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Debugged [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.

[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2015-07-21 05:21 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh, black widows! I saw this post first and am excusing myself from reading the previous, about the infestation, because -- ugh, spiders! I'm glad you've done away with them. Brrrr.

Sorry that the decaf tea really isn't cutting it as to flavor. The gentle jolt of tea is so pleasant. It's a shame it makes sleeping problematic for you.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2015-07-21 05:46 pm (UTC)
At some point I became sensitized to caffeine and even in small amounts it makes me way more jumpy than it used to. I miss the days when I could down several cups of strong coffee and stay relaxed.

It's like I've turned into the Lesser Cornholio!
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2015-07-21 08:19 pm (UTC)
Oh geez, now I'm visualizing you running around with your arms over your head, gibbering! No wonder you're switching to decaf. :D

(I have been in that state myself, actually, when too tanked up on leaded coffee. *g*)
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2015-07-21 09:09 pm (UTC)
Heh. I don't quite do that, but I sometimes come awfully close to it. And it can certainly feel as though I've got Cornholio inside my head. Too often I find myself talking to myself when I get over-caffeinated, and I can't stay in one spot for long, but get up and pace about. It brings on a loss of concentration and lots of wheel-spinning in general. Also I'll sometimes shout at Portia, and she doesn't like that one little bit.

The one advantage is that I tend to write more when wired (as long as my concentration lasts.) But I don't think the quality of my writing improves much, if at all.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2015-07-21 10:19 pm (UTC)
I talk to myself all the time, caffeine or not. *g* Does Portia lay her ears back and glare at you?

As for writing, I do more of that after both caffeine and vinho verde. It's like a fun game then, but you're right -- the quality isn't necessarily better. :D
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2015-07-22 05:39 am (UTC)
Portia usually scoots away when I yell, but does the ear-back thing mostly when I shoo her from my lap. She definitely disapproves of my restlessness.
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