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No Prize [Apr. 11th, 2015|11:04 pm]
These days, when I leave writing an entry until this late in the evening I can barely keep my eyes open. I can remember the days when I would just be getting started at this hour. Aaaaand....

I fell asleep without finishing the entry. Now I'm back three hours later, bleary eyed and sleep muddled. It's a good thing I've already shopped this week. There's no telling how late I'll get to sleep tonight or how late I'll sleep tomorrow, but it's unlikely I'll feel like going anywhere.

The recent disruption in the weather seems to have silenced the crickets. I'm not hearing any frogs tonight, either, probably because it's still a bit chilly out. Days have become warmer, but the nights won't warm up until the middle of the week. Then late in the week the days will start getting into the low eighties. The roses will like that. They've been struggling to bloom lately, but it hasn't been quite warm enough for them, so many of the blossoms have been stunted.

The walnut tree has had its blossoms already, and many of them turned brown in the chilly nights that followed the warm spell that brought them out. That doesn't bode well for next fall's crop. Many of them probably weren't around long enough to get pollinated. The jasmine will probably bloom early this season. I haven't yet checked on the gardenias, but it could be that late April and early May will be heavily scented this year. I haven't had a single whiff of spurge laurel yet, even though it usually blooms in the coolness of early spring. Possibly its blooming coincided with the rain and I missed it. That would be too bad. Spurge laurel is my favorite spring scent.

My unintentional nap prevented me from getting dinner on time again. I suppose I should go fix something now, though I have no idea what to make. Not that I couldn't afford to skip another meal. The pants have been feeling a bit tight lately. Perhaps a cup of Greek yogurt will serve as dinner, but if it doesn't I'll probably end up eating a big bowl of buttered popcorn in the middle of the night. Or maybe I'll just skip the yogurt and make some popcorn right now. What an exciting life I lead.

Which reminds me, yesterday's paltry journal entry was #7,000. I didn't even notice until I saw my user info page today. Another milestone ignored. As I said, what an exciting life.

[User Picture]From: jamsmom
2015-04-12 07:10 am (UTC)
Entry #7,000. That's impressive. I really enjoy reading your entries, seeing your neighborhood through your eyes. I vote for popcorn. I eat a lot of popcorn while reading in LJ.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2015-04-12 07:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I've had the journal since late June, 2001, which is around 5,000 days, so it averages out to a little over one entry per day. A lot of weather under the bridge.

Oh, and the popcorn won. It was just quicker and easier. Plus butter!
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[User Picture]From: blue_by_you
2015-04-12 01:35 pm (UTC)
Your writing about it made me realize I've never seen a walnut tree. Or any other but tree. I'm going to go educate myself on what they and their flowers look like.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2015-04-12 07:29 pm (UTC)
Nut trees typically have nice blossoms. Walnut trees also get catkins, the male blossoms that produce lots of pollen. I was thinking of the catkins when I wrote that line. I don't recall seeing the female blossoms yet this year, but the catkins being gone there won't be pollen for them when they bloom, unless the insects bring some from other trees that didn't lose their catkins early.
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