||[Jul. 20th, 2015|01:56 pm]
The back porch is rid of its black widows. The wooden step had half a dozen under it, though I'd only ever seen the big one that has been coming out over the last couple of nights. They are all dead now, and the corpses and the unhatched egg sacks and all have been swept away. A small amount of poison has been deposited under the step to diminish any chance of a quick invasion by new spiders. The cat food and water bowls have been moved some distance from the step. I hope all will be well for the remainder of the summer. There's no problem in cold weather.|
Today I have been drinking iced decaffeinated tea, and I'm really missing the buzz I got from the regular stuff. I won't miss the nervousness that comes on later, but the early buzz is nice. I feel considerably less energetic without it, but I'm hoping that once I get used to being without the extra stimulation the energy will return. The other thing I miss is the flavor of the real tea. The decaffeinated stuff just doesn't taste as good. Decaffeinated coffee has improved enough over the years that it now tastes almost like real coffee, but the tea technology is clearly less advanced. I still have lots of regular tea bags, so I'll be getting the real tea (and the buzz) now and then as I use them up.
Monterey County, a couple of hundred miles southwest of here, could be getting a bit of rain today from the remnants of Hurricane Delores, which arrived on Sunday. They got some thunder and lightning yesterday, and a bit of rain, along with some very high surf. Here, the hurricane remnants are just making the air a bit muggier than one expects locally during summer, and have brought a haze to the sky that softens the light and renders the shadows slightly blurry. It lends an air of melancholy to the day, but I might end up sleeping through part of it as Portia woke me up way to early again today. With no caffeine in my tea I suspect that an afternoon nap is quite likely.
Last night I fell asleep without turning the computer off again, and it hasn't been off since, so it's probably time to let it rest. Television awaits.