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07 October 2018 @ 12:03 am
Absentee...  
Geez, I haven't posted since before I took The Boy back down south to college two weeks ago!

I'm up in Portland visiting family this weekend (HalfshellHusband is still at home), and then it'll be right back to work on Monday. It's great and yet I know I'll be dragging all week long. /o\

After spending the summer moving furniture (and learning how to pack a truck), The Boy did a surprisingly good job of reassembling his school stuff and boxing up much of it for the trip south. It was all over the upstairs playroom in various stages of assembly for about a week, during which the cat sat in the middle of it as if she were afraid he might sneak off without her noticing. And boy, did that make our son feel guilty. :O

He and I went shopping for additional supplies, since he's in an apartment with friends this year instead of on-campus. Moving him in is mostly a two-day effort. Drive down, unpack stuff, get whatever he still needs, and then drive back the next day. It's so much easier going to north L.A. than driving through L.A. to San Diego with our daughter, doing all those same things, and then driving back. Basically, going down to San Diego adds about 4-5 more hours onto each direction because of the time it takes to get through L.A. traffic. Yikes.

I returned and then it was a blur of work, getting All The Things done last weekend (since I knew I'd be gone THIS weekend), and then work again. I'm semi afraid that by the time I come up for air again, I'll have lost traction on things like replanting parts of the garden (some of which got scorched over the summer) and a little outdoor painting over pre-primed repair areas that have been waiting... about two years? Yark.

Has everyone been well? I'll bet some of you are trying to Do All The Things before the snow season starts, which is an even bigger ordeal.

 
 
 
ecosopherecosopher on October 7th, 2018 01:51 pm (UTC)
I read about people having to deal with traffic in LA and honestly it gives me a headache just thinking about it. I know you have to do it because how else will you get to where you need to go, but ick.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2018 06:26 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine living there by choice. For college, sure, but long-term? Yark.
ecosopherecosopher on October 7th, 2018 01:53 pm (UTC)
Poop, I pressed enter too soon, and can't be bothered editing ;) Will you be planting bulbs for the spring? I planted some daffodils which had been in our shed for a couple of seasons... they came up (obviously we're in spring now) and are lovely and tall but no sign of flowers. I'm going to move them into more sun to see if it helps. Otherwise maybe they're just annoyed because I didn't plant them last year or the year before.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2018 06:29 pm (UTC)
I pressed enter too soon
Haha-- this could be the story of my life. It would make a great epitaph for the modern age. ;)

I have some daffodils, finally! I planted a few in spring (for this year), and I'll plant a few more. But there were some previous ones (white-- what was I thinking?) that took a good five years to work their way up from shorter blades to longer blades to flowers. Bulb depth is a tricky thing here, maybe because it's so hot in the summer? If you plant the recommended depth, you will not be seeing those flowers, maybe ever. It has to be shallower. But how much? It's a mystery!
Muriellemurielle on October 8th, 2018 06:03 am (UTC)
We had a huge dump of white stuff on the night of the 1st and 2nd. Awoke to about eight inches of it--everywhere! It continued all of the 2nd so we ended up with (some had) fourteen inches. Now it's melting all over the place.

The farmers who weren't able to get their fields cleared are in real trouble unless we get a lot of hot windy days.

Poor kitty! Poor Mom!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2018 06:30 pm (UTC)
NOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooo! That's much too early. Geez, the end of October is already too early for my tastes, but I know it's possible.

HalfshellHusband and I are doing better, and I think the cat is slowly adjusting. Maybe? She still spends the bulk of the day in that empty playroom, which is just sad. She so loves that Boy.