Oh boy, the Atlanta area weather forecast for the foreseeable future looks bleak. It sure makes me wish I had been able to finish off the garden plot, and perhaps get a rain barrel to start collecting water… I’ve also been trying to figure out how I am going to trellis the bean, cucumber, zucchini, and tomato plants that will eventually be in the backyard. I can see why real urban homesteaders drive pick’emup trucks. 😂

As I mentioned in a comment yesterday I did manage to transplant a raspberry plant that I bought at Lowe’s recently; it was time to get it out of its shipping packaging. I have covered the soil with mulch, and then the much with some plastic netting in hopes of keeping critters from digging up the soil the way they did when I planted beets and carrots in the same container last Fall. Perhaps I will add blackberry and blueberry bushes too, we’ll see…

The rest of yesterday was about resting. I did work, I sat around, I watched Top Chef virtually with Betsy, and then nodded off for the evening.

After knocking out this blog post I am going to dedicate a few hours to German in hopes to prepare for tonight’s class. If I feel unprepared at the end of my study session I will skip tonight’s class because I am tired of muddling my way through class.

Seems like a common thread, no?

Hope you remain high and dry during the upcoming days.

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31 Responses to 2021-02-11

  1. Steve says:

    My coon ass buddy had to get up and extinguish a fire from a lightning strike this morning. The strike lit up a big cypress tree, which spread to an outbuilding. This coming storm is full of the stuff, so this may be a good day to unplug your electronics.

    Yesterday, I actually got out on the road bike for 16. Felt pretty good, considering.

    Decided yesterday not to take next week off as the weather looks like it’s going to be crappy the whole time.

    So I think you should bag the German class and take that money and find a tutor. A couple hours a week of conversation would force you to learn better than this class, IMHO.


    • Hmm, unplug electronics… There is something I hadn’t thought about doing in awhile.

      I don’t know what I will do. I don’t feel that I have the vocabulary to do much with a tutor. I should probably read/write more, with or without continuing classes, but it’s hard since I don’t make it a priority.

      • Steve says:

        Do you have cassette equipment? I still have my German tapes, which might be useful. I think I could even find the books.

      • No, I no longer have a cassette player. There is no shortage of audio available, it’s commitment I lack. To be fair (a phrase that “Letterkenny” has changed forever for me) I have shifted German time to garden time, coding video time, and overall fucking off time.

    • Bonnie says:

      We had a power surge in our neighborhood last week and many folks lost a lot of stuff, some people all of their kitchen appliances! Our power did “surge” but very fortunately none of our stuff was affected. We have surge protectors for a few things, but not our rather pricey kitchen appliances!

      • ITP Lurker says:

        You can have an electrician add a whole house surge protector to your electrical panel. If I recall it was a couple hundred dollars, definitely much less than even a single appliance. We a had lightning strike in our backyard once, out of the blue on an otherwise clear day. It sound like a bomb went off, I literally hit the floor. It wreaked some damage but could have been far worse. We got the whole house surge protector after that.

        • Bonnie says:

          Thanks! We are going to call our electrician next week. I also read up on the monthly option that Georgia Power offers but it looks like a lot of loopholes plus for sure more expense in the long run? In Memphis (before our house was grounded) we had a surge that killed or damaged several items. You can bet rewiring the house moved up toward the top of the list shortly thereafter.

          • ITP Lurker says:

            Yeah, Georgia Power makes you numb to the $9.95/month and so that fee just rolls on forever. It’s probably a similar device as an electrician would install on your main panel, it’s just the electrician option won’t have repair warranty. Regardless, I’d rather pay once and know that I’ve reduced my risk, rather than sign up for yet another subscription that most definitely blurs into the woodwork.

      • That is good to know, for it may actually happen that I get some electrical work done to the house this year… (which may also start the plumbing renovation too).

  2. Bonnie says:

    I am thoroughly deflated after looking at the weekend’s weather forecast. 😢
    I am disappointed in myself that I didn’t get on a bike yesterday, but didn’t get my act together in time. I ran a 10K on the Beltline Southside Trail instead. I really wish I had a trainer—I’m going to be in a world of hurt come Spring Tune Up, especially if this shitty weather keeps up. And we got news that it’s unlikely our HOA gym will reopen this year anytime soon, which of course I figured. It just sucks we have to keep paying for it, but I get it.

    • Steve says:

      Why would the gym not be available? Schedule the appropriate number of people for the space, wipe down after yourself, and probably wipe down before using a machine just in case. Simple.

      • I think her HOA gym is playing it very safe since they know people are careless; and they don’t want to spend their HOA fees on lawsuits.

      • Bonnie says:

        Pre-COVID it was unstaffed. Anyone could go anytime using a key fob and you were supposed to wipe down your equipment (but 95% of folks didn’t). A cleaning service cleaned it once a week. They tried it for a short time during COVID where we signed up for a 45-min. slot online (one household at a time), a staff member had to let us in instead of using our key fobs, then staff cleaned it afterward. But we ultimately couldn’t afford the staffing. Apparently we can’t be trusted to use the honor system nor clean the equipment. Trust me, that is the case. We have our fair share of douchebags here.

        I hope in the coming days it will be easier to find some dumbbells to purchase, and that aren’t a total price-gouge.

      • Bonnie says:

        The pool (outdoor) is planned to try and reopen in May, with plenty of restrictions of course. But as I saw last summer, many folks can’t seem to follow the rules… I only went a couple times during COVID. Plus it’s nearly impossible to snag one of the limited sign-up slots.

    • Yeah, the weather looks depressing… Of course it won’t rain 24/7, but everything will be wet.

      We will get out on bikes when the weather improves. Theoretically cycling is one of the exercises that I should be doing more often.

      • barb says:

        Get in shape for Spring Tune Up – what a concept!
        someday I’ll ride my bike again……….

        the weather forecast in FL doesn’t look too bad for next week – I’m really looking forward to getting away from this office.

        • Have a fun time in FL you vaccinated fools! 😂

          Please wave hello toward my mother in Dunedin as you drive southward through Tampa on your way to St Pete.

          Also, hope you enjoy the Dali museum. It’s been decades since I was a member and have visited.

          • barb says:

            We will be coming north from Fort Myers to St Pete. But – we will wave at Mom when we leave St Pete to head to Jacksonville.
            We are really going to put some miles on my car. 1st Stop Melbourne, then Vero Beach, then fort Myers, then St Pete, then Jax. then finally home.

          • Barb’s and Alan’s Tour de Florida. 😁

            Okay, thanks. She’ll probably be at bingo so don’t be offended if she doesn’t wave back. 😂

        • Bonnie says:

          Yay Barb!

        • Steve says:

          Sounds like a great trip. Besides Dali, there is also a great Western and Indian (feather, not dot) museum right there in downtown St. Pete. I almost literally stumbled upon it when I was down for Debbie’s conference 2 years ago.


        • There are a lot of really good breweries down there too. Just saying. 😉

  3. barb says:

    BTW- Subaru burning oil update.
    Oil light finally game back on – dropped it off (Allan is driving a 2021 Crosstrek while they work on it).
    They decided we get a whole new engine – of course under warranty.
    It never burned oil until they did the recall & other work.
    So – when we get back from FL, it should be done.

  4. I should have remembered to put out my new rain gauge yesterday… 🐀🐀🐀

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