April 8th, 2018

caillebotte_man at his window

Time Aprils On

Safeway's parking lot is mostly uphill from the store. I never used to have any trouble pushing a full shopping cart up the hill, but lately it's been getting difficult. By the time I get to the car (on a fairly warm day such as this parked in the shady zone at the top of the hill) I find I'm actually getting short of breath. I should have expected this, of course, and did, though I didn't really spend much time thinking about it. Now that it's happening I find that I disapprove, quite strongly. What business do my own lungs have trying to suffocate me? It's an outrage!

Of course the cart was pretty heavy today, what with big bags of cat food and even heavier boxes of kitty litter, and the day having been warmer than expected didn't help. I might have thought to leave my jacket in the car, or at least having failed to do so might have taken it off and draped it over the cart on my way back. But I seldom think of such things when a sudden change comes along and throws my routine for a loop.

Anyway. Other than getting out of breath because the Safeway built its store at the bottom of a hillside, and the fact that I spent about ten dollars more than I'd planned, it was a reasonably successful shopping trip. A few months ago the Mandarin orange sparkling water I buy vanished from Safeway's shelves, and the orange flavored replacement product the company switched to is vile, so I've been intending to check the not-Safeway store to see if they have any of the old stock left. I finally remembered to do so today, and they did! I have to pay full price for it, but I got six half-liter bottles. They should last a while. Of course they'll probably go flat before I use them up, but marketing orphans like me have to take what they can get.

We're still supposed to get rain on Tuesday when I go to the chiropractor, but it is now to be compressed into a few hours from late morning to early afternoon, so I might miss it. There is supposed to be more rain Wednesday and Thursday, now similarly, though less pronouncedly, compressed. There could also be a bit of rain around the beginning of next week,but probably not very much. I'd like to get enough to keep the soil sufficiently damp to make it easy to pull the foxtails up. I 'd really like to be rid of them, for the sake of the feral cats. Foxtails love kitty fur, and, even worse, the insides of kitty ears.

Tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer than today. If I'm going to yank weeds I ought to do it in the morning, before it gets hot. I love spring, even though it can be a pain in the ass. Yes, I'm in an abusive relationship with a season. I'll seek help. Does Medicare cover weather counseling?


Collapse )