Saturday, June 19, 2010

Water Giveth and Water Taketh

This week in Geekville:

Early one morning, I saw a skinny coyote strutting across our yard like he owned the place.  I've been given advice on how to shoot the creature since we know he tends to feast on small animals.

We aren't sure he got Cat but it's possible.  I don't have a rifle so I've been letting Evil Twin practice with a slingshot.


Maybe that wasn't such a good idea.  My butt's going to hurt for a week.

I made the decision to attend my class reunion next weekend.  Yes, blog fodder awaits.

Triple digits temps are upon us.  The good news is that the mowing frequency is decreasing.  The bad news is the mowing frequency is decreasing.  The best we can hope for is that our grass can remain somewhat green and our plants are tough enough to survive.   I have a conversation with them each day, telling them how pretty they are and encouraging them to stop slumping. 

Hubby and I are pouring ourselves cold beverages and turning down the A/C.  Some folks are hopping in their cars or trucks in search of the nearest pool or lake.

Taking a boat out on the lake is popular on the weekends and holidays. I don't know how many man-made lakes Texas has but I think I will run out of fingers, toes, ear holes and other holes before I count them all.  Wait.  Get Evil Twin over here.  She has 13 toes and a few extra holes in her body from encounters with zombies and aliens.  That should help me with my tallies.

I don't understand, though, the number of drownings that happen at the lakes each season.  Often, alcohol is involved but what I'm hearing is "the deceased jumped off the boat and didn't resurface and was not wearing a life jacket".'s usually a good idea to know how to swim if you are jumping off your boat in the middle of the lake.   

Did they hit their head?  Did they have a heart attack?  Snakes in the water? Maybe there really is a people-eating monster in the lake?   


Finally, I'd like to wish all of you dads and father-figures out there a Happy Father's Day.  Enjoy your day and be careful around the water.  You never know what might be waiting for you:

Photo credits:  Blurry coyote across the street yapping when he hears sirens:  Reffie, Alligator sign: A friend posted this on Facebook.  I stole it.  


Anonymous said...

Aw, I'm sorry to hear about cat...that he is still MIA.

I think you should send Evil Twin to go look and explore. She sounds like a tough broad who can take care of herself even against zombies!

And that says a lot about a person!


Suzanne said...

Triple digits? That makes my sunburn hurt, well everything makes my sunburn hurt. Stay cool Carol! said...

Triple digits? I hate when that happens! Even the water gets too hot for swimming.

ReformingGeek said...

@Quirky - Evil Twin has told me she has been searching the woods for Cat. Hum.....I wonder...

@Sue - Sunburn? Ouch! Thanks, I am reaching for a cold beverage.

@CatLady - The water is just right for swimming! ;-)

Elizabeth said...

Wow, that's hot. Is it humid down there too??

Unknown said...

I'm sorry cat still hasn't come back. Maybe you should give Evil Twin another chance with the sling shot or with other instruments of death she's been harboring.

And about those lake drownings, maybe you found Nessie.

We've got the air on in the northeast today, and it's still hot ... in the northeast and my house.

Leeuna said...

Whoa! Triple digits! It's been in the 90's here and I thought that was hot. Texas must be a little closer to Hell than Tennessee is.

I'm looking forward to reading about your reunion. Have loads of fun and get loads of photos for us.

So sorry about Cat.

ReformingGeek said...

@Elizabeth - The humidity is dropping a bit. It's not like Houston. Houston is like a sauna.

@Lauren - Thanks. Yeah, Evil Twin is improving her aim. Stay cool.

@Leeuna - Thanks. It can and has been hotter! Yikes.

Unknown said...

I agree with Quirky, send out Evil Twin to search. Poor Cat! triple digits is too hot for me! Stay cool!

meleah rebeccah said...

Oh no.... I'm sorry cat still hasn't come back. :(

And I could never handle triple digit heat!

MrsBlogAlot said...

Awww, I am still holding out hope for cat. I refuse to believe the worst.

On another note, I can't wait to hear about the reunion.

If you don't melt first (-:

ReformingGeek said...

@AmyLK - Yep. A/C is working hard and the fridge is full of beverages.

@meleah - We "kind of" get used to it..... Yeah, right.

@Mrsblogalot - Thanks. I'm melting. I'm melting......... Drip. Drip.

I Wonder Wye said...

i am hoping for the best with Cat...i am planning to go to a reunion this Sat too -- with some trepidation as well.....I used to enjoy summer. Now I wish it were over before it's really begun...

Anything Fits A Naked Man said...

Ooooh, let me know if Evil Twin needs some help with that slingshot (in aiming at the coyote, not YOU!). I have a real problem when some parts of nature want to eat OTHER parts of nature!

Oh, I feel your pain with the triple digits! I lived in Florida for 16 years, and the summers were definitely pretty oppressive! I recommend lots of margaritas!!

The Old Silly said...

Thanks for the Dad's Day wishes. Geez sorry to hear about Cat. But now - "Alligators in this Park" Hmmm ... picnic somewhere else, mebbe?

ReformingGeek said...

@Wonder Wye - Have fun at your reunion. Yeah, summers are crazy.

@Joan - Nature is a little too natural, sometimes. ;-) Florida would be worse than here with all that humidity!

@Marvin - That sign is enough to keep me out of the water.

Mike said...

I can really relate to the part about not mowing so much. I probably am the only person who likes a burnt out lawn! LOL

Get a nice rifle with a scope and blow that coyote away! haha

Deb said...

That's no coyote! That's NUTJOB!

I am sorry you are still catless in Texas...well, you do have the cracked cat, which I suppose is no different than Cat.

ReformingGeek said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
izmir ilaçlama şirketleri said...

nice sharing

ReformingGeek said...

@Otin - I don't like seeing my money burn up!

@Deb - You've been fooled. You've been raising a coyote. YIKES!

Cracked Cat is much more quiet.

Lindsey Buck said...

We are lucky, we haven't gotten that absurdly hot here yet. I don't do hot too well! But I hope to go boating soon. We have a mix between man-made and natural lakes around here.

Please don't melt!

Claudia Lawrence said...

Hi, good snap & nice blog, i will visit ur blog regularly, i think u should go for this link to increase visitor. BTW keep posting & happy blogging.

United Studies said...

Awww....I am sorry about your cat. :-( I a hope he returns soon with lots of stories of the adventures he's been on.

The Constant Complainer said...

Note to self - you see an "alligators exist" sign - you walk in other direction.

Oh, I can't imagine the good blog fodder you'll get at the reunion. That would be classic.

And yeah, I live in a neighborhood where seeing a deer would be the ultimate-end-all-be-all. So seeing the coyote was scary. Don't engage unless you have a gun. The slingshot just isn't going to do it, girl.

The Constant Complainer said...

P.S. I'm very sorry to hear about your cat being MIA too. :(

"1.00s, 1.50s, 1.75s for the short arms. If you know what I'm talking about, you're probably old, too."

"Boomer brain fog: What was the last, middle, and first part of what you just said to me?"