April 2nd, 2002

caillebotte_man at his window

Monotony

We are expecting another hot, sunny day today. But it might cloud up a bit by Wednesday. Usually, this place has a lot of afternoon showers this time of year. I'm missing them. Stupid global warming. If I'd wanted this much dry weather, I could have moved to the desert.

Happily, Sluggo is performing much better tonight. I think that cleaning his fan helped a great deal. I'll have to do that more often.

Now, if I'm quick about it, I might actually get to sleep before the sun comes up. It is nice to have gotten almost caught up with my reading here. Tomorrow, I'll deal with my inbox.
caillebotte_man at his window

More Summery Spring

Another day in the eighties, but I think that tomorrow will be cooler. This evening, there is a purple haze lying over the foothills to the south. That means that moisture is flowing up the valley from the Sacramento delta and San Francisco Bay. This always heralds a cooling trend. I am pleased.

The fruitless mulberry is now covered in blossoms. They are strange little things. A stem about two inches long sporting fat little leaf-like extensions, at the end of each of which there is a small off-white flower no bigger than a gnat. The overall effect is of a pale green caterpillar with white spots. When they drop from the tree, they begin to turn brown. Soon, the ground will be covered with a thick carpet of them.

A few houses up the street is a small tree which has exploded into a mass of pale purple blossoms. They are a bit darker than Frank is when he is mauve. There used to be quite a few of these trees in the neighborhood, but all other than this one have been taken out. At first I wondered why people would remove such a lovely tree, but then I got close to one of them when it was in bloom. It turns out that bumble bees love them, and huge swarms of bees collect around the trees throughout their period of blossoming.

The honey bees are still noticeable by their absence, however. The cherry tree is now clothed in new leaves and its blossoms are rapidly fading, and I doubt that many of them were ever pollinated. A few of the other plants have attracted some bees, but not the cherry tree. I guess I'll be buying cherries this summer, instead of picking them.