August 29th, 2019


H.R. Puffenstuff...

Why oh why is that song in my head? :O

It's been decades—I can't even remember what Puffenstuff looked like! I do remember his human sidekick, Jack, and that Puffenstuff was probably on right before the bizarrely dull "Kukla, Fran, and Ollie" (a show that signaled the end of Saturday morning cartoons, and which we watched with the same grasping denial with which you eat the lousy bottom-of-the-pumpkin Halloween candy that was never worth eating before, but is now sadly all that's left of the good times you're desperately clinging to).

*koff* Or maybe that was just me?

I've avoided Googling H.R. Puffenstuff, because as long as I don't, he still looks like my random mental image of him. Which strongly resembles one of Maurice Sendak's 'Wild Things,' but with a lot more orange and hot pink.

So, we got back from vacation a couple of weeks ago, but we're leaving again to squeeze in a last-minute trip to Hawaii with The Boy before he goes back to school. We wanted to do this in June with both kids, but our daughter balked and asked us to think about September instead. And now she can't go, because she's working. Which we pointed out to her at the time, but hey...

We're really looking forward to it, but since I've been heavily researching and planning and booking since last Friday, the lead-in has been wall-to-wall flailing. Now I need a vacation from that.:O

In the intervening two weeks, it's mostly been pretty hot here—too hot to bike outside, some days. Between the heat and planning for the trip, I haven't spent much time in the yard since before the LAST trip. But my recon from back then showed a few areas that are really suffering from the sun and scorching temps, and a phenomenon peculiar to lavendar in our climate:

Lavendar Bush: It's so hard being me! You have no idea. The heat, the pressure to perform... I can't take it anymore! /o\
LB: *sporadically dies off in scattered chunks*
LB: Also? I've randomly decided to spawn a friend about eight inches away...

We added a different variety of lavendar in another (shadier) part of the yard this Fall, and it's doing that now too! The lavendar in England and France doesn't behave like that. :(

Still no major headway on weed-proofing the vast spread of bare dirt in our yard...