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29 August 2019 @ 12:28 pm
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...

bleodsweanbleodswean on August 29th, 2019 07:37 pm (UTC)
So glad to hear you're getting some R&R and with your son! Enjoy the heck out of some island life, K!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 29th, 2019 10:12 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I was able to schedule it, especially at this late date. I mean, within a week of when we needed to go, after deciding so late to try to make it work! :O
Murielle: haircutmurielle on August 29th, 2019 07:56 pm (UTC)
Hawaii! You lucky girl! ;-) It will be much deserved.

Sorry about your lavender. I imagine the lavender in UK is maybe hardier, weird weather,but yeah, not so many heatwaves.

Has new kitty settled down a bit now you've been home for a while?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 30th, 2019 12:19 am (UTC)
The UK weather is MUCH nicer, but I think the south of France is one of the main crop areas, and it's hot there. Not like Sacramento, but still. :O

Kitty-boy is a little calmer, and very happy to have laps to sit in again! But he still acts more like a kitten than a 3-year-old. :O
Spilled Inkspilledink562 on August 29th, 2019 08:31 pm (UTC)
I have zero clue what H.R. Puffenstuff looks like. lol.....

You certainly have been keeping yourself busy, haven't you? I'm glad to see you poke your head back in here. I'm just starting to crawl out from beneath my rock again and I'm happy to see you.

I hope your trip to Hawaii is amazing but I'm sorry your daughter can't go with you. I'm sure she is bummed.

It's good to see you again. I've missed you!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 30th, 2019 07:23 am (UTC)
I'm very glad to hear that you're coming back to life, and back to LJ! I've missed you too, and your humor and thoughtful discourse. :)

Yes, our daughter is bummed. But we decided to give her the money that would have paid for her plane tickets, and I know she'll be happy about that. She's finding life post-graduation a little... expensive. And it doesn't help that she didn't get her first timecard info in by the deadline. She'll be at almost 6 weeks in by the time her first paycheck shows up. I'm guessing she won't make that mistake again. :O
passing_through: good things are going to happenpassing_through on August 30th, 2019 03:41 am (UTC)
"Kukla, Fran, and Ollie"

Wow, that was a blast from the past! I don't think I've thought about any of that since I was a kid!

I have an idea what Pufenstuf looks like but to be sure I googled him and yep, just like I remembered. I also went to Youtube and it's amazing what can entertain you when you're young :D

Have a fabulous time in Hawaii! That sounds so exciting. I"m sorry your daughter can't go.

It's been super hot here and the lawns in the neighborhood are crisp and brown. George watered our front yard a few times and between that, the big tree that shades most of the front yard and some recent rain has kept our front yard green. It's a big contrast between the neighbors on both sides of our house. Our back yard, though? We won't discuss that :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 30th, 2019 07:35 am (UTC)
Do you agree about Kukla, Fran, and Ollie, though? Strange, vaguely European, and far too deliberately educational to really be fun, and yet... it was the last gasp of Saturday children's programming, so we watched it anyway, because otherwise the fun would be _over_.

And then it always was, anyway. ;)

Your weather sounds like our weather, and I think it probably is. Except slightly less hot and way more humid. Ugh.

I feel sorry for our daughter, too, missing out. I don't think she was as prepared for the side-effects of post-graduation life as she thought she was going to be.
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 31st, 2019 12:01 am (UTC)
OMG HAWAII. have fun! a trip with just you and the boy sounds really nice, island getaway or not. :D eat pineapples for me.

i feel bad for the lavender. if people get shade and cold water, plants should too.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 31st, 2019 09:15 am (UTC)
We're sure looking forward to the trip!

Though it's 2 a.m. here and I'm just finishing work stuff and packing and printing out things, etc. Ugh. Every vacation is like this. :O
Peterpeterb on September 1st, 2019 11:19 pm (UTC)
> weed-proofing the vast spread of bare dirt in our yard...

Fire works, I'm told.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 4th, 2019 09:06 am (UTC)

Well, I was thinking more in terms of landscape cover (like bark chips) than of the blow torch approach.

Though I know which one would be more fun... ;)