ostarella: (worry)
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It's rained occasionally over the last couple of weeks - we've had almost a half inch! I'm only hoping the long-range forecasts for more snow than normal are accurate. I don't think we could take another year like this one.
ostarella: (Tired)
So many things going on right now that leave me wishing I were elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else.

Work is getting to be way too tense. Heard last night that the two guys I work with (one one night a week, the other on weekends) nearly came to blows the night before. The tension between the two has always been strong, but it seems it's getting much much worse. I think the overall discontent among most of the employees is growing, and it doesn't help. I'm soooo hoping I can find a different job very, very soon, as it appears that things in general are only going to get worse.

The weather is another problem. The drought has no end in sight, and the corn and soybean crops are taking a definite hit. My brother's been keeping track, and we've had way less than six inches of rain since mid-May (less than half the norm). Couple that with the unbearable heat throughout most of the summer - we had about ten days of cool temps (in the 70s) throughout July and August; the rest of the time it's been in the low to upper 90s (which we typically only hit a few days during mid-August).

And of course, fall is close at hand. The trees are losing their leaves already (combination of time of year and the damn heat/drought). But it only serves to remind me that winter is coming, and they're predicting heavier snowfall than usual (something to do with El Niño or El Niña). But I have so many things to get done before the snow comes - spent most of the day cutting down trees and shrubs (until the heat got to me), and I have a few more to do tomorrow. Then dig out the stumps and transplant lilac shoots so we have some privacy along that side of the yard. Still have a shed to tear down and rebuild, and then just general winterizing types things (like washing all these damn windows and getting plastic on them).

Sometimes I really wish I just had a small condo somewhere where the weather was a little more bland... and a means of paying for it all that didn't mean working for some dipshit.

It's HOT!

Jul. 5th, 2012 08:25 pm
ostarella: (Tired)
The last few days we've been hitting the upper 90s and low 100s (F). Humidity unbelievable. Normally our house stays very cool even in the hottest of days, but not now. Hell, my deodorant was getting mushy! So, much as I hate the damn thing, my brother insisted on installing the window air conditioner the other day. It's a monster. And noisy! OMG. Every time it kicks in, the whole house shakes - and I'm not exaggerating. Unfortunately, I'm one of those people who freeze easily, so I have a choice of wearing a jacket in the rooms we have closed off for the AC, or roasting in the rest of the house. Not to mention the window it's in is right next to my desk...

And no rain. We've had just over two inches since May 20. It's so frustrating - the storms go north of us, or south of us, or stop just west of us - but nothing falls on us! It's like a wedge where rain is just not allowed. Gawd. My water bill is going to be gargantuan! But I was kind of expecting it - we had almost no snow all winter, which typically means the dryness carries over to the summer.

I think I could actually deal with the weather better if it had come when it normally does - late July and into August. But now? So I'm wondering if things will get even worse in August, or if we'll have an early fall.

There just doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it any more...

Unheard of

Mar. 14th, 2012 11:01 am
ostarella: (Joy)
The last few days we've had high temperatures in the low 70s (F). The rest of this week and all through next week they're predicting upper 70s, close to 80.

IN MARCH!!!!????!!!! IN MINNESOTA????!!!!!????

The normal high is 37F.

Yeah...

Yeah...

YEAH! Happy dance!!!
ostarella: (MostAngry)
Got up early this morning to take out the garbage - had done some deep cleaning over the weekend so had extra - damn garbage collectors came early! So I emailed the company, told them to get their fat asses over here either yet today or when they do tomorrow's run and pick it up. I did it nicely, of course, but firmly. We're supposed to have it out by 7:00 am, so I always put it out between 6:30 and 6:45. (I just hate seeing all this garbage stuck outside the day before!)

Hot and muggy again today. Temp's at 82, but feels like 92 because of the 91% humidity and 79 degree dew point. Was going to hang out laundry today but of course it would never dry, which means a trip to the laundromat. And then I have to work tonight on top of it. (Which is okay because it's air-conditioned and I work frozen foods, generally). But the drive up with no AC is going to be crap.

Plus, I'll probably get up there and find they've put me in dairy instead. Nobody likes to work dairy just because it's a little Peyton Place. Got one gal there who is such a racist! The only people she gets along with are the two black guys. Otherwise if she works with you more than a day, you're shit on her list. Add to that that she has all these so-called medical problems. She loves to 'feel faint' whenever she's supposed to do something she doesn't want to. Gawd. I get along with damn near everyone at work (minus the occasional set-to's that are normal when dealing with people - they flare up then disappear) but her? I just try to pretend she doesn't even exist. And the others in dairy - you never know who's going to be on the shit list that day. They keep shifting around - let's pick on this one today, tomorrow it's your turn. Bleah.

I hope this heat goes away soon. Everyone's getting bitchy...
ostarella: (MostAngry)
Got up early this morning to take out the garbage - had done some deep cleaning over the weekend so had extra - damn garbage collectors came early! So I emailed the company, told them to get their fat asses over here either yet today or when they do tomorrow's run and pick it up. I did it nicely, of course, but firmly. We're supposed to have it out by 7:00 am, so I always put it out between 6:30 and 6:45. (I just hate seeing all this garbage stuck outside the day before!)

Hot and muggy again today. Temp's at 82, but feels like 92 because of the 91% humidity and 79 degree dew point. Was going to hang out laundry today but of course it would never dry, which means a trip to the laundromat. And then I have to work tonight on top of it. (Which is okay because it's air-conditioned and I work frozen foods, generally). But the drive up with no AC is going to be crap.

Plus, I'll probably get up there and find they've put me in dairy instead. Nobody likes to work dairy just because it's a little Peyton Place. Got one gal there who is such a racist! The only people she gets along with are the two black guys. Otherwise if she works with you more than a day, you're shit on her list. Add to that that she has all these so-called medical problems. She loves to 'feel faint' whenever she's supposed to do something she doesn't want to. Gawd. I get along with damn near everyone at work (minus the occasional set-to's that are normal when dealing with people - they flare up then disappear) but her? I just try to pretend she doesn't even exist. And the others in dairy - you never know who's going to be on the shit list that day. They keep shifting around - let's pick on this one today, tomorrow it's your turn. Bleah.

I hope this heat goes away soon. Everyone's getting bitchy...

HOT!

Jul. 18th, 2011 02:23 pm
ostarella: (Arrgh)
Again. Temps in the mid 90s, heat index 110 plus, humidity - well, there's a light fog everywhere, even now, and just sitting still produces rivulets of water on the bod. I could plug in the AC, but I'm stubborn about that. Costs too damn much to run it, for one thing, and it only cools one or two rooms. Usually I'd close the windows and shades early morning and have the one fan upstairs blowing out the window and that would keep it cool, but bro has other ideas. He apparently prefers warm wind to none. :p

Anyway...

HOT!

Jul. 18th, 2011 02:23 pm
ostarella: (Arrgh)
Again. Temps in the mid 90s, heat index 110 plus, humidity - well, there's a light fog everywhere, even now, and just sitting still produces rivulets of water on the bod. I could plug in the AC, but I'm stubborn about that. Costs too damn much to run it, for one thing, and it only cools one or two rooms. Usually I'd close the windows and shades early morning and have the one fan upstairs blowing out the window and that would keep it cool, but bro has other ideas. He apparently prefers warm wind to none. :p

Anyway...

It's HOT!

Jun. 6th, 2011 02:02 pm
ostarella: (Now what)
And muggy. It's been in the 80s and 90s the last three days, and humid as hell - the type of weather we shouldn't be having for at least another month yet. God. How can it go from way below average temps to way above average temps in less than a week? WTF?

Found out my son is coming back the week of the 4th (July), which is great news. I don't know if I'll be able to get time off or not, but if I rearrange my sleeping to the mornings, he'll be sleeping then too, so it probably won't be so bad. At least he's getting home!

Does mean not going to Chicago the end of July for the con, though. What with the dental work, the truck repair, the plumbing (did I mention the upstairs bathroom pipes decided to give up the ghost? Had Niagra Falls in the kitchen >: ), and now with John coming back, I just won't have the funds available. So I'll be watching to see what's going on in the fall - if I live that long...

It's HOT!

Jun. 6th, 2011 02:02 pm
ostarella: (Now what)
And muggy. It's been in the 80s and 90s the last three days, and humid as hell - the type of weather we shouldn't be having for at least another month yet. God. How can it go from way below average temps to way above average temps in less than a week? WTF?

Found out my son is coming back the week of the 4th (July), which is great news. I don't know if I'll be able to get time off or not, but if I rearrange my sleeping to the mornings, he'll be sleeping then too, so it probably won't be so bad. At least he's getting home!

Does mean not going to Chicago the end of July for the con, though. What with the dental work, the truck repair, the plumbing (did I mention the upstairs bathroom pipes decided to give up the ghost? Had Niagra Falls in the kitchen >: ), and now with John coming back, I just won't have the funds available. So I'll be watching to see what's going on in the fall - if I live that long...
ostarella: (Default)
Started raining yesterday afternoon and hasn't stopped yet - and no drizzle type rain either. Weather service says our area has gotten 3-8" so far - some roads in town are closed (flooded). It's as bad (if not worse) than it is in the spring. Not surprising though - I think we've had maybe 2-3 days this month that haven't had some rain...
ostarella: (Default)
Started raining yesterday afternoon and hasn't stopped yet - and no drizzle type rain either. Weather service says our area has gotten 3-8" so far - some roads in town are closed (flooded). It's as bad (if not worse) than it is in the spring. Not surprising though - I think we've had maybe 2-3 days this month that haven't had some rain...
ostarella: (Goals)
Remember how I was saying how much I loved fall? Well, today is reminding me of some of the lesser 'virtues' of the season. It's only supposed to get in the low 60s (17 C), it's windy (29 mph) and cloudy. A great day to be inside, but... A reminder that I have to get the windows washed (all 29 of them) and start getting plastic put on the ones in rooms we don't use (the rest will get done once it's definitely too cold to have them open). I have to replace the back door as well, as the old one is rotting at the bottom :-(  Oh well - like I told my brother - this time of year it's easier to do the yardwork as everything can just get cut down and cleaned up instead of having to worry about the new stuff coming in. :D

Our oven quit working yesterday - I think. It would light and start heating and then quit. Then re-light, heat, then quit. Sometimes it would run for only a few seconds, other times for a few minutes. Gawd. So depending on how much it will cost to repair, we may be looking at a new one. Which is okay, because neither my brother nor I like this son of a bitch. Way too big, for one thing, and too many gadgets that never worked the way they were supposed to. But we shall see.

Fang, btw, now has access to all parts of the house except the basement and storage rooms. I got tired of fighting to keep her out of the kitchen - but she's discovered it's not nearly as much fun being in there as it was trying to get in. She slinks around like enemies are waiting around every corner - and the stove scares the bejeebers out of her (well, it was clanking and hissing a lot when I was trying to get it going :p). But it's nice not having to have the door closed all the time.

Found a new contest to enter - 2K to 20K word count, top prize $2000 and pub, 3rd prize $700 and pub. Spent a few frustrated hours trying to figure out something to write for it and then things kinda broke open. Have until the end of Sept to get it done. So what the heck - nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Had been thinking of using Nanowrimo to get the ball rolling with the "big" original story (I still feel self-conscious calling it "my novel" :p) but it's been poking me with such frequency (an idea here, a snippet there) that I don't know if I'll be able to hold out until then. Then again, if I keep just jotting everything down and doing research, maybe by the time Nano comes around, I'll be out of the starting gate like Secretariat  LOL

Also going to take an online writing course through Fiction Factor - "How to Write a Thriller". Even though I'm not *really* writing a thriller - well, it could be called that, I guess. Anyway, there are enough things in common with a thriller and an "action/adventure" story that I think it will be helpful. And it's only $31 for the six week course, so not like I'm putting out a huge sum of money.

Anyway - now to decide if I should go back to bed or do some miscellaneous chores... bed, with a warm blanket and three furballs for heat sounds really nice right now. :D
ostarella: (Goals)
Remember how I was saying how much I loved fall? Well, today is reminding me of some of the lesser 'virtues' of the season. It's only supposed to get in the low 60s (17 C), it's windy (29 mph) and cloudy. A great day to be inside, but... A reminder that I have to get the windows washed (all 29 of them) and start getting plastic put on the ones in rooms we don't use (the rest will get done once it's definitely too cold to have them open). I have to replace the back door as well, as the old one is rotting at the bottom :-(  Oh well - like I told my brother - this time of year it's easier to do the yardwork as everything can just get cut down and cleaned up instead of having to worry about the new stuff coming in. :D

Our oven quit working yesterday - I think. It would light and start heating and then quit. Then re-light, heat, then quit. Sometimes it would run for only a few seconds, other times for a few minutes. Gawd. So depending on how much it will cost to repair, we may be looking at a new one. Which is okay, because neither my brother nor I like this son of a bitch. Way too big, for one thing, and too many gadgets that never worked the way they were supposed to. But we shall see.

Fang, btw, now has access to all parts of the house except the basement and storage rooms. I got tired of fighting to keep her out of the kitchen - but she's discovered it's not nearly as much fun being in there as it was trying to get in. She slinks around like enemies are waiting around every corner - and the stove scares the bejeebers out of her (well, it was clanking and hissing a lot when I was trying to get it going :p). But it's nice not having to have the door closed all the time.

Found a new contest to enter - 2K to 20K word count, top prize $2000 and pub, 3rd prize $700 and pub. Spent a few frustrated hours trying to figure out something to write for it and then things kinda broke open. Have until the end of Sept to get it done. So what the heck - nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Had been thinking of using Nanowrimo to get the ball rolling with the "big" original story (I still feel self-conscious calling it "my novel" :p) but it's been poking me with such frequency (an idea here, a snippet there) that I don't know if I'll be able to hold out until then. Then again, if I keep just jotting everything down and doing research, maybe by the time Nano comes around, I'll be out of the starting gate like Secretariat  LOL

Also going to take an online writing course through Fiction Factor - "How to Write a Thriller". Even though I'm not *really* writing a thriller - well, it could be called that, I guess. Anyway, there are enough things in common with a thriller and an "action/adventure" story that I think it will be helpful. And it's only $31 for the six week course, so not like I'm putting out a huge sum of money.

Anyway - now to decide if I should go back to bed or do some miscellaneous chores... bed, with a warm blanket and three furballs for heat sounds really nice right now. :D
ostarella: (Default)
No work tonight!!!! Always gladdens my heart to say that :p Although, at least driving down the highway with the windows open definitely cools me off. Or dries me off, I guess would be a better description. We had another day of heat and high humidity. It stayed hot and damp all night, and this morning I was driving through fog so thick it was scary. I knew there were cars ahead of me but had no idea how far (or if they were even moving). Had to have the windshield wipers going as if it were raining. I really don't mind the heat - I can sprawl out on the bed and sleep through that. But when it's this humid - everything sticks to everything. And I've been letting my hair grow out, so that's very uncomfortable. Fang absconded with my last hair tie (she has a thing for them - constantly hiding them) so I couldn't even keep it off my neck. Came very close to shaving it off...

Anyway, got home and of course, the grass was way too wet to even think about mowing. Did some laundry and hung it out - it's still out there, since there was just no way it would dry in this humidity. Sigh. Probably have to take it all down to the laundromat tomorrow and sit there in the heat (outside or in) while it dries.

Fang is trying to decide whether she's in heat AGAIN or not. She's very affectionate, talks a lot, and makes that almost warbling sound (like a cross between a purr and a meow) - but she's not going to the extremes she did the last time (which was all of what - 10 days ago?). Gawd.

Anyway, did a marathon session with the crits I had due - three down, one to go. I'm hoping to get that one done yet tonight. I'm feeling the need for a quick nap - which, unfortunately, typically ends up a four or five hour thing. But at least I accomplished something today.
ostarella: (Default)
No work tonight!!!! Always gladdens my heart to say that :p Although, at least driving down the highway with the windows open definitely cools me off. Or dries me off, I guess would be a better description. We had another day of heat and high humidity. It stayed hot and damp all night, and this morning I was driving through fog so thick it was scary. I knew there were cars ahead of me but had no idea how far (or if they were even moving). Had to have the windshield wipers going as if it were raining. I really don't mind the heat - I can sprawl out on the bed and sleep through that. But when it's this humid - everything sticks to everything. And I've been letting my hair grow out, so that's very uncomfortable. Fang absconded with my last hair tie (she has a thing for them - constantly hiding them) so I couldn't even keep it off my neck. Came very close to shaving it off...

Anyway, got home and of course, the grass was way too wet to even think about mowing. Did some laundry and hung it out - it's still out there, since there was just no way it would dry in this humidity. Sigh. Probably have to take it all down to the laundromat tomorrow and sit there in the heat (outside or in) while it dries.

Fang is trying to decide whether she's in heat AGAIN or not. She's very affectionate, talks a lot, and makes that almost warbling sound (like a cross between a purr and a meow) - but she's not going to the extremes she did the last time (which was all of what - 10 days ago?). Gawd.

Anyway, did a marathon session with the crits I had due - three down, one to go. I'm hoping to get that one done yet tonight. I'm feeling the need for a quick nap - which, unfortunately, typically ends up a four or five hour thing. But at least I accomplished something today.
ostarella: (Tired)
It's been hot (upper 80s) and humid. Humid as in clothes feel damp ALL THE TIME. My skin feels damp ALL THE TIME. My hair is hanging like cold spaghetti ALL THE TIME. Touch any surface and your skin sticks ALL THE TIME. Did laundry and hung it out on the line this morning - sun, wind, heat - and when I brought them in they still felt damp.

So I'll take a shower, which will mean I will be clean damp instead of sweaty damp (for all of five minutes) and then go to work. At least I'll be dry there - cold, but dry.

Oh, and Fang is getting over her little "condition", thank God. She went into the yowling stage Saturday, but is gradually getting down to doing that every 3-4 hours instead of every 3-4 minutes...
ostarella: (Tired)
It's been hot (upper 80s) and humid. Humid as in clothes feel damp ALL THE TIME. My skin feels damp ALL THE TIME. My hair is hanging like cold spaghetti ALL THE TIME. Touch any surface and your skin sticks ALL THE TIME. Did laundry and hung it out on the line this morning - sun, wind, heat - and when I brought them in they still felt damp.

So I'll take a shower, which will mean I will be clean damp instead of sweaty damp (for all of five minutes) and then go to work. At least I'll be dry there - cold, but dry.

Oh, and Fang is getting over her little "condition", thank God. She went into the yowling stage Saturday, but is gradually getting down to doing that every 3-4 hours instead of every 3-4 minutes...
ostarella: (Fang)
Well, it's only in the mid-80s here today, but the humidity is outlandish. Can't even get the front door closed completely, it's so saturated (wood door). The wood floor in front of the door actually feels wet! Argh...

Fang has gone into heat - should be thankful, I guess, as it's only the second time. But it's different this time - she's a little louder and demanding with her near-constant meowing, and wants to spend a lot more time on my lap. That's about the only time she isn't 'complaining', unless she falls asleep in the window. But she's very, very restless. Poor little girl, with her raging sex drive! I know just how she feels...  LOL
ostarella: (Fang)
Well, it's only in the mid-80s here today, but the humidity is outlandish. Can't even get the front door closed completely, it's so saturated (wood door). The wood floor in front of the door actually feels wet! Argh...

Fang has gone into heat - should be thankful, I guess, as it's only the second time. But it's different this time - she's a little louder and demanding with her near-constant meowing, and wants to spend a lot more time on my lap. That's about the only time she isn't 'complaining', unless she falls asleep in the window. But she's very, very restless. Poor little girl, with her raging sex drive! I know just how she feels...  LOL

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