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11 June 2012 @ 04:46 pm
It's hot  
The bluebirds have been going in and out of the nestbox again. I think they're going to make a third clutch. I'm surprised. I didn't think they made third clutches. That's great. I can't believe this has been such a successful bluebird year.

The AC is out of freon again. This happens every year. It's so damned hot. I need to save a little more then I can have the guy come out and refill it for us. Until then this sucks.

I got some beautiful footage yesterday of a wasp and a fly drinking the nectar out of my nepenthes ventrata. Unfortunately neither ever fell in. But it was neat that it was documentary quality. I have way too many videos in my videos folder. I think I need to get a usb flashdrive to save them onto. Backing everything up onto CD and DVD is getting annoying now and I have too many CD's everywhere. Nothing fancy, I just want something big perhaps 16 gigs and back everything up by folders and be better organized. I love my HD camera but it does make bigger files.

We went to Home Depot yesterday and Chris bought me a venus flytrap. It was the first time I had seen one there. They came in little pots with a clear cup over the top. They weren't even taped and some had lost their cups. I feel sorry for them because they'll dry out and die before they are sold. Most of these poor plants die in the stores because people, even the employees, don't know how to care for them and they are packaged badly this way from the tissue culture labs. I wish I could have bought them all. I repoted it into the proper soil and put it out in the little pool. Chris also bought me a new bucket because of my Lowe's buckets I've been using to catch the rain water in cracked at the bottom and all the water leaked out. I don't know how they cracked. I'm not rough with them. So perhaps Home Depot makes better buckets.

Chris also bought me this awesome book I've been wanting called Shark vs Train

It's a kids book about two boys that pull out their favorite toys from a toy box and have them fight. The challenges they put the shark and the train into remind me so much of how I used to play with my friend Julian. I have laughed so much at this book and have enjoyed looking at the pics over and over. Here are two of my favorite pages one showing train winning and one showing shark winning.

Even though I like Shark better this is my favorite page. I laughed so hard when I saw this page. Everything just went wrong when trying to sell lemonade underwater. Hee hee and I love the characters in line for both of them. How can the diver drink that anyway? HAHA!!

I just love the way Shark looks here. He's got icy blue eyes like Owen and that look.

So I have been watching a bunch of pumpkin patch videos today. Mostly my friend Braneden's videos because he has the coolest pumpkin patch on youtube. With all my friends I watch there that have their patches underway I feel left out. Though I'm loving my nepenthes I'm really starting to miss my pumpkins and gourds. I'm going to start working on the side patch again and perhaps just plant gourds there since pumpkins can't be started until the fall or late summer.

Oh and in my little desert garden in the front stuff's already coming up. All the sunflowers have sprouted, most of the zinnias and I think a few watermelons. This is very exciting.
I'm looking forward to 4th of July and now I'm also thinking about Halloween. I really want to travel again this year. Chris and I could really use another vacation out of state.

EDIT: I think about my art and my music playing everyday. I miss drawing and playing bass but when I think about actually doing it it seems like a chore. I have no energy for it. I would love to make another drawing again. I had so much steam going with my dinosaur frames and now it's gone. I hate that it's like that for me.
Current Mood: hothot
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Budgiesilvolf on June 11th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
That's cool about the bluebirds. Send us some of your heat! I really hate living here. It's not the right climate for me at all.
Haha that book's cool. I love the artwork in it.
That sucks about your art. I stick at things although my tarot cards are on a back burner right now.
Des: Budgiesthagirion on June 12th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
I'd love to send you some heat. I don't know how much more I can take of this house. Yeah, from what I've seen and heard it just sucks over there. It's like the Pacfic North West, they suck too.
It's a really fun book. I think you would like it.
Yeah, I just haven't had any motivation but then I do so much it's hard for me to cover everything evenly all the time. I notice patterns and I tend to focus strongly on one or two things.
actipton80actipton80 on June 11th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
I'm not surprised your bluebirds nested three times, because mine have, and it says that they will in the nest and egg field guide we have.

I have a 500 GB external portable hard drive that I back my videos and pictures up on, and my mom has one too. It uses two USB ports to plug in, and it works well with the XP computer. I think it would work on a Windows 7 computer as well. I think 7 doesn't have the bug that makes the external such a pain to use on Vista.

I've seen that book. I don't remember where, although it was probably at the library since I used to volunteer there.
Des: Readingthagirion on June 12th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
I'm glad they like my box so much.

Chris has something like that. He also has Windows 7 and his Mybook works fine on it. I should get one just for my photos and videos.

It's a fun book. Really funny.
kabuldurkabuldur on June 12th, 2012 11:41 am (UTC)
That's cool that the blue birds are nesting again for a third time. You are having a good season!

Shark vs train is such an unusual combination. I think I would like it if I read it.

I like that you got a Venus flytrap. Your videos of a wasp and a fly drinking the nectar out of my nepenthes ventrata would be cool.

It's hard to imagine it being all hot and everything. We are going into our cold season here. The cold has been tempered by clouds and a little rain.

Yeah, it's no use forcing yourself with anything artistic. The urge will come back. Maybe it's too hot right now.
Desthagirion on June 12th, 2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm glad they like my box so much.

I think you would like this book. It's a lot of fun.

It looked pretty healthy. The shipment had probably just arrived.

Yeah our summer has just started.

I notice I tend to get back into art in the Fall.