Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thursday Thirteen

An eclectic Thirteen . . .

1. Google recently sent me a nasty note telling me it was going to do away with another of my blogs, the only one for which I have a registered domain name. It seems Google keeps dunning my credit card for $0.00 and my credit card had expired. Google wants you to have an updated credit card all the time, apparently. I don't like having my credit card numbers on Google. Bad Google, Bad!

2. We only managed to plant four things in the garden this year: cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, and cucumbers. All are doing very well. In fact my kitchen runneth over with these veggies at the moment.

3. We are having September days in August: this morning I woke up to 50 degree temperatures. I don't think we're going to have a real summer this year.

Mums and Roses
4. Recently I went outside and pulled 8 weeks worth of weeds from my flower bed. I pruned my roses somewhat severely, which I don't like to do in August, but they had been neglected while I was recovering from surgery. Then I put some yellow mums out. It looks so much better!

5. The thing about online friends that you don't know any other way is . . . you don't really know them. Maybe you don't have a telephone number for them or even know a last name. But you care about them anyway, and when something happens to them or they are going through something, you worry. However, you can't really do much more than that and it can be a bit frustrating. I want everyone to be happy and well.

6. Yesterday I saw four turkeys in the field:

7. There was also a mushroom coming up in the side yard. Yesterday it looked like this:

 This morning it looks like this:

8. My book club is reading Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. I am supposed to like Barbara Kingsolver (but I really don't).

9. I have a storage and organizational issue with my entire house. Sometimes I feel like I need a shovel and a truck. It's not a hoarding issue but it feels cluttered to me. Maybe I need a yard sale?

10. I picked up new lenses for my eyeglasses on Monday. Tuesday I took them back. The doctor examined the prescription and there was no astigmatism correction in the new lenses. No wonder I couldn't see! They are replacing them free of charge.

11. My husband told me this morning that I woke him several times last night as I talked in my sleep. I asked him what I said and he couldn't remember. He asked me if something was bothering me. I told him I thought it was from eating too much cucumber.

12. We are overrun with rabbits. When I had a dog we never had rabbits, and for a few years after she died critters stayed away, but in the last 5 years or so they have decided the yard is fertile ground. Sometimes I miss having a dog.

13. The show I'm into watching at the moment is The Newsroom on HBO. One of my favorite characters is Maggie, though I think a lot of people don't like her. The show this season is different and more character-focused than Season 1. My husband doesn't like this season as well but I do. The characters talk really fast, and my slow southern ears sometimes need a second viewing in order to catch up.

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here. I've been playing for a while and this is my 307th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. I agree with no 5 about on-line friends. It can be so frustrating not to be able to pop round with a sausage pie or do some other practical thing to help.
    It sounds like your garden is sorted for a while - I have plenty of weeds over here if you run out of things to tackle....

  2. I'm only just now getting to HOUSE. My Italian flat beans are going gangbusters. Most of my tomatoes have rotted on the vine and my cukes go right from babies to blimps! I have never finished a Kingsolver book but she very entertaining and funny speaking in person.

  3. google's greedy for control. I want to stop feeding it myself. 5. yes. 11. I keep yelling in my sleep but by morning can't remember why. tis the season for weeding here too.

  4. 1. Bad Google!
    2. We’ve had plenty of zucchini, a few cucumbers, but no tomatoes at all this year. The first group was pulverized by a storm, the second has not fared well.
    3. We dropped down to 43 the other night. August has been rather autumnal this week.
    4. I saw the first season’s mums at the store last weekend. It’s one of my favorite parts of fall—I just wish I lived somewhere I could put some out.
    5. So true! Sometimes you can’t help worrying if someone “disappears” for a while.
    12. So about the bunnies. I love seeing them along the bike path at night, but know they are a bane to gardeners.

    My T13

  5. Oops...that was supposed to be "So sorry about the bunnies," LOL.

  6. We have a lot of rabbits right now as well. I am a fan of Ms. Kingsolver, but didn't like Flight Behavior.

  7. I couldn't get with Barbara Kingsolver at all. Tried a couple of her books.

    I'm about ready to put the heat on in August. I don't remember an August this cold in my lifetime. But there's no climate change. Ha! We're in trouble.

    I will have to watch that show. That was good! She's right. I've been reading some books about religion. Whackos like Michele Bachman (sp?) have been hijacking religion forever.

  8. I'm glad you got the glasses problem sorted out. I love Barbara Kingsolver's books but haven't yet read the new one. I need to download it...soon.

  9. "runneth over" reminds me of that Biblical Literature professor who always raved how beautiful the King James version is :)



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