Sun. Oct. 20, 2019 – October is 2/3 gone…

Not so cool and still humid. [78F and 99%RH @9am]

Got some stuff done yesterday. Cut the grass, blew the leaves and debris. Weedwacked around the driveway, along the fence as part of my cleanup and get rid of stuff plan. Got some camping gear out for my wife to use with the Girl Scouts next weekend.

Didn’t get any decor set up, and left all of Friday night’s stuff in the truck. It was over 90F Sat. afternoon, and I just wasn’t ready for that.

FEMA national forecast calls for Houston to get rain. I hope it holds off for at least a little while. I’ve got to get some decor set up and do some work in the driveway and patio or my wife will finally lose patience and call 1800 Got Junk. Can’t have that.

My apple tree that had fruit this year suddenly looks like it’s dying. The leaves are shriveled and brown. No clue what might have killed it. I’m hoping it’s just fall, but the other tree looks fine, and when the leaves turn they don’t usually shrivel. Dammit, I got ONE golf ball sized apple. ONE! That’s $50 per apple, not counting water…

Maybe I’ll get to the garden today. Hope springs eternal.

n

30 thoughts on “Sun. Oct. 20, 2019 – October is 2/3 gone…”

  1. My apple tree that had fruit this year suddenly looks like it’s dying. The leaves are shriveled and brown. No clue what might have killed it. I’m hoping it’s just fall, but the other tree looks fine, and when the leaves turn they don’t usually shrivel. Dammit, I got ONE golf ball sized apple. ONE! That’s $50 per apple, not counting water…

    Is it on the property line? Was one of the neighbors careless with Atrazine (weed-n-feed fertilizers) or Roundup?

    In FL, I had a beautiful Japanese Plum killed by my “Col. Bat Guano” neighbor’s overuse of lawn chemicals. I don’t think it was an accident, however, since Guano was obsessed with re-creating the look of the VA suburbs in his yard, and the Plum rising over the fence line probably killed the illusion.

    At one point, Guano went as far as calling the county to have everyone cited for not removing the Spanish Moss from their trees like he did. I’ll bet that they had a good laugh about that one down at zoning once they hung up the phone.

  2. It is on the property line, but the neighbors are fully occupied with a new baby, and aren’t too particular about their yard and landscaping anyway…

    n

  3. It is on the property line, but the neighbors are fully occupied with a new baby, and aren’t too particular about their yard and landscaping anyway…

    I’ve used fertilizer once in five years since moving to TX. I don’t know if it made much of a difference with the drought this summer.

    I didn’t know apple trees grew in the state. I knew peaches did, but those farms in the Hill Country are slowly making way for wineries.

    We saw a lot more wineries while heading out to Fredericksburg this week than existed when we went out there just eight months ago.

  4. I wonder what Bishop Mittens is up to with his “I may vote to impeach.” Does he really think he can swoop in and challenge tRump?

  5. With all the talk about world overpopulation, are we that far away from “Soylent Green”?

    Is the product Soylent Drink getting us ready for the inevitable? The company that makes the product has a lot of chutzpah and relies on the unread uneducated Generations X, Y, and Z.

  6. Is the product Soylent Drink getting us ready for the inevitable? The company that makes the product has a lot of chutzpah and relies on the unread uneducated Generations X, Y, and Z.

    Not as much chutzpah as the elections officials in Colorado who titled their universal healthcare ballot measure “Initiative 69”.

    I’d also say that the parents of the Swedish girl have chutzpah, coaching her to talk like Brother Isaac in “Children of the Corn” on that podium at the UN, hoping to get the reaction they did from one of the commentators on the right who are known movie nerds.

    (I don’t doubt that they were gunning for Limbaugh, but I’m guessing he smelled that trap a mile away.)

    It isn’t about education as much as culture. No one under 45 has seen the 80s “Children of the Corn”, much less “Solyent Green”, the final film of Edward G. Robinson and Joseph Cotten IIRC — two generations of actors ago, whose careers began in the 30s.

  7. Population is suggested to max out at 11 billion this century via continuing widespread economic development. The presentation seems reasonable enough and doesn’t include any reductions from large scale pandemics or war . Of course, 11 billion is a buncha people.

    I have no solution for this problem that is not horrible.

  8. I wonder what Bishop Mittens is up to with his “I may vote to impeach.” Does he really think he can swoop in and challenge tRump?

    Mittens is positioning to be a post impeachment Minority Leader similar to Howard Baker after Watergate, “The Great Conciliator”.

    Wasn’t Baker one of the Senators who encouraged Nixon to resign in a private meeting?

    The evangelicals would be even less likely to support Bishop Mittens for President now that Doh-bamacare is more a fixture than it was in 2012. Once they began to have doubts that Romney would repeal the ACA after the Supreme Court put the ball back in the lap of Congress and the Executive Branch, the race was pretty much over.

    Also, like Gore, Mittens has daddy issues with regard to two generations of unfulfilled ambitions, the father pushing the son to succeed where the previous generation(s) failed.

    Romney’s niece, Ronna McDaniel, currently chairs the Republican Party, but I don’t recall hearing his direct offspring being involved with politics beyond working his campaigns. Hopefully, they’ve all found something more useful to do with their lives.


  9. Romney’s niece, Ronna McDaniel, currently chairs the Republican Party

    To paraphrase the wise words often seen here, it’s an exclusive club and you’re not in it.

  10. Of course, 11 billion is a buncha people.

    I have no solution for this problem that is not horrible.

    George R.R. Martin addressed this in his short story collection ‘Tuf Voyaging’ from 1986

  11. 91F with a feels like of 103, no wonder I’m soaked in sweat.

    I’m wearing all wonder fabrics today and am much more comfortable than yesterday.

    I wore a cotton t shirt because I thought it would be cooler out. Dang what a difference it makes. I was an ‘all cotton’ (except for my wool socks) boy for years and thought the ‘climacool’ fabrics were a scam. Nope, they absolutely work to keep you cooler.

    n

  12. I am spending a long weekend with mom and dad down in Port Lavaca. Mom is somewhat mobile now as she can get out of bed and go to the restroom by herself. Big change since she went home three weeks ago from the hospital. Dad is picking up the slack on everything else. It is interesting. And I am probably watching the future me and my wife.

  13. Remember the satanism mania? This trans mania is getting out of hand…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7593861/Feminists-slam-sanitary-towel-maker-ditched-Venus-logo-products.html

    “One commented: ‘Well @Always, since you seem intent on erasing women because you must of course genuflect to the woke cultists on twitter. I shall be switching all of my sanitary product needs to @bodyform or another company that isn’t made up with women erasing melts.’ ”

    “Another objector, Lizzi Watson, said: ‘Biological women should just boycott the brand, then they might realise real women have feelings too, which they have somehow ignored.’

    A third woman tweeted: ‘Guess I will also be boycotting @always for throwing females, the ONLY sex that menstruates regardless of clothes or other superficial gender expressions, under the bus.’”

    –These are increasingly crazy times. And also, funny how when it’s your ox that gets gored…..

    n

  14. Remember the satanism mania? This trans mania is getting out of hand…

    *Getting* out of hand?

    Once again, the activists use a young girl — c’mon, lets be honest, she’s not even on hormones — whom most people would be loathe to criticize.

  15. The solution to the population bomb is well underway. Its called prosperity. I noted 40 years ago in high school that as a country became more prosperous, the reproductive rates plummeted. We are currently on the last uphill coast of increase before a rapid and disruptive population decline begins. Most countries are now at well below replacement levels. Only a handful of small countries in Africa and the middle east still produce more than 1.9 children per couple. Some countries like Japan, Germany, and Russia are already experiencing rapid declines. Japan is the hardest hit as it doesn’t allow much immigration and the native population may fall as muc as 50% in the next century. Demographics predict a bleak future with elderly far outnumbering working age people shortly.


  16. Remember the satanism mania? This trans mania is getting out of hand…

    Once again, the stupid confusion between what is physical and genetic and what is not. If you are genetically XX, you will likely (99% certainty or better ) menstruate starting at puberty. Biology and your genes don’t care who you think you are. If you are a genetic female who believes they should be male, get all the plumbing pulled and you will not need these products. If you are a genetic male who believes they should be female, you will never need these products. Always (the product) consumer’s are genetic females, and they need to remember that. Why they are giving someone that either cannot use the product or really wishes they were male and did not need the product any time is beyond nuts. Board of directors really need to get in and fire a bunch of managers that thought this made sense.

  17. I’d buy the out of date foods if they were sold as such, and discounted appropriately.

    n


  18. “Our Roomba Vacuumed The House With Dog S***”

    Mine has done it with cat sh&t. Super nasty to clean. Luckily I saw it before the roomba got to the white rug.

  19. I usually consider the “best before date” a joke. Another scam to get you to throw out perfectly good food and buy more. It is not an “expiry date”, it is defined as a date after which the manufacturer believes the product will not be of high quality: e.g.: lose its taste or texture. It does not mean there is anything wrong (harmful) with the product.

  20. I have found that the newer cans, especially with pop tops, will fail long before the food inside would otherwise not be good. Also dry mixes with lots of fat will taste “old” at BB+ (some time, usually less than one year).

    I fixed some meat for dinner last week that was vac sealed and frozen hard in 2013 and it was indistinguishable from any frozen last year….

    n

  21. I’d buy the out of date foods if they were sold as such, and discounted appropriately.

    My wife said that the Land O Lakes creamers are dicey even within the Sell By period.

    Apparently, they’ve had quality control issues as of late.

  22. I had that experience with their creamers last year or the year before. They just didn’t taste good for very long.

    n

  23. Frozen meat. I have eaten many meats stored in various ways. For my $0.02, the farmers who kept it fresh and at room temp (often waaay below 70F) were on to something. Dave Thomas of Wendy’s fame tried that. Let’s just say he made a good hamburger, when he was alive, but his real genius was franchising. For all else, I really like naturally cured sausage. Some of the most delicious eatin’ I have experienced has been sausage made from wild game. And, no, I never ask how it was made. Would never insult the maker. Never had anything bad. Never. The founder of this site would understand.

  24. For my $0.02, the farmers who kept it fresh and at room temp (often waaay below 70F) were on to something. Dave Thomas of Wendy’s fame tried that. Let’s just say he made a good hamburger, when he was alive, but his real genius was franchising.

    I worked for Wendy’s in the 80s, while Dave still ran the show. The burger patties were technically not frozen, but they were kept just at the edge to the point that, in Florida, you got small ice crystals in the meat from the non-stop humidity in the air.

    Burgers were kept on the grill all the time, ready for orders. After a certain time period, the patties went into the chili meat bucket … at least at our franchise.

    The menu item which has seen the biggest quality decline since Dave passed is the chicken sandwich. 30 years ago, the restaurants used the Henny Penny pressure cooker machines, but that process was labor intensive and non-competitive once Chick Fil A broke out of the malls.

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