Boy, I haven’t been keeping up to date on life happenings, as if anyone cared, LOL.
California oak branch with acorn attached
Anyhoo, at the end of May, Rich sold his kung fu studio and no longer needs to commute 110 miles 4 days a week to San Diego for work. He also started collecting Social Security in July. That’s been really nice. I have two steady clients for online writing and SEO work, plus I have two bookkeeping gigs, plus Rich & I share the maintenance for the water company. Rich also still has his septic pumping job three days a week for the lake. So, between all those irons in the fire, we’re making pretty decent money. Enough that we can start eating out once in a while!
Rich also joined the Julian-Cuyamaca Volunteer Fire Department. He goes to training every Wednesday night, and he’s got all the equipment, including a pair of super-cool black leather wildland fire boots. Doesn’t have a pager yet, but any day now…
Around late April/early May, Rich got cellulitis, a staph infection in the skin. At first, we thought it was poison oak, because the red areas oozed water, but there was minimal itching. Finally we went to a clinic in late June, and found out what it was. Antibiotics just caused an allergic reaction, making the rash spread over virtually his whole body. I’ll be writing a separate post about this later, as we’re still dealing with it, but it is much better.
It’s been HOT this summer, especially August. I’m SO ready for some snow.
Gracie’s doing good. She ate a mouse last night. She’s becoming much more of a homebody now that she’s a grown-up cat of two. Here she is making a pillow out of Rich’s flip-flops.
Haven’t been cooking very much, but will have something good coming up: Bratwurst!
That little cherry tomato plant has taken over my whole planter, and grew well outside of the protective wire cage. So far, no problems, but I did pull off a fat 4-inch-long caterpillar who was making a feast of the plant. It’s putting out 2 or 3 toms a day now.
The catnip and mint plants are doing well, too. They also grew out of their cage, but are doing fine.
Finally, here’s my prediction for the November elections: Obama’s GOT this. He’s gonna get blacks, women, gays, Hispanics, and dog-lovers. This election is in the BAG.