Gaming Day this Sunday after a multi week hiatus from the AD&D game. Should be fun, since the PC’s are at the halfway point in the Training Dungeon Of Doom.

Time to go. More blogging later.

The Sweetest Dominatrix In Fair Oaks, California

…and she baked great cookies, too

Today’s trip to the dog park was fun for the girls. The one we went to was huge and not too crowded. Both of them were pretty tired out by the time we got home.

I once again took up my Holy Jihad against the Weedy Infidels that have invaded my garden in their millions. Armed with my Blessed Instruments of Horticulture, I clipped and chopped and raked and hoed and pulled and…decided that I really need to buy a new weed whacker to replace the cheapass one that crapped out 2 years ago. After a two hour rampage (which was enforced by my Sweet Angel, Grace, lest I overdoo it on this first garden foray of the year) the garden looked as tho I’d barely touched it. I shall venture forth to kick more botanical booty tomorrow.

Right now, I’m drinking Boontville Amber Ale and it’s a pretty fine ale. It is brewed over towards the coast in Booneville in the Anderson Valley. Booneville is most famous for it’s regional dialect Boontling, which first cropped up in the late 1800’s.

We were going to go to the movies today, but we decided to go tomorrow. Another dog park trip might happen, too.

And now, I go to Civ 3, where I shall expand the glory that is Greece and then kick the asses of Zululand.

The Nine Ways To Catch A Hippo

…using only a net, some old socks and a pie


1: Watched The Dresden Files on Sci Fi Channel. Pretty good adaptation, despite a couple of slightly jarring changes from the books. The actor playing Harry does a fine job.

2: I went and bought tea and spices from the herb/spice lady at the farmers market inside Denio’s Flea Market. As we were talking, it dawned on me that I’ve been buying stuff from her for just a tad shy of 30 years now. Kinda cool, that.

3: Taking the girls to the dog park on the weekends is a good idea, since it means tired out hounds when we get back. Sorta like letting kids wear themselves out at a playground so they’ll go to bed early…which I used to do with my nieces & nephews when they’d visit me.

4: We had a one day respite from overnight freezes, but tonight it’s supposed to get back down in the mid-20’s. Man, will my poor wee plants be lovin’ the comin’ a’ spring.

5: I submitted a game for Conquest Sac. The fact that they extended their “GM a game, get a pair of personalized dice” offer tells me they are probably needing GM’s. My game will be a Pulp Era adventure titled The Monster Maker.

6: Heroes returns tomorrow night! Huzzah!

Time to put the girls to bed. More blogishness soon.

I’m Not Bad, I’m Just Drawn…No, Wait, I AM Bad

…bad to the bone

Miles Walked Last Night: None, because work kicked my ass and made me it’s bitch 

Doc Update #4,982, 351

I’m taking a break from my weekend garden chores due to Grace’s fanciful notion that working more than an hour in this triple digit heat might adversely affect my health and my ability to cook up curry for dinner tomorrow. Since I long ago learned that “Yes, Dear, of course you are right” is the best thing a married man can say in most situations, I’m now in the house. 

It’s a pretty mellow weekend here…not enough money to get into trouble and My Sweet Angel is nowhere as heat tolerant as I am. Our biggest adventure so far today was going to buy herbs, spices and tea at the Farmers Market in Roseville. I got gunpowder tea and some yerba mate, plus coriander, dill seed and garlic granules.

I’ve done a bit of writing on the two upcoming games and there will be emails going out to players soon. I’ve also been messing with some potential Pro Writing, but I’m not ready to discuss it yet.

Gotta go water Garden Plot Y63-A. More bloggerel later.

Never Bitchslap A Sasquatch

…unless you are one badass mofo

Iron Chef Aslin Way

Yesterday, Grace asked me what she should buy for dinner tonight. I said “Let’s do an Iron Chef night. You buy some mystery ingredients and I’ll use all my culinary skills to win the people’s acclaim forever.” And thus, a new tradition was born here at Castle Cross.

The mystery ingredients are: fresh green beans…red snapper…bay scallops…tilapia…polenta.

I’ll steam the beans with spices, cook the fishand scallops in a tomato/herb sauce and serve it over rice and fry up the polenta in some seasoned butter/oil mix. Grace will make the rice and possibly shout “Allez Cuisine!”…or not.

And then I’ll walk many a mile to make up for the extra caloric intake.

In other, non food news, I busted my ass and mixed up a concrete/soil mix to fill the first 10 large cans that I’ll be using as a foundation for my retaining wall. I’m thinking I’ll need about 50 cans for the first section of wall.

I STILL have two turns left to reply to in the Kingdom Building Game. Obviously, the whole “two turns a month thing was a mad fantasy of mine. I’m thinking one a month will be more like it.

And now…off to Kitchen Stadium!

Doc Tempest And The Tunguska Terror

…title of the April, 1956 issue

Hoo boy, was yesterday ever an ass kicker! I got zero gardening done, but decided to walk back from the nursery where Grace and I went to buy spinach and lettuce seeds. It turned out to be a 3.7 mile walk up and down hills on curvy suburban streets…all at my masochisticly rapid nonstop pace. By the time I got home (at 2:00 pm, a bit over 90 minutes after I started) I was out of action for the rest of the day. My feet were threatening mutiny, my right ankle wanted a divorce (the left ankle just wanted a beer), my thighs were talking smack about my mama and my hips and lower back were sobbing quietly. Aside from some writing, the rest of the day was a write off.

Today, however, I’m rested, refreshed and ready to embark on the beginning of my Fall Garden Jihad! Fear me, weedish infidels! Prepare to be transplanted, you plants that have strayed from the True Path! Let my aim be true with my pruning clippers, hedge trimmers and hoe! Let my chopping and digging bring forth a garden of wonders! Lo, let me FINALLY get the fuckin’ fall greens planted! Aiiii yi yi yi yi!

Ok…time for tea, then toiling in the soil.

The Ten Blue Budgies Go On A Three Day Drunk

…there were tequila bottles everywhere

Did a bit of work in the garden, weeding and watering and such. The zuchinni plants are gone, as are one of the tomato plants and most of the cantalope vines. It’s too damned hot to do much more today, but since I’ll be home all day tomorrow, maybe I can get in some digging on the hillside.

I had some delicious lumpias (Filipino style spring rolls) for lunch. Yum Yum! Grace bought them from a co-worker of hers almost a year ago and they’ve been in the freezer ever since. I cooked a dozen, but only ate 7, so I’ll chow down on the rest tomorrow.

Got a bit of writing done this morning and will be doing more in just a bit. I actually prefer having several smallish project to work on than one big project. One thing I’m prone to while writing is thinking up new projects whenever I take a break. Just today I’ve thought up a couple of adventures to run at cons and an art project that I might use in the garden.

And speaking of writing, I’m outta here to do just that. More blogzilla later.

The Barefoot Bear Flag Outlaw

…and still shaking the pillars of heaven

Sweet Mother of Pearl, yesterday was an asskicker at work. I’m pretty sure I delivered a pizza to every other person in the Sacramento metroplex. I was dead tired by the end of the day. Thankfully, everyone I delivered to was generous with tips, so I averaged about $25.00 an hour for the day, including wages.

When I got home, issue #361 of Alarums & Excursions was waiting in my mailbox. I missed getting a zine in for it, but I’ve got a good idea for what will be in my next zine, so it should be cranked out in plenty of time for the next ish.

My summer veggie garden is winding down. I’ll probably pull the tomato and zuchinni plants this weekend, with the chiles and cantalopes following in a week or so.

Mexican Jenny Goes For The Gold

…and got more of it than she reckoned

Doc’s Day

I walked just over 2 miles in about half an hour this morning (and spent another 15 minutes shopping for groceries on the walk) and then did some writing. I’m trying not to do TOO much rewriting until after the editor goes over this draft, but I keep finding things to tweak. As for actual non-tweakage writing, I have less than half of a setting to finish (maybe 1,000 words) and a half dozen or so characters to create and I’m done. With luck, that will happen tonight.

Our friend Sharon just called to tell me that she had just finished a big pot of chicken mole and would be bringing some to our game session tomorrow. Yum yum! How fortunate for me that I’m the only one in this house who likes Mexican food:)

No work in the garden today, altho I should start taking out the tomato plants now that they have reached the end of their productive lives. Gotta make room for the spinach & other greens.

I was reading a piece about all of the new products that Wizards of the Coast has coming out over the next year and it dawned on me that not a single fuckin’ thing on the list held the slightest interest for me. Man, that is some sure and certain sign that D&D and it’s spinoffs have changed far beyond my tastes in RPGs. On the other hand, my friends at Green Ronin continue to create products that taunt me with their wonderfullness even as my pocketbook dies a slow death from malnutrition.

And now, I must wash some dishes and prepare for the dinner cooking festivities. More bloggage later, after the writing.

What In The World Ever Happened To Sweet Jane?

…she’s lost her sparkle, you know she isn’t the same.

We miss you, Jerry.

Assorted Random Stuff

Just got back from taking a 2 mile walk at a pretty brisk pace. Had to get my excercise and walk off the bigass salad I had for dinner. By damn, in a few months I’ll be so healthy Hell won’t have me:) I’m going to see my podiatrist on Tuesday and while I’m there, I’ll weigh myself to see if I’ve lost any weight.

I see that ABC, NBC and CBS are all going to have alien invasion sci-fi series on this fall. They are titled “Invasion”, “Surface” and “Threshold”, respectively. Not alot being said about them yet, but I predict about a 90% chance that they won’t last a full season.

CBS also has an updated remake of “Night Stalker” planned. The only hope I see for it is if the X Files junkies really take it to their bosom. Even then, I predict a short run.

Still have not read the new Harry Potter book. Grace and I patiently await the call from the local library.

Why is it that the people most likely to believe in “Intelligent Design” are not only the least intelligent people, but also the ones who best prove that evolution can work in reverse?

Despite the fact that I still miss Roscoe very much, I have started thinking about getting a new pet to share the house with Grace and I. It’s not easy to come up with one. Not a dog, of course…we are still some time away from that. Cats are out due to my allergy to them and my deep dislike of catboxes. The squeaking of guinea pigs is more than Grace can handle. Hamsters are foul tempered little fuckers much of the time. Mice never appealed to me. I like parrots and other psittacine birds, but anything more than a budgie or cockatiel would be to expensive while we are in our Adventure In Poverty. All the various exotic animals (hedgehogs, skunks, ferrets, flying squirrels, etc) are illegal here in California. So far it looks like a rat, budgie or cockatiel are our only choices.

I picked about 6 billion tomatillos the other day and tomorrow night I’m gonna crank out a mess of salsa. Salsa is actually pretty healthy stuff, being all vegetables. The chips might be a bit tricky unless I can find them unsalted. Still, even if I have to eat it on toast, I’m gonna have me some salsa!

Grace and I have been watching a series about beekeeping on the RFDTV channel on Dish Network. It’s pretty interesting stuff and has me thinking that once we make the move to the farm, I might try keeping a hive or two.

Time for bed for me. More blog-alog-a-ding-dong later.

There Were Flowers In Her Hair And The Ocean In Her Eyes

…and then time stopped.

Blog Fodder

Got the latest issue of Alarums & Excursions today…issue #360, the 30th anniversary ish. I was actually kind of thrilled to see my name and zine back in A&E after all of these years. I reckon I’ll have to contribute for a few months or so.

My cantalopes have started to ripen, which means I’ll be picking one or two every day for awhile. Picked two tonight after I got home and I ate one for dinner. Exceptionally sweet and yummy. we also picked the first of our heirloom tomatos, a Cherokee Purple, and it was delish.

Picked up Dork Tower #31 today and it was excellent, as always. Oh, curse that Kovalic and his cartooning talent, anyway:)

Due to our Adventures In Poverty, Grace and I are falling way behind on our movie viewing. I fear we will not see “War of the Worlds” or “Fantastic Four” until they hit Pay Per View. We’ll try to see “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” soon, but we may have to waste our money on food or bills or other frivolities.

Hey, all of you who will be going to GenCon next month, I expect to see lots of daily con reportage here on LJ. And post pictures if you can.

Bedtime calls, so more blogging tomorrow.