I mentioned in a comment late yesterday that the collard plants I planted on Wednesday seem to be dead. What the fuck. They looked perfectly healthy when I transplanted them, separating their roots which had become bound, into good soil and then watered them. Sometimes I feel as if I am one of the worst farmers/gardeners in the country. Okay, that’s far from true, but I do get depressed when plants just die on me for seemingly no reason.

Sadly I am still not back to 100%. My body is sloooowly working on healing itself. It’s working so slowly that now my participation in tomorrow’s Wilson 100 is highly in doubt. Steve and Debbie, I will let you know if I am in your neighborhood. Also, I’m assuming that I will be okay by Sunday, but will send a text to those participating if I am forced to miss the ride.

I solved today’s Wordle in three attempts; my starter today was ROACH.

I have no declutter update this week since I essentially became sick after arriving home earlier in the week, so I’ve done nothing since.

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56 Responses to 2023-09-08

  1. Stumbled a bit on Connections as I recognized the category I was trying to group, but could not get the proper four tiles grouped. I made three erroneous guesses before shifting gears and solving a different grouping.

    Nailed the mini in 26 seconds without even trying to solve it quickly.

    • David says:

      You cleaned up on ont the Mini. Great work. I kept spinning my wheels, 1:17. Barb will probably beat me today. Wordle in 4. Connections was difficult, I had one strike left.

      • Barb says:

        you would be very wrong about the Mini – I really need to do more crosswords -sometimes the clues I just don’t get at 1st.

  2. steve says:

    Wordle in 3. Connections later.

    Another lazy day yesterday. Still not feeling quite right myself, but will survive.

    I made pizza for dinner using a non-rolled Publix crust. I tried to make it round but it did not cooperate. And maybe added too much cheese. (unbelievable).

    Tomorrow, an 80th birthday party for a friend. While it’s listed as a “Suprise”, no details have come forth. Not sure a birthday party for an 80 year old should ever be a suprise!


    • Barb says:

      that’s hilarious

    • So having a vessel that the coast guard deems inappropriate is illegal? I’m confused.

      • David says:

        My interpretation is the Coast Guard is simply over people wasting taxpayer dollars by doing stupid shit. Apparently you have to register your vehicle in US waters. He had no registration. They’re really just trying to save him from himself. I have lived much of my life feeling like I was stuck on a hamster wheel, but that dude has taken the concept to moon shot levels.

        • steve says:

          So, say the CG waves as he goes past and he’s able to make it to the Gulf Stream and really starts moving along. All of a sudden, he gets in trouble, pulls the pin on his Spot and is now really a long way out. There’s the real expense of stupidity that the CG would have to cover.

    • David says:

      Now that is the kind of the quality content that keeps me hooked on this blog. 😉

  3. Barb says:

    Figured out that Suits on Netflix only has 8 seasons, but season 9 is on Prime. So – switching streaming service today to start the last season.

    Kristina came over for dinner (she brought part of it) and wine last night – we caught up out on the deck.

    I’ll mess with Wordle & Connections & whatever else once my brain wakes up.

  4. Sally says:

    We sucked at Trivia last night. Wordle in 5. Had the last 4 letters….you know how many letters could have been the correct solution? Took me 3 guesses! No mistakes in Connections. No one has stepped forward to claim the dog. My boss has him at the moment. We named him Strider. Just started watching Suits so I have a ways to go to get to season 9. Hope everyone has a great week-end.

    • David says:

      I love that name. I used to ask my “wife” what the best pet name of the day was, Strider would have won on any given day. Hopefully Strider finds a home.

      I hate it when I start bowling gutter balls in Wordle, it’s so frustrating.

  5. David says:

    T.G.I. fucking F. Good lord. I just need to get through another week. My “wife’s” movers come next Saturday. After that I’ll only be junking up Jenka’s commute on Monday mornings, which is going to free up the better part of a full work day each week for me. It also gives me the prospect of not using my car at all on some days of the week. That will be fucking amazing. I’m going to get back on the decluttering bus too. I have been going non-stop for most of this year and hanging on by my finger nails, but all of the repositioning that I’ve been striving for in my life is almost in place.

    I’m meeting friends in Sandy Springs tonight for an impromptu dinner since my son will be away on a sleepover and my daughter will be at work. A free night to myself? Dang, gotta fill that up. 🙂 I’ll have a lot of free nights during the week starting the week after next. The kids will be across the street from their school Monday-Thursday nights and with me Friday-Sunday nights.

    I am seriously looking forward to clocking 50 miles on the Silver Comet on Sunday. I need it badly. I’m glad that I finally get to participate in an ITP Reader Silver Comet Ride. I’m planning to be wheels up at Florence Road at 9:00 AM. That will give me some flexibility since I need to get my daughter out of bed and over to to the townhouse so she can attend a test prep class at school Sunday afternoon. I can easily maintain an 18 mile/hour pace on the Silver Comet when I’m going west and am just starting out on a ride, so as long as I hit Florence Road by 9:20 I’ll be in good shape to meet the 30 mile folks at Rambo at 10:00. Paulie and Barb have my phone number.

    Paulie, you probably have COVID. It’s popping up like crazy.

    • steve says:

      I’ve been thinking the same. Find a test…

      Looking forward to riding with you, overachiever…

    • 18 mph is better than I can ride Silver Comet, regardless of my health. Good on ya.

      Yeah, it’s possible, or I just have some other virus going around. At least it’s much less debilitating than the illness I had in February (so far). I thought about using another of my expired home tests, but don’t put much credence in them any longer.

      • And this is what I get for traveling the week before my big riding weekend. Dangen, I hate the state of the world!!!

      • David says:

        I can’t sustain that pace all day, but when I have a head of steam at the start of a ride, I can turn and burn. And I don’t clip in. I was about to start trying clipless last year when I broke my arm. Now the jury is still out as to whether I want to put my mended arm full of hardware at risk. My surgeon was a super nice guy who did me a solid, but I’d really like to make it through the rest of my life without needing his services again.

      • Jenka says:

        Just use the expired tests. That expiration date is bullshit.

        • At this point there is no use as I won’t do anything differently whether or not it’s COVID. If I feel well and strong enough to ride at least sixty miles tomorrow morning, both being highly doubtful at this time, I will ride, otherwise I won’t.

          I won’t go out around anyone today, only sacrificing happy hour with my buddies, one of whom has also been sick this week.

    • Jenka says:

      For some reason Oakdale was backed up all the way to McLendon this morning but Fairview was free and clear? I couldn’t understand it, but I was very happy.

      • David says:

        The cops at Ponce and Oakdale were doing more harm than good this morning from a traffic management perspective. My opinion was solicited by Paideia yesterday with regard to campus security. I said things feel in good shape on campus EXCEPT FOR THE TRAFFIC COPS. My concerns were noted.

        • Jenka says:

          Well, there were two traffic cops at Fairview and Ponce this morning and that has never happened before.

          • David says:

            Actually, it’s been kind of random. Some days there’s two, there’s been a couple of days where there were none. I think the cops see their main job as being crossing guards, which means that they override the lights and then ineptly direct traffic. I could do a better job blindfolded. It could be that you’ve gone through that intersection on days where the cops had already left.

            Also, having studied the traffic pattern for almost a month now, I’d say you will be much better served by turning right on Fairview and going in on Lullwater. Oakdale at Ponce is an absolute clusterfuck and that’s not going to change.

          • Jenka says:

            I go through at 8:00 am, so they definitely haven’t left yet.

            Yes, that’s the route I go every morning – Fairview across Ponce. I have not fucked with Oakdale in the 8 years I’ve lived in this house.

          • David says:

            You can tell the Ponce cops are clueless when Oakdale backs up far enough to prevent you from turning right on Fairview. There’s a separate cop at South Ponce and Oakdale. He’s been at it long enough this year to find his groove. But he can only do so much when Heckle and Jeckle are on Ponce at Oakdale. For instance, today they blocked me from making a left turn onto Ponce when my car was practically in the intersection. Fuckers.

          • David says:

            Oh, I misread that earlier. Yeah, that is weird to have two cops there. Usually there’s just a crossing guard. I didn’t see those cops this morning, but I’m always turning right and I don’t care what’s happening to the left of me at that point.

          • Jenka says:

            For the last few years there has been one crossing guard at Fairview and Ponce and one old dude who has self-appointed himself as a crossing guard. The official one usually stands at the northwest corner of Ponce and Lullwater, and the old dude stands at South Ponce and Fairview, and between them they manage okay. But this morning it was two actual cops.

            Also, Oakdale doesn’t just back up to Fairview. It backs up almost to MCLENDON.

          • David says:

            Oh Christ, I had no idea Oakdale was THAT bad.

  6. Jenka says:

    Paulie, I’m no gardener but I’ve had plants, and kept them alive, all my life. I think my youngest plant is 19 or 20 years old (can’t remember if I was given it in 2003 or 2004). Whenever I transplant a plant it looks like shit for a couple of days. It takes a minute for the roots to get settled in the soil.

    We went to Nakato for sinner last night just for fun. It was so good! Weirdly we were the only 3 people at our grill so we got a private chef!

    • David says:

      Heh, I had an ADHD moment recently where I bought some gorgeous zinnias at Home Depot and then promptly forgot that they were now in my care. They dried up to a crisp. Coulda, woulda, shoulda. Not everything goes to plan.

      I will say that my therapist gave me some really solid advice recently. I was dwelling about all of the things I didn’t like about the wackadoodle date I went on. I was told. “Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.” I have been applying that to many situations in life and have found it game changing.

  7. Jenka says:

    Oh yeah, I almost forgot to tell you, Paulie. Over on the Machine of Books of Faces they have started a Buzz 2.0 group and it is on FIRE. Everyone’s posting their old handles and talking about Gravity and Chazz and “fixt that for you.” It’s kinda fun!

  8. Local birds of prey are out looking for mid-morning snacks. I was standing on the deck when I noticed on sitting in a branch about fifteen feet away. It has since flown off after finding nothing of interest to eat from WLF.

  9. Finished watching season one of “The Afterparty” on AppleTV+. It was cute and silly, so eventually I’ll get around to watching season two.

  10. steve says:

    I hope you’re watching the Vuelta… sounds like a great stage.

  11. I understand that there was an NFL game last night. It appears as if even with a Big Name quarterback I won’t be paying much attention to the Jets’s season.

    • Jenka says:

      The Jets are the Monday night game so you will be able to watch their first game. Everyone in the country wants to watch the Jets’ first game (for different reasons, heh).

  12. Barb says:

    A few people from our weekend have popped with covid – I have felt fine -so I haven’t tested. Covid seems to be everywhere right now. At least most of the people with it are vaccinated – so it seems to be just an annoying nuisance instead of a deadly thing. I think I might be almost past the window with those folks. But -if I’m going to get it, I need it now, as I’m flying next Friday to Iowa, and I can not not go on that trip/

    • David says:

      Mask up, Barb.

      • Barb says:

        I’ve done very little inside stuff this week (besides just staying home) – so I feel pretty good about not spreading anything -if I’m a non symptomatic person. Now – just to be careful for the next week.

    • Jenka says:

      Two people at work recently had Covid and another two people had a non-Covid cold. So illness of one kind or another is everywhere these days. Get your flu shot!

    • And as if being sick weren’t bad enough, I feel like I weigh a million pounds with no ability to start burning calories. I will be skipping my weigh in on Tuesday because I don’t think that I can face the music.

  13. steve says:

    … and the Cyclingnews website where I get my live updates has crashed! MF!

  14. Popped in WLF and harvested a handful of okra and a few different kinds of peppers. There are some eggplant that I will get today or tomorrow. Boy howdy things are dry, even when I water. The transplanted collards are continuing to look as if they will die.

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