Sunflower Soup

…I’m pretty sure it’s not real

Hey, let’s take a break from 365 posts and read some STUFF!

1: Happy Birthday to Robin D. Laws!

2: My dogs are clean, sweet smelling and huggable after baths last night. They will stay this way for about 3-4 days, then will get less sweet smelling and huggable, although we will still hug them.

3: Aside from the aches & pains that come with our ages, the four of us are in pretty good health.

4: We are eating large amounts of tomatoes from the garden, thanks to late season temps in the 80s & 90s. Of course, this has stopped my fall veggies from growing until it cools down, but hey ORGANIC HEIRLOOM TOMATOES!

5: If I can, via some sort of miracle, come up with the $$, I’ll be going to GenCon next summer. I will need at least 1 room mate and I’m hoping airfare drops or I’ll need to drive with at least one other person.

6: I’m reading “Pirate Latitudes”, the last novel by Michael Crichton. So far, it’s pretty darned good.

7: It has been nearly a year since my gaming group has been able to get together, so I have nothing to report on that front.

8: California state employees are finally going to get off the nearly 2 year long furlough Fridays that our dipshit governor forced on them. They will not get any of the pay back that they lost. I hope that asshole Schwarzenegger gets hit by a truck.

9: Once the weather cools off a bit, I’ll begin digging up plants I want to keep and killing off the rest as a prelude to The Great Garden Redesign of 2011. I intend to photo document this gardening madness on Facebook.

10: Remember my reference up above to needing $$ for GenCon? Well, as part of the plan to raise those $$, I’ll be making up a PDF of expanded and all new 365 People, Places & Things entries. I’m thinking about 42 entries, plus other fun stuff. More info on this around January.

And now I must do huosehusbandry and Dog daddery before heading off to work.

Dancing With Wombats, Starring Robin D. Laws

…in honor of his first trip to Australia

Have fun, Robin.

So I got my first unemployment check yesterday. Only for one week and it’s a pittance, but it’s a grocery buying/small bill paying/maybe go see a matinee movie pittance, so I’m not gonna bitch about it.

Must go food shopping now. Big gaming related post later today.

The Singularly Odd, Yet Not Wholly Unexpected, Story of Mostly Purple Patty And The Dog Revolution

…co-starring her adopted brother, Amos

Saturday (and my viewing of Iron Man) fast approaches. I am as giddy as a school girl.

Also approaching: Mother’s Day (already have card for my mom, need one for My Sweet Angel), Whole Earth Festival (aka Hippiefest) at UC Davis, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!!!, my brother’s birthday, Doggie Dash and my mom’s 80th birthday.

I’ll be a busy bee in May and June, yessir.

On the health front, I’m doing pretty well. I seem to have lost a bit of weight (according to the digital scales at my doctor’s office), my wrist is feeling good and healing nicely, I’m walking at least a mile a day with Daisy the Travelling Basset Hound and my acid reflux is a thing of the past. Now if there was just something one could do about the aches and pains of middle age…

Unless the economy does some miraculous turnaround real soon, I don’t forsee me going to any gaming conventions between now and DunDraCon next February. That rather blows, but what can a poor boy do? I’m too old to indulge in the profitable endeavors of my youth and the damned lottery refuses to play nice with me. I’d whore myself out, but I can never decide if I should charge by the inch, the hour or the pound:)

More Blog-O-Rama later.

The Horticultural Whore Adds It Up

…and then faints

While Grace and I were cleaning out the garage, I finally decided to get rid of the many dozens of plastic plant containers that I’ve accumulated over the past 8 years. On a whim, I decided to add up the money I’ve spent on herbs, shrubs, flowers, trees, etc. over the years. Here is the total…

42 six packs: Avg. $1.50 each = $63.00
85 four inch pots: Avg. $2.00 each = $170.00
37 six inch pots: Avg. $4.00 each = $148.00
14 gallon pots: Avg. $7.50 each = $105.00
11 assorted other pots: Avg. $5.00 = $55.00
8 flats: Avg. $12.00 = $96.00

Total: Approx. $637.00

But wait, there’s more…

Figure $200.00 spent on seeds
Figure $1,500.00 spent on bags/cubic yards of soil/compost/manure
Figure $500.00 spent on organic fertilizers/herbicides/pesticides
Figure $400.00 spent on garden tools

Total: $2,600.00

Grand Total: $3,237.00
And I’m probably a few hundred bucks low on this. Still, WHEW! When I dive into a hobby, I don’t fuck around.