Fall colors haven’t really arrived here yet. I’ve been out pulling up expiring zinnia though and doing lots of other yard work. It’s getting cool enough that the fire ants are going lower in the soil and I can pull up all the grass and weeds without getting attacked, if I go early in the morning. I tried to take the bark mulch from my garage to put it out a week ago because I’ve cleaned up the flowerbeds so much, but they were full of fire ants. So with the garage getting colder, they left, yay, and I was able to put out the mulch. Need tons more though.
My daughter and I are going shopping this morning to get anything we need in case things turn really ugly. We’re trying to keep upbeat about the way people behave, but all we can do is try and stay safe.
Aren’t you glad the government doesn’t have an expiration date for you? Of course, it helps to make sure that you don’t have really bad food sitting there waiting for you, but… *sigh* If we lived in an apocalyptic world, any food probably would be edible no matter how expired.
So yesterday, I poured a dressing on my salad, and realized it had expired Jan 2018. I only ate a bite of it before I thought it tasted a little soury and didn’t look quite right and checked the expiration date. But no green mold growing in it. That’s my usual way of knowing something is past eating. So the salad went into the trash. I figured I didn’t want to chance getting sick.
Have you checked your over the counter medicines lately? I rarely take them and when I need to, they’re usually way over-expired. Since that’s all I have, I take them anyway. Maybe the potency isn’t there. But the next time I think of it, I get another new bottle, toss the old one, and then the new one sits their expiring every day while I don’t use it, until it meets it’s expiration date.
Rather than get some new salad dressing (it’s the refridgeratable kind so it does expire earlier), I’ll just boil up the fresh spinach and fry up the mushrooms and eat them that way! Solution found!
Hope your day is filled with freshness with no expiration date in sight!
At least when I visited The International Wolf Center, Axel was showing all the signs of being in charge. He’s two years old here last year and Aidan, who had been the alpha, was eight, and ready to give up the position.
Okay, my granddaughter’s on the way and I’m trying to finish up the last 22 pages of the book. I need to dedicate all three of them to different readers. I’ll do that when I’m done proofing. And I have another promo project my publisher sent me, so I need to get that done this weekend. Plus the two bears!
Can you imagine walking in the dark and running into Mr. Teeth??? The exhibit was so dark, you could barely see the alligator, except for one light shining down on the center. A pretty yellow tree: fall colors on a walk in a forest. Do you take a walk and can’t see the beauty in isolated spots? Or the whole beauty of the forest surrounding you? And here’s a nifty way to create something fun–an old watering can filled with flowers. If I did that, I doubt the plant would last for long–too much water, not enough water. And a beautiful butterfly in a butterfly house, posing for a picture.
I finished The Witch and the Jaguar! Or mostly. Now I’m editing. I woke to thinking: What are they doing with the 2nd house. Whose home are they going to live in? Did they say: I love you? They missed Thanksgiving! So I need to mention a few things. I’ve added a few things to the story already this morning so I wouldn’t forget. But otherwise, the story is done from beginning to end!
My piranha puppies are anxiously bugging me to feed them because they are going to perish on the spot if I don’t. They’re a couple of drama dogs.
Hope you’re enjoying the rest of the weekend. I’m off to work!! Well, food for puppies first. *sigh*
On baby’s and my walk, I captured some pictures of our hot, muggy, Texas fall. And I realized there was a turtle near us. It was so muggy my lens kept fogging up (100% humidity) and then he hurried to get in the water and hide from us so the picture isn’t as clear as I’d hoped it to be. They are really shy around humans still. And I was able to show baby tons of very hungry caterpillars on the milkweed leaves, a carolina anole, the cocoon for the monarch butterfly, butterflies, honeybees, and bumblebees. So we had a science day.
Some days it’s impossible to get word count. Yesterday, it was just not possible. I was trying to finish edits when I could while baby was here. I managed 11 chapters, and still have 7 more to read through today. So I should get it done today, then back to word count on another story. I want to be able to turn in SEAL Wolf Surrender today.
We had stormy weather last night, lightning constantly. It poured, but things don’t look that wet out, too dark to really see. Our low is 65, our high 69. So much better than the heat index of 94 yesterday.
Okay, I’m off to finish SEAL…. hope you have a wondrous day!
Captured the fall colors on a neighbor’s tree, really pretty, and sleeping monarch butterflies.
I wrote only 1600 words yesterday, though I probably made 2000 from the words I wrote after I went to bed. Some, I wrote while I was at the medical clinic. Have to have blood drawn, routine, but that meant an hour’s wait sitting in the waiting room and I always take a notebook with me to write on. So I was working on both The Witch and the Jaguar and Woodland Fae yesterday. But then last night I received final proofing for SEAL Wolf Surrender! So I need to get to work on it. She needs it back in a week.
See why I haven’t been doing NaNoWriMo in November for many years though I joined many, many years ago? I’ve had 3 books I needed to edit for my publisher. One of them isn’t due until Feb, but I’ll get it done in the next couple of weeks. It’s hard reading one story and then jumping into another and then back to another, and then off to another. So I usually just work on one straight through to finish it. UNLESS I have scenes for another book that just pop up. Or I’m on a roll on a book and then I just stick with it.
Anyway, I need to walk to the voting place today as soon as it’s open, and pick up my conked out sewing machine, it’s fixed! And edit and try to get some word count today too. It’s 76 out already and 99% humidity. ugh It won’t cool off until Thursday, looking forward to it!
I want to think about Fall and cooler weather!!!! I was out vacuuming the car and it’s sooooooo hot already. Have to run errands. I think that’s the worst. Getting in an oven of a car. Okay, need to run!