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June 2020

Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? I'm just waiting for BDH and Little Buddha to come in with today's weather forecast. Oh, here they are. (They say hi.) Apparently there's roughly a 50% chance of some rain throughout the day, but it seems more likely for tomorrow. We can work with that. The garden got another solid watering last night, so the plants are loving this week right now. Anyway, it's the last day of June, so we're about to close out the first half of 2020. I know, it feels we've been in this mess for a decade... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? Our crew is doing well. I spent a good portion of Sunday afternoon in the garden. The flowers are starting to arrive, which is a treat. The forecast called for extended rain, but I was increasingly convinced that wasn't going to happen. The sky would get a little dark, the wind would die down, and then...the sun would peak through the clouds, and nothing. However, the forecast finally came true around 8:00 last night, and we got a much-needed soaking (along with some thunder and lightning which fascinated BDH and Little Buddha.) Can't... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! What's new? It's pretty much business as usual here at the moment. Yesterday's plumber appointment was a bit of an adventure. We were supposed to be their first stop of the day, and long story short, they got here at 5:00 in the evening and left at 7:30. However, they fixed the immediate problem, and it cost less than a mortgage payment, so we'll call it a win. They may have to come back for something else, but we'll deal with that later. The birds are chirping away again, and BDH and Little Buddha want me... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back, and congratulations once again on making it through another week! We still have one issue to deal with first, though. The plumber is coming this morning, and we'll consider it a win if this bill ends up being less than a mortgage payment. Other than that, our crew is doing well. The birds have been chirping up a storm, and BDH and Little Buddha are still trying to figure out what they're talking about. BDH thinks they're making plans for lunch, while Little Buddha wonders if they're talking about the start of baseball. Either way, don't... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? Turns out that yesterday's weather forecast was one big tease. There was at least a 40% chance of rain over a roughly eight-hour span, and what did we get? A light sprinkle for three minutes in the afternoon. Boo. There's more precipitation in the forecast for next week, but I'm just going to assume none of it will happen and will schedule garden-watering time accordingly. Thankfully, the flowers are starting to appear anyway. However, we could still use some help here, Mother Nature. The good news is that I slept well last night,... Read more →


Racism has dominated the headlines recently in light of a number of high-profile murders, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, among others. The flames of animosity have been furthered fanned by Donald Trump, who is counting on racial discord to help him win a second term in the White House. Black Lives Matter protests are being held across the country and consistently met with pushback in the form of "All Lives Matter" chants. At first glance, it seems pretty easy to distinguish the "bad" guys from the "good" guys. The problem is that drawing that line allows all... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? We were all just staring out the window and wondering when the rain will start. This better not be another one of those days where there's a 40-65% chance over the next eight hours and then nothing happens. The garden needs some help, Mother Nature. I'm more than willing to sacrifice today's bike ride if we can get a good soaking. Fingers crossed on that one. Let's check out the headlines. BDH and Little Buddha made a fresh pot of coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear... Read more →


Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? We're all doing fine, thanks for asking. I gave the garden a good long soaking last night. I'm sure it helped, but some rain would also be terrific. BDH and Little Buddha saw something about we've only gotten around 25% of the usual amount of precipitation for June, which is no good. It's pretty cloudy outside at the moment, but the guys say that's supposed to mostly burn off later this morning. That's unfortunate. Maybe we'll get some tomorrow. In any case, let's check out the headlines. There's a fresh pot of coffee... Read more →


Hi everyone, How are you? How was your weekend? I had a nice time celebrating a socially distanced Father's Day with Dad Clutter yesterday. Besides that, I wasn't all that productive, but that's okay. We'll take care of business this week. It was steamy in the bedroom last night. Unfortunately, I mean that literally. There's no doubt that summer is here. BDH, Little Buddha, and I are going to revisit the idea of installing some A/C, because that was rough. Anyway, let's check out the headlines. The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time... Read more →


Hi everyone, Happy summer solstice! According to BDH and Little Buddha's research, we are looking at a total of 15 hours and 17 minutes of sunlight today. That's outstanding. (The guys also say highs will be in the 90's, which is a different issue.) It's too bad we can't have this much light every day, but I guess we have to deal with long nights in the winter in order to appreciate this more. At least, that's what I'll be telling myself in December. Anyway, let's check out the headlines. There's a fresh pot of coffee on the counter, so... Read more →