October 20th, 2012

caillebotte_man at his window

Commerce II, and Stuff In the Sky

After yesterday's yard sale next door I expected to see a somewhat diminished assortment of items on display there today. Instead, there is even more stuff. The plump, black, fake leather love seat has been joined by a matching full-sized couch. The tables on which the various smaller items sit have also multiplied, now extending the the end of the driveway rather than halfway down.

Additional items that have appeared include a toy wheelbarrow, a stroller, a second television set, a rack of clothing, more small kitchen appliances, and, astonishingly, a Dish Network satellite dish (I thought those things were only rented from the company.) Yard sales usually last all weekend, so I'll be very interested to see what turns up tomorrow. Should the offerings increase yet again, they must spill over onto the lawn as the driveway is now about as full as it can get.

Of course it's possible that what I am seeing is not a yard sale at all, but the grand opening of a department store. Perhaps the stock will continue to expand, and eventually fill garage, driveway, front yard, back yard, and house. If the business is a success and needs additional space, maybe I'll consider renting them my dead front lawn. It would be a shame to cover it up with a bunch of castoff junk just when the rainy season is about to turn it green again, though. That could happen as early as tomorrow afternoon, in which case the yard store might be nipped in the bud.

I went out early this morning to look at the Orionids, but saw only a few very faint, very fast streaks. Maybe there will be a better show tonight. It was nice seeing Orion himself, though, and the desert sent us another mild breeze so I had no discomfort being outdoors. I didn't even have to put my hoodie hood up, though the rest of me was glad of the fleecy bulk. Tonight is supposed to be a few degrees colder, so I might not stay out very long. It might be too cloudy for good meteor watching anyway. As I said, rain is now predicted to arrive as early as tomorrow afternoon, and rain on Monday is close to certain.

Color is only now beginning to come into the mulberry tree, with a just a handful of yellow leaves showing among the green, but it is definitely going to start feeling like autumn again tomorrow. The swans must know it too. Early this morning I saw the first flock I've seen this year, flying south low in the sky and honking loudly. This is quite a bit earlier in the season than it was when they arrived last year. I wonder if they're trying to tell us something?