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Monday, November 09, 2020

On election night I could not sleep. It wasn't until 4 AM when I saw that Biden was ahead in Wisconsin that I was finally able to sleep for a few hours.

And then Saturday morning it was official, Biden had won. Such a feeling of peace and calm filled me. No more stupid tweets. No more racist and homophobic crap coming from the White House. History being made with the first mixed-race Vice President, who coincidentally is a woman. I am so happy.

And of course the Orange Thing is busy having temper tantrums. Who cares. 

It rained this morning. Clyde Kitty was happy to come inside. Snowball has decided that Clyde is alright and doesn't hiss at him anymore. Ruby wants him to play with her, but Clyde is not interested. Poor Ruby. She is so obsessed with playing ball fetch. She would do that for hours if only this human would cooperate.



















Snowball, Ruby, Clyde Kitty, and Buddy Cat.


 


Monday, November 02, 2020

I'm working on a new project downtown. As we were stripping away the overburden we came upon a pit (probably a cesspool) filled with 1960s trash. I told John I hoped to find some cowboy and Indians, and the next backhoe scrape a toy gun showed up. Then I looked down and there were two toy soldiers. Later in the backdirt I found the troll doll and a money from a Barrel of Monkeys. Currently I am digging a well or outhouse pit filled with 1930s trash. 

























1960s toys,.

At the Presidio Museum Matt helped me put up an altar for All Soul's Day, honoring my mother and her ancestors. I had to go back and put name tags on the photos and I started weeping. I miss my mother.






































Altar.

Tomorrow is election day. Biden better win. I have been, of course, obsessing about it.

 


Monday, October 19, 2020

The Orange Thing is in town today, speaking at the airport I think. Spreading Covid-19.

Yesterday at Michaels, which I had gone to to buy green things (my mind isn't working) (pipe cleaners!) for the stems of paper flowers I am making, there was this couple not wearing masks. I haven't seen that in over a month. Everyone in Tucson behaves. Except these two fucking smug idiots. They should have been kicked out of the store. Because you know they are the types busy spreading the disease and killing people. I was with Matt, otherwise I would have started shouting at them. He is afraid I will get shot.

Covidiots.

I'm particularly upset about this because a close relative has it back in Michigan and is pretty sick at home. Another close relative is awaiting to find out whether they have it.

Wear a mask.
Practice social distancing.
Wash your hands.
Turn off Fox "News."


Monday, October 12, 2020

I filled out my ballot on Saturday. Voted for only Democrats. Will never, ever vote for another fucking Republican for the rest of my life.












I took the ballot to the post office and mailed it on Sunday.

And today that religious nut is being considered for the Supreme Court. I am not supposed to use a certain word, but she is that Certain Word. She is going to push her fervent fundamentalist religious beliefs on the rest of us. She will directly affect my life in the coming years. I'm watching Senator Amy Klobuchar lecture that Certain Word about the Affordable Care Act. That Certain Word is going to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, and she will have the best government paid for health insurance. All of us with existing conditions will be screwed over. And she will vote against LGBT rights. And she will make abortion illegal. Her opinions on these matters are now known, despite the fact that Certain Word failed to disclose things she had written, lectures she had given, petitions she had signed, because I guess having all of those fundamentalist religious beliefs makes you conveniently forget that you have vile opinions and want to fuck with the lives of millions of people because you believe some Bible bullshit.

Anyways, I hope you vote for only Democrats because if you vote for Republicans you are a Certain Word.  

 


Friday, October 09, 2020

 How many days until the election? 25! Some observations- I have seen only three vehicles with Trump stickers on them. Not a single Trump sign. There are a scattering of McSally signs. Out on the east side of town you have two crazy Republican women Mabel Gummere and someone surnamed Wadsack. 

Matt and I tried to watch the first two debates. After maybe 20 minutes we turned to something else. Why waste time watching the asshole blabbering and the robot being robotic. I am hoping that my ballot arrives to my house today so I can vote DEMOCRATIC.

I purchased the Hyundai Accent from the Scottsdale Hertz Sales dealer. I am still waiting for my plates. They do not answer their phone. The online Yelp reviews include another person who is waiting months for their plates. I contacted the national office on Facebook and they responded. Hopefully it will be resolved.

Clyde Kitty is gradually making friends. I was really surprised to see him sitting with Snowball.

Snowball still won't look at Clyde Kitty.

He is very cuddly at times, and in the morning he wants to play but his teeth and claws are sharp!





































You smell!



Saturday, October 03, 2020

It is October 2020. The year that is going by so fast but never seems to end.

When I talk to Matt on the telephonic device, I often sit on the front porch. Ruby insists I throw the ball so she can get it all slobbering and dirty. Finally, when it is terribly gross, I refuse to throw it. Clyde may be sitting nearby watching that stupid dog doing stupid dog things.

Clyde and Ruby.

I bought some pizza dough at Trader Joe's and made a couple of vegetarian pizzas. They were delicious and probably fattening.

Pizzaz.

I went to the doctor for my semi-annual physical. I had to put on little paper booties and wear a mask. The next day I got my results back and was amazed at how much improved I was over the last time. This is despite eating a lot of junk and gaining weight. It is a Covid Miracle.

2020 Fashion.

In the backyard, the year-old marigolds that I got for last year's All Souls Procession have magically come back to life. They are pretty.

Marigolds.

The small yellow sunflowers that Birdy planted have also come back to life and are providing bees with some delicious nectar.

Mini sunflowers.

For the last month or so there was a terrible smell in the bathroom. Horrible. I thought it was the drains and my attempts to ameliorate it were unsuccessful. Finally I decided that the wax ring for the toilet must be defective. So I lifted it up and replaced the ring (it took two of them). It was a disgusting project. And then it turned out the horrible smell was mold growing on the little bathroom rug. 

Waste closet renovation.

Well someone in the White House is a disease vector and so many people, including the orange thing and his Slovenian "I really don't care," have acquired the trendy Covid-19 virus. What a surprise. It was only a matter of time. I'm hoping they all recover soon because I want to see them kicked out. 



 


Sunday, September 20, 2020

 Matt and I drove east to Hatch, New Mexico on Friday. It was the first time we have gone on a long trip since Covid 19 started.

Hatch is known for its chili peppers. We drove through Hatch and went to look at the Rio Grande, which was flowing with muddy-colored water. We saw one field with colorful peppers.





















Pepper field.

Back in Hatch we stopped at the Pepper Pot restaurant.




















Matt  on a John Deere.

We sat down outside and ate at the restaurant, the first sit-down meal since March 7th. I had the grilled cheese with green chilis and onion rings.
















Matt and Homer.

Down the street were a lot of fun statues.




























Green and Red Chilis.

We stopped at Grijalva's Farm so that Matt could buy green Hatch chilis. I bought a red chili ristra for the Presidio Museum.



























Grijalva's.

You can order a 40 pound box for $35, mild, medium, or hot.



















Chili roasting area.

The area smelled so nice.



















Burlap bags of green chilis.

The roasters are natural gas fired, and rotate, exposing the outside of the chilis to intense heat. The skin blackens and finally the roasters stop, the chute is washed, and the chilis sent into a large plastic bag in a box.

Roaster.

The truck smelled nice all the way home. Today Matt made me some Hatch chili cornbread. It was delicious.





Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Version 57, Blog Post 2900.



This last year has been something else.  
 


So what's been happening?

I spent two weeks watching a trench being dug under a downtown street. Some of the trench was dug using a giant vacuum that sucked up dirt and water. Found a few things. Downtown is mostly deserted still, although the courthouse was functioning.

Vacuum.

The first day I arrived and no one was there. An artificial foot was lying next to the bus stop. Strange.

Leftie.

Sometimes, after the varmints have left the bedroom, I open the French door so it can cool off. One morning after taking a shower something moved on the floor. A little toad was hopping around. So weird.


Toad.

I caught it, put it a bowl, and took over to Mission Garden. I ran into one of the guys running the Garden and he said it was okay to release it there (it is a native species). There was an enormous Colorado River Toad hopping around and the new acequia has many little endangered fishes swimming around.

Toad in the acequia.

Lots of plants and trees doing what they like to do. 

Flowers.

I got a 1930s or 1940s puzzle on Ebay. 

Tuco Picture Puzzle.

Interesting to put together- the pieces do not interlock and move around easily, especially if Buddy Cat decides to walk over it.

Puzzle.

Clyde Kitty comes inside twice a day for breakfast and supper. He is getting fat. He likes to play and I have to watch because his teeth are sharp.


Clyde.

I'm gathering things for a non-profit auction and went to Habitat Store and found a couple of paintings for a total of $15.

Hanging on my wall.

Ruby wants Clyde to play with her, Clyde puts up with her and if not afraid of her.



Clyde and Ruby.

Snowball hates Clyde, mostly. Buddy Cat ignore him.


Snowball says, "I hate you!"

On Labor Day Matt and I went down to Bisbee. Nice to walk around. We posed with our masks off but behaved, unlike most visitors, and wore them otherwise.



Bisbee.

When he comes over, Ruby is all over him.

Ruby has a boyfriend.

I bought another 1930s-1940s puzzle at the antique store. It is made from wood.  When I finished it last night I discovered one piece was missing.

Wooden puzzle.


 


Friday, August 14, 2020

The monsoon isn't very monsoony this year. Only one big rain at my house. It did get windy one day and a big branch broke on the willow acacia. Matt came over and cut it down and removed it while I was attending a Zoom board meeting. Thanks Matt!

Branch.

The barrel fishhook cactus in my backyard is blooming. Very pretty.

Cactus flowers.

I've been watching Perry Mason with Matt. Very well done. Have to pay close attention. I ordered a Perry Mason book from the library. To get the book you go to the desk and they bring it to you, masked and with gloves on. When I go over on the weekend Buddy-boo (Gandalf) is there. He likes to have his tummy rubbed.

Buddy-boo.

At home I feed Clyde twice a day. After he finishes he likes to have his tummy rubbed too, purring loudly. He trusts me, doesn't like other people.

Clyde.

Had a falling out with someone who described a Trump-voting friend as "nice." No. Someone who votes for Donald Trump, knowing all of the horrible things he has done, it not nice. They are evil. Complicit in the racism. In the children in cages. In the destruction of nature. In the defense of neo-Nazis and child rapers. You vote for Trump, you share his values. You are not nice. You are evil.

That's my opinion.


Monday, August 03, 2020

Matt and I wanted to get out of town, so we drove down to the ghost town of Fairbank on the San Pedro River. I forgot to take pictures of the ghost town buildings. It was disappointing that the old school house, which has exhibits, was closed because of the pandemic.

We walked on the trail to the cemetery and stamp mill. We saw some fun critters. We saw several cute millipedes.


Millipedes.

Then we saw a furry tarantula. Matt was freaked out by it. If he hadn't been there I would have picked it up. So cute!

Tarantula!

On the way back he spotted a snake slithering across the path. It was not a rattlesnake. I do not want to pick up snakes.

Snake!

There were also some pretty flowers, blooming because the area has gotten some monsoon rain. It was only rained once in Tucson at my house.

Paper flower!

We went to the Fairbank cemetery, which is up on a hill. There are piles of rocks marking individual graves. I think we saw three home-made concrete gravestones.

Matt and Homer.

The scenery from the top of the cemetery is real nice. You can see the Whetstone Mountains far away. The dark green vegetation are cottonwood trees growing along the now-dry San Pedro River.

Pretty scenery.

Back home a stray kitty has decided to live in my backyard. Yesterday he meowed at me when I looked over the fence (Ruby was barking at him). He looked hungry so I got him a can of cat food. He was very happy to eat it.

This morning as I was watering Ruby saw the cat and chased it up into the mesquite tree. The cat meowed at me again. I told Ruby she was being naughty and took her inside. I got another can of food and climbed on the table next to the tree and gave it to him. Backyard Kitty was very hungry! As he was eating he let me pet him and pat his back. He seems very friendly.

Backyard Kitty!

I guess I have another friend to take care of. I will have to tell Ruby to not be naughty.

Pets!


Thursday, July 30, 2020

The last three weeks have seen 346, then 579, and then 556 deaths reported in Arizona. And when you go Governor Ducey's Facebook page you see all of the posts by Covid-deniers and Let's-Open-Now folks.

I wonder whether Herman Cain regretted not wearing a mask after he got sick. It is all a hoax, right?

Puzzle time! Matt gave me some puzzles. I loved this one- the unusual shape and bright colors.

 Floral puzzle.

And then there was this one. SIGH. He didn't give me the box so I had no idea what it was. So I spent hours working on it. When I had finished all of the non-white pieces, this is what I had. But then there were hundreds of white pieces. I finally told Matt that I couldn't do it. He then told me that it was rolls of toilet paper. There was even two pieces that had a Covid-19 virus.


 Unfinished.

Then I got puzzles I ordered. This one had hummingbirds and was fun to put together.

Hummingbird by Eeboo.

I went to the Museum of Art's opening of their new gallery, socially-distanced. After viewing the Meso-American artifacts (no comment), I went through the rest of the gallery. This was my favorite.

Tom Palmore.

The Presidio Museum held a socially-distanced movie viewing of Arizona (1940). I last watched it in 2004 before giving a talk on the film at the 2005 SHA conference in York, England. I just ordered the book the movie was based on through Ebay.


Arizona.

Neighbor Pete called me to alert me that there was a pair of javelinas in his yard. I went into my backyard and there they were. One looked at me through the fence, a foot away. Smelly!


Javelina.

Rose opened the front gate and they wandered out and walked down the street. I encouraged them to go back towards the desert. They were very interested in this pole.

Javelinas.

A couple of days ago I woke up at 3:30 AM to discover that most of my electricity was not working. I was lucky to have a nice electrician come over and repair it ($120).

Electrician on the roof.

At work I am working on finishing an old report. A little tedious, lots of tracking down things.


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